English Language Arts Skills

 

ELA - English I

Argumentative Writing

Unit Outcome

Construct an argument with relevant evidence and interpret that evidence to support a contestable claim.

E1.1.1

I can make a claim that sets out my purpose.

E1.1.2

I can provide evidence and plausible arguments to support my thesis.

E1.1.3

I can analyze those arguments and utilize them to support my own viewpoints, or I can refute the arguments found within the text with valid, reasonable counter arguments.

Academic Vocabulary

ethos, pathos, logos, audience

 

Informative Writing

Unit Outcome

Construct writing that uses the most relevant information to inform and enhance understanding of a subject.

E1.2.1

I can evaluate multiple sources to determine what information is valid, relevant and useful.

E1.2.2

I can arrange and combine information from multiples sources in order to create structure.

E1.2.3

I can create an introduction and conclusion paragraph.

E1.2.4

I can use formal style and tone to develop a topic with relevant and sufficient facts.

Academic Vocabulary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narrative Writing

Unit Outcome

Construct a writing that uses a variety of literary techniques to tell a story.

E1.3.1

I can use descriptions and sensory imagery.

E1.3.2

I can design a narrative arc (character, conflict, suspense, climax, resolution) and sequence the story logically.

E1.3.3

I can establish and maintain both a voice and a consistent point of view.

Academic Vocabulary

Metaphor, simile, cliche, hyperbole, imagery, onomatopoeia,

 

Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Texts

Unit Outcome

Determine a theme (fiction) or purpose (informational) of a text and analyze its development throughout the text.

E1.4.1

I can identify a theme or central idea within the text and examine its development in the text as a whole.

E1.4.2

I can analyze how characters’ traits, conflicts, perspectives, motivations, and point of view advance the plot or develop the theme.

E1.4.3

I can incorporate strong, relevant and thorough textual evidence that supports a claim about characterization.

E1.4.4

I can use informational text to gain understanding of literature.

Academic Vocabulary

Tragedy, soliloquy, monologue, aside, motivation, ethos, pathos, logos, irony, dialect, foreshadowing, blank verse, couplet, symbolism

 

 

Language: (Grammar, Mechanics and Vocabulary Sub-Categories)

Unit Outcome

Construct sentences that are varied, structurally sound, and appropriate in their use of capitalization, spelling and punctuation, while also using a sophisticated vocabulary.

E1.5.1

I can structure complex and varied sentences that convey a clear and concise meaning.

E1.5.2

I can use the conventions of Standard American English, including but not limited to correct use of capitalization, spelling and punctuation.

E1.5.3

I can use a sophisticated vocabulary appropriate to the topic.

Academic Vocabulary

 

ELA - English II

Argumentative Writing

Unit Outcome

Construct an argument with relevant evidence and interpret that evidence to support a contestable claim.

E1.1.1

I can make a claim that sets out my purpose.

E1.1.2

I can provide evidence and plausible arguments to support my thesis.

E1.1.3

I can analyze those arguments and utilize them to support my own viewpoints, or I can refute the arguments found within the text with valid, reasonable counter arguments.

Academic Vocabulary

 

 

 

Informative Writing

Unit Outcome

Construct writing that uses the most relevant information to inform and enhance understanding of a subject.

E1.2.1

I can evaluate multiple sources to determine what information is valid, relevant and useful.

E1.2.2

I can arrange and combine information from multiples sources in order to create structure.

E1.2.3

I can create an introduction and conclusion paragraph.

E1.2.4

I can use formal style and tone to develop a topic with relevant and sufficient facts.

Academic Vocabulary

 

 

Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Texts

Unit Outcome

Determine a theme (fiction) or purpose (informational) of a text and analyze its development throughout the text

E1.3.1

I can identify a theme or central idea within the text and examine its development in the text as a whole.

E1.3.2

I can analyze how characters’ traits, conflicts, perspectives, motivations, and point of view advance the plot or develop the theme.

E1.3.3

I can incorporate strong, relevant and thorough textual evidence that supports a claim about characterization.

E1.3.4

I can use informational text to gain understanding of literature.

Academic Vocabulary

 

 

Speaking and Listening

Unit Outcome

Prepare and present a variety of well-organized speeches with a clear audience and purpose in mind.

E1.4.1

I can find relevant, reliable sources and integrate them into a well-prepared speech.

E1.4.2

I can construct a speech that uses strong introductions, well-organized support, thoughtful conclusions and effective transitions.

E1.4.3

I can speak with confidence, using appropriate hand gestures, eye contact, volume, pace, clarity, speed and posture.

Academic Vocabulary

 

 

Language: (Grammar, Mechanics and Vocabulary Sub-Categories)

Unit Outcome

Construct sentences that are varied, structurally sound, and appropriate in their use of capitalization, spelling and punctuation, while also using a sophisticated vocabulary.

E1.5.1

I can structure complex and varied sentences that convey a clear and concise meaning.

E1.5.2

I can use the conventions of Standard American English, including but not limited to correct use of capitalization, spelling and punctuation.

E1.5.3

I can use a sophisticated vocabulary appropriate to the topic.

Academic Vocabulary