Language Arts Class Description


■ Understanding more from and making fuller use of written materials, including using a wider range of evidence to support an analysis

■ Making more connections about how complex ideas interact and develop within a book, essay, or article

■ Evaluating arguments and specific claims; assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is sufficient; and as appropriate, detecting inconsistencies and ambiguities

■ Analyzing the meaning of foundational U.S. documents (the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights)


■ Making an argument that is logical, well-reasoned, and supported by evidence

■ Writing a literary analysis, report, or summary that develops a central idea and a coherent focus and is

well supported with relevant examples, facts, and details

■ Conducting several research projects that address different aspects of the same topic, using more complex books, articles, and other sources

Speaking and Listening

■ Responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesizing comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; and resolving contradictions when possible

■ Sharing research, findings, and evidence clearly and concisely

■ Making strategic use of digital media (e.g., animations, video, websites, podcasts) to enhance understanding of findings and to add interest


■ Determining or clarifying the meaning of words and phrases, choosing flexibly from multiple strategies, such as using context, Greek and Latin roots (e.g., bene as in benefactor or benevolent), patterns of words (conceive, conception, conceivable), and consulting specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses)

■ Interpreting figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyzing their role in the written materials

The 21st Century Learner

This Place

what else is there to say
this place
full of mystery
full of promise
here we fit
square pegs
each and every one of us

I see myself mirrored in you
your face
we’re the same
you and I
left of center
rebels, outlaws
each and every misfit here

not the end, it’s our beginning
journey begun
with one step
we go onward
alone and together
forever grateful
for each and every day

in this place