10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 9th Grade, High School, Language Arts

What to Teach – High School Language Arts

Are you preparing to teach High School? Want a list of Language Arts skills covered during 9th-12th grades?

Here are the skills and concepts students should learn during their High School years…

  1. Use agreed-upon rules for formal and informal in small groups.
  2. Pose questions, listen to the ideas of others, and contribute their own information or ideas in group discussions and interviews in order to acquire new knowledge.
  3. Make oral presentations that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and the information to be conveyed.
  4. Acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading and writing.
  5. Describe and analyze the grammatical structure of the English language and the standard English conventions for sentence structure, usage, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling
  6. Describe and analyze how oral dialects differ from each other in English, how they differ from written standard English, and what role standard American English plays in informal and formal communication.
  7. Describe and analyze how the English language has developed and been influenced by other languages.
  8. Decode accurately and understand new words encountered in their reading materials, drawing on a variety of strategies as needed, and then use these words accurately in speaking and writing.
  9. Identify the basic facts and essential ideas in what they have read, heard, or viewed.
  10. Identify, analyze, and apply knowledge of the characteristics of different genres.
  11. Identify, analyze and apply knowledge of theme, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and provide evidence from the text to support their understanding.
  12. Identify and analyze how an author’s choice of words appeals to the senses, creates imagery, suggests mood, and sets tone.
  13. Compare and contrast similar myths and narratives from different cultures and geographic regions.
  14. Interpret the meaning of literary works, non-fiction, films and media by using different critical lenses and analytic techniques.
  15. Plan and present effective dramatic readings, recitations and performances that demonstrate appropriate consideration of audience and purpose.
  16. Write compositions with a clear focus, logically related ideas to develop it, and adequate detail.
  17. Select and use appropriate genres, modes of reasoning, and speaking styles when writing for different audiences and rhetorical purposes.
  18. Demonstrate improvement in organization, content, paragraph development, level of detail, style, tone and word choice in their compositions after revising them.
  19. Use knowledge of standard English conventions to edit their writing.
  20. Use self-generated questions, note-taking, summarizing, precise writing, and outlining to enhance learning when reading or writing.
  21. Use open-ended research questions, different sources of information, and appropriate research methods to gather information for their research projects.
  22. Develop and use appropriate rhetorical, logical, and stylistic criteria for assessing final versions of their compositions or research projects before presenting them to varied audiences
  23. Obtain information by using a variety of media and evaluate the quality of material they obtain.
  24. Explain how the techniques used in electronic media modify traditional forms of discourse for aesthetic and rhetorical purposes.
  25. Design and create coherent media productions with a clear controlling idea, adequate detail, and appropriate consideration of audience, purpose, and medium.

Also, students should have times of dedicated focus on library and study skills, British literature, American literature and World literature. Students should build on the tools of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking (skills presented in both the elementary and middle school grades) and be provided with continued opportunities for developing communication skills, while focusing on analysis of the short story, novel, essay, drama, and poetry. Students should explore the major themes that authors have explored and develop higher critical/analytical reading and thinking skills.

My Teaching Library has many products perfectly designed to help high school students learn and master the skills and concepts listed above.

Here are my favorites

Pride and Prejudice Novel Study

Complete novel study for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (196 pages). Includes:
– Author’s Biography
– Novel Introduction
– Characters and Themes
– Quotes and Analysis
– Teaching Guides dividing the novel into 5 sections w/

  • Chapter Summaries, Thought Questions and Vocabulary
  • Student Handouts
  • Student Worksheets, Assessments & Keys
    – Final Assessments

Would you like a preview of MTL’s Pride and Prejudice Novel study? Click here and you’ll find the link to an instant preview download!

My Teaching Library also has a pdf copy of the book if you need it.

English 1 – Student Edition

Concepts covered:
– Using Technology / Navigating the Internet
– Reading – Improving a Skill for Life
– Writing/ Making Words Speak
– Writing / Using Strategies to Fine-Tune Writing
– Literature/ Discovering the World, Discovering ourselves.

Need the Teacher’s Edition? Get it here: English 1 – Teacher’s Guide (separate resource)

You may also what to check out these MTL resources as well…

My Teaching Library also has several Literary Companions that students need throughout high school!

In fact, there are over 120 ready to download resources on My Teaching Library to help your high school students learn many of the skills and concepts listed above!

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