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English Language Arts

ELA Update – Oct-Nov 2014

Welcome English Educators,

In an ongoing attempt to share information and research that crosses my desk with Missouri’s educators, I have added a number of new resources.  Please share this far and wide with educators you know.  Look under the Resources tab for scoring materials, claims and targets, and assessment documents.

A number of you have contacted me with suggestions for materials I can produce to better support your work in the classroom.  Thank you!  Please, keep your ideas coming.

Melia Franklin
Director of English language arts

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On Twitter @MeliaFranklin


Articles/Hot Topics/Research

International Reading Association

The IRA annual conference is in state next year!  Save the date: July 17-20 in Saint Louis.

Early Learning Outcomes

Interested in measuring reading proficiency? This fast facts sheet from CEELO (Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes) has produced a facts sheet with lots of helpful links and research.

Digital Learning

What You Need to Know Before Letting Your Kids Read E-Books
Time, April 28

Video Resources

Many of you are fans of the Teachers’ College Reading and Writing Project (think Lucy Calkins). Are you aware of the video collection of teachers in action

Reading and Writing Standards for History and Social Studies


​Missouri Learning Standards

Missouri Learning Standards

The 21st Century learner, more than any generation before, is challenged to more fully integrate literacy skills into all of his or her content skills.  From the earliest emergent reading skills, to the most advanced speaking activities, Missouri’s students will need to read, write, listen, speak and effectively use the vocabulary in every course they take, and in every endeavor they pursue.  In order for this to happen, we need to encourage attentive reading, both in informational texts and in literature—in print and digitally.  Students will need to write with purpose in all content areas and in all writing genre—narrative, argument, and explanatory.  When students habitually integrate literacy in a meaningful way, across their day, and across their academic experience, and indeed, across their lives, we will have met the educational promise that leads to life-long learners who look to literacy to enlarge their lives and enrich their experiences.