High School, Language Arts

High School – Language Arts Skills and Concepts

In today’s blog post, I want to share High School Language Arts Skills and Concepts!
Here they are…

  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

9th Grade Focus
Special attention should be given to library and study skills. By building on the tools of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking (skills presented in both the elementary and middle school grades), the student should be provided with continued opportunities for developing these communication skills, while focusing on analysis of the short story, novel, essay, drama, and poetry.
10th Grade Focus
The focus is on British literature. Through discussion, readings, informal and critical essays, independent research, etc., students explore the major themes that the authors themselves explored. From this concentration on British literature, it is expected that students will develop higher critical/analytical reading and thinking skills in order to evaluate data and to respond appropriately.
11th Grade Focus
The focus is on American literature. Students should develop a deeper knowledge and greater respect for the American heritage: its history, its complexity and its literary contributions. Thematic units (e.g., the Puritan conscience, the American search for identify, the American ideal, etc.) should be studied through representative writers. Critical analysis and the essay comprise the principal amount of writing.
12th Grade Focus
The focus is on World literature, reading in mythology and epic lore explores the roots of literary tradition. A survey of world literature from the fourteenth through the twentieth centuries affords students the opportunity to challenge the thinking of the great minds of Western civilization. Discussions should be based on textual analysis and related material. The focus for the research paper originates from course readings.Need resources to help you cover these skills and concepts?

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