English / Language Arts

Curriculum Departments


Essential to any society are its language and literature. Through the study of these disciplines, we preserve traditions, create and maintain community, and envision the future. We can then understand ourselves and contribute to society.  

The purpose of the English / Language Arts curricula is to develop literacy in all students. This includes the ability to read literature and informational texts; write, speak, and listen; and use language effectively. This allows students to gain the ability to think critically and converse openly in a diverse society, and to solve problems independently. Students must take an active role in their learning as they interact with texts using critical analyses and take into account cultural, social, and historical perspectives. English / Language Arts instruction will lead students to be well-educated, globally competitive, caring, and productive citizens.  
All curricula are aligned to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

Elementary School English / Language Arts Education

K-5: Into Reading (HMH) is being considered for adoption into K-5 classrooms to be used as the primary materials of instruction during the Reading block. Samples of student workbooks, tabletop lessons, and a teacher’s guide can be found in the front office at each of our elementary schools as well as at the Central Office. Additionally, HMH has provided login information (see below) so that community members can review the materials from both a teacher’s perspective and a student’s perspective.

Please contact ELA Supervisors, Bridget Passyn ([email protected]) or Angela Gebert ([email protected]), with any comments, questions, or concerns regarding Into Reading

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Middle School English / Language Arts Education

The English Language Arts program at the middle school level is a rigorous and comprehensive one that addresses the processes of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, with the contents of language and literature integrated within each course. All curricula are aligned to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

Advanced English Language Arts courses are available at each grade level. These courses include complex novels and plays, as well as writing opportunities linked to CollegeBoard standards.

Recommended Extended Works for Middle School Students (PDF)

High School English / Language Arts Education

The high school English program includes four required courses that are integrated curricula, including reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and literature. English I and II provide a sequenced preparation for students to be successful on the English High School Assessment.

Honors sections are available in English I, II, III, and IV. Additionally, all 11th-grade level juniors may opt to take Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition for an English III credit. At the 12th-grade level, the available course is Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition, Parts I and II. In addition, electives are offered in creative writing, journalism, mythology and folklore, speech, yearbook, and world literature. 

All curricula are aligned to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

Recommended Extended Works for High School Students (PDF)


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Ms. Bridget Passyn
Supervisor of Instruction
(410) 758-2403 ext.226
202 Chesterfield Avenue
Centreville, Maryland 21617
[email protected]