scenes and incidents located effectively in time and place
impressions of being in a setting and a sense of engagement in the events occurring
appreciation for the significance of the account
a sense of the narrator's personal voice
considering the audience's degree of knowledge or understanding
providing complete and accurate information
using visuals and media to make effective presentations and products
using layout and design elements to enhance presentations and products
deciding upon and using appropriate methods (e.g., interviews with experts, observations, finding print and non-print sources, using interactive technology and media)
prioritizing and organizing information
incorporating effective media and technology to inform or explain
reporting in an appropriate form for a specified audience
cross-referencing while gathering information
using news sources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, videotapes, Internet, email, government publications, microfiche, other library resources)
Synthesize a variety of types of visual information including pictures and symbols.
examining relevant reason and evidence
noting the progression of ideas that substantiate the proposal
analyzing the style, tone, and use of language for a particular effect
identifying and analyzing personal, social, historical, or cultural influences, contexts, or biases
identifying and analyzing rhetorical strategies that support proposals
Support informed opinions by providing relevant and convincing reasons, using various types of evidence, language, and organizational structure, and demonstrating an awareness of possible questions, concerns, or counter-arguments.
Create and use criteria to evaluate the effectiveness of communication.
Represent abstract information (e.g., concepts, generalizations) as explicit mental pictures.
demonstrating the ability to read and listen to explanatory texts using appropriate preparation, engagement, and reflection
demonstrating comprehension of major ideas
summarizing major steps
determining accuracy and clarity of the selection
Demonstrate increasing comprehension and ability to respond personally to texts by selecting and exploring a wide range of literary forms.
Accurately interpret information from and detect inconsistencies in a variety of informational, literary, and technical texts.
Scan reading selections to determine whether a text contains relevant information.
Use discussion with peers as a way of understanding information.
Effectively use a variety of interactive technologies to enhance understanding of reading selections (e.g., internet, email, CD-ROM, on-line publications, digital images, video).
Evaluate personal effectiveness in group discussions and make corrections as necessary.
Ask questions to broaden and enrich discussions.
Express an informed opinion that clearly states a personal view, is logical and coherent, and engages the reader's interest.
Support an informed opinion by using appropriate language, reason, and organizational structure for the audience and purpose.
Identify and correctly use clauses (e.g., main and subordinate), phrases (e.g., gerund, infinitive, participle), and mechanics of punctuation.
Demonstrate understanding of sentence structure (e.g., parallel structure, subordination, proper placement of modifiers), and consistency of verb tense and voice.
Demonstrate control of grammar, paragraph and sentence structure, diction, and syntax.
Use jargon and/or lingo appropriate for a specific purpose and audience.
Use descriptive language to create images in the mind of the audience.
stating a progression of ideas
selecting appropriate style, tone, and use of language for a particular effect
describing and analyzing personal, social, historical, or cultural influences
presenting rhetorical strategies to support the proposal
Analyze the origins and meanings of common, learned, and foreign words used frequently in written English.
Compare words and symbols that express a universal theme and reflect upon personal perspective and response.
Analyze the way in which literature and media are related to the themes and issues of their historical context.
an understanding of a student's personal reactions
a sense of how the reaction results from careful consideration of the text
an awareness of how personal and cultural influences affect the response
Demonstrate an understanding of why certain literary works may be considered classics.
Compare and contrast the presentation of similar themes across genres to explain how the selection of genre shapes the theme or topic.
Make thematic connections between literary works and contemporary issues.
Explain the effects of point of view on the reader's understanding of a literary work.