BCPS Literacy Field Guide for Educators
A Field Guide for Planning and Delivering High Quality Instruction
Grades 9 - 12
By the end of grades 9 and 10, students are expected to read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, and literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed, at the high end of the range. By the end of grades 11 and 12, students are expected to read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, and literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11-12 text complexity band independently and proficiently. Students are also expected to continue to write routinely over extended time for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences. Across all four grade levels in high school, the curriculum evolves and expands to include more complicated reading comprehension, such as fiction, poetry and essays. In addition, grammar and semantics become a focal point of lessons, and students begin to foster writing skills that encompass poetry, expository writing and creative writing. In grades 9-12, teachers continue to plan for lessons that are crafted using the balanced literacy approach model to scaffold student understanding and mastery of the standards. Reading classes offered in the high school grades are intended to help striving learners continue to build their skills through scaffold instruction, using text at their instructional level, while still providing opportunities for students to grapple with complex text throughout the year.