Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
Language is the systematic means of communicating ideas and feelings through the use of signs, gestures, words, and/or auditory symbols. Language Arts is the name given to the curriculum area that includes four types of language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Language Arts teaching constitutes a significant area in education, since listening, speaking, reading, and writing pervade the curriculum. They are vital to learning and the display of learning in all areas- math, science, and social studies. Teachers must teach students to be proficient in all four areas of language to be successful in their learning across the curriculum.Conceptual StrandStandard American English conventions and vocabulary are essential to ensure effective use of language and promote success in college as well as all types of career opportunities.Guiding QuestionIn what ways do Standard American English conventions and vocabulary promote success in education and in careers?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Demonstrate control of basic Standard English usage, mechanics, spelling, and sentence structure.
Employ a variety of strategies to decode words and expand vocabulary.
Develop and maintain phonological awareness.
Understand and apply the alphabetic principle.
Check For Understanding
Identify and correctly use adjectives (i.e., descriptive), nouns (i.e., singular and plural, possessive), pronouns (i.e., substitution for nouns), and verbs
Use capital letters correctly (i.e., in the first word of a sentence, first and last names, pronoun I, proper nouns).
Identify and use correct punctuation at the end of declarative sentences and questions.
Form contractions using apostrophes.
Understand that homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things (e.g., flower/flour, sun/son).
Understand that groups of words make sentences.
Understand that word order helps determine the meaning of a sentence.
Identify and correctly write complete sentences.
Spell simple words using developing phonetic knowledge, sounds of the alphabet, and simple consonant/vowel patterns. Spell high frequency words correctly
Show evidence of expanding language through vocabulary growth. Build vocabulary by reading, listening to, and discussing a variety of literature. Use word
Maintain phonemic awareness. Understand that a phoneme is one distinct sound. Use sound stretching of one syllable words to identify each phoneme. Use sound
Apply phonics generalizations in order to decode words. Name all uppercase/lowercase letters of the alphabet. Understand that the sequence of letters in a