Director of English Language Arts/Library
 
                     Dr. Christopher Michael
 
                    Email:  MichaelC@hauppauge.k12.ny.us
 

 Welcome to the English Language Arts Department.

About English Language Arts

Hauppauge Schools continuously strives to incorporate best practices within our classrooms. The K-12 Language Arts program incorporates reading and writing taught by our dedicated faculty and staff. At the elementary schools we have begun exciting work with Columbia’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project to bring the Teachers College(TC) program into the classroom and engage our children in meaningful and enriching literacy activities.

The mission of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. This goal is accomplished through research, curriculum development,and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and schoolleaders. The organization has developed state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing, for using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction.

Our elementary schools utilize a balanced-literacy framework in grades K - 6. This approach to literacy instruction enables teachers to address the learning needs of their students. Grammar, spelling, and vocabulary activities are incorporated into the framework: Language and Word Study,Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop. Students are currently exploring the intricacies of language across multiple genres including fiction, non-fiction,poetry, and drama.

Ongoing professional development is provided for our educators through Teachers College to ensure that every member of the Hauppauge learning community is able to provide quality instruction to our students.Teachers are currently focused this year in Grades K-5 on the new Common Core aligned Reading Units of Study. Teachers in 6th Grade are working on the Common Core Writing Units of Study and incorporating these best practices into their daily classroom instruction.  

Within the middle school, students are prepared for the challenges of seventh and eighth grade by a dedicated and nurturing staff. Classroom instruction encourages students to read text with a more critical eye and respond to literature through in-class discussions, fishbowl conversations and written response.   Independent reading is encouraged while students continue to engage in meaningful and enriching academic activities.Thanks to the many efforts of the faculty and support staff, students are ready to make their transition into high school.

At the high school, all students must complete four years of English to be eligible for graduation. At each grade level, students explore various literary elements through a variety of works of literature appropriately challenging for the designated grade level. The skills of “close reading” and annotating a text for theme, critical elements and author’s message are developed through carefully designed lessons that both challenge and engage students.  In addition,grammar, spelling, and vocabulary skills are incorporated into the curriculum to promote students’ mastery of conventions, a critical component of the NYS Common Core English Regents examination. Instruction is differentiated by each educator to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, can meet with academic success. Students have the ability to challenge themselves within the English Language Arts Program. Opportunities to be part of honors level classes, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and college-accredited classes allow students to further challenge themselves to ultimately meet college and/or career demands.

ELA Books
Books to Consider
 
Fox
By: Margaret Wild
 A beautiful and powerful book, with a rich depth of colour and a strong poetic text.This archetypal drama about loneliness, friendship, risk and betrayal is as rich a story for adults as it is for children. (Amazon,2016)
 
I Wish You More
By: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
 Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. (Amazon,2016) 
 
Bud Not Buddy
By: Christopher Paul Curtis 
 It’s 1936, in Flint, Michigan, and when 10-year-old Bud decides to hit the road to find his father, nothing can stop him.
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