Illinois Learning Standards


Stage I - English Language Arts



English Language Arts Classroom Assessments Aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards



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The assessments are coded according to standard and stage. Example: 1A.I is aligned to standard 1A, stage I (ninth & tenth grades). Sample student work, when available, follows the assessment.

  • 1A.I - Vocabulary Building Cards

    Students select vocabulary words from their readings and complete a vocabulary building card for each word.
  • 1B.I - SQ3R and Reading Comprehension

    Students will use the SQ3R reading strategy to preview a text and make predictions about the reading.
  • 1C.I - Our Book Club-Top Books

    Students will be asked to review their favorite books to create a list of the best books to recommend to young adults for personal reading.
  • 2A.I - Burke's Pentad and Literary Analysis

    Students will read a short story and answer questions from Burke’s Pentad as preparation for the writing of an evaluation.
  • 2B.I - Different People/Different Times

    Student will analyze the author’s treatment of the topic, paying particular attention to the settings, historical elements, cultural influences, and the author’s conclusions.
  • 3A.I - Proofreading

    Each student will write an expository theme on a topic chosen by the teacher or selected through a class activity such as brainstorming.
  • 3B.I - The Argument

    Each student will write an expository theme on a topic chosen by the teacher or selected through a class activity such as brainstorming.
  • 3C.I - Letter Writing

    Each student will write an informal letter to a friend and one a business letter to complain about a problem encountered.
  • 4A.I - How Do I Get There From Here?

    Students will listen to a set of directions read by the teacher and will draw a map which illustrates those directions.
  • 4B.I - Talk To Me About It

    Students will be divided into small groups and will prepare and present orally an analysis of a short story with sufficient detail.
  • 5A.I - The Research Report (1)

    The student will survey a subject, select a topic, narrow the focus to a specific set of questions to answer, and conduct research to find the information needed.
  • 5B.I - The Research Report (2)

    Each student will analyze the information gathered for the research report from 5A - Stage I and will select the information to include in the report.
  • 5C.I - Teaching a Short Story

    Students will prepare an analysis of a short story to be presented to their peers and assign individual tasks and develop an outline of the presentation, research the story, and present the results of their work.

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