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English Language Arts: 2013-2014. Ms. Tina Pulley. Key Features of Core Standards for English Language Arts. Reading: Text Complexity and growth of comprehension Writing: Text types, responding to reading, and research Speaking and Listening : Flexible communication and collaboration

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English language arts 2013 2014

English Language Arts:2013-2014

Ms. Tina Pulley

Key features of core standards for english language arts
Key Features of Core Standardsfor English Language Arts


Text Complexity and growth of comprehension


Text types, responding to reading, and research

Speaking and Listening:

Flexible communication and collaboration


Conventions, effective use, and vocabulary


The focus in reading in a common core classroom is twofold. Emphasis is placed on the sophistication of what students read and on the skill with which they read. Students must demonstrate an ability to make connections beyond the surface. Reading becomes an action that discovers inconsistencies and poor reasoning within texts, considers textual evidence, and recognize ideas among texts.


Writing within the Common Core places an emphasis on specific writing types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives. Students will draw upon and write about evidence from literary and informational texts. Research standards are included as a form of inquiry that leads to written thought even though research is embedded throughout the Common Core.

Speaking and listening
Speaking and Listening

Speaking and Listening goes beyond formal presentation. This standards requires that students develop a range useful oral communication and interpersonal skills. In a global society, we are called upon to work cooperatively, express and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources, evaluate what is heard, use media and visual displays strategically, and adapt speech according to context and task.

Language conventions effective use and vocabulary
Language: Conventions, Effective Use, and Vocabulary

The Language standard includes the essential “rules” of standard written and spoken English. It approaches language as a matter of craft, or skill and informed choice among alternatives. Vocabulary in this course focuses on understanding words and phrases, their relationships as well as their nuances (connotations), acquiring new vocabulary both generally academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

Common core anchor standards
Common Core Anchor Standards

A Portrait of Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Language:

  • Demonstrate independence.

  • Build strong knowledge.

  • Respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline

  • Comprehend as well as critique

  • Value evidence

  • Utilize technology and digital media strategically and capably.

  • Appreciate other perspectives and cultures.

English language arts course
English Language Arts Course

  • Culturally diverse literature (MAUS I and II; Copper Sun, Silent Spring, Animal Farm, Monster, films as text, etc.)

  • Solicit Students Responses (cooperative teaming, media presentations, argument and counterargument)

  • Grammar-seeks to correct errors that are so common they are not seen as errors…

  • Construct writing for a variety of purposesand audiences through various modes of organization

  • Concentrate on the effective uses of language

  • Unconventional vocabulary (derivatives of words requiring knowledge of suffixes and how they affect the function of a given word)


  • The College Board’s official Pre-AP )Advanced Placement program

  • Starts with the end in mind (Embedded Assessments) What must I learn to get an “A”?

  • Global in scope

  • Workbooks…(Not the curriculum)

Classroom requirements
Classroom Requirements:

All students must possess a book to read at all times in each class. Book checks are random.

First Block:

  • Five-subject Notebook or binder with literature, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and miscellaneous sections

  • Two One-subject spiral notebooks

    Blocks Two, Three, and Four:

  • Three-Ring Binder

  • Two one-subject notebooks.

H omework

  • Read for thirty minutes each night, Monday-Thursday.

  • Coming soon: “Lifeline Journal”

  • Vocabulary exercises

  • Written Responses

  • Projects

  • View Wiki weekly beginning September 16, 2013!

  • Homework Assignments to be recorded in Agenda!

Pertinent information
Pertinent Information




Agenda (notes can be written to me here!)