Nebraska State Standards for Language Arts

Instructor: Alyssa Kominsky

Alyssa has taught middle school and high school English and has a bachelor's degree in secondary English education with a minor in creative writing.

The state of Nebraska adopted the College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts in September of 2014. These standards cover kindergarten through twelfth grade and dictate what language arts material should be learned throughout the school year.

Nebraska's College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts

While many states and schools are choosing to follow the Common Core curriculum, the state of Nebraska has decided to implement their own state standards. Among other reasons, Nebraska has chosen not to use Common Core standards because they feel that their own standards are equally as rigorous, and sometimes more rigorous. The state also feels that there is generally not enough review and revision of the Common Core standards. These standards are broken down into subject areas and skills for kindergarten through 5th grade and 6th through 12th grade.

ELA Standards for Grades K-5


Development of reading comprehension skills and strategies, phonetic knowledge and analysis, fluency development, vocabulary and applying prior knowledge, and text information to construct meaning for grade-appropriate texts. Standards also focus on literary devices in increasing levels of complexity, making connections between literary texts and culture and society, and organizational patterns found within text. Students in kindergarten and first grade also work on print awareness and phonological awareness using oral activities.


Students learn about the writing process, and how to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their pieces. The standards allow for students to write in many forms across many genres, including analytic, descriptive, informative, narrative, poetic, persuasive, and reflective writing. Standards also focus on understanding an author's purpose and audience.

Speaking and Listening

Students develop skills in speaking. They develop, apply, and refine their skills and strategies to communicate in a wide variety of circumstances. Standards also promote listening skills like eye contact, recalling information, nonverbal cues, questioning, and taking notes. Communication and classroom/social etiquette between individuals is be practiced at these grade levels.

Multiple Literacies

These standards encompass a variety of media forms, including digital, text, and visual. Students are expected to apply fluency and evaluate and create content over a wide range of forms. These standards also emphasize protocol and safety for students' computer use. Students are engaged in the guidelines of appropriate technology use while learning how to be held accountable for their internet and technology usage.

ELA Standards for Grades 6-12


The standards focus on skills to comprehend and master texts. Students use a variety of print and digital texts to develop skills in fluency, pacing, phrasing, expression, accuracy and overall comprehension. Word analysis is key, as students use knowledge of phonetics and structure to read and write across the content areas. A focus on vocabulary allows students to practice and use conversational and academic language. Students also use prior knowledge and text information to read and understand increasingly complex materials.


Students apply their knowledge of the writing process to write appropriately for their grade level. Standards encourage writing in multiple genres and for varied audiences and purposes. Students communicate through analytic, argumentative, descriptive, informative, narrative, poetic, persuasive, and reflective forms of writing for the purposes of analysis, reflection, and research.

Speaking and Listening

Much like students in the lower grades, upper grades students are encouraged to practice appropriate speaking and listening skills to communicate in a variety of situations. They also continue to develop and practice their active listening and reciprocal communication skills.

Multiple Literacies

Students continue to establish their digital presence in multiple formats. They focus on safe and ethical Internet conduct related to sharing personal information, language use, and responding to dissimilar perspectives. Standards allow for students to communicate for the purposes of sharing opinions, gathering information, and solving problems. Resources

Parents and educators can utilize's English Language Arts courses to assist students with meeting these standards. These courses provide instruction through engaging video lessons. Quizzes and exams are also provided for knowledge assessment. Our courses include the following:

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