Common Core - English Language Arts

Common Core - English Language Arts

At a Glance

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are intended to be the next step toward providing every student with a powerful education. They provide a description of what students should know and be able to do in English Language Arts and Mathematics as they progress through their K-12 education in order to graduate prepared for success.

What are the key shifts in English Language Arts?

The following are the key shifts called for by the Common Core State Standards:

    1. Regular practice with complex texts and their academic language
    2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational
    3. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

How complex are the texts suggested by the English language arts standards?

Texts will always be grade appropriate. The Common Core provides text complexity bands measured in lexiles for each grade group:

Grade

Old Lexile Ranges

New Lexile Ranges

Example

K-1

N/A

N/A

N/A

2-3

450-725

450-790

Charlotte's Web

4-5

645-845

770-980

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6-8

860-1010

955-1155

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

9-10

960-1115

1080-1305

The Grapes of Wrath

11-CCR

1070-1220

1215-1355

Robinson Crusoe

Lexile ranges listed above are taken from: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_A.pdf. More comprehensive Lexile map (with sample titles) is available here.

What types of texts are recommended for the English language arts standards?

Students will need to read widely from a broad range of literary and informational texts, including stories, dramas, poems, and myths. They will also have to be familiar with texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines outside of English language arts.

What should I expect my student to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade 8?

Learn more about what students are expected to learn by clicking on the PDF associated with your student's grade level:

Kindergarten: English & Spanish

First Grade: English & Spanish

Second Grade: English & Spanish

Third Grade: English & Spanish

Fourth Grade: English & Spanish

Fifth Grade: English & Spanish

Sixth Grade: English & Spanish

Seventh Grade: English & Spanish

Eighth Grade: English & Spanish

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