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Goals and Outcomes

GOAL 1: To develop analytical and interpretive skills in literature.

Students will be able to...

  1. Describe what a selected literary passage means.
  2. Cite similarities and differences in meaning among selected works of literature.
  3. Make inferences based on information in given passages.
  4. Create a title for a reading selection and provide a rationale to justify it.

GOAL 2: To develop persuasive writing skills.

Students will be able to...

  1. Given a topic, develop a written persuasive essay (thesis statement, supporting reasons, and conclusion).
  2. Complete various pieces of writing using a three-phase revision process based on peer review, teacher feedback, and self-evaluation.

GOAL 3: To develop linguistic competency.

Students will be able to...

  1. Analyze the form and function of words in a given context.
  2. Develop vocabulary power commensurate with reading.
  3. Apply standard English usage in written and oral contexts.
  4. Evaluate the effective use of words, sentences, and paragraphs in context.

GOAL 4: To develop listening/oral communication skills.

Students will be able to...

  1. Discriminate between informative and persuasive messages.
  2. Organize oral presentations.
  3. Evaluate an oral presentation, given a rubric of specific criteria.
  4. Develop skills of argument formulation.

GOAL 5: To develop reasoning skills in the language arts.

Students will be able to...

  1. Apply aspects of the Paul reasoning model through specific examples.
  2. State a purpose for all modes of communication, their own as well as those of others.
  3. Define a problem, given ill-structured, complex, or technical information.
  4. Formulate multiple perspectives (at least two) on a given issue.
  5. State assumptions behind a line of reasoning in oral or written form.
  6. Apply linguistic and literary concepts appropriately.
  7. Provide evidence and data to support a claim, issue, or thesis statement.
  8. Make inferences, based on evidence.
  9. Identify implications for policy development or enactment based on the available data.

GOAL 6: To understand the concept of change in the language arts.

Students will be able to...

  1. Understand that change is pervasive.
  2. Illustrate the variability of change based on time.
  3. Categorize types of change, given several examples.
  4. Interpret change as positive or negative in selected works.
  5. Identify elements of change in a piece of literature.
  6. Analyze social and individual change in a given piece of literature.

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