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 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, comparative, superlative), nouns (i.e., common and proper, singular and plural, possessive), pronouns
Use capitals letters correctly (i.e., first and last names, pronoun I, proper nouns, first word of a sentence).
Identify and use correct punctuation at the end of declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative sentences.
Form contractions correctly.
Understand that a sentence is a group of words that has a subject and a verb and expresses a complete thought.
Identify and correctly write complete sentences.
Use commas correctly in a series.
Spell simple words using developing phonetic knowledge, sounds of the alphabet, and simple consonant/vowel patterns. Spell high frequency words correctly
Recognize common abbreviations. Build vocabulary by reading, listening to, and discussing a variety of literature. Add prefixes (e.g., re-, dis-), suffixes
Maintain phonemic awareness by adhering to the following: Rearrange the letter sounds of a given word to create new words (e.g., top to pot; sub to
Apply phonics generalizations in order to decode words in the following ways: Read words containing r-controlled vowels (er, or, ar, ir, ur). Apply knowledge