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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.