English Language Arts

Reading, writing and spoken communication are vital abilities for STEM education and for success in the STEM workforce.   Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information is, in fact, one of the 8 Practices of Science and Engineering in A Framework for K-12 Science Education.  Students will be unable to advance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics without the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.  They will also need to be able to read, interpret and evaluate information to move forward in STEM.

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts assert that, "students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality increasingly challenging literary and informational texts."  Reading is critical to building knowledge and students must be able to read complex informational texts for science, technology, engineering and mathematics independently and with confidence to navigate post-secondary STEM education and the STEM workforce.

Students must be able to assert and defend their claims both in written and spoken communication and they must be able to show what they know through both writing and oral language.  Students must also be able to use technology strategically as they engage in communication both written and spoken.


1.     National Research Council. (2012). A Framework for K-12 Science Education:  Practices, Croscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.  Committee on a Conceptual Framework for New K-12 Science Education Standards.  Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.

2.     NGA Center/CCSSO. (2012). Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.