Students are responsible for composing all text throughout the book: articles, captions, interviews, sidebars
B. Write complex informational pieces
A. Write with a sharp, distinct focus.
B. Write using well-developed content appropriate for the topic.
C. Write with controlled and/or subtle organization.
D. Write with a command of the stylistic aspects of composition.
E. Revise writing to improve style, word choice, sentence variety and subtlety of meaning after rethinking how questions of purpose, audience and genre have been addressed.
F. Edit writing using the conventions of language.
G. Present and/or defend written work for publication when appropriate.
- include a variety of methods to develop the main idea.
- use precise language and specific detail.
- include cause and effect.
- use relevant graphics (e.g., maps, charts, graphs, tables, illustrations, photographs).
- use primary and secondary sources.
- use relevant illustrations.
- utilize dialogue.
- include convincing, elaborated and properly cited evidence.
- develop reader interest.
- identify topic, task and audience.
- establish and maintain a single point of view.
- gather, determine validity and reliability of, analyze and organize information.
- employ the most effective format for purpose and audience.
- write fully developed paragraphs that have details and information specific to the topic and relevant to the focus.
- sustain a logical order throughout the piece.
- include an effective introduction and conclusion.
- use different types and lengths of sentences.
- use precise language.
- spell all words correctly.
- use capital letters correctly.
- punctuate correctly (periods, exclamation points, question marks, commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, parentheses, hyphens, brackets, ellipses).
- use nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections properly.
- use complete sentences (simple, compound, complex, declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative).
Students must be able to receive and follow through on verbal instructions and assignments. Students must present a positive and pleasant demeanor at all times when dealing with the student body, faculty, staff, administration, and the public.
A. Listen to others.
B. Speak using skills appropriate to formal speech situations.
C. Contribute to discussions.
D. Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.
E. Use media for learning purposes.
- ask clarifying questions.
- synthesize information, ideas and opinions to determine relevancy.
- take notes.
- use a variety of sentence structures to add interest to a presentation.
- pace the presentation according to audience and purpose.
- adjust stress, volume and inflection to provide emphasis to ideas or to influence the audience.
- ask relevant, clarifying questions.
- respond with relevant information or opinions to questions asked.
- listen to and acknowledge the contributions of others.
- adjust tone and involvement to encourage equitable participation.
- facilitate total group participation.
- introduce relevant, facilitating information, ideas and opinions to enrich the discussion.
- paraphrase and summarize as needed.
- initiate everyday conversation.
- select and present an oral reading on an assigned topic.
- conduct interviews.
- participate in a formal interview (e.g., for a job, college).
- organize and participate in informal debate around a specific topic.
- use various forms of media to elicit information, to make a student presentation and to complete class assignments and projects.