English Language Arts Philosophy

At HKIS, we believe literacy - reading, writing, speaking, listening - is a keystone to all learning. We value questions as much as answers, process as much as product, and connections as much as content. Literacy is a transdisciplinary skill that enables us to reflect, transform, and innovate to better understand the world around us. Literate individuals are able to communicate, collaborate, excel in academic pursuits, respect other cultures, pursue and explore spirituality, and develop their own character.

Long-term Transfer Goals
Students will independently use their learning in ELA to:

  1. Identify themselves as readers: read and view for understanding, personal growth and pleasure, taking time to analyze and evaluate ideas from different perspectives.
  2. Identify themselves as writers: write effectively for a variety of professional and personal purposes.
  3. Converse intelligently with others about personal reading and viewing choices.
  4. Appreciate the beauty and power of the spoken word, in dramatic presentations, speeches or debates.
  5. Communicate orally in professional and personal contexts, with clarity, precision and sensitivity.

Common Agreements
We agree that English Language Arts education happens best when we provide opportunities for students to:

  1. Work in a climate of trust that encourages risk taking and in which they feel safe and valued.
  2. Be self-motivated and take ownership of their learning.
  3. Experience and engage with multiple voices and perspectives.
  4. Explore literature and language collaboratively.