BPS English Language Arts and Literacy

Welcome to the Boston Public Schools English Language Arts and Literacy webpage. Here, you will find resources to support English language arts and literacy instruction across grades K-12. If you are interested in research and evidenced-based professional resources to support facilitating reading, speaking and listening, language, and strategies for writing across text types, you can find them here.


The Department of English Language Arts and Literacy wants to take the opportunity to check in with you to make sure you know that during these unusual times with COVID-19, our goal is to keep the lines of communication open and continue to support you.

To minimize the disruption of instruction, we are transitioning to creating “student-facing” resources, Google Classrooms, and sites to support your work with our students.

Below please find links to those resources:

Below are the guiding principles of the Boston Public Schools Department of English Language Arts and Literacy.

The Boston Public Schools seeks to provide a rigorous standards-based English curriculum that supports students in uncovering disciplinary ways of reading and writing through research and evidenced-based instructional practices that are motivating and engaging. Experienced readers in English focus on characters, interactions, context, scene, language, sensory details, perspectives, themes, questions, images, sensory traces, and predict outcomes based on evidence.

An effective English language arts and literacy curriculum:

· Holds high expectations for all students

· Builds on the language, experiences, knowledge, and interest that students bring to school

· Develops students’ oral language and literacy through appropriately challenging learning

· Provides explicit skill instruction in reading and writing

· Draws on literature to develop students literary understanding of their own literary heritage and culture

· Draws on informational texts and multimedia to build academic vocabulary and strong content knowledge

· Emphasizes writing arguments, explanatory/informative texts, and narratives

· Develops thinking and language through interactive learning

· Reaches out to families and communities to sustain a literate society

Let's focus our work in English language arts and literacy on moving from surface learning to deep knowledge by paying attention to effect size and our impact on learning.

All resources on this site are CC-BY-NC-SA by BPS ELA and Literacy unless otherwise noted.