About Reading Language Arts

The ability to communicate-to read, write, listen, and speak well-is the key to success in school and in life. To ensure that all students read with meaning, write clearly, and speak and listen effectively, the Lincoln Public Schools provide a comprehensive language arts program. The following basic components are included in the LPS K-6 program:

The curriculum is comprehensive in that it encompasses learning to read, personal reading, reading to learn, writing for multiple purposes and speaking and listening both formally and informally.

The instructional program focuses on direct, systematic instruction in phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students are provided a wide range of quality literature, both fiction and non-fiction, that can nurture creative and logical thought, foster appreciation of cultures and history and provide connections that enable students to build their view of the world.

Students engage in abundant amounts of reading and writing daily to promote fluency and proficiency. All students are supported in the classroom through needs-based flexible groups. These groups include special education students, high ability learners, English language learners and students who profit from interventions.

The writing process is taught in order to enable students to write to different audiences for a variety of purposes. Students learn to write narratives, informational texts, opinion pieces and participate in the research process.

The 2021 Nebraska English-Language Arts Standards guide instruction at each grade level.  The Wonders Program and the LPS Writing Curriculum align to the Nebraska English-Language Arts standards.

Lisa Oltman

K-6 Language Arts Curriculum Specialist

Beth Eberspacher

Administrative Assistant