Language Arts

Please visit our new website for English Language Arts/Literacy information.

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

AZ READS Home page
Arizona English Language Arts Standards
Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts 

Arizona State Literacy Plan

High School Reading/Writing Assessment Information
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “the Nation’s Report Card,” is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America’s students know and can do in various subject areas.

NAEP Reading Framework
NAEP Profile for Arizona
NAEP Writing Framework

Language Arts Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time
High School Graduation Requirements
Recommended Instructional Time (elementary)

Information about Best Practices in the areas of assessment, instruction, and professional development, as well as teacher resources.

ADE Developed Language Arts Resources


Current Research and Publications
ASCD Vocabulary Research
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) announces new research that helps document the connection between standards-based vocabulary instruction and future academic achievement.Carnegie Adolescent Literacy Report
Adolescent Literacy and the Achievement Gap: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?Journal of Adolescent and Adult LiteracyLiteracy Coaches: An Evolving Role
Carnegie Corporation: The concept of literacy coaches dates back to the 1920s-but they are increasingly in demand in 21st century schools.National Reading Panel
An evidenced-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction.The Neglected “R”: The Need for a Writing Revolution
“American education will never realize its potential as an engine of opportunity and economic growth until a writing revolution puts language and communication in their proper place in the classroom.” The National Commission on Writing.Neuhaus Education Center
Neuhaus Education Center is a nonprofit foundation that was established in 1980 and is dedicated to providing professional development for educators in research-based methods of literacy instruction. A good resource for teachers who work with dyslexic readers.Reading Next
A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York; a vision for action and research in middle and high school literacy.Reading Research Quarterly
Writing to Learn, Learning to Write
Revisiting writing across the curriculum in northwest secondary schools – NWREL.Writing: A Ticket to Work…Or a Ticket Out
A survey of 120 major American corporations employing nearly 8 Million people concludes that in today’s workplace writing is a “threshold skill” for hiring and promotion among salaried employees.
Professional Organizations for Language Arts Teachers
Arizona Reading Association
Arizona English Teachers Association
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National Writing Project
Northern Arizona Writing Project
Southern Arizona Writing Project
Links to Language Arts Resources
Please note: While the following sites have been identified as containing quality information for social studies education, teachers need to review individual materials for content quality and alignment.Alliance for Excellent Education
The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible for every child to graduate prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.ALA Best Books for Young Adults
Lists of award-winning books for adolescents.
ALA | Outstanding Books for the College Bound
Book lists by category.Awards for Children’s and YA Literature By State
Lists of award-winning children’s books.BalancedReading
Researched-based information for teaching reading K – 12, including diagnostics.Delivering a Persuasive Speech – Lesson Plan
Two-day lesson on persuasive speaking.
Grades 3 – 5.ERIC Clearing House – Listening and Speaking
An overview of listening and speaking, including assessment options.Grand Canyon Reader AwardLanguage Arts, Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
McRel provides various resources through its ongoing research, professional development, and support of education.Neuhaus Education Center
This site offers research and information about the dyslexic reader.Northwest Regional Education Lab
NWREL provides various resources through its ongoing research, professional development, and support of education.One Book Arizona
Sponsored by the Arizona State Library to promote reading.OneBook AZ & 6 Traits
Writing ideas to use in conjunction with OneBook AZ.ReadWriteThink
Resources for teachers, parents, and students in language arts.Web English Teacher
This web site offers various resources for literacy and reading skills to support instruction; includes readability formulas.Writing Fix
This interactive site provides writing topics for students that are tied to 6 Trait instruction.