Handout: Processing the Changes in English Language Arts (ELA)

Shifts in Teaching and Learning



ELA changes towards regular practice with complex texts and their academic language.

Example – Chance to increase integration across disciplines.

Example – Need for additional high-quality informational texts in the classroom.

ELA changes towards reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from texts, both literary and informational


ELA changes towards building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction


ELA changes towards development of media literacy using “texts” of varying modalities