The Reading/Language Arts Curriculum is an integrated study of communication skills including reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. The goal of the curriculum is to help all students to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to use language proficiently for a variety of purposes and audiences.

The foundation of the District Reading/Language Arts curriculum is the South Dakota Reading/Language Arts Standards, with supplemental District level standards. These standards define for all students the minimum level of what they are expected to know in the language arts content area and the skills needed to apply the content in their personal and professional life experiences.

As a general outcome, it is the desire of the District that each student will have an appreciation of literacy, will enjoy reading and writing for a lifetime, and will engage in creative problem solving and thoughtful decision making based on the skills acquired to read, write, listen, speak, and view effectively.

Listed below are the Indicators, or major common threads in the Reading/Language Arts Curriculum that represent expected outcomes for all students in grades K-12.

Reading

Indicator 1: Students can recognize and analyze words.
Indicator 2: Students can comprehend and fluently read text.
Indicator 3: Students can apply knowledge of text structures, literary devices, and literary elements to develop interpretations and form responses.
Indicator 4: Students can interpret and respond to diverse, multicultural, and time period texts.
Indicator 5: Students can access, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate informational texts.

Writing

Indicator 1: Students can apply the writing process to compose text.
Indicator 2: Students can apply Standard English conventions in their writing.

Listening and Viewing

Indicator 1: Students can listen, view, and speak to communicate, retrieve, interpret, and evaluate information.

Standards are written for each Indicator for each Grade Level. All students are expected to know the content and perform the skills identified in each standard. The standards are the targets all students need to meet at the proficient level by the end of each grade level.