language arts

plural noun

Definition of language arts

: 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 The program is an enrichment opportunity offered by Dover’s fifth-grade language arts teacher, Donna Dieterich. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Scholastic is alive and well after 100 years; Westlake boy named Kid Reporter," 10 Nov. 2020 By his third-period language arts class, he was slumped over in the chair. Hannah Dreier, Washington Post, "What to do about Ahav?," 24 Oct. 2020 English language arts lessons are now scheduled for at-home learning days so that parents can more easily assist their children with the lessons. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Language immersion teachers work to replicate bilingual experience online for Minnesota students," 22 Oct. 2020 The fourth-grade class is divided into two rooms, and the students remain there, at desks spaced an arm’s length apart, while Whittington moves back and forth to teach reading, language arts and social studies. Washington Post, "A Mississippi teacher alternates between two groups of students, and she knows one is falling behind," 23 Sep. 2020 The curriculum will emphasize core disciplines of math, science, history and language arts, including phonics and writing, with significant attention to music, art and foreign language. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A new Lake Country charter school will be moving into an Oconomowoc church," 9 Oct. 2020 The temporary solution offered Gatley, who teaches seventh-grade language arts at Gordon Russell Middle School and lives in Oregon City, flexibility that few of her peers or other working Portland-area parents can afford. oregonlive, "Uncertainty over Oregon schools’ fall plans clouds working parents’ child care options," 15 Aug. 2020 In Stephanie Leisegang’s sixth grade language arts class, seven students are physically in class, while another dozen or so are at home. Scott Travis,, "Some South Florida schools are already open. Take a look inside.," 18 Sep. 2020 Jackson, a language arts teacher at Duluth Middle School, was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, the page said. Rachel Desantis,, "Ga. Teacher Dies While Rescuing Daughter From Drowning in Lake: 'A Hero on So Many Levels'," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of language arts

1896, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2020

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“Language arts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of language arts

chiefly US : school subjects (such as reading, spelling, and writing) that relate to using language

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