English Language Arts
The Language Arts program requires students to think critically, creatively and strategically. Students grow intellectually, socially and emotionally as they develop a broad range of writing skills and strategies. Students develop the skills they need to flourish in adult society (critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity) and discover the benefits that come with communicating well through speech and writing.
As the students engage in discourse and dialogue about literature and writing, they develop the ability to use language for a variety of purposes, including sharing information, persuading, and questioning. Students continue to develop the ability to respond critically to visual messages including those found in electronic media. Using a broad range of texts, students also continue to make progress in their ability to connect with others’ ideas and experiences. Practicing each stage of the writing process facilitates the opportunity for students to use writing to explore their ideas and feelings and to analyze their writing. They also continue to refine their research skills and their command of standard written English. All of their writing experiences help students to learn to evaluate their writing as a product and as a mode of thinking.
Social Studies, as defined by the National Council for the Social Studies, is “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The primary purpose of the Randolph Public Schools social studies program is to provide an academically rigorous environment that produces active critical thinkers and productive, civically competent, participants in our society. Students are given the opportunity to develop their own sense of place in our community, state, nation and global village. Students will pursue individual goals and challenges as they develop an understanding of self, the diverse community of which they are a part, and their connection to the goals and interests of the global community and planet earth. The ideal of a common good will be discovered by students through scholarship, artisanship, leadership and citizenship.
Students will study history, citizenship/political science, geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, and the humanities as prescribed by the New Jersey State Core Curriculum Content Standards in Social Studies. As they study the human condition in these contexts, they will gain an understanding of their own country’s history, institutions and environment. They will also apply their knowledge to understand the forces that have shaped world cultures. Students will learn to view contemporary problems facing the nation and the world as products of complex historical, institutional, and environmental processes. Students will discover their own individuality and the contributions they can make to society. They will know what they should strive to become and their role as responsible and productive individuals who possess civic competence.