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English Language Arts

Using the English Language Arts (ELA) TEKS as a foundation for literacy, the curriculum provides a study of various forms of literature using the Balanced Literacy framework and the Readers/Writers Workshop approach to promote autonomy and to meet the needs of individual students. Using the gradual release of instruction model, students are explicitly taught literacy skills during mini lessons using modeling and “think-alouds”. Students practice and apply literacy skills in classroom activities such as Literacy Circles, group projects, classroom discussions, and in written responses.  Using literary selections from multiple sources, students connect knowledge across the curriculum to build an understanding of cultural diversities and the complexities of our world. Through analysis and synthesis, students develop problem solving skills, fostering a life-long love of reading and writing.  Students create various forms of narrative writing, expository writing, persuasive writing, and analytical writing. Every six weeks, we celebrate our love of literature and reading with our school-wide Game On Read activity.

For more information on the state requirements:  Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Our English Team

Leslie Cappiello

Titles: 7th Grade Writing
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Gabriela Gonzales

Titles: 5th Grade Writing
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Clarence Murray

Clarence Murray

Titles: 5th Grade Writing
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Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Cynthia Phillips

Cynthia Phillips

Titles: 7/8 Reading Interventionist
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Jo Ann Root

Titles: 6th Grade Reading
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Felicia Salinas

Felicia Salinas

Titles: 5th Grade Writing
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Angela Taras

Angela Taras

Titles: 8th Grade ELAR
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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Shanael Williams

Shanael Williams

Titles: 7th Grade Reading
Roles: Faculty & Staff
Departments: Austin English, Austin Teachers
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