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English Language Arts

Hello, ELA Friends,

Our website page has a new look! The goal is to make curriculum and assessment resources easily available for you to use as you start to implement and integrate the new Missouri Learning Standards: Grade-Level Expectations into your curriculum.

What’s new?

Just posted in the chart below:

  • K-5 ELA Missouri Learning Standards: Grade Level Expectations with Examples (This document lists non-inclusive examples and explanations for some of the expectations in K-5.)
  • K-12 English Language Arts Glossary of Terms (This document combines versions of glossaries including from the K-12 State Literacy Plan and can be used to clarify meaning of ELA terms for instruction and assessment purposes.)

We are always asking educators for their expertise throughout the assessment plan. If you are interested in participating in any of the opportunities, send either of us an email.

As always, feel free to contact us with your ELA needs and feedback.

Debbie and Lisa


Debbie Jameson
Director of English Language Arts
[email protected]

Lisa Scroggs
Assistant Director of English Language Arts
[email protected]


English Language Arts Resources 2016-17
These resources are relevant to standards and testing for the 2016-17 school year.

Document Description
Missouri Learning Standards K-12 PDF Standards to be tested during the 2016-17 school year; will not be used after this school year.
Missouri Learning Standards K-12 Word
Missouri Learning Standards K-12 Excel
ELA Assessment Resources Links to achievement level descriptors, test blueprints, practice tests, scoring samples for writing, scoring guides for writing, and writing prompts.
Guide to Creating Quality Assessments  Provides examples of high-quality, open-ended constructed response and selected response items to support classroom instruction and assessment aligned to the Missouri Learning Standards and the Show-Me-Standards.

English Language Arts Starting 2017-18
These resources will help educators prepare for implementation of the April 2016-adopted Missouri Learning Standards
Grade Level Expectations and the new state tests starting in the 2017-18 school year.

Document Description
MLS Expectations K-5 PDF Expectations adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education in April 2016; state testing over these new expectations begins during the 2017-18 school year.
MLS Expectations K-5 Word
MLS Expectations 6-12 PDF
MLS Expectations 6-12 Word
MLS Expectations K-12 Excel
NEW  MLS Expectations K-5 with Examples Replication of the K-5 MLS Expectations document above with explanations and examples added.
NEW  MLS Expectations Coding System Provides examples and explanations of coding used to refer to expectations in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
NEW  ELA Glossary K-12 Definitions for terms used frequently in the ELA curriculum; working document for educators intended as a guide to assist with classroom instruction.
Crosswalks K-5 Alignments between the new MLS Expectations and the standards that were used through the 2016-17 school year.
Crosswalks 6-12
Vertical Progressions 6-12 Chart of each new MLS expectation by grade level.
MLS Expectations Terminology 6-12 Explanations and examples for selected terms in the 6-12 MLS Expectations. The PDF version of the 6-12 MLS Expectations contains hyperlinks from the terms to this document.
Gap Analysis Template K-5 Tools to assist educators in implementing changes from the old standards to the new MLS Expectations; guides educators in planning implementation of the new MLS Expectations.
Gap Analysis Template 6-12
Text Complexity Rubric-Literary Tools to assist educators in determining qualitative and quantitative complexity of literary and informational texts.
Text Complexity Rubric-Informational
Text Analysis Form
NEW  Curriculum Framework Provides assistance for districts in planning, writing, revising, and implementing curriculum.
Professional Development, Conferences, and Competitions
NEW  DESE Professional Learning Series Summer 2017 Students need to be able to read, write, speak, and listen in all content areas—not to mention beyond the school walls. Join DESE ELA staff in Jefferson City to explore ideas on how to integrate ELA concepts in multiple content areas for better student learning. K-5 ELA June 13 9 a.m.-3 p.m., repeated June 15; 6-12 ELA June 12 9 a.m.-3 p.m., repeated June 16. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 12, 2017.  Please click here to see the schedule of sessions.
Missouri Writing Projects Network Contact and basic information for the consortium of the five National Writing Project sites in Missouri
Missouri Reading Initiative Literacy Camp Writing instruction workshop in Springfield, Missouri, June 6 (elementary educators) and 7 (secondary educators), 2017.
International Society for Technology in Education Conference in San Antonio, Texas, June 25-28, 2017
International Literacy Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, July 25-17, 2017
National Council of Teachers of English Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, November 16-19, 2017


​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.

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