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The strategy differs across all schools. Some treat reading as a part of Language arts, while others have a standalone reading class. Many would say that language arts is more focused on learning grammar and writing. Reading, on the other hand, is focused on comprehension and as such becomes a later lesson or class altogether.
This article will explore the difference between the two and how intertwined their lessons are for the academic future of a student.

Language Arts

Language arts, along with English, is one of the basic subjects being taught in US schools. It basically has five categories namely writing, reading, speaking, viewing and listening. In most schools, language arts teach basic reading and writing in elementary school. Writing and linguistics are also taught at this level, as well. Later as students enter middle school, their lessons expand to explore comprehension of work like fiction and poetry. High school, of course, takes on the analytical route. This is when they are required to produce written works with references.


As mentioned earlier, reading classes focus on comprehension and developing practical analytical skills that will let students survive in later levels of their academic journey. Through reading, students expand their vocabulary and spelling and even learn to understand and follow instructions quite easily. In middle school, students take on a rather complex journey with reading as their comprehension are put to the test with tests that deal with comprehensively analyzing pieces of literature. Of course, as they enter high school, they are obliged to analyze novels and essays and like language arts classes, produce a paper analyzing what they have read.

As you can see, there isn’t much difference in both classes except that some schools that focus more on honing students to read could, as expected, have a class focused on Reading. What is clear is that language arts and reading actually intersect. Both classes are meant to improve the academic performance of students to equip them to a career of choice.

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