English Language Arts

Educational standards, also known as academic standards or learning standards, provide clear goals for student learning for teachers, students, parents, and the community. South Carolina has educational standards detailing what students should know and be able to do in order to be successful in each grade and each subject.

South Carolina adopted rigorous new standards for English language arts in July of 2010 called SC College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts (SC CCR ELA). The SC College and Career Ready Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.

Developed in collaboration with teachers, parents, school administrators, and experts, the standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing entry courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics.

Since the state fully implemented SC CCR ELA during the 2014–2015 school year, Lexington County School District One has transitioned the curriculum taught and offered extensive professional development for teachers and administrators. For instance, teachers and administrators are stressing reasoning skills in mathematics, citing evidence in English language arts, and preparing readers and writers in every subject area, not just English language arts.

The district’s mission and vision of preparing 21st century graduates who are self-directed, creative, collaborative, caring, multilingual, confident in academics, sophisticated in learning, accomplished in 21st century skills, and global in orientation are aligned with SC CCR ELA. The district continues to work to make sure its students are prepared to meet the rigor of the SC CCR ELA. As part of that effort, the district is making sure that 21st-century skills are integrated throughout all curriculum areas so that students are well-prepared life-long learners whether facing the challenges of college or careers.

Parents, teachers, students, and administrators will, as always, work together to make sure that student learning remains our focus.

ELA and Social Studies Resources for Teachers/Administrators

ELA and Social Studies Resources for Parents/Community

Summer Reading Requirements for Honors Course Curriculum

Each summer, students taking honors and AP English courses are required to read and complete assignments for specific novels. These assignments are set individually by school. Please find your school below for the assignment.

If you have questions or concerns about the assigned reading, please contact your school and/or Erica Bissell, Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts.

Here are links to summer reading requirements for 2017.

Carolina Springs Middle School

Gilbert High School

Gilbert Middle School

Lexington High School

Lexington Middle School

Meadow Glen Middle School

Pelion High School

Pleasant Hill Middle School

Pelion Middle School

River Bluff High School

White Knoll High School

White Knoll Middle School