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English/Language Arts: 9th-12th Grade

I can independently read and comprehend complex literature, literary non-fiction, and informational texts that are in or beyond my grade level complexity band.

I can identify and cite strong textual evidence that supports an analysis of what the text says and inferences it makes.

I can determine two or more themes of a text and analyze their development, including how they interact with and build on one another to produce a complex account or analysis.

I can determine the meaning of words and phrases based on how they are used in a text, including words with multiple meaning.

I can identify and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument

I can determine the author’s point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective

I can evaluate multiple sources of information in order to address a question or solve a problem.

I can write an argument using strong and relevant textual evidence and reasoning.

I can write an informational or explanatory piece that conveys complex ideas or information through effective organization.

I can write a narrative piece (either fictional or personal) using effective techniques (elements of prose, narration, and plot), relevant descriptive details (transitional words, precise grade level vocabulary, figurative language) and well-structured sequence of events.

I can conduct research on a self-selected or teacher provided topic and present my findings orally or in writing.

I can demonstrate a command of the conventions of standard English grammar when writing or speaking.

I can understand and use grade level academic vocabulary.

I can participate in class discussions and collaborative groups by listening, asking relevant questions, and responding using evidence or reasoning.