Language Arts
Standards & Benchmarks
Central Cass—Spring 2004
Let’s get crackin’!
ND Language Arts Standards
In Review
• Students
• Engage in research process
• Engage in reading process
• Engage in writing process
• Engage in speaking/listening process
• Understand media
• Understand/use principles of language
Levels of Evaluation
Advanced Proficient
Proficient
Partially Proficient
Novice
Grade Level Meetings
An Overview
Grade level meetings took place the week of
January 26- February 4. All elementary staff
and specialists who teach in the language arts
content areas participated by reviewing the
state document and providing oral feedback.
Survey Items
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Feedback of ND Standards & Benchmarks
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Recommendations of additions to local document
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Current Curriculum Practices
• Individual classrooms
• Grade Level
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State requirements not being met in class/level
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Curriculum Recommendations
• Cut/Add…..to meet state requirements
Kindergarten
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Always room for improvement!
Similar practices: share ideas
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Cross curricular integration
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Language experiences
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Alphabet books
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Literature-based experiences
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Language group w/speech &
language instructor
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Story bits: connect
letters/sounds to literature
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Letter snacks…eating through
the ABC’s
Sentence writing w/punctuation—
high expectation?
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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More emphasis on ending sounds
Specify letter sounds covered:
short/long vowels, hard/soft
consonant sounds
Use sentence to convey a message
Extend writing to experience with
sentence writing and “play write”
with punctuation
Increase coverage of nursery
rhymes
Handwriting Curriculum/Standard
1st Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Open Court Phonetic Reading
Program: utilized, but not an
adopted curriculum
Heath program—starts in spring
DOL
Curriculum supplements differ:
writing, spelling, daily journaling,
word-a-day…..more consistency,
unity needed in supplementary
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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Word-a-Day Program (vocabulary:
reading comprehension goal)
Writing (6-Traits)
Improve research & media standards
Spelling series?
Review Open Court….balance of
phonics & comprehension?
Handwriting Curriculum/Standard
Heath PrePrimer—poor feedback
2nd Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Same core curriculum
Heath Reading Series (1990)
DOL—inconsistent use
Spelling—a list, not a program
Language (1990), sequential series a
positive
Supplementary: 4 Block in one
classroom (word wall, guided reading,
other)
Question of incoming students’
difficulty with comprehension
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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No standards/benchmarks to add,
adjust to meet state guidelines
Ready for a change in reading series
Guided Reading? Theoretically used
in one classroom
Handwriting consistency
Collect more information prior to
adding a local standard for
handwriting
3rd Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Deficiency:
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standard 1 (research): evaluate
research
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Standard 2 (reading):
organize/develop ideas, review
topic organization, &
characteristics of non-fiction
Heath Reading (1993)
Language (1990)
Spelling (manuals falling apart)
DOL…used daily? Curriculum
followed?
Shared supplementary materials
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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Checklist format (math/science)
Revisit letter writing—not presently
a ND 3rd grade benchmark
Add adverbs, prepositions,
conjunctions
D’Nealian Handwriting: professional
inservice recommended. Question of
consistency with correct modeling.
4th Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Health Reading
Language Book—poor
DOL, DOA
Day Book (Great Source) used by
one classroom
Inconsistent supplementary
materials
State deficiencies: verbs
prepositions, conjunctions, reading
strategies, questioning
MATERIA LS are the weakness
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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Handwriting…where listed in
standards?
“If they can’t write it, they can’t
read it!”
Prefer checklist format
Local: more specific coverage of
nouns, pronouns, conventions,
mechanics
Focus on Standard 1
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Students evaluate research
product using a rubric
Focus on Standard 5
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WHAT is the library
curriculum?
5th Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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So much at the state level!
“The secret is integrating!”
Confident with standards 2, 3, & 6.
Concern with research (1) and media
(5).
Reading text (1993)—evidence of
outdated stories (text, illustrations)
Language (1990)
DOL, DOA
Spelling Series—more a home
activity
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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No extras to state requirements
Focus on relevant
Filter irrelevant text activities
Add appropriate magazines to aide in
media standard
Emphasis on incorporation of
technology INTO learning
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PowerPoint
Graphic Organizers
HyperMedia/HyperStuidio
6th Grade
Evaluation of Current
Curriculum
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Easy to meet state requirements
Goal: extension
Supplement Write Source 2000:
fills gaps from language series.
6-Traits should focus on weaker
areas in writing: informative,
narrative, persuasive
DOL
Reading (1991 & 1993)
Language (1990) “Not user-friendly”
Content-Related Spelling
Don’t address similes, metaphors,
idioms, personification well
Recommendations for Additions
to Local:
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Standard & Benchmark Connection—
knowledge of where 5th grade is and
connect to 7th grade
Integrate technology
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keyboarding
Question: Writing using a rubric a
4th grade standard, but not 6th
Suggestion: Each grade level choose
specific literature to read; EX: 1st:
Ramona (Cleary), 2nd: Charlie &
Chocolate Factory (Dahl), 3rd:
Charlotte’s Web (White), etc.
Upgrade reading & language series
Discussion
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Handwriting….a local standard?
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Consistent Reading Series 1-6? 1-5? Include kindergarten?
DOL inservice/meeting to insure consistent practice of
adopted curriculum
Spelling Series
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Sue Baumgartner, OT/PT: 3 fine motor tests
Addition to writing standard: formation, alignment, spacing, legibility
Consistency
Content Integration
Revision of outdated textbooks to more closely align to
standards?
What Next?
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Curriculum Committee: Discuss relevant factors required to
align the curriculum with state & local standards & benchmarks.
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Grade level meetings conducted by grade level representative
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Specify local language arts benchmarks based on state
Specify local language arts standards based on state
Meet & submit data by Friday, March 12.
Goal Dates:
• March 19: Data to Typing
• April 9:
Finished Document
• April 16: Binder to Teachers
“We can add, but cannot delete!”
“Collect” staff input
Imagine the Possibilities!
“Store” Information
Respect Differences
Celebrate Our Successes!
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