The goal of the Cocalico School District’s Elementary Communication Arts program is to provide a rigorous curriculum designed to meet individual
needs while preparing critically literate students who can achieve proficiency on local and state assessments in Reading, Writing, Listening, and
Speaking. The district is in the process of aligning its reading and writing instruction and its assessments to the Common Core Standards.
These Common Core Standards are research and evidence-based, aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills,
and are internationally benchmarked.
Expectations in all elementary classrooms include: teacher directed whole group anthology instruction, differentiated small group instruction, daily
read aloud, independent reading, whole class writing instruction, grammar, handwriting, and spelling instruction.
To support these expectations, a wide range of materials is provided. Through these materials, all students have access to the quality literature
presented in the Harcourt Storytown Anthology, the classroom library, and the building library and literacy center.
Teachers’ guides and ongoing professional development help teachers to integrate the many important aspects of Communication Arts: phonemic
awareness, letter recognition, concepts about print, fluency, phonics, vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension, usage of reading strategies,
writing, spelling, grammar, handwriting, listening, and speaking skills. Literacy connections are also made to other subject areas such as science
and social studies.