READING - Literature and Informational
• Read a variety of texts for a variety of audiences
and purposes to examine how authors use
evidence from the text to support their
arguments, and analyze the strength of the
author’s argument. For example, students read
speeches, such as Winston Churchill’s Blood,
Toil, Sweat, and Tears.
• Read to determine a theme or central idea of a
literary text and how it is conveyed through
specific details used by the author.
• Write arguments to support claims with clear
reasons and relevant evidence. Students will form
an opinion, create a claim to support that opinion,
research information to support their claim, and
create essays that demonstrate their research.
• Write narratives that develop real or imagined
experiences or events using an event sequence
that unfolds naturally and logically.
• Compare and contrast thematically-based texts
in different genres; for example, stories and
poems/historical novels and fantasy stories.
• Write routinely over short and extended time
frames for a variety of tasks, purposes, and
• Recognize variations from Standard English in
his/her own and others’ writing and speaking,
and apply that knowledge to his/her own writing