In my years of helping other Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, probably the one topic that comes up most often is language arts. I receive questions from “How do you do language arts the Charlotte Mason way?” to “What about composition?” to “How do you teach spelling and vocabulary?” to “Can you recommend a living English grammar book?”
English Language Arts The ability to communicate well - to read, write, listen, and speak - prepares students for life. So language arts include the four main components of. Listening, Reading, Speaking,. Everything that relates to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in your selected language can be considered part of your language arts program. Arizona English Language Arts Standards (Adopted December 2016) Jan. 21st ELA Office Hours.png ELA Office Hours!Join us for office hours to keep updated on current information presented by the ELA team.
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- The discipline of English language arts includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and producing texts, broadly defined. These texts include various narrative, informational, and literary genres, as well as visual information, both on the written page and in digital mediums.
So let’s take some time to look together at language arts. Over the next several weeks we will discuss what is included in language arts and how Charlotte taught all those components in simple yet effective ways. Today, let’s start by defining what “language arts” means.
What Is Language Arts, Anyway?
Don’t let the fancy term throw you: “language arts.” Back in Charlotte Mason’s day that term didn’t exist. It’s simply an educational label that was invented along the way. In fact, let’s take the term apart for a moment and think about what it means.
“Art” is a way of communicating an idea, whether it is done through music, paint, sculpture, or dance. The goal of “art” is to communicate an idea.
Now add the word “language” to that concept. The goal of “language arts” is to be able to use a language proficiently in order to communicate an idea.
That’s it. Nothing scary or intimidating. Just learning how to communicate ideas through language. You’ve been teaching language arts to your children naturally since they were born.
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The Parts of Language Arts
Since we want our children to be proficient at communicating ideas through language, we want to make sure we cover all the ways language occurs. So language arts include the four main components of
- Speaking, and
Everything that relates to listening, speaking, reading, and writing in your selected language can be considered part of your language arts program.
Teachers through the years have tried to break down that big goal of “communicating ideas through language” into individual skills to work on (as teachers are apt to do). Most language arts programs will include these specific skills.
- Listening Skills
- Phonics/Beginning Reading
- Parts of Speech
- Rhyming Words
- Sentence Structure
- Reading Comprehension
- Writing Composition
- Public Speaking
- Reference skills (alphabetizing; using a dictionary, etc.)
- Word study (homonyms, synonyms, prefixes, suffixes)
Most traditional language arts programs cover those skills as fifteen or more separate subjects. Charlotte Mason used about half that many subjects and still covered all the skills in an interesting and living way that kept the students’ attention and encouraged them to love learning.
How? We’ll look at the specifics in the coming weeks.
New Language Arts Handbook
We’re excited to announce the newest addition to our Charlotte Mason handbook series:Hearing and Reading, Telling and Writing. Everything that we will cover in this series of posts is included in this new handbook, plus lots more helpful information and encouragement.
In its pages you will find that Charlotte’s approach to language arts is simple, saves time, and uses common sense methods.
It is my hope that having Charlotte’s methods and ideas gathered into one place, along with her own words, will provide you with a quick go-to resource that will boost your confidence and reassure you that you have “this language arts thing” covered.
Be sure to download the free sample of this new book. It includes the simple what-to-teach-when chart, as well as the entire chapter on narration.
The State Board of Education has the authority to adopt academic standards for each subject area in grades K-12.
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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.
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.
English Language Arts Standards Ohio
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.
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.
AP, IB, and Cambridge
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Please visit the associated websites in order to view the standards for: