The daily 80 minute language arts block in the Junior Academy utilizes the Minnesota language arts standards as our curriculum. Students learn vocabulary development, literary terms and evaluation of literature, including nonfiction. We utilize a variety of literature genres to stress thinking skills along with purpose and enjoyment in reading. Students also explore information text and the utilization of text evidence as they reflect on their reading and learning. Students are encouraged to read independently and write book reports outside of class time. DECS reinforces the importance of reading an average of 20 minutes each night.
A variety of writing styles from creative to practical applications are taught at DECS. Students learn everything from prewriting, drafting, revision, editing, proofing and publishing. Writing formats taught to students include: narrative, summaries, personal, persuasive letters and research papers. Daily oral language and editing assignments are completed.