Colorado Academic Standards: 

Reading, Writing, and Communicating 

Standard 1. Oral Expression and Listening 
1. Participate cooperatively in group activities. 
2. Communicate using appropriate language in informal and formal situations. 

Standard 2. Reading for all Purposes
1. Apply strategies to fluently read and comprehend various literary texts. 
2. Apply strategies to fluently read and comprehend various informational texts. 
3. Apply knowledge of spelling patterns (orthography), word meanings (morphology), and word relationships to decode words and increase vocabulary. 

Standard 3: Writing and Composition 
1. Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons. 
2. Write informative/explanatory texts developed with facts, definitions, and details, ending with a related concluding statement. 
3. Write real or imagined narratives that use descriptive details, have a clear sequence of events, and provide closure. 
4. Use a recursive process to plan, draft, revise, and edit writing, applying knowledge of the conventions of grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. 

Standard 4: Research Inquiry and Design 
1. Gather, interpret, and communicate information discovered during short research projects.