Vicki Turner

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Class Syllabus

Technology Resource Link:

https://www.westada.org/Page/81268

Library Link:

https://www.westada.org/Page/23004

Unit 1:  Informational Skills: Read and respond to informative mentor texts

Students will:

  • make inferences and draw conclusions from a text while citing evidence to support explicit analysis of the text.
  • cite evidence from a source to support inferences and conclusions.
  • determine a theme and two or more central ideas in a text.
  • analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • Clearly introduce a topic by using a variety of organizational strategies which includes developing a topic with relevant information and a concluding statement.
  • use transitional words, phrases, and clauses to connect a claim and reasoning.  
  • use precise language and specific vocabulary to support an argument which establishes and maintains a formal style.  
  • organize writing to fit many diverse tasks, audiences, and purposes. 
  • use a variety of sentence types in writing and make grammatical corrections.

Unit 2:  Argument Skills: Read and respond to argument mentor texts

Students will:

  • make inferences and draw conclusions from a text.
  • cite evidence to support explicit analysis of the text.
  • cite evidence from a source to support inferences and conclusions.
  • determine a theme and two or more central ideas in a text.
  • analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • determine meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text.
  • determine the meaning of figurative language as they are used in the text and the impact of connotations on the meaning of a text.
  • analyze the effect of technical language, analogies, allusions, and word choice on the tone.
  • state a claim with evidence to support an argument by using credible sources to determine relevant evidence and develop reasons to elaborate ideas. 
  • acknowledge and refute an opposing claim.
  • use transitional words, phrases, and clauses to connect claims and reasoning using precise language and specific vocabulary to support an argument while maintaining a formal style.  
  • provide a concluding statement that supports the argument presented.
  • assess the accuracy and credibility of sources.
  • quote or paraphrase a source, citing it correctly while avoiding plagiarism.

Unit 3:  Narrative Skills: Read and respond to a variety of text that use narrative technique

Students will:

  • determine a theme, two or more central ideas, analyze the development of central ideas or themes of a text, and write an objective summary of a text or excerpt.
  • identify and interpret figurative language and its connotation.
  • analyze the word choice to determine the author’s attitude toward the topic (tone).
  • write a narrative that tells about real or imagined events, establishes context and point of view, and organizes plot and logical events.
  • Include and correctly punctuate dialogue in a narrative.
  • use transition words, phrases and clauses to show changes in time, location and sequence while using precise words and phrases, descriptive details and sensory language to "show vs. tell".
  • identify and correct misplaced and dangling modifiers.
  • use word parts that were taught in class to determine the meaning of a word.

Unit 4:  Synthesis of Skills: Read and respond to a variety of grade level text types

Students will:

  • read and understand grade level text.
  • organize writing to fit many diverse tasks, audiences, and purposes.
  • present claims and findings that are sequential and logical.
  • use visual aids and deliver a presentation that adds clarity to the information presented and clearly demonstrate evidence to support a claim.
  • present claims and findings that are sequenced in a logical order while using appropriate eye contact, volume, and pronunciation while drawing audience’s interest.
  • use word parts that were taught in class to determine the meaning of a word.

 

Grades will be weighted based upon the following categories and percentage of final grade:

Quizzes—20%

Projects—20%

Classwork—25%

Assessments—25%

Finals (EOC)—10%

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