9th Grade ELA Learning Targets
English Lang Arts, 9
(Language) ALT 1 - Words and Syntax
I can select and apply effective words and syntax.
AST 1.1 - Spelling : I can consistently use spelling conventions/rules correctly in my writing. Errors do not impede readability.
AST 1.2 - Punctuation : I have consistent control over basic punctuation conventions: end punctuation, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, and dialogue. Errors do not impede readability.
AST 1.3 - Grammar : I have consistent control over basic grammar conventions: subject-verb agreement, independent and dependent clauses, complete sentences (avoiding run-ons and fragments). Errors do not impede readability.
(Language) ALT 2 - Conventions
I can use correct conventions (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) in my writing.
AST 2.1 - Word Choice : I can use words throughout the entire piece that are appropriate for audience and purpose but may not always be precise. My word choice establishes an appropriate voice.
AST 2.2 - Fluid Writing : I can use sentence structure to establish the fluidity of my writing. My writing is more fluid than mechanical
(Reading) ALT 1 - Comprehension
I can demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details of grade-level literary and informational texts.
AST.1.1 - Inferences : I can make inferences using relevant textual evidence (details, examples, information).
AST.1.2 - Identify Central Ideas : I can summarize the key details and identify the central idea.
AST.1.3 - Unknown Vocabulary : I can determine or clarify the meaning of unknown vocabulary.
AST.1.4 - Complex Characters : I can analyze how complex characters are introduced, developed, and connected to the plot.
AST 1.5 - Identify Connections in a Text : I can identify the connections and/or the distinctions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text.
(Reading) ALT 2 - Craft and Structure
I can analyze and evaluate an author's craft and structure.
AST.2.1 - Author's Words and Phrases : I can identify and interpret the author’s use of word choice and literary devices and analyze how they shape the meaning of a text.
AST.2.2 - Structure and Meaning : I can analyze how the structure of a text influences its meaning.
AST.2.3 - Narrator's POV : I can determine how a narrator’s point of view is influenced by culture and time period (literary).
AST 2.4 - Author's POV : I can determine the author’s point of view or purpose and identify the argumentative strategies used (informational).
(Reading) ALT 3 - Evaluating Work
I can evaluate how one or more works address similar themes or topics.
AST.3.1 - Representation of a Subject : I can analyze the theme in one or more diverse forms, media, or genres and determine which details are emphasized in each account.
AST.3.2 - Validity of Reasoning : I can analyze the validity of reasoning and sufficiency of evidence and identify faulty reasoning (informational).
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 1 - Listening Skills
I can demonstrate my understanding and listening skills through small group and in-class discussions independently or in response to a prompt.
AST.1.1 - Working with Partners : I can prepare for and participate effectively with partners, building on the ideas of others, and expressing myself clearly and persuasively.
AST.1.2 - Info in Different Formats : I can integrate and evaluate information presented in various formats
AST.1.3 - Speaker's POV : I can evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
(Speaking-Listening ALT 2 - Present Information
I can present information effectively.
AST.2.1 - Present Information : I can present information clearly, concisely, and logically.
AST.2.2 - Body Language-Eye Contact : I can use natural, effective body language and appropriate eye contact.
AST.2.3 - Visual Displays-Multimedia : I can make use of visual displays/multi-media to express information and enhance understanding.
AST.2.4 - Command of English : I can demonstrate my command of formal English and adapt my speech to a variety of contexts.
(Writing) ALT 1 - Argumentative Writing
I can write an argumentative piece using evidence.
AST 1.1 - Thesis Statement : I can articulate a position by writing and defending a clear thesis statement/claim in my introduction in response to a prompt.
AST 1.2 - Claims and Arguments : I can organize reasons and apply evidence in support of my claim and acknowledge arguments that run counter to my own.
AST 1.3 - Transitions : I can use basic transitions that connect ideas and evidence.
AST 1.4 - Conclusion : I can provide a conclusion that summarizes the claim and ideas.
(Writing) ALT 2 - Informative-Explanatory
I can write an informative/explanatory piece using evidence.
AST 2.1 - Thesis Statement : I can present a clear thesis statement in my introduction in response to a prompt.
AST 2.2 - Organization and Topic Development : I can organize my ideas and develop the topic with relevant, sufficient concrete details.
AST 2.3 - Transitions : I can use basic transitions that connect ideas and evidence.
AST 2.4 - Conclusion : I can provide a conclusion that summarizes the topic and ideas.
(Writing) ALT 3 - Narrative
I can write narrative pieces.
AST 3.1 - Drawing in the Reader : I can draw the reader into my storyline.
AST 3.2 - Narrative Techniques : I can use narrative techniques to develop the plot and/or characters.
AST 3.3 - Sequencing Techniques : I can use effective sequencing techniques to develop plot.
AST 3.4 - Conclusion : I can develop a relevant conclusion/resolution.
(Writing) ALT 4 - Writing Process
I can use the writing process to improve my writing.
AST 4.1 - Previewing Strategies : I can consistently use prewriting strategies to plan my writing.
AST 4.2 - Revisions and Feedback : I can make revisions for changes to content in response to feedback.
AST 4.3 - Proofreading : I can proofread and edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
AST 4.4 - Writing Format : I can produce a polished piece of writing that is properly formatted.