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National Language Arts Standards Preface: The vision guiding these standards is that all students must have the opportunities and  resources to develop the language skills they need to pursue life's goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society.  These standards assume that literacy growth begins before children enter school as they experience and  experiment with literacy activitiesóreading and writing, and associating spoken words with their graphic representations.  Recognizing this fact, these standards encourage the development of curriculum and instruction that make productive use of the emerging  literacy abilities that children bring to school.  Furthermore, the standards provide ample  room for the innovation and creativity essential to teaching and learning.  They are not prescriptions for particular curriculum or instruction.  Although we present these standards as a list, we want to emphasize that they are not distinct and separable; they are, in fact, interrelated and should be considered as a whole.

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                    Standard 1.
                             Students read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an
                             understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States
                             and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and
                             demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment. Among
                             these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.
                      Standard 2.
                             Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres
                             to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical,
                             ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.
                      Standard 3.
                             Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate,
                             and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions
                             with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other
                             texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual
                             features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context,
                        Standard 4.
                             Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g.,
                             conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of
                             audiences and for different purposes.
                        Standard 5.
                             Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different
                             writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different
                             audiences for a variety of purposes.
                      Standard 6.
                             Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g.,
                             spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre
                             to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.
                        Standard 7.
                             Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and
                             questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize
                             data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people)
                             to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and
                      Standard 8.
                             Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g.,
                             libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize
                             information and to create and communicate knowledge.
                        Standard 9.
                             Students develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language
                             use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic
                             regions, and social roles.
                      Standard 10.
                             Students whose first language is not English make use of their first language
                             to develop competency in the English language arts and to develop
                             understanding of content across the curriculum.
                      Standard 11.
                             Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical
                             members of a variety of literacy communities.
                      Standard 12.
                             Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own
                             purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of

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Standards for the English Language Arts
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