2020 Updated Maine Language standards
The Language strand provides learning targets in developmental progressions for each grade K-5. The standards then move to multi-grade spans in grades 6-8 and 9-12.
Essential Topics in ELA
The language standards are first in the 2020 ELA document because they provide a starting point for selecting text, planning instruction, and supporting literacy growth with transferable skills.
Close Reading: How Does the Text Work?
This professional learning event focuses on the role of the language standards using a text-dependent technique featured in the Fisher, et. al. text Text-Dependent Questions: Pathways to Close and Critical Reading (K-5 and 6-12). Consider what to look for when selecting a text, how to prioritize passages for whole class study, and the role that language standards play in style, tone, and complexity.
Resources to support the language standards.
Douglas, et al. Text-Dependent Questions, Grades 6-12: Pathways to Close and Critical Reading (Corwin Literacy). Corwin.
Douglas, et al. Text-Dependent Questions, Grades K-5: Pathways to Close and Critical Reading (Corwin Literacy). Corwin.
Lab, Purdue Writing. “OWL // Purdue Writing Lab.” Purdue Writing Lab, https://owl.purdue.edu/. Accessed 6 Oct. 2021.
- Conventions and Knowledge of Language. From Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, explains development and implementation of the language standards.
- Vocabulary. From Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, explains that vocabulary development is more than just memorizing word lists.
- Bibliography. From Appendix A of the Common Core State Standards, provides the research and reference foundation that informed the development of the language standards.