Essential Learning Skills  
1)  Proper use of semicolons, colons and comma usage, hyphens, dashes and parenthesis. (These skills are important for ACT performance.)
2)  Proper use of parallel structure.
3)  Proper use of subject verb agreement in a sentence.
4)  Use of inference and analysis when reading literature. (Context clues, literary devices, tone, mood, and meaning.)  Skills should be used in listening practice.
5)  Use of inference and analysis when reading informational text. (Themes, connections between texts, rhetorical features and context clues.)  Skills should be used in listening practice. 
6)  Writing that demonstrates the 6 fundamental features of good writing. 

At the end of Language Arts 11, students will:

1)  Effective writing using viable evidence and sound reasoning to support a specific claim.

2)  Use nonfiction and fiction reading strategies to critically analyze a variety of texts.

3)  Write using proper grammatical features such as colons, commas, parallel structure, etc.  See Essential Learning Skills 1-3 above. 

4)  Follow the fundamental features of good writing in both argumentative and informational essays. 

Teacher Commitment:

1)  I will be prepared every day with rigorous activities and lessons that meet the essential learning skills for this course.  

2)  I will foster an environment for learning in my classroom that encourages students to improve from their current level of learning.

3)  I will regularly inform students of their progress in my class, along with techniques on how to improve their achievement.  All daily work and assignments will be posted on Google Classroom daily. 

4)   I will advise students regularly of the expectations I have for them in my class.  I will be fair in my interactions with students. 

In order to ensure students master the essential learning skills we teach, we will use common formative assessments to determine proficiency.  

Formative Assessments to meet these goals:

Language Arts 11A   

  • Comma Usage - Tests the eight different comma rules on usage.
  • Paragraph Structure - Tests the students ability to find the main point and the evidence to support the main point of each paragraph.
  • Fiction Signposts - Requires students to find and analyze each of the  5 signposts that draw attention to important issues in a text.
  • Nonfiction Signposts - Requires students to find and analyze places in a nonfiction text that will help them to analyze the claim in a deeper way.
  • Story Structure - Tests the students ability to determine the tone and mood of a text, as well as examples of irony and the structure of the plot.
  • Main Idea - Students are asked to determine the main point of a text and the evidence that supports that point.
  • Rhetoric - Test asks students to be able to look at the ethos, pathos and logos in a text and how that creates the tone and mood.
  • Comma, Semicolon, and Colon Usage  - This test combines the usage of commas with semicolons and colons and how they are properly used.    
  • Viable Evidence  - Asks the students to match the best evidence possible with a specific claim/thesis.                                                                                

 Language Arts 11B

  • Subject Verb Agreement- Tests the rules on subjects, compound subjects and indefinite pronouns. 
  • Parallel Structure - Students are asked to match verb usage throughout a sentence. 
  • Parentheses, Comma, and Dashes Usage - The test combines the usage of commas with parentheses and dashes usage.
  • Logical Fallacies - Students will determine the use of 9 different logical arguments and how that affects the overall meaning of a text. 
  • 6 Secrets to Superior Writing  - Students are asked to identify the important elements in an essay that are required for superior writing. 
  • In-Text Citations - Students are tested on the ability to cite a source in the text of their research.
  • Research - This test the basic research skills they have been utilizing during the research process.
  • Metaphor - Students are asked to identify metaphors, and understand the comparison and then analyze the comparison and its effectiveness in the text.

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