What the Students Will Learn

The California Department of Education provides a blueprint of skills that English Language Learners (ELLs) will be learning by each grade level. These are in addition to the core curriculum standards. Below is an abbreviated list of key ELD standards to focus on at each grade level. For the complete list of standards please click here.

Kindergarten
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Ask and answer questions in complete sentences
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Identify characters and setting
  • Describe ideas in stories

First Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Identify characters and setting
  • Describe ideas in stories
  • Produce independent writing
  • Write narratives
  • Use correct mechanics and spelling

Second Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Identify characters and setting
  • Describe ideas in stories
  • Produce independent writing
  • Write narratives
  • Use correct mechanics and spelling

Third Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Retell stories and summarize main idea
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Interpret text features
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Describe main ideas and draw inferences
  • Describe characteristics of literary texts
  • Use the writing process
  • Use correct mechanics and spelling

Fourth Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Retell stories and summarize main idea
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Interpret text features
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Describe main ideas and draw inferences
  • Describe characteristics of literary texts
  • Use the writing process
  • Use correct mechanics and spelling

Fifth Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Retell stories and summarize main idea
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Interpret text features
  • Identify sequence of events
  • Describe main ideas and draw inferences
  • Describe characteristics of literary texts
  • Use the writing process
  • Use correct mechanics and spelling

Sixth Grade
  • Listen with understanding
  • Participate in social conversations
  • Use social and academic vocabulary
  • Interpret Text features
  • Explain main idea
  • Comprehend expository text
  • Analyze evidence in informational materials
  • Analyze characters, plot, settings, and theme
  • Write expository and persuasive compositions
  • Use the writing process