Wachusett Regional School District
Wachusett Mountain
English/Language Arts
Curriculum Frameworks K-12
Approved by School Committee 04/08/96

Organization of Document
Principle 1. Critical Thinking Through Language Arts
Principle 2. Effective Communicating Through Language Arts
Principle 3. Lifelong Connections Through Language Arts
Principle 4. Global Understanding Through Language Arts

The outcome expectations of the students are listed within each of these categories and are classified under three grade level spans:  K - 4, 5 - 8, and 9 - 12.

"All students should read, write, and communicate effectively..."

The Massachusetts Common Core of Learning 1994

The following plan for the Wachusett Language Arts curriculum guide is based on the Massachusetts Department of Education Language Arts Framework draft published in 1995. This document was based on the core concept that lifelong learners engage in constructing and conveying meaning by assessing, analyzing, evaluating and applying knowledge and experiences for a variety of purposes, audiences, and situations. This concept is the foundation for the six strands listed below which describe the skills students learn in English Language Arts classes.

  • Strand 1. Lifelong learners are able to use effective strategies to read, write, speak, listen, view and present.
  • Strand 2. Lifelong learners understand and use conventions required by a variety of purposes, audiences and situations. 
  • Strand 3. Lifelong learners respond critically to a variety of oral, written and visual texts. 
  • Strand 4. Lifelong learners engage productively in discussions as listeners and speakers. 
  • Strand 5. Lifelong learners understand and respect the dynamics of languages and dialects. 
  • Strand 6. Lifelong learners are critical users of and producers with a variety of communication media.

The Wachusett plan lists language arts outcomes organized under four principles of lifelong learning: Critical Thinking, Effective Communicating, Lifelong Connections and Global Understanding.

Clarification of Frequently Used Terms

Text refers to any work that is processed by students to construct or convey meaning; consequently, any work that is read, viewed, heard, written, spoken or presented should be considered as text.

Genre is the category of text such as novels, essays, poems, films, presentations.

Convention is a term that refers to the accepted standards appropriate to purpose and audience. Convention not only refers to the accepted standards of literary genre, but also pertains to the standards of any function of expression such as letter writing, the research process, presentations or language usage.