Prince William County Public Schools K-12 
English Language Arts Curriculum 

The Prince William County Public Schools English Language Arts Curriculum is the 2017 Virginia English Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework. In grades K-12 the Curriculum Framework is organized by the strands of Communication, Reading, Writing, and Research.

The curriculum includes each standard followed by sections: Essential Understandings; and Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Processes. The Essential Understanding section broadly states what students are expected to learn in each standard. The Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Processes column provides specific expectations for students to meet as they work to achieve each standard section.

The following significant changes have occurred in the Prince William County Public Schools English Language Arts Curriculum based on 2017 Virginia English Standards:

  • Greater clarity, specificity, and rigor;
  • Alignment of skills and content K-12;
  • Media literacy content in the Communication strand;
  • Vocabulary standards at high school;
  • Skills in the ethical gathering and use of information; and
  • Skills in analysis and synthesis of information to address questions.