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English Language Arts, Grade 12, 2007

1.) Compare organizational structure, figurative language, and literary devices, including use of paradox, among predominantly British short stories, drama, poetry, essays, and other nonfiction literature.

Examples: A Christmas Carol, Robin Hood; Gulliver's Travels; Robinson Crusoe; Aesop's Fables; A. Conan Doyle's short stories; William Shakespeare's plays; Robert Burns', William Blake's, and John Keats' poems

•  Explaining use of allusions
•  Interpreting irony
•  Analyzing poetry for rhyme schemes
•  Identifying use of parody
•  Analyzing major historical developments in language and literature in the British Isles
Examples: relationships to place and time, including specific influences of various cultures and languages, wars and victors in those wars, and world literary trends

2.) Read with comprehension a variety of informational and functional reading materials, including comparing bias and persuasive techniques in passages.

Examples: bias and persuasive techniques--transference, bandwagon, snob appeal, expert testimony

•  Recognizing faulty logic or organization
•  Analyzing charts and tables for conclusions
3.) Analyze British literature for style, audience appeal, cultural significance, and plot structure.

Examples: style--length and complexity of sentences, diction, Standard English versus dialect

•  Distinguishing between parallel plots and circular plots
4.) Identify literary elements in British literary selections from various genres.

5.) Determine word meaning in British literature using word structure and context clues.

Examples: prefixes, suffixes, root words

6.) Compare the writing styles of two or more British authors.

Examples: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde

7.) Write for a variety of purposes including critical essays on literary topics, college application essays, résumé cover letters, and résumés.

•  Editing drafts for appropriate style
•  Developing an effective voice suitable for audience and purpose
8.) Demonstrate appropriate use of ellipses, parentheses, hyphens and suspended hyphens, hyphenation of number-and-noun modifiers, slashes, and use of commas with subordinate clauses and nominative absolutes.

9.) Revise drafts to increase sentence complexity.

Examples: expanding word choice by using phrases, including verbals; combining short sentences to form complex and compound sentences

10.) Use the research process to manage, document, organize, and present information to support a thesis on a teacher-approved topic of student interest.

Examples: literary topic, career study, historical research

•  Editing drafts to avoid plagiarism
11.) Critique visual communication for effectiveness.

Examples: films, advertisements

•  Using available technology for various communication purposes including multimedia presentations
12.) Evaluate oral presentation skills of self and others for effectiveness.

Examples: lectures, speeches, debates

13.) Analyze nonprint media for use of propaganda.

Examples: films, television advertisements, speeches

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