The English Language Arts Classroom


What do the Common Core State Standards look like in my student’s English language arts (ELA) class?


To start with, students are regularly asked to participate in class discussions where they need to be able to explain/back up their comments and position on the topic.


In addition, students are using computers every day (or almost every day) in all ELA classes. This instructional model is called “blended learning.” All students complete a course in digital citizenship through the online program Ignition, which teaches them about cyber safety. They use MyAccess online writing program to improve their writing skills, as well as Google Drive and Typing Club. In addition, some students may use the Achieve 3000 online reading program.


6th graders also use Schoology for grade reporting, communication, and community building. All of these programs can be accessed from a home computer with an Internet connection. This is a great way to stay informed about your student’s classwork and progress. Click here to learn more about Brewer’s online programs, including how to log on. [insert link]



Students are also required to do the following:

  • Write argumentative (persuasive) and informational (explanatory) essays and support their ideas with evidence.
  • Read informational non-fiction texts (articles, historical texts, etc.) as well as at least two novels.

To view examples of argumentative writing and CCSS informational text for each grade level, please go to