In order to successfully complete Freshman English, all students must pass each standard.
1. Use evidence to support sustained literary analysis.
- I can read short stories, novels, and literary non-fiction and determine themes and important ideas.
- I can find evidence in literary texts that support my interpretation and use it in writing.
- I can write several linked paragraphs that explain my ideas in depth and stay on topic.
- I can use English class vocabulary in my writing to communicate my ideas.
- I can write in a formal, academic tone.
2. Use research to write an expository essay describing a controversial issue from different points of view.
- I can evaluate a source to determine its credibility.
- I can conduct basic research using the internet and library resources.
- I can avoid bias when I write about a controversial topic.
- I can write a thesis that uses parallel structure.
- I can organize a paper effectively using transitions.
3. Write an argumentative essay that includes counterclaims and rebuttals.
- I can evaluate an argument to determine it’s claims and effectiveness.
- I can describe flaws in reasoning and avoid them in my writing.
- I can support my claims with evidence and valid reasoning.
- I can use counterclaim and rebuttal to strengthen my argument.
- I can use research to support my claims effectively.
4. Select the plot, sensory detail(s), and dialog to tell an effective story.
- I can hook the reader by introducing a problem, solution, or observation.
- I can write a narrative using various techniques: dialogue, timing, description, and reflection.
- I can use precise words, details, and sensory language to create a mental picture in my narrative.
- I can conclude my story by reflecting on what is experienced, observed, or resolved.
5. Deliver a speech that effectively communicates ideas.
- I can give a presentation that shares information and includes findings and supporting evidence from my research.
- I can present information in a clear, concise and logical manner.
- I can present information that is organized and developed in a style that fits the purpose, audience, and task.
- I can give a presentation where I purposely use digital media to support the understanding of my research.
6. Use tier II academic vocabulary in writing and speaking.
- I can understand and use language that I hear and see in classrooms, around the school, and in the professional world.
- I can use several different strategies to determine word meanings, especially when a word has multiple meanings depending on context.
- I can use English class vocabulary to support my analysis of texts.
7. Identify run-ons, fragments, and errors in capitalization and spelling and avoid them in writing.
- I can write in complete sentences consistently.
- I can identify major errors in punctuation and capitalization.
- I can correctly use commas with subordinate clauses, conjunctions, and lists.
- I can correctly use colons, semicolons, and serial lists
- I can spell and use commonly confused words correctly.
8. Read widely and independently from fiction and informational texts and respond meaningfully.
- I can select texts that are appropriate to my interests and reading levels.
- I can sustain focus on reading for 20 minutes or longer 4-7 times per week.
- I can respond to texts in meaningful ways without the need for specific prompts and guidance.