English Language Arts (ELA) Standards Support

Inspired by the National Council of Teachers of English1, the reference points that are bolded below can enhance your ELA instruction.

Engage and deepen understanding of informational text.

Develop listening and speaking skills with author interviews and discussion guides.

"When readers see words like settlers and frontier, they might not pause to consider that what was a frontier to some was a homeland to others." -Helen Frost

Delve into and analyze literature.

  • Contemplate the shifts in focus and perspective required of Francisco X. Stork in his work on Marcelo in the Real World as described in his Meet-the-Author Recording.

Construct meaning from social contexts using diverse literature.

  • Explore the themes of friendship, sharing, and loss using Karen Lynn Williams' lesson plan for Four Feet, Two Sandals.

1. Referenced from "NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts." National Council of Teachers of English, http://www.ncte.org/standards/ncte-ira.