• Students will develop mastery of the following skills and understandings in English language arts in the areas of reading literature and informational text, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Student learning goals are as follows:

    Reading Literature:

    • Cite textual evidence to support analysis
    • Determine a theme or central idea and analyze its development; objective summary of text
    • Analyze dialogue and incidents
    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
    • Compare, contrast, and analyze the structure of two or more texts
    • Analyze the effect of point of view
    • Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production stays faithful to or departs from the text
    • Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on myths, traditional stories, and religious works.
    • Read and comprehend literary texts at the high end of the 6-8 complexity band independently and proficiently

    Reading Informational Text:

    • Cite textual evidence to support analysis
    • Determine a central idea and analyze its development; objective summary of text
    • Analyze how text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events
    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
    • Analyze the structure of sentences and paragraphs
    • Determine and analyze author’s point of view
    • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums to present an idea
    • Delineate and evaluate the argument and claims in a text
    • Analyze conflicting information on the same topic
    • Read and comprehend informational texts at the high end of the 6-8 complexity band independently and proficiently

    Writing:

    • Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence
    • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information
    • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences
    • Produce clear and coherent writing that is appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
    • Strengthen writing through planning, revising, editing, and revising focusing on purpose and audience
    • Use technology to produce and publish writing
    • Conduct short research projects, drawing on several sources, that allow for multiples avenues of exploration
    • Gather relevant information, assess credibility, quote or paraphrase and cite accurately
    • Draw evidence from literary or informational text to support analysis, reflection, and research
    • Write routinely over extended and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences

    Speaking and Listening:

    • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions
    • Analyze the purpose of information presented and evaluate the motives behind its presentation
    • Delineate and evaluate a speaker’s argument and specific claims
    • Present claims and findings
    • Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations
    • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks

    Language:

    • Demonstrate command of conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing/speaking
    • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
    • Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening
    • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple meaning words or phrases
    • Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in meaning
    • Acquire and use academic and domain-specific words and phrases