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Stotsky-Optional ELA Standards

Stotsky-Optional ELA Standards

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Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas offered a set of English Language Arts standards for states or school district to use free of charge.
Dr. Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas offered a set of English Language Arts standards for states or school district to use free of charge.

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An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools1
 
 An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model  For use by any state or school districtwithout chargeChief author: Sandra Stotsky Professor Emerita, University of Arkansas February 2013
 
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools2
 
Table of Contents
Purpose and Sources of this Curriculum Framework 3Guiding Principles 4Overview of General Standards and Learning Standards: 71. Discussion and Group Work 102. Oral Presentation 123. Structure and Conventions of Modern English 154. Vocabulary and Concept Development 175. Formal and Informal English 216. Foundations of Reading and Spelling 247. Nonfiction 318. Fiction 369. Poetry 3910. Drama 4111. Myth, Legend, Traditional Narrative, and Classical Literature 4312. The Research Process 4813. Analytical Writing 5114. Persuasive Writing 5415. Personal Writing 56Appendix A: Suggested Authors and Illustrators Who Reflect Our Common Literary andCultural HeritageAppendix B: Suggested Authors and Illustrators of World Literature and Twentieth-Century American LiteratureAppendix C: Glossary of TermsAppendix D: A Perspective on the Goals and Content of English Language ArtsInstruction in this CountryAppendix E: The Limited English Proficient Student in the English Language ArtsClassroomAppendix F: How Literature Can Be Related to Key American Historical DocumentsAppendix G: Independent Evaluative Comments
 
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools3
Purpose of this Curriculum Framework
 
This curriculum framework provides standards designed to guide reading and English teachers inthe development of a coherent English language arts curriculum from PreK to 12. It is based ontwo premises: that learning in the English language arts should be cumulative and that the readingof increasingly challenging literary and non-literary works as well as the writing of increasinglyextensive research papers are the basis for developing the independent thinking needed for self-government.The four discipline-based strands in this framework—Listening and Speaking, Language Study,Reading and Literature, and Research and Composition—are interdependent. At all grade levels,a sound English language arts curriculum integrates concepts and skills from all four strands.A sound reading and literature curriculum also expects students to apply their language skills toincreasingly challenging material linked in ways that promote cumulative learning. A coherentsequence of reading, research, and writing assignments ensures that students both broaden anddeepen their base of literary/historical knowledge. It is this broadening and deepening knowledgebase that stimulates intellectual growth and enhances their capacity for independent criticalthinking.
Sources of this Curriculum Framework
 
The four discipline-based areas reflected in the 15 General Standards are broad statements of what students should know and be able to do in the English language arts. They are then brokendown into Learning Standards for each grade from PreK to 12. These General Standards andLearning Standards come from a long-planned revision of the 2001 Massachusetts EnglishLanguage Arts Curriculum Framework. The final draft of the revised framework, completed inNovember 2009, reduced the 27 General Standards in the 2001 framework to 15 in order toeliminate repetition and call attention to more demanding reading and literary study in the highschool grades; expressed the 2001 Learning Standards with greater clarity; and offered additionallearning standards for beginning reading and spelling, a sequence of new standards for nonfictionreading in the elementary and middle grades, and a richer sequence for vocabulary development.This draft framework was never sent to the board of elementary and secondary education for avote to send it out for public comment. It went to the board in July 2010 only as a working draft(http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/ela/0610draft.pdf ) and simply for the board’s information.It accompanied Common Core’s final version of its English language arts standards and othermaterials expressly developed to support the board’s adoption of Common Core’s standards.The ten Guiding Principles come from the 2001 Massachusetts English Language ArtsCurriculum Framework; they articulate a set of beliefs about the teaching, learning, and assessingof the English language arts. Appendix A is from the original, 1997 version of this framework; itis a suggested list of authors and illustrators who reflect our common literary and culturalheritage. Its K-8 list was reviewed, organized, and approved by the editors of 
The
 
 Horn Book 
 using, as requested in 1997, one criterion: literary quality; the 9-12 list was reviewed by literaryscholars from diverse backgrounds. Appendix B is from the 2001 curriculum framework and is asuggested list of twentieth-century American authors and illustrators, as well as of past andpresent authors from other countries and cultures. Appendix C
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a glossary explaining technicalwords and phrases, as well as Appendices D, E, and F, also come from the 2001 framework.Appendix G, which contains an evaluation of the 2010 draft revision of the 2001 CurriculumFramework, is from the Fordham Institute’s 2010 review of state standards.

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