The NJASCS English Language Arts Department curricula has undergone the revision process this summer to better serve our student population in achieving academic growth and goals to meet the rigor and challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
One notable addition to the program is the purchase of a complete set of Chrome books per ELA classroom in grades 3-8; this will allow for the implementation of supplemental curricula, Pearson’s WRITE TO LEARN program. This innovative program will also supplement our curricula for all students in grades 4-12, from emergent to advanced learners. Through web-based summary and essay writing activities that span the curriculum, students receive real-time, automated feedback on their reading comprehension and writing skills, enhancing the learning process so they see faster progress and improvement on their scores. With added content and built-in language support for English Language Learners, WriteToLearn offers increased support for ALL students.
Additionally, to best serve diverse learners, a digital library of books per grade level is being made available by the school. Through the teaching of thematic units, students will now be assigned a text from a variety of full-length texts, aligned to their independent reading levels, in order to better individualize instruction.
Because the selection of texts embedded within curricula will now be increased to meet the needs of diverse learners, NJASCS has made the decision to move to the use of e-readers to allow for the tailored approach of ELA instruction to meet the needs of each student. E-readers allow for numbered pages, table of contents, pictures and graphics, exactly like a printed book. EBooks present many benefits and advantages; books may be downloaded and read anywhere, without an internet connection. EBooks are portable. You can carry a whole library of hundreds of books with you, without worrying about their weight. EBooks are more safely stored and carried from one place to another, than ordinary books. They also withstand time more than books. Fonts in eBooks can be resized, making it easier to read for students with disabilities. With an additional software it is possible to turn some of the eBooks into audio books.
On the 2014/2015 supply list, please note that the purchase of the Amazon’s base model KINDLE is included for students in grades 4-8. This specific e-reader is a base model, uses e-ink technology to replicate the appearance of printed ink on paper without backlighting, glare, or eye strain, and does not have continuous access to the internet for surfing the web.
Our digital library will be purchased through Amazon; therefore, Barnes and Noble Nooks, and other tablets will not be compatible with the digital library.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Devices that store games or allow unlimited browsing of the web will not be permitted for use in the middle school.
The price of this device is $69. This includes a USB cable (Kindle with USB cable can only be charged through a computer.). Standard, wall power adapter is not included. The power adapter is additional $19.99.
Should your child qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, financial assistance may be available. Please complete the application found at this link:
Link to the Kindle e-Reader Financial Aid Form:
Link to Kindle e-Reader:
THE DEADLINE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FOR E-READER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS FRIDAY, AUGUST 22ND. NO APPLICATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS TIME.
NJASCS Administrative Team