ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS FAQ

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS :: FAQ

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GENERAL ELA (K-12)


ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS (K-5)


SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (6-12)


GENERAL ELA (K-12)


How can I stay informed of upcoming events and important publications from NCDPI?
Join the ELA list serve(s) for the grade(s) you teach: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/NCSBE/subscriber/new


How can I stay informed of important dates and resources from ELA state and national organizations?
Here are web addresses of some of the most prominent professional organizations for our field:


Where can I find pacing guides?
NCDPI does not be provide pacing guides for ELA. Districts may choose to develop and use pacing guides for ELA. Text selection and curriculum development is a district-level decision. NCDPI provides resources and tools for districts choosing to do so.


Does NCDPI provide a required or recommended booklist for grade K-12?
NCDPI does not require or recommend any particular texts for students to read at any level. The selection of materials is a local, school, and individual teacher responsibility. Teachers should select texts based upon formative assessment measures, grade-level standards, and the complexity of the text.


Who makes the decisions to purchase or use particular materials or programs for English Language Arts?
These decisions are made at the local system or school level. NCDPI does not endorse particular programs or publishers. The NCSCoS for ELA provides what students should know and be able to do at each grade level but decisions about materials are made at the system, school, and classroom levels.


Where can a school or department find resources to address a challenge to books or materials used in classrooms or included in the library?
State law 115C-98 (b) requires all school systems have a board adopted selection policy that includes a process for reconsideration of instructional resources and challenges.


ELEMENTARY LANGUAGE ARTS (K-5)


Where can I find resources for the instruction of the ELA NCSCoS Standards?

SECONDARY ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (6-12)


Where can I find resources for the instruction of the ELA NCSCoS Standards?


Is there a required or recommendation book list for secondary students?
The literary and informational texts a teacher uses in a classroom provide a vehicle by which to teach the standards. Careful selection should ensure students will have a rich and diverse understanding of a variety of texts by the end of their senior year. Most importantly, all students should have opportunities to access complex text within their grade band. Curriculum choices such as designating certain years for a specific genre or country study (British Literature, American Literature, World Literature) are up to LEAs to decide.


Which English Language Arts courses are required for graduation?
English I, II, III, and IV are the four high school courses required for graduation.