Reading, Writing, Communicating

Below are the Reading, Writing, and Communicating Standards we focus on throughout the school year at each grade level.  These standards are in direct alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards and the curriculum outlined by Douglas County School District.  These standards may also be listed on the district website as English Language Arts.



Kindergarten
Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • Oral communication skills are built within a language-rich environment

  • Communication relies on effective verbal and nonverbal skills

  • Vocal sounds produce words and meaning to create early knowledge of phonemic awareness

Reading for All Purposes

  • A concept of print to read and a solid comprehension of literary texts are the building blocks for reading

  • A concept of print to read and a solid comprehension of informational text are the building blocks for reading

  • Decoding words in print requires alphabet recognition and knowledge of letter sounds

Writing and Composition

  • Text types and purposes, labels, and familiar words are used to communicate information and ideas

  • Appropriate mechanics and conventions are used to create simple texts

Research and Reasoning

  • A variety of locations must be explored to find information that answers questions of interest

  • Identify purpose, information and question an issue

  • Quality of thinking depends on the quality of questions




1st Grade
Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • Multiple strategies develop and expand oral vocabulary

  • Verbal and nonverbal language is used to express and receive information

  • Identifying and manipulating phonemes in spoken words allow people to understand the meaning of speech

Reading for All Purposes

  • Comprehending and fluently reading a variety of literary texts are the beginning traits of readers

  • Comprehending and fluently reading a variety of informational texts are the beginning traits of readers

  • Decoding words require the application of alphabetic principles, letter sounds, and letter combinations

  • Understanding word structure, word relationships, and word families needs to be demonstrated to begin to read

Writing and Composition

  • Exploring the writing process develops ideas for writing texts that carry meaning

  • Appropriate spelling, conventions, and grammar are applied when writing

  • Implement the writing process successfully to plan, revise, and edit written work

Research and Reasoning

  • A variety of resources leads to locating information and answering questions of interest

  • Purpose, information, and questions about an issue are essential steps in early research



2nd Grade
Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • Discussions contribute and expand on the ideas of self and others

  • New information can be learned and better dialogue created by listening actively

Reading for All Purposes

  • Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading literary text

  • Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading informational text

  • Decoding words with accuaracy depends on knowledge of complex spelling patters and morphology

Writing and Composition

  • Exploring the writing process helps to plan and draft a variety of literary genres

  • Exploring the writing process helps to plan and draft a variety of simple informational texts

  • Appropriate spelling, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation are used and applied when writing

Research and Reasoning

  • Reference materials help us locate information and answer questions

  • Questions are essential to analyze and evaluate the quality of thinking


3rd Grade
Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • Oral communication is used both informally and formally

  • Successful group activities need the cooperation of everyone

Reading for All Purposes

  • Strategies are needed to make meaning of various types of literary genres

  • Comprehension strategies are necessary when reading informational or persuasive text

  • Increasing word understanding, word use, and word relationships increases vocabulary

Writing and Composition

  • A writing process is used to plan, draft, and write a variety of literary genres

  • A writing process is used to plan draft, and write a variety of informational text

  • Correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation and spelling are used and applied when writing

Research and Reasoning

  • Researching a topic and sharing findings are often done with others

  • Inferences and points of view exist

  • Quality of thinking depends on the quality of questions

4th Grade Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • A clear communication plan is necessary to effectively deliver and receive information

Reading for All Purposes

  • Comprehension and fluency matter when reading literary texts in a fluent way

  • Comprehension and fluency matter when reading informational and persuasive texts in a fluent way

  • Knowledge of complex orthography (spelling patterns), morphology (word meanings), and word relationships to decode (read) multisyllabic words contributes to better reading skills

Writing and Composition

  • The recursive writing process is used to create a variety of literary genres for an intended audience

  • Informational and persuasive texts use the recursive writing process

  • Correct sentence formation, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are applied to make the meaning clear to the reader

Research and Reasoning

  • Comprehending new information for research is a process undertaken with discipline both alone and within groups

  • Identifying implications, concepts, and ideas enriches reasoning skills



5th Grade Reading, Writing and Communicating

Oral Expression and Listening

  • Effective communication requires speakers to express an opinion, provide information, describe a process, and persuade an audience

  • Listening strategies are techniques that contribute to understanding different situations and serving different purposes

Reading for All Purposes

  • Literary texts are understood and interpreted using a range of strategies

  • Ideas found in a variety of informational texts need to be compared and understood

  • Knowledge of morphology and word relationships matters when reading

Writing and Composition

  • The recursive writing process contributes to the creative and unique literary genres for a variety of audiences and purposes

  • The recursive writing process creates stronger informational and persuasive texts for a variety of audiences and purposes

  • Conventions apply consistently when evaluating written texts

Research and Reasoning

  • High-quality research requires information that is organized and presented with documentation

  • Identifying and evaluating concepts and ideas have implications and consequences

  • Quality reasoning requires asking questions and analyzing and evaluating viewpoints