Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The New York State English Language Arts Standards

Below are English Language Arts Standards according to the New York State Department of Education website.  As we had already noticed, for class K003 at the Roosevelt Island School G&T acceleration is provided through differentiating teaching for advanced learners, where some kindergarteners become first/second-grade-level readers and writers. Complete Language Arts core curriculum for Kindergarten and first grade is available online.

Standard 1: Students will read, write, listen and speak for information and understanding: As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.
Standard 2: Students will read, write, listen and speak for literary response and expression: Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances from American and world literature; relate texts and performances to their own lives; and develop an understanding of the diverse
social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for self-expression and artistic creation.

Standard 3: Students will read, write, listen and speak for
critical analysis and evaluation: As listeners and readers, students will analyze experiences, ideas, information, and issues presented by others using a variety of established criteria. As speakers and writers, they will present, in oral and written language and from a variety of perspectives, their opinions and judgments on experiences, ideas, information and issues.
Standard 4: Students will read, write, listen and speak for
social interaction:
Students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views.

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