Literacy (English Language Arts)

Developing strong communicators of our Catholic faith is the ultimate goal of the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools’ literacy (English Language Arts) curriculum. Our students are challenged to read comprehensively, write purposefully, listen critically, and speak effectively through a variety of integrated, developmentally appropriate learning experiences connected to a wide-range of literature and informational texts. Knowing that content area literacy is necessary for our students’ success in higher education and the workplace, literacy skills are developed throughout all curricular areas. At the middle school and high school levels, specific content-related literacy skills are directly taught through the history/social studies, science and technical subjects curriculum. The Iowa Core Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Literacy Standards provide the curriculum framework for Cedar Valley Catholic Schools to accomplish this objective. These standards are the focus of our literacy instruction. 

Elementary (Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart and Saint Edward) 

Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School

  • These reading and writing skills are directly taught in the specified content areas: 

Columbus Catholic High School

  • Within the high school course design, the following literacy standards are covered: 

  • These reading and writing skills are directly taught in the specified content areas: 

*Technical Subjects: A course devoted to a practical study, such as engineering, technology, design, business, or other workforce-related subject; a technical aspect of a wider field of study, such as art or music. (Common Core State Standards: English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: Appendix A, p. 45) 

Family Resources:
Kindergarten Parents' Guide to the Iowa Core
First Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core

Second Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Third Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Fourth Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Fifth Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Sixth Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Seventh Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
Eighth Grade Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core
High School Parent’s Guide to the Iowa Core

Additional literacy resources for families can be found at the 
Iowa Reading Research Center.