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English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy

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The Fremont 14 School District values English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy as the essential component of all education. By empowering students with the skills to read, write, speak, listen, and view critically, strategically, and creatively, we equip them with the tools to become lifelong, independent learners. This is accomplished by engaging students in meaningful literacy activities through a variety of media.







Wyoming ELA Content and Performance Standards

ELA curriculum and instruction at  Fremont 14 School District are aligned to the Wyoming 2012 ELA Content and Performance Standards. The Standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of ELA. Familiarize yourself with the 

Key features of the Standards

Reading: text complexity and the growth of comprehension

The Reading standards place equal emphasis on the sophistication of what students read and the skill with which they read. Standard 10 defines a grade-by- grade “staircase” of increasing text complexity that rises from beginning reading to the college and career readiness level. Whatever they are reading, students must also show a steadily growing ability to discern more from and make fuller use of text, including making an increasing number of connections among ideas and between texts, considering a wider range of textual evidence, and becoming more sensitive to inconsistencies, ambiguities, and poor reasoning in texts.

Writing: text types, responding to reading, and research

The Standards acknowledge the fact that whereas some writing skills, such as the ability to plan, revise, edit, and publish, are applicable to many types of writing, other skills are more properly defined in terms of specific writing types: arguments, informative/explanatory texts, and narratives. Standard 9 stresses the importance of the writing-reading connection by requiring students to draw upon and write about evidence from literary and informational texts. Because of the centrality of writing to most forms of inquiry, research standards are prominently included in this strand, though skills important to research are infused throughout the document.

Speaking and Listening: flexible communication and collaboration

Including but not limited to skills necessary for formal presentations, the Speaking and Listening standards require students to develop a range of broadly useful oral communication and interpersonal skills. Students must learn to work together, express and listen carefully to ideas, integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources, evaluate what they hear, use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purposes, and adapt speech to context and task.

Language: Conventions, effective use, and vocabulary

The Language standards include the essential “rules” of standard written and spoken English, but they also approach language as a matter of craft and informed choice among alternatives. The vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances and on acquiring new vocabulary, particularly general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.

Family Resources 

National Council for Teaching Reading

Read Write Think

Starfall (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)

Project Gutenberg


ACT Academy Stop the Summer Slide (Grades 3-12)

Teacher Resources

Lexile Framework for Reading

Native Poetry (Poetry Foundation)

Native Poetry (Academy of American Poets)