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Renton School District

English Language Arts and Social Studies

Vision for English Language Arts Instruction

Renton School District’s English Language Arts is based on Common Core standards for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Preschool focuses on developing Emergent Literacy Skills. In grades K – 8, students develop Reading and Writing skills through a Balanced Literacy model. Students individual needs are met using  Reading and Writing Workshop curriculum.  In high school, students read a variety of texts and write in many forms, developing their speaking, listening and language skills  as outlined by the Common Core State Standards.  Your child’s classroom teacher can provide more information on their grade level curriculum.

Vision for Social Studies Instruction

Renton School District’s Social Studies classes are based on Washington State Social Studies Standards that are aligned to the C3 Framework. The C3 Framework strives to ensure all students are college, career, and civic ready by teaching 21st century skills through inquiry design. In K-5 students explore social studies by identifying their individual role in society, expanding to family, neighborhood, community, state, and country in each subsequent grade level. In middle school, students will learn about ancient civilizations in 6th grade, the Pacific Northwest in 7th grade, and early U.S. History in 8th grade. In high school students explore modern U.S. History, Civics, and Contemporary World Problems. Your child’s classroom teacher can provide more information on their grade level curriculum.

Ellen Lawson

K-12 English Language Arts Facilitator
ellen.lawson@rentonschools.us 

Heather Szczepanski

K-12 Social Studies Facilitator
heather.szczepanski@rentonschools.us