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What exactly is Language Arts?

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My state requires recordkeeping on Reading and Language Arts.  I always considered the part of the same thing.

What do you cover under "Language Arts"?

by on Sep. 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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by Group Admin on Sep. 16, 2013 at 7:22 AM

 Reading is a seperate course.  It is really reading comprehension and "phonics" or whatever other method you use to teach the actual skills of reading.  Most schools have a "Reading" course up to 9th grade.  It teaches the difference between skimming for information and reading for meaning.  It practices speed reading techniques and slow methodical reading techniques.

Language Arts is Literature, Informational Reading, Literary Terms, Spelling, Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation, and all forms of writing (technical, literary, and creative).

by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM
When I was a teacher in NC, language arts included phonics, phonemic awareness, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, reading, reading comprehension, and composition (writing).
by Silver Member on Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM
I've never separated reading and language arts. For me, LA includes reading, spelling, writing, vocab, grammar and literature. Of course, when I was in school (in the 80s) they just called it "English class".
by on Sep. 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM

 i agree with everyone else!!

by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 1:41 AM

It is the art of language nerdybouncingThere is reading and then there is learning the technicalities of English.

by on Sep. 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

For us its grammar, writting, spelling, and voabulary. We do journaling, and writing a short story (two-three paragraphs since he is in grade 3)

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