Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social, and emotional growth, and should be seen as a key element of the curriculum. The language curriculum is based on the belief that literacy is critical to responsible and productive citizenship. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve this goal.
For students, language knowledge comes from their life experiences and prior knowledge. Students learn to identify and explore multiple perspectives, question the messages in texts, and look at issues related to fairness, equity, and social justice as language is a fundamental element of identity and culture. As students read and reflect on a rich variety of literary, informational, and media texts, they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others and of the world around them. If they see themselves and others in the texts they read and the oral and media works they engage in, they are able to feel the works connect to the world they live in and come to appreciate the nature and value of a diverse, multicultural society.