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Skills available for Texas kindergarten language arts standards

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1 Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, discussion, and thinking--oral language. The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion.

  • A listen actively and ask questions to understand information and answer questions using multi-word responses;

  • B restate and follow oral directions that involve a short, related sequence of actions;

  • C share information and ideas by speaking audibly and clearly using the conventions of language;

  • D work collaboratively with others by following agreed-upon rules for discussion, including taking turns; and

  • E develop social communication such as introducing himself/herself, using common greetings, and expressing needs and wants.

2 Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--beginning reading and writing. The student develops word structure knowledge through phonological awareness, print concepts, phonics, and morphology to communicate, decode, and spell.

3 Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--vocabulary. The student uses newly acquired vocabulary expressively.

4 Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--self-sustained reading. The student reads grade-appropriate texts independently. The student is expected to self-select text and interact independently with text for increasing periods of time.

5 Comprehension skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student uses metacognitive skills to both develop and deepen comprehension of increasingly complex texts.

6 Response skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student responds to an increasingly challenging variety of sources that are read, heard, or viewed.

7 Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--literary elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse literary texts.

  • A discuss topics and determine the basic theme using text evidence with adult assistance;

  • B identify and describe the main character(s);

  • C describe the elements of plot development, including the main events, the problem, and the resolution for texts read aloud with adult assistance; and

  • D describe the setting.

8 Multiple genres: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student recognizes and analyzes genre-specific characteristics, structures, and purposes within and across increasingly complex traditional, contemporary, classical, and diverse texts.

9 Author's purpose and craft: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student uses critical inquiry to analyze the authors' choices and how they influence and communicate meaning within a variety of texts. The student analyzes and applies author's craft purposefully in order to develop his or her own products and performances.

  • A discuss with adult assistance the author's purpose for writing text;

  • B discuss with adult assistance how the use of text structure contributes to the author's purpose;

  • C discuss with adult assistance the author's use of print and graphic features to achieve specific purposes;

  • D discuss with adult assistance how the author uses words that help the reader visualize; and

  • E listen to and experience first- and third-person texts.

10 Composition: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--writing process. The student uses the writing process recursively to compose multiple texts that are legible and uses appropriate conventions.

11 Composition: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts--genres. The student uses genre characteristics and craft to compose multiple texts that are meaningful.

  • A dictate or compose literary texts, including personal narratives; and

  • B dictate or compose informational texts.

12 Inquiry and research: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student engages in both short-term and sustained recursive inquiry processes for a variety of purposes.

  • A generate questions for formal and informal inquiry with adult assistance;

  • B develop and follow a research plan with adult assistance;

  • C gather information from a variety of sources with adult assistance;

  • D demonstrate understanding of information gathered with adult assistance; and

  • E use an appropriate mode of delivery, whether written, oral, or multimodal, to present results.