The goal of the K-5 Wellesley English Language Arts Curriculum is to create students who are independent, critical thinkers and confident, effective communicators by developing strong reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Students engage daily in productive reading, thinking, talking and writing about texts of various genres, representing a variety of cultural contexts. Through foundational skills development and the writing process, students develop effective reading, writing and presentation strategies to construct meaning across all content areas. The development of literacy skills is systematic, structured and gradually shifts over time as children grow and the texts they read and pieces they write become more complex. Skills and strategies are introduced at specific grade levels and then are practiced, reinforced, and mastered in subsequent grades.