Paterson Collegiate Charter School, Section 1, Curriculum and Instructional Design
The school shall use the Sabis curriculum for mathematics, English, world language (Spanish), science,and social studies. Ascend shall develop the curriculum for music, fine arts, and physical education, as ithas established at the three schools it currently serves challenging, age-appropriate programming inthese areas that meets the state standards.An overview of the subjects follows.
English Language Arts
English proficiency (reading, comprehension, verbal and written communication) is the foundation forprogress in all academic subjects. Therefore, English courses will be required of all students every year.The study of English allows students to achieve basic proficiency, develop an appreciation of the variousaspects of the language, and recognize its importance for effective oral and written communication. Forall students, the Sabis English Language Arts program is designed to:•
provide them the ability to read, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and respond to written material;•
expose them to various genres of significant world literature;•
enable them to write in a grammatically acceptable, coherent, and well organized manner;•
allow them to achieve effective speaking in formal and informal situations, to communicate ideasand information, and to ask and answer questions;•
enable them to listen and express themselves critically and analytically; and•
develop critical thinking skills through the study and use of the language and significant literature.In the lower grades (K-4), Sabis program focuses learning on the following components:•
Decoding the language from printed form•
Mastering oral fluency in reading•
Comprehending what is read•
Developing an ever-expanding vocabulary•
Understanding the correct grammatical structure of the language•
Knowing and producing correct speech•
Producing legible penmanship•
Expressing ideas and facts in proper written composition•
Reading widely from the best available literature in all genresEnglish instruction engages children in the study of authentic and engaging texts; the literature serves asa powerful motivation for learning and connecting with phonics, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, writing,and for reading for understating. Classic and contemporary literature from worldwide cultures invitesstudents to explore topics from a variety of perspectives. The core components are as follows:1.
Literature Works, offers an integrated approach to reading, language arts, and spelling, published bySilver Burdett Ginn. This program builds a strong foundation in literacy through a wealth of high-quality fiction and non-fiction selections. The readings explore the intellectual, social, emotional,and physical opportunities and challenges that face students in today’s complex world.2.
Grammar and Writing, focuses on correct grammar, usage, mechanics, and composition skills.3.
Class Readers, include a range of literature from traditional fairy tales, such as
The Emperor’s NewClothes
, to historical readings. The primary purpose of these books is the development of vocabulary, oral reading fluency, and note-taking skills.