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. 

Utah Core Standards

Core Standards for English Language Arts (ELAs) and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects | Appendices A, B, C | Combined

Achieve the Core

Student Writing Samples 

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

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.

Vertical Alignment (Grades 5-12)

Standard 1


Reading Informational Text

Reading Literature

Speaking and Listening



Utah Education Network (UEN):

Implementing the Core Standards with High-Quality Instruction.

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:

Creation Station: Materials List

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

The Antarctica Project: A Middle-School Mathematics Unit

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 Network
Stanford d.school

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 (USBE) Basement West Conference Room

Agenda | Presentation



November 9
Time: 12:55 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: USBE Basement West Conference Room

Agenda | Presentation 


September 7
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: USBE North and South Board Rooms



Lesson Designs

Utah Curriculum Resources

Open Education Resources (OER)

Utah's Open Textbook Projects 

Performance Assessments

Sample Student Performance Assessments 

Reader Self-Assessment Rubric/Standards Side-by-Side

UEN Close Reading of Informational Text:

Rubric/Utah Writing Standards Side-by-Side

UEN Argumentation:

Professional Learning


English Language Arts (ELAs) Core 
Utah Education Network (UEN) 

Saturday Seminars

Information coming soon!

Secondary Language Arts Team

Garret Rose
Phone: (801) 538-7616 | E-mail

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