In line with PTAA's vision to prepare all students for college success, the curriculum for English Language Arts, SpringBoard, is written by teachers for the College Board, publisher of the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test, the college readiness test) and creator of the Advanced Placement Program (college-level curricula and examinations for high school students). Using our college-bound goal to drive instruction, PTAA's instruction is back-mapped from college and career readiness standards and AP courses and aligns with state standards and assessments.
Over the course of the multi-level pre-AP program all literature genres are studied: poetry, novels, plays, biographies, nonfiction narratives, speeches, and film. Themed units integrate reading, literary analysis, writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Clear learning targets are communicated to students before every instruction period fostering active learning and encouraging students to take charge of their own learning.
PTAA students learn to write in multiple forms including essays, personal narratives, argumentative texts such as editorials, research papers and experience. Challenging and rigorous activities lead students into a deeper understanding of cultural and historical influences on literature and drama and require students to evaluate source integrity. Teaching methods stimulate classroom collaboration, discussion and debate, and cause students to practice presenting, speaking, and listening, life-long and work-related skills.
See the results from a demonstration school, link is provided in the related links section.