Reading /English Language Arts Club
- The standards establish a "staircase" of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read so that all students are ready for the demands of college and career-level reading no later than the end of high school.
- Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.
- The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American and World literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.
The ability to write logical arguments based on sound reasoning and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing extending down into the earliest grades.
Research-both short, focused projects and longer term in depth research -is emphasized throughout the standards
The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media.
An important focus of the speaking and listening standards is academic discussion in one-on-one, small-group, and whole-class settings. Formal presentations and informal discussion is encouraged as students collaborate to answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems.
The standards expect that students will grow their vocabularies through a mix of conversations, direct instruction, and reading.
The standards help prepare students for real life experiences.