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English Language Arts


Welcome English Educators,

Exciting news! The Digital Library of Formative Assessments is up and running.  Check out the fun resources here: http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/assessment/smarter-balanced

Many of you have called and asked about HB1490 and what that means for us. In the short term (the next year or so at least) we will continue implementing the Missouri Learning Standards as we have been.  All of next year’s assessments are aligned to them.  Beyond that, we’ll have to wait to see what happens with the about House Bill.

I’ve posted several new resources. Enjoy!

As always, if there is something I can do to help or if there are resources you need I can provide, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Melia Franklin
Director of English language arts

[email protected]
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.