canandaigua city school district

English Language Arts

janet zea

English Language Arts Lead Teacher

Ms. Janet Zea

The Canandaigua City School District English department seeks to develop students who are strategic readers, effective writers, engaging speakers, and critical thinkers.

The main goal of the English Language Arts program is to teach students English language literacy skills. These skills are primarily expressed in the ability to effectively read, write, listen and speak.

In addition to teaching literacy skills, the program also emphasizes the appreciation of literature. A wide variety of authors and genres are presented to students throughout the K-12 continuum. Students are taught content knowledge about significant literary eras and specific titles, as well as notable authors. Students are also taught figurative language and other literary devices that enhance and enrich the study of literature.

Furthermore, students in ELA classrooms across the grade-levels are encouraged to create their own texts in a meaningful and supportive manner so that their individual voices and perspectives might be brought to a wider audience.

Primary Elementary School


The district is meeting the requirements of the Next Generation ELA Learning Standards through locally developed curriculum that is supported by elements of the NYS modules. This includes a series of writing units at each grade level that are supported by anchor texts and are in alignment with the recently updated ELA Standards (2017).

Middle School


High School