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Department of English Language Arts
Core Beliefs

The English Language Arts department is committed to providing access to an equitable education. As a department we believe that education is a craft, one that is developed over time as the skills, life lessons, and art of teaching and guiding the future generations is mastered. As a staff, we have high expectations for our students and ourselves. In partnership with our growing population of English learners and their families we strive to provide effective and inspiring standards-based instruction in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The department has implemented the workshop model approach to teaching using the “I Do, We Do, You Do” pedagogical method to engage all learners and prepare them for college and career readiness. Students are required to meet high standards of literacy in order to become successful contributing members of society. We believe in the empowerment of all students and staff through an education that includes an understanding of, and value for, diversity. Our goal as the English Language Arts department is to develop life-long learners, instill a love and passion for learning not only in the classroom, but the entire learning community.




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Novels for Grades 3-5

Grade 3

The Chocolate Touch

Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes

Grade 4

Charlotte’s Web

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Grade 5

Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

The Phantom Tollbooth

Novels for Grades 6-8

Grade 6

Bridge to Terabithia

Tuck Everlasting

Before We Were Free

Grade 7

Esperanza Rising

A Wrinkle in Time


Grade 8

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Outsiders

The Hobbit




About Renaissance Learning:
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Robert A. James
District Program Manager
Office: (877) 988-8048 Ext. 4522
Direct: (347) 541-0056

Ron Cilente
District Program Manager
(732) 616-8981


pdf Accelerated Reader Parent Guide

pdf Accelerated Reader Parent Guide Spanish:Language ARts  

pdf Accelerated Reader Teacher's Guide

pdf Accelerated Reader Classroom Practices

pdf Accelerated Reader Leveled Libraries Color Coded Guide

pdf Accelerated Reader What Kids are Reading: Non-Fiction

pdf Accelerated Reader What Kids are Reading: Fiction

pdf ATOS Conversion Charts

pdf Renaissance Reading Programs that Report a Lexile Level

pdf Successful Reader Novel List


Contact Us

Lauren Kazmark, Ed.D.

Interim Associate Chief Academic Officer 

Wanda Kopic

Supervisor of Language Arts

Kimeko Austin-Jones

Senior Specialist

Amanda Kopesky (maternity leave)

Supervisor of Language Arts






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