Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
9 to 12
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
Course Level Expectation
Demonstrate control of Standard English through grammar usage and mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling).
Employ a variety of strategies and resources to determine the definition, pronunciation, etymology, spelling, and usage of words and phrases.
Understand and use a variety of sentence structures.
Consider language as a reflection of its time and culture.
Check For Understanding
Apply a variety of strategies to correct sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
Know and apply a variety of sentence-combining techniques.
Know and use Standard English conventions for punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
Be aware of the power of language well-used as a reflection and change agent of its time and culture (e.g., political correctness, ethnic identity, persuasion).
Use roots and affixes to determine or clarify the meaning of specialized vocabulary across the content areas (e.g., antecedent, antebellum, circumference,
Recognize and use the appropriate word among frequently confused words (e.g., to/too/two, their/there/theyre, it/its, you/youre, whose/whos,
Use the origins, history, and evolution of words and concepts to enhance understanding.
Demonstrate understanding of foreign words and phrases (e.g., RSVP, dj vu, faux pas, du jour, bon voyage, alma mater, cum laude, femme fatale, esprit de