Connection to Standards:
2.0 Reading Comprehension (Focus on Informational Materials)
2.2 Prepare a bibliography of reference materials
Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate
2.3 Generate relevant questions about readings on issues
that can be researched.
Narrative Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate
3.4 Determine characters' traits by what the characters
say about themselves in narration, dialogue, dramatic
monologue, and soliloquy.
3.7 Recognize and understand the significance of various
literary devices, including figurative language, imagery,
and symbolism, and explain their appeal.
1.0 Writing Strategies
Students write coherent and focused essays that convey
a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument.
The writing demonstrates students' awareness of the audience
Organization and Focus
1.1 Establish a controlling impression or coherent thesis
that conveys a clear and distinctive perspective on the
subject and maintain a consistent tone and focus throughout
the piece of writing.
Research and Technology
1.3 Use clear research questions and suitable research
methods (e.g., electronic media) to elicit and present
evidence from primary and secondary sources.
1.4 Develop the main ideas within the body of the composition
through supporting evidence.
1.6 Integrate quotations and citations into a written
text while maintaining the flow of ideas.
1.7 Use appropriate conventions for documentation in
the text, notes, and bibliographies by adhering to those
in style manuals.
2.0 Writing Applications
2.3 Write expository compositions, including analytical
essays and research reports:
a. Marshal evidence in support of a thesis and related
claims, including information on all relevant perspectives.
2.4 Clarify and defend positions with precise and relevant
evidence, including facts, expert opinions, quotations,
and expressions of commonly accepted beliefs and logical
Written and Oral English Language Conventions
1.3 Demonstrate an understanding of proper English usage
and control of grammar, paragraph and sentence structure,
diction, and syntax.
1.4 Produce legible work that shows accurate spelling
and correct use of the conventions of punctuation and