• Freshman Standards 

    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.