Welcome to Secondary Language Arts


Our mission is to ensure that all students become proficient in various areas of literacy in order to become successful citizens, and to be prepared for college and career pathways.

Educator Endorsements

Application Endorsement

English | Journalism | Speech
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

Utah Core Standards

Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELAs) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Utah State Board of Education Elementary Language Arts

Student Writing Samples
Achieve the Core

This resource is for teachers and students to have samples for Text-Dependent On-Demand First Draft Writing from across the country that is aligned with the Core Standards instruction in writing argument and explanatory essays for end-of-level assessments.

Standards 1

Language Standards Vertical Alignment for Grades 5-12

Reading Informational Text Standards Vertical Alignment for Grades 5-12

Reading Literature Standards Vertical Alignment for Grades 5-12

Speaking and Listening Standards Vertical Alignment for Grades 5-12

Writing Standards Vertical Alignment for Grades 5-12


An Introduction to Design Thinking: A Taste of Design Thinking "I Can't Eat That!". Redesigning the Middle School Cafeteria Experience

Applying Webb's Depth-of-Knowledge (DOK) Levels to Bloom's Cognitive Process Dimensions:

Quick Tips for Differentiation: Assignment Menus and DOK
Karin K. Hess

Creation Station: Materials List

In Common: Effective for All Students, Collection of All Student Work Samples, K-12

Teacher Guide: Dive In! An Integrated Design Thinking/Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum

The Antarctica Project
Middle-school Mathematics through Applications Project (MMAP)

Utah Education Network (UEN):

What is Human-Centered Design?

Stanford's Design Thinking

Stanford Innovation Studio: Supporting Differentiation and Student Engagement since 2011, the team from Stanford has facilitated Utah educators in the Design Thinking Process that engages students in the following 21st century skills:

  • Brainstorming ideas for a real-world problem space
  • Developing low resolution prototyping
  • Developing what if statements
  • Empathy mapping through inference using inquiry methods through computer-based discovery
  • Generating themes through clustering
  • Giving and receiving feedback through the iteration process
  • Listening and speaking through interviewing

Utah teachers as Stanford Fellows spent a week in August, 2014 at the Museum of Natural Curiosity with the Stanford Team developing curriculum. Visit the link below for more information.

K12 Lab
Stanford University

Utah now has its own Design Thinking Team available for supporting teachers in experiencing Stanford's Design Thinking Process and using the experience to design curriculum for all grades in all subjects.



February 7
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Utah State Board of Education Basement West Conference Room


Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) Writing Letter


November 9
Time: 12:55 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Utah State Board of Education Basement West Conference Room


Literacy Directors Meeting Presentation

Close Reading

September 7
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Utah State Board of Education North and South Board Rooms



Secondary Literacy Framework

2019 Utah's K-12 Literacy Framework

Utah's K-12 Literacy Framework translates the research findings into advice and guidance to provide Educators with the knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to meet the instructional needs of all students in reading, writing, and listening and speaking. The purpose of the framework is to support districts, charters, and schools in evaluating, refining, and monitoring the essential systems, structures, and literacy practices necessary to achieve greater outcomes in the area of literacy for students in elementary grades.

The Elementary Literacy Framework integrates five key elements that support literacy outcomes:

  • Element 1: Instructional Leadership
  • Element 2: Instruction and Intervention
  • Element 3: Assessment and Feedback
  • Element 4: Professional Learning
  • Element 5: Supportive Culture

Demonstrated Competency for One Course in the English Endorsement

Evidence-Based Tiered Programs

Grade Scores
English Language Arts (ELAs) Grade Score Comparison


Introduction to Journalism Curriculum

Utah Education Network:

Digital Books

Teacher Edition: Preface How to Use Utah State Board of Education Digital Books for Secondary ELAs

Toolkit for Struggling Readers: A Guide for Educators 6-12

Utah Education Network (UEN):

Professional Learning


English Language Arts Core
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Saturday Seminars

Information coming soon.


Presidential Writings Project

Secondary Principals' Content Literacy Academy (Flyer)
Note: If you need this information in an accessible format, contact the department directly.

Secondary Language Arts Team


Pamela Talili
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7770 | E-mail