English Language Arts


HPS Elementary (K-5) English Language Arts Curriculum Framework

Mission Statement:
Howell Public Schools is committed to providing research-based best instructional practices in an authentic literacy environment while being responsive to the diverse needs of our students. Howell Public Schools' students will be able to read and write with competence, ease and joy.

. . . students learn basic information and skills, but they also develop strategies that help them apply their knowledge in a variety of reading and writing contexts; there is an emphasis on comprehension, which is the goal of all learning. Fountas, I., & Pinnell, G.S. (2001) Guiding Readers and Writers; Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy. 

Students will become literate by building on their life experiences and knowledge and by receiving developmentally appropriate instruction in a reading and writing workshop framework.

We Believe in

  • A print-rich environment
  • A process in which reading and writing are reciprocal
  • Modeling of proficient reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Opportunities for daily practice: directed, collaborative, and independent
  • An environment that encourages risk-taking and accepts approximations
  • Emphasizing activities that foster critical thinking to construct meaning.
  • Experiences with a wide variety of literature that reflects the diverse needs of our students
  • Opportunities to publish, share and respond to writing
  • Access to technology which enhances communication
  • Using data to inform our instruction
  • Knowing and understanding district, state and federal expectations

The HPS English Language Arts Scope & Sequence of Essential Skills (please click on the individual grades to view the scope and sequence for that grade)


Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2
Grade 3  Grade 4 Grade 5 

Middle School

Grade 6  Grade 7 Grade 8  
Grade 6 Writers Workshop 

High School 

Grade 9  Grade 9 Accelerated Grade 10  Grade 10 Accelerated
Grade 11  Grade 11 Advanced American Lit. Grade 12  Senior English
Strategic Literacy 9-12 Journalistic Writing Creative Writing


Elementary Curriculum Resources:

Grades K-5 utilize a Comprehensive Literacy Approach that includes Readers Workshop and Writers Workshop, employing the Guided Reading philosophy. Resources include leveled picture and chapter books.

Elements of Reading Instruction through the Reading Workshop Model include:

  1. Read Aloud and Accountable Talk
  2. Shared Reading
  3. Guided Reading
  4. Reading Strategy Groups
  5. Book Clubs/Literature Circles
  6. Partner Reading
  7. Independent Reading
  8. Word Study: Phonological Awareness/Phonics/Word Analysis/Vocabulary

Elements of Writing Instruction through the Writing Workshop Model

  1. Shared Writing
  2. Interactive Writing
  3. Guided Writing
  4. Writing Strategy Groups
  5. Independent Writing
  6. Word Study: Phonics/Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation/Vocabulary

Best Practice research that supports our curriculum framework includes the works of I. Fountas, G.S. Pinnell, Ralph Fletcher, and Katie Wood Ray, as well as Michigan's Statewide Comprehensive Literacy Plan (MiLit Plan)

ELA Document Resources:

*Staff may want to reference the Staff Resource web page under Academics for additional resources.

Middle School Curriculum Resources:

Grades 6-8 also utilize Readers Workshop and Writers Workshop, employing various novels with corresponding writing assignments.






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