language arts

plural noun

: the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language

Examples of language arts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brenda spent the majority of her career teaching English language arts and social studies to middle schoolers in different districts around California’s Bay Area. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 30 May 2024 Kristine Scarry, supervisor of reading, English and language arts curriculum, instruction and assessment for HCPS, was integral in working with Freedom’s liaison to the schools — Business Development Director Lisa Snodgrass — on completing the project, according to the release. John Coffren, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2024 Compared to 2022, the proportion of Black students meeting or exceeding state standards for math increased 6 percentage points (from 9% to 15%) and those reaching language arts standards jumped 13 percentage points (from 24% to 37%). Calmatters, The Mercury News, 4 Jan. 2024 For example, among all Milwaukee students (including some in ninth grade or higher) using vouchers to go to private schools, only 20% were proficient or advanced in English language arts, with 37% below basic. Alan J. Borsuk, Journal Sentinel, 26 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for language arts 

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of language arts was in 1896

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“Language arts.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/language%20arts. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

language arts

plural noun
: the subjects (as reading, spelling, and composition) that aim at developing the student's understanding and skills for using language
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