Relationships Between the Language Arts

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  • 00:00 What Are the Language Arts?
  • 00:50 Highlighting Reading
  • 1:39 Highlighting Writing
  • 2:23 Highlighting Speaking…
  • 3:05 Highlighting Viewing
  • 3:57 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Language arts teachers have to cover an amazingly large amount of curriculum in a relatively short amount of time. So how do they pull it off? By building relationships between different language arts.

What Are the Language Arts?

Not to date myself, but when I was a kid language arts seemed to be the code word used to cover up grammar. Of course, this was also in the dark ages of rulers over knuckles. However, methodologies in learning have come a long way in those decades, just as methods of keeping students' attention has evolved away from sore hands.

Today, teachers seek to make connections between all subjects. However, language arts teachers have the benefit of being able to draw on those connections to create a web of interaction within their classrooms. Using the guidelines of the National Council of Teachers in English, we'll focus on how to use other language arts to highlight each of the core areas of the language arts, namely reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing literacies.

Highlighting Reading

Not to pick favorites, but perhaps the most important skill that a student will learn in school is the ability to read. Therefore, it makes your job to ensure that they are able to read, and read well, all that more important. However, that is not license to make it boring. Use this as an opportunity to draw in other activities to help with reading knowledge.

Most basically, you could ask the students to identify grammatical concepts found in their reading. With students of all ages, you could also encourage them to identify which of a selection of illustrations would be the best for a page, based on what they have read. Finally, you could ask them to read a selection, then suggest a tone for it. Should a happy person be reading it? Or a serious person? This, in particular, will help students learn to read between the lines for meaning, and context, and tone, both of which will help in further English study.

Highlighting Writing

Flashbacks to ruler-smacked knuckles aside, in grammar class, writing is also a vital skill taught in the language arts. If reading helps our students to become more intelligent, being able to write well helps them to demonstrate their intelligence. Here we're faced with subsets, like grammar, spelling and composition. But we can use them all at the same time.

Imagine having students read a passage and then write what happens next. Stress the importance of having them maintain the characters of the story, but have them take it further. For younger students, the same could be done with images telling a story. Most directly, students could learn the importance of being able to write well, and speak well, by writing speeches and presenting them.

Highlighting Speaking and Listening

Let's face it, in some middle and high school classrooms it's probably preferable to limit the amount of speaking and listening among students, but nonetheless it is an important part of the language arts. After all, much of our daily use of language comes through speaking and listening.

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