12th Grade ELA Learning Targets
English Lang Arts, 12
(Language) ALT 1 - Words and Syntax
I can select and apply effective words and syntax.
AST 1.1 - Word Choice : I can choose words that are thoughtful and precise to establish an appropriate and/or engaging voice.
AST 1.2 - Sentence Structure : I can vary sentence structure for effect to enhance my writing. My writing is fluid, not mechanical.
(Language) ALT 2 - Conventions
I can use correct conventions (spelling, punctuation, and grammar) in my writing.
AST 2.1 - Spelling : I have strong control over all grade-level spelling and punctuation conventions.
AST 2.2 - Punctuation : I can use sentence structure to establish the fluidity of my writing. My writing is more fluid than mechanical.
AST 2.3 - 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.
(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 - ID Central Ideas : I can summarize the key details and identify the central idea or theme.
(Reading) ALT 2 - Craft and Structure
I can analyze and evaluate an author’s craft and structure.
AST 2.1 - Author's Use of Words : I can interpret the author’s use of words and phrases (figurative, connotative, technical) and analyze how they shape meaning and tone.
AST 2.2 - Structure of a Text : I can analyze and evaluate 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 shapes the content and style of a text (including satire, sarcasm, irony, and understatement); I can recognize the effect of the author’s choices (literary).
AST 2.4 - Author's POV : I can identify an author’s point of view and analyze the rhetorical style and its influence (informational).
(Reading) ALT 3 - Evaluating Works
I can evaluate how two or more works address similar themes or topics.
AST 3.1 - Analyze Theme : I can analyze the theme in two 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 - Collaborative Discussions
I can initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
AST 1.1 - Preparation : I can come prepared in order to participate effectively.
AST 1.2 - Working with Peers : I can work with peers to set clear goals and guidelines, establishing individual roles as needed.
AST 1.3 - Promote Discussion : I can promote discussion by posing and responding to questions that verify or challenge ideas and conclusions.
AST 1.4 - Responding Thoughtfully : I can respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives.
(Speaking-Listening) ALT 2 - Presenting Orally
I can present information effectively, using natural and appropriate body language, eye contact, volume, rate of speech, and inflection.
AST 2.1 - Presenting Content Clearly : I can present meaningful and appropriate content 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 - Present Information : I can present information using diverse formats, including digital media.
AST 2.4 - Command of Formal 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 independently formulate, support, and communicate a clear, thought-provoking thesis statement/claim in my introduction
AST 1.2 - Claims and Arguments : I can organize reasons and apply evidence in support of my claim and develop thorough arguments that run counter to my own, acknowledging strengths and limitations.
AST 1.3 - Transitions : I can consistently use a variety of fluid transitions between ideas.
AST 1.4 - Conclusion : I can develop a conclusion that connects back to the claim and includes relevant insight.
(Writing) ALT 2 - Informative - Explanatory Writing
I can write an informative/explanatory piece using evidence.
AST 2.1 - Thesis Statement : I can independently present a clear and thought-provoking thesis statement in my introduction.
AST 2.2 - Narrative Techniques : I can organize my ideas and develop the topic thoroughly with relevant, purposeful, and sufficient concrete details.
AST 2.3 - Transitions : I can consistently use a variety of appropriate fluid transitions between ideas.
AST 2.4 - Conclusion : I can develop a conclusion that connects back to the topic and includes relevant insight.
(Writing) ALT 3 - Narrative Writing
I can write narrative pieces.
AST 3.1 - Engagement : I can creatively engage my audience with my beginning.
AST 3.2 - Narrative Techniques : I can use a variety of narrative techniques to develop the plot and/or characters.
AST 3.3 - Sequencing Techniques : I can use a variety of effective sequencing techniques to develop plot.
AST 3.4 - Conclusion : I can develop a relevant and insightful conclusion/resolution.
(Writing) ALT 4 - Writing Process
I can use the writing process to improve my writing.
AST 4.1 - Pre-Writing Strategies : I can consistently use prewriting strategies to plan my writing according to audience and purpose.
AST 4.2 - Revisions and Feedback : I can consistently and purposefully make revisions for changes to content independently and in response to feedback.
AST 4.3 - Proofreading : I can consistently and purposefully proofread and edit for spelling, punctuation, and grammar independently and in response to feedback.
AST 4.4 - Polished Piece of Writing : I can consistently produce a polished piece of writing that is properly formatted.