Elementary English Language Arts Department
Department Chairperson 732-776-2000
The Elementary English Language Arts Department maintains a curriculum aligned to the NJSLS that is grounded in a Balanced Literacy approach. Balanced Literacy is a model for teaching children in a student-centered classroom, based on the research of Marie Clay, Irene Fountas, and Gay Su Pinnell. Balanced Literacy incorporates all reading approaches realizing that students need to use many avenues in order to become proficient readers and writers. It provides opportunities to build strategies and skills to foster proficiency in reading literature and informational text, writing, reading foundational skills, language, speaking and listening for all students. There are five components of balanced literacy: read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and word study. A Balanced Literacy approach not only balances the reading philosophies, it also balances reading and writing instruction. In a balanced literacy approach, students read in order to write and write in order to read. Instructional practices are guided by the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model developed through the research of literacy guru Lucy Calkins and supported by current best practices research conducted by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.
Secondary English Department
Department Chairperson: Hillary Wilkins
732-776-2000 Ext. 7458
Welcome to the Neptune High School English Department. The English Department maintains a curriculum that provides opportunities for students to develop their critical reading and writing skills across all genres of literature and informational text.
We offer college prep, honors, and Advanced Placement level courses. Our elective offerings include African American Literature and Creative Writing.
The Neptune Township School District is dedicated to teaching English through thought provoking topics and themes that will prepare our students for a successful future in the 21st Century!