ELA (English Language Arts)

English Language Arts

The New York City Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready. Teaching English Language Arts is vital to this goal, making students effective readers and writers under statewide educational standards. The Common Core Library  and EngageNY give more information on New York schools’ transition to Common Core Learning Standards, which require students to ground reading, writing, and discussion in evidence from text. The Common Core encourages teachers to use a balance of complex fiction and non-fiction texts in the classroom. The Library holds guides, examples, and videos of how literacy is taught in New York City schools, as well as resources for families.

NYCDOE Parent Resources: English Language Arts

The family page of the Common Core Library offers information and resources on the new standards and how they will impact your child. The National PTA holds more info for families about the Common Core.

The American Library Association has resources for family literacy in addition to the Department of Education’s Family Literacy Guide. On HomeworkNYC, families of teenagers will find resources to integrate schoolwork into their everyday life. 

The International Children’s Digital Library holds books in several languages. For booklists and more information on reading and literacy, visit our Library Services page.

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