In the original 1996 Frameworks, the five Alaska English/Language
Arts standards did not isolate Reading and Writing. With
the adoption of the federal law No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
educators and the general population have come to think
of student literacy as more discreet disciplines. Therefore,
in this 2003 Frameworks we provide information about literacy
in the categories of Reading and Writing to assist teachers
interested in locating specific information more quickly.
However, the Alaska State Standards emphasize the importance
and interrelated nature of learning language.
Language is the primary way human beings name, organize,
communicate, and reflect upon themselves and the world.
Language is verbal and visual thinking. It is the means
by which a person solves problems, comes to know, and
remembers that knowing. It is the dominant means through
which all other subjects are expressed and learned and,
for this reason, in most American schools English/language
arts is the bedrock subject which all others cling to
when setting schedules or priorities. Language is also
that particular voice and story which we use to tell of
the extraordinary experience of being human.
We emphasize that the assumptions in this document
refer to any language that is the principal language of
instruction. (1996 Frameworks)
You can explore each of the five content standards for
more in-depth information about what the students need
to master in each standard.
Click on the links on the left.
For information on Best Practices, Assessments, Model
Lessons and Resources in Reading / Writing click on the
grade level tabs at the top of this page.