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English Language Arts

INTRODUCTION

The ability to communicate well—to read, write, listen, and speak—runs to the core of human experience. Language skills are essential tools not only because they serve as the necessary basis for further learning and career development but also because they enable the human spirit to be enriched, foster responsible citizenship, and preserve the collective memory of a nation.  Students who read well learn the tempo and structure of language early in their development. They master vocabulary, variance in expression, and organization and skill in marshaling evidence to support an idea.

-English Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools (Grades k - 12), p.v, 1997

 

RECOMMENDED WEBSITES

GuysRead.com

Guys Read is a web-based literacy program for boys founded by author and First National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka.  Our mission is to help boys become self-motivated, lifelong readers.

http://www.guysread.com/

 

Book Wizard

Are you stuck when it comes tofinding books your student will enjoy reading?  This website has many different approaches to helping students find the right book:

http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

 

Spelling Help

This site allows students to take their spelling lists and play games in order to practice.  Even without paying for membership, you still have access to many features and review games.

http://www.spellingcity.com/

 

Fact Monster

This site helps do simple research from home!

www.factmonster.com

 

LITERACY

Are you looking for books to read over the summer, books in Spanish, award-winning books or books in a series?  Find all of that, and more, in the link below!

Recommended Reading 

STATE STANDARDS

We are currently in a transition from the 1997 State Adopted Standards to the Common Core State Standards.  The Common Core standards will be implemented fully by the 2013-2014 school year.  For further information, please click here .

 

LEXILE

What is a Lexile score?

A lexile level or score is a measurement of your student’s reading level.  Your student finds out their most current lexile level every time they take the NWEA test (3 times throughout the school year).

Click here for more information or go to:

http://www.lexile.com

 

READ EVERY NIGHT!

Students should be reading 20 to 30 minutes each night from a book that's appropriate for their Lexile score (see above). For more information on why reading every night is so important, click here.

 

NEED MORE?

For more resources, be sure to visit the district's Student Resources page:

SLZUSD Student Resources

Take the survey or just click on your favorite subject!

RECOMMENDED APPS

Grammar Up was designed to replicate questions with a business focus commonly found in the popular TOEIC (TM) English proficiency test. 

 

In addition to all the definitions from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, the app offers voice search – to let you look up a word without having to spell it – along with an integrated thesaurus, example sentences, Word of the Day, Favorites, and more. A great tool for reference, education, and vocabulary building.  The app is free.

 

WHAT IS PLAGIARISM?

For more information on plagiarism, citing your references and bibliographies, check out the link below:

Information Literacy