English Language Arts




mary a m gldys
Dr. Mary Albanese-Montero Gladys Candelaria
ELA (6-8) & Library Media ELA (6-8) & Library Media
201-915-6076 201-369-3722
erica maria
Erika Schulz Maria Ameruoso
ELA 9-12 ELA K-5
201-915-6154 201-915-6154

The English Language Arts program in grades K-12 is designed to prepare all students to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas and to promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. The skills and knowledge acquired from the ELA/literacy program are designed to prepare students for life outside the classroom. They include critical-thinking skills and the ability to closely and attentively read texts in a way that will help them understand and enjoy complex works of literature. Students will learn to use cogent reasoning and evidence collection skills that are essential for success in college, career, and life.

Curriculum Overview


Grades K-5 

Reading Street is a research-based, comprehensive language arts program with six units of instruction developed around a concept or big idea related to social studies content area learning. At each grade level, the weekly lesson plans have been organized into a routine of whole group, small group, and independent work. There are three instructional purposes or sections for each literacy block: Get Ready to Read/Content Knowledge, Read and Comprehend/Text-Based Comprehension, and Language Arts/Writing. Writing instruction, like reading instruction, is explicit and systematic. Through the use of mentor texts, mini-lessons, independent writing instruction, guided writing for flexible groups, and ongoing investigations that allow students to explore cross-curricular activities.


Grades 6 - 8

The Jersey City Language Arts 6-8 balanced literacy model consists of a 90-minute block. The block is divided into two sections, which includes a reading and writing workshop. During the reading workshop, instruction is provided to students in whole and small group settings. Additionally, students are given opportunities to practice critical reading skills and strategies independently. The writing workshop begins with a teacher directed mini-lesson followed by independent and/or assisted writing practice and concluding with group reflections.


Grades 9 - 12

The district English Language Arts curricula for grades 9-12 consists of both classic and contemporary literature with an assortment of various genres, cultures, and time periods. The writing discourses support argumentative, informative, analysis, and narrative writing, as well as creative and reflective writing. These tasks are supported with district rubrics that have been implemented to align to the NJSLA student assessment.



Course Offerings Grades 9-12


English Language Arts Core Courses

Elective Courses 

Advanced Placement Courses

ELA 1/ELA 1 Honors

African American Literature

AP Capstone

ELA 2/ELA 2 Honors

Applied Journalism

AP Language and Composition

ELA 3/ELA 3 Honors

Critical and Creative Writing

AP Literature and Composition

ELA 4/ELA 4 Honors



World Literature


District Programs



Grades K-5 Reading Street


Grades 6-12


High Frequency Words

Holt McDougal Literature

Literary and Informational Texts

Lesson Resources

Close Reading 

Student Text

Digital Resources

Literature and Reading

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics 

Writing and Grammar

Amazing Words (Tier 2)


Writing/ Conventions Mini-lessons

Media and Vocabulary 


Test Prep


The core programs in grades K-5 and 6-12 provide explicit instruction on literary genre & elements, writing genre, reading strategies, vocabulary, writing strategies and writing convention within the Reading & Writing Workshop structure. Teachers conduct read/write/think-alouds to model strategic thinking/reading/writing. Teachers work along with students to offer guided practice, and students work independently to practice on their own and to demonstrate understanding.

The BIG READ citywide book club.
Princeton Summer Journalism Program
big read a student stares at a quote about journalism on the wall through the screen of his phone: "I became a journalist to be come as close as possible to the heart of the world."
District Humanities Saturday AP Academy - Open to all JCPS AP students
(ELA and Social Studies)

Student Opportunities 


  • Jersey City Public Schools has a partnership  with Dramatic Impact. It is an in-school literacy program, helping  young students become better readers and writers, as well as, socially mature individuals.
  • College Board Student Ambassador Program : grades 9-12. Click the link to view the 2018-2019 Jersey City Public Schools District video! Get involved in the College Board Student Ambassador Program at your High School. 
  • Poetry Out Loud - National Recitation Contest: grades 9-12. Click the link to view a video of winner , Joseph G. Kim Sexton, from the  2019 contest.
  • Poetry Out Loud - National Recitation District Contest : grades 6-8. Get involved at your school.








Birthday (no leading 0)


Platform for LGL,MYON, and Learning.com


Easy Bridge 

Last name ID#


Pearson K-5 Reading, Science and Social Studies Curriculum  JCPS-INT


Students should use their jcpsnj.org email with the same password as the email. This is the student id number@jcpsnj.org.

HOLT 6-8 Language Arts

Infinite Campus

First Initial, last name

Personal password

Online Attendance and Grade Book

Google Classroom 


Google Platform




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poetry college bound
reading street
achieve 3000 shmoop NJSLS
Public Library

Summer Reading Novel Project 9-12 

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