Writing matters...

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” -- E L Doctorow



Holy Cross School offers a Language Arts Curriculum based on Diocesan and Common Core State Standards. The goal of Language Arts is to develop and strengthen the literacy skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking. Learning builds on previous knowledge and skills. Although these communication skills are integrated across content areas, students practice argumentative, narrative, and informational writing for a variety of purposes and audiences in our Language Arts class. Our students strengthen their writing and communication skills with grammar practice, word studies, and speaking and listening activities.

David Crystal, "In Word and Deed," TES Teacher, April 30, 2004.

Classroom Notes

  •  Assignments will be written on the board and posted on Schoology. Students are encouraged to write assignments down so that they know what materials to pack up at the end of the school day.
  • Students are formally assessed in a variety of ways including writing projects, grammar quizzes and tests, speaking and listening activities, and collaborative activities. Students use the writing process and 6+1 Writing Traits as they produce various types of writing following a rubric as a guide.
  • Absent? Check Schoology for assignments. If you don't find what you need there, see me when you return to school or send an email.
  • To be successful in our classroom, follow the way of the CROSS:

Caring- respect yourself, others, and property

Responsible- for yourself and your work

Outstanding- do your best, make good choices

Set- do your homework, study, be ready to learn

Sure- be confident in your abilities, have faith, if you're not sure- ask!