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1 Section 1: Reading/Literature 8% Vocabulary (1.0) 1 Vocabulary ( ) Vocabulary: a. Analyze the meaning of analogies encountered, analyzing specific comparisons as well as relationships and inferences. b. Rely on context to determine meanings of words and phrases such as figurative language, connotations, and denotations of words, analogies, idioms, and technical vocabulary. 22% Comprehension (2.0) 2 Literal Understanding (2.1) (2.1) Literal Understanding: The student will a. (2.1.a) Identify the structures and format of various informational documents and explain how authors use the features to achieve their purpose. b. (2.1.b) Select and explain specific devices an author uses to accomplish purpose (persuasive techniques, style, literary forms or genre, portrayal of themes, language). c. (2.1.c) Use study strategies such as note taking, outlining, and using study guide questions to better understand texts. d. (2.1.d) Construct images such as graphic organizers based on text descriptions and text structures. 3 Inferences and Interpretation (2.2) (2.2) Inferences and Interpretation: a. Interpret the possible inferences of the historical context on literary works. b. Describe the development of plot and identify conflict and how they are addressed and resolved. c. Identify influences on a reader s response to as text (e.g., personal experience and values). d. Make reasonable assertions about authors arguments by using elements of the text to defend and clarify interpretations. 4 Summary and Generalization (2.3) (2.3) Summary and Generalization a. Use text features and elements to support inferences and generalizations about information. Revised 8/1/08 page 1

2 b. Summarize and paraphrase complex, implicit hierarchic structures in informational texts, including relationships among concepts and details in those structures. c. Compare and contrast elements of text such as themes, conflicts, and allusions both within and across texts. 5 Analysis and Evaluation (2.4) Analysis and Evaluation: a. Examine the structure and format of informational and literary documents and explain how authors use the features to achieve purposes. b. Analyze the way in which clarity of meaning is affected by the patterns of organization, repetition of the main ideas, organization of language, and word choice in the text. c. Analyze the way in which authors have used archetypes drawn from myth and tradition in literature, film, political speeches, and religious writings. d. Evaluate the credibility of information sources, including how the writer s motivation may affect that credibility. 28% Literature (R3.0) 6 7 Literary Genres (R3.1): Demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for various forms of literature. (R3.1) Literary Genres: The student will a. (R3.1.a) Analyze the characteristics of genres, including short story, novel, drama, poetry, and essay. b. (R3.1.b) Analyze the characteristics of subgenres, including allegory and ballad. Literary Elements (R3.2) Demonstrate knowledge of literary elements and techniques and show how they affect the development of a literary work. a. Analyze the way in which irony, tone, mood, the author s style, and the sound of language achieve specific rhetorical or aesthetic purposes or both. b. Analyze characters traits by what the characters say about themselves in narration, dialogue, and soliloquy. c. Evaluate the significance of various literary devices and techniques, including imagery, allegory, and symbolism, and explain their appeal. d. Evaluate the author s purpose and the development of time and sequence, including the use of complex literary devices, such as foreshadowing or flashbacks. Revised 8/1/08 page 2

3 8 9 Figurative Language and Sound Devices (R3.3) Identify figurative language and sound devices and analyze how they affect the development of a literary work. a. Identify and explain figurative language including analogy, hyperbole, metaphor, personification, and simile. b. Identify and explain sound devices including alliteration and rhyme. Literary Works (R3.4) The student will read and respond to historically and culturally significant works of literature. Compare works that express the recurrence of archetypal characters, settings, and themes in literature and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work. (R3.4) Literary Works: The student will a. (R3.4.a) Analyze and evaluate literature and the historical context in which they were written. b. (R3.4.b) Analyze and evaluate literature from various cultures to broaden cultural awareness. c. (R3.4.c) Compare works that express the recurrence of archetypal characters, settings, and themes in literature and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work. d. (R3.4.d) Analyze the clarity and consistency of political assumptions in a selection of literary works or essays on a topic. 8% Research and Information (4.0) 10 Research and Information (4.0) Accessing Information (4.1): Select the best source for a given purpose. The student will a. (4.1.a) Access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources. b. (4.1.b) Skim text for an overall impression and scan text for particular information. c. (4.1.c) Use organizational strategies as an aid to comprehend increasingly difficult content material (cause/ effect, compare/ contrast, problem/ solution, sequential order). Interpreting Information (4.2): Analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources. The student will d. (4.2.a) Summarize, paraphrase, and/or quote relevant information. e. (4.2.b) Determine the author s viewpoint to evaluate source credibility and reliability. f. (4.2.c) Synthesize information from multiple sources to draw Revised 8/1/08 page 3

4 conclusions that go beyond those found in any of the individual studies. g. (4.2.d) Identify complexities and inconsistencies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium, including almanacs, news sources, speeches, etc. h. (4.2.e) Develop presentations by using clear research questions and creative and critical research strategies, such as field studies, interviews, experiments, and Internet sources. Section 2: Language Arts 14% 11 Writing Process (W1.0) 12 Modes and Forms of Writing (W2.0) 19% Grammar/Usage and Mechanics (W3.0) Standard English Usage (W3.1): Demonstrate correct use of Standard English in speaking and writing. a. (W3.1.a) Distinguish between commonly confused words. b. (W3.1.b) Use correct verb forms and tenses. c. (W3.1.c) Use correct subject-verb agreement. d. (W3.1.d) Use active and passive to enhance writing and reader understanding. e. (W3.1.e) Use correct pronoun/antecedent agreement and clear pronoun reference. f. (W3.1.f) Use correct forms of comparative and superlative Mechanics and Spelling (W3.2): Demonstrate appropriate language mechanics in writing. a. (W3.2.a) Demonstrate correct use of capitals. b. (W3.2.b) Use correct formation of plurals. c. (W3.2.c) Demonstrate correct use of punctuation and recognize its effect on sentence structure. d. (W3.2.d) Use correct spelling of commonly misspelled words and homonyms. Sentence Structure (W3.3): Demonstrate appropriate sentence structure in writing.. a. (W3.3.a) Use parallel structure. b. (W3.3.b) Correct dangling and misplaced modifiers. c. (W3.3.c) Correct run-on sentences. d. (W3.3.d) Correct fragments. Revised 8/1/08 page 4

5 Test 16 MLA Manuscript Conventions (W3.4): Use correct MLA style for writing documented papers. (W3.4.a) Use correct MLA format for the title page of a documented paper. (W3.4.b) Use correct MLA format for pagination of a documented paper. (W3.4.c) Use correct MLA format for spacing and margins of a documented paper. (W3.4.d) Use correct MLA format for integrating sources and support material of a documented paper with parenthetical citation within the text. (W3.4.e) Use correct MLA format for the works cited page (bibliographical references) of a documented paper. (W3.4.f) Use correct MLA format for direct and indirect quotations used within a documented paper. Revised 8/1/08 page 5

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