English Language Arts

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ELA Consultant
Lori Pusateri-Lane
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English Language Arts Guidebook

English Language Arts. Get help with your english language arts course work! Access answers to thousands of language arts questions with step by step explanations that are easy for you to comprehend. English Language Arts The ability to communicate well - to read, write, listen, and speak - prepares students for life. English language arts (ELA) are all of the communication and language skills and processes people use every day to receive and send information. Students in ELA classrooms and across the content areas take in information through reading, listening, and viewing from both literary and informational sources.

The Wyoming Language Arts Content and Performance Standards include four topics, or strands: Reading, including both Literature and Informational Text; Writing, Speaking and Listening; and Language. For grades K-5, standards for foundational literacy skills which support Reading Fluency are also included. The Wyoming Department of Education is responsible for setting standards which define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade in order to progress toward graduation, as well as college and career readiness. Wyoming Language Arts Content and Performance Standards do not dictate methodology, instructional materials used, or how the material is delivered.

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  • Appendix A: Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards (PDF)
  • Appendix B: Test Exemplars and Performance Tasks (PDF)
  • Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing (PDF)

ELA Resources

  • Navigating Text Complexity: This site provides educators with a comprehensive definition of quantitative and qualitative dimensions of text complexity. Materials include text complexity placemats, rubrics, suggested text sets, and instructional resources that demonstrate how and why to use these tools.
  • Fisher and Frey: Created by literacy experts Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, this website offers helpful resources and insightful articles for teachers. Some topics include: complex text and struggling readers, examining the composing process, new literacies, effective learning environments, and more.
  • Achieve the Core: What does strong student writing aligned to the Common Core look like? In Common provides hundreds of samples of student work from K-12 classrooms across the country. The samples are meant to illustrate how a student’s writing progresses as they gain fluency in the three types of Common Core Writing: opinion/argument writing, informative/ explanatory writing, and narrative writing.

Summer Learning Opportunities

With the assistance of MetaMetrics, the Wyoming Department of Education is combating summer learning loss by encouraging students to access free online tools designed to promote reading during the summer break.

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The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt academic standards for each subject area in grades K-12.

The ELA standards are designed to prepare students with the most important knowledge and 21st century literacy skills necessary to succeed in post-secondary and workforce arenas. The standards emphasize critical and divergent thinking, problem solving, active listening, recognition of patterns and anomalies, and evaluation and questioning of source material.

The standards reinforce the three ELA instructional shifts: regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary; reading and writing grounded in evidence from literary and informational text; and building knowledge through content-rich literary and informational text.

All ELA standards from K–12 are placed in one document with a table of contents at the beginning. By presenting the standards in a vertical chart by standard—rather than separately by grade—we are seeking to emphasize how the skills for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language spiral through all of the grade levels, leading to postsecondary and workforce readiness.

  • In grades K–5, the standards signal the importance of laying a solid foundation for reading and writing.
  • The middle grades, 6–8, solidify the foundation while increasing the complexity of text selection and tasks.
  • Finally, grades 9–12 focus on sophistication and style.
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Since the standards build on each other over time, we highly recommend that educators review the standards of the grade level before and after their grade level in order to better understand how the standards in their grade level fit into the students’ overall development.

Because the standards build on each other over time, it is necessary for educators to review the standards of the grade level before and after their grade level in order to better understand how the standards in their grade level fit into the students' overall development.

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Note: The State Board of Education sets the requirements for high school graduation (see the High School Policy 2.103). Per SBE Rule, students must achieve four high school level units of English in order to graduate with a high school diploma.

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AP, IB, and Cambridge

Please visit the associated websites in order to view the standards for: