As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards for English Language Arts lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and in digital format. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. Students who meet the standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.
2013 Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition
The Georgia Council of Teachers of English and the Georgia Department of Education is pleased to announce and congratulate the 2013 Young Georgia Author Winners! We are proud of all the students who participated.
Kindergarten - Bornini Chandra, Medlock Bridge Elementary, Fulton County
1st - Chase Mahoney, Lake Woodward Elementary, Fulton County
2nd - Isabella Szabo, Sweet Apple Elementary, Fulton County
3rd - Katherine Brulte, Pearson Elementary, Atkinson County
4th - Abigail Schulze, Big Creek Elementary, Forsyth County
5th - Caroline Wanona Gilbert, Bleckley Elementary, Bleckley County
6th - Mallory Singletary, Thomas County Middle, Thomas County
7th - Elim Lee, Harris County Carver Middle, Harris County
8th - Ruthie Harrison, Davis Middle, Rockdale County
9th - Elizabeth Richmond, Winder Barrow High, Barrow County
10th - Courtney Keeler, Cass High, Bartow County
11th - Annabel McSpadden, North Oconee High, Oconee County
12th - Shelby House, Pierce County High, Pierce County
ELA Common Core State Standards
The Common Core Georgia Performance Standards are an internationally benchmarked set of performance standards for English language arts and literacy. The standards establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read and write so that all students are ready for the demands of college and career level communication no later than the end of high school. Students read a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects. The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare. The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing - a basic form of argument - extending down into the earliest grades.
The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. The standards help prepare students for real life experience at college and in 21st century careers. The standards recognize that students must be able to use formal English in their writing and speaking but that they must also be able to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language.
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