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State of Alaska > Department of Education & Early Development > Content Standards


ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

A A student should be able to speak and write well for a variety of purposes and audiences.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. apply elements of effective writing and speaking; these elements include ideas, organization, vocabulary, sentence structure, and personal style;
  2. in writing, demonstrate skills in sentence and paragraph structure, including grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation;
  3. in speaking, demonstrate skills in volume, intonation, and clarity;
  4. write and speak well to inform, to describe, to entertain, to persuade, and to clarify thinking in a variety of formats, including technical communication;
  5. revise, edit, and publish the student's own writing as appropriate;
  6. when appropriate, use visual techniques to communicate ideas; these techniques may include role playing, body language, mime, sign language, graphics, Braille, art, and dance;
  7. communicate ideas using varied tools of electronic technology; and
  8. evaluate the student's own speaking and writing and that of others using high standards.
B A student should be a competent and thoughtful reader, listener, and viewer of literature, technical materials, and a variety of other information.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. comprehend meaning from written text and oral and visual information by applying a variety of reading, listening, and viewing strategies; these strategies include phonic, context, and vocabulary cues in reading, critical viewing, and active listening;
  2. reflect on, analyze, and evaluate a variety of oral, written, and visual information and experiences, including discussions, lectures, art, movies, television, technical materials, and literature; and
  3. relate what the student views, reads, and hears to practical purposes in the student's own life, to the world outside, and to other texts and experiences.
C A student should be able to identify and select from multiple strategies in order to complete projects independently and cooperatively.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. make choices about a project after examining a range of possibilities;
  2. organize a project by
    1. understanding directions;
    2. making and keeping deadlines; and
    3. seeking, selecting, and using relevant resources;
  3. select and use appropriate decision-making processes;
  4. set high standards for project quality; and
  5. when working on a collaborative project,
    1. take responsibility for individual contributions to the project;
    2. share ideas and workloads;
    3. incorporate individual talents and perspectives;
    4. work effectively with others as an active participant and as a responsive audience; and
    5. evaluate the processes and work of self and others.
D A student should be able to think logically and reflectively in order to present and explain positions based on relevant and reliable information.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. develop a position by
    1. reflecting on personal experiences, prior knowledge, and new information;
    2. formulating and refining questions;
    3. identifying a variety of pertinent sources of information;
    4. analyzing and synthesizing information; and
    5. determining an author's purposes;
  2. evaluate the validity, objectivity, reliability, and quality of information read, heard, and seen;
  3. give credit and cite references as appropriate; and
  4. explain and defend a position orally, in writing, and with visual aids as appropriate.
E A student should understand and respect the perspectives of others in order to communicate effectively.

A student who meets the content standard should:

  1. use information, both oral and written, and literature of many types and cultures to understand self and others;
  2. evaluate content from the speaker's or author's perspective;
  3. recognize bias in all forms of communication; and
  4. recognize the communication styles of different cultures and their possible effects on others.
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