Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The  English Language Arts Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the National Common Core Standard.   As with all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in  our Catholic Faith foundation.

In  the context of all ELA instruction, students are expected to use the following  practices which include:

  • read and  work with a balance of informational and literary texts
  • apply  reading and writing skills in science and social studies
  • develop  skills to read, analyze, evaluate texts that are increasingly complex
  • support and  make inferences based on text-based information
  • writing that  emphasizes the use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument
  • build  transferrable vocabulary to access grade level texts across disciplines

The content of kindergarten ELA is clearly outlined on  the Diocesan Report Card.  In addition to  the content and skills, writing is highly emphasized not only in ELA  but in all subject areas.  The Common  Core requires 4 types of writing – argument, informative/explanatory and  narrative.  Below you will find a strong writing  sample for this grade level that is the expected performance on an  opinion writing task.

Criteria  used to evaluate this piece as a strong writing sample include:


  • tells the reader the name of the book (in the title of  the paper)
  • states an opinion or preference about the book