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281--Iowa Administrative Code 12.5

Chapter 12 of the Iowa Administrative Code describes English-language arts instruction at grade levels 1-12, which includes the following:

12.5(3) Elementary program, Grades 1-6.
a. English-language arts. English-language arts instruction shall include the following communication processes: speaking; listening; reading; writing; viewing; and visual expression and nonverbal communication. Instruction shall incorporate language learning and creative, logical, and critical thinking. The following shall be taught: oral and written composition; communication processes and skills, including handwriting and spelling; literature; creative dramatics; and reading.

12.5(4) Junior-high program, Grades 7 and 8.
a. English-language arts. Same definition as in 12.5(3) “a” with the exclusion of handwriting.

12.5(5) High school program, Grades 9-12.
a. English-language arts (six units). English-language arts instruction shall include the following communication processes: speaking; listening; reading; writing; viewing; and visual expression and nonverbal communication. Instruction shall incorporate language learning and creative, logical, and critical thinking. The program shall encompass communication processes and skills; written composition; speech; debate; American, English, and world literature; creative dramatics; and journalism.

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