ERIC Number: ED483776
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Reference Count: 0
English: Language Arts 7. Course of Study.
Hill, Lynette J.
Idaho State Department of Education
The transitions that occur throughout elementary, middle school/junior high and the world of high school require significant growth and change for learners. Throughout students' educations, literature and writing processes introduce them to an increased demand for mature thinking skills. Involvement with literature builds upon previous reading experiences, but emphasizes a new set of life issues. Thematic years address relationships, beliefs and values, responsibility, and self-identity. Focusing on skills, each graduated course enlists a significantly greater reliance on the ability to write effectively and efficiently with consideration of audience and purpose. The intended purpose of each course of study is to align curriculum instruction and assessment with the Idaho Language Arts Achievement Standards. This document provides a framework to assist teachers prepare their students for the Idaho Standard Achievement Tests as well as for the Ninth Grade Direct Writing Assessment. Standards provide widely agreed upon guidelines for what all students should learn and be able to do. They are useful in the development of curricular frameworks, course outlines, textbooks, professional development programs, and systems of assessment. The ultimate goal of social studies in Idaho is to develop the civic competence and civic participation of Idaho's youth, the citizens of today and tomorrow. Each of the U.S. History I instructional blocks is built upon the supporting Idaho Achievement standards. Appended are: (1) Resources; (2) Lesson Plans; and (3) Idaho Student Information Technology Standards.
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Grade 9, Literature, Writing (Composition), Student Evaluation, Thinking Skills, Language Arts, Information Technology
Idaho Department of Education, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0027. Tel: 208-332-6948; Fax: 208-332-6993.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Board of Education, Boise.