Most importantly, Literacy/Language Arts promote reading, writing, listening, speaking and thinking as critical tools in lifelong learning. The development of this process stems from balanced, explicit, and diagnostic instruction that is student-centered and takes place within a meaningful context. Students develop competency through the guided use of a variety of genres including basal texts, children’s literature, adolescent literature, informational texts and content-area materials. The integration of literacy skills across curriculum disciplines fosters the growth of student competencies. Regularly scheduled classes in the school library extend student exposure to children’s and adolescent’s literature.