This course is designed to develop proficiency in integrated and contextualized reading and writing skills and strategies. Topics include reading and writing processes, critical thinking strategies, and recognition and composition of well-developed, coherent, and unified texts; these topics are taught using texts primarily in the Lexile (TM) range of 1185 to 1385. Upon completion, students should be able to apply those skills toward understanding a variety of texts at the career and college ready level and toward composing a documented essay. Note: (TM) represents registered trademark.
|·Students will demonstrate the use of pre-reading, reading, and post-reading strategies to comprehend texts at the career and
·college ready level, including activating prior knowledge; identifying important text attributes; using context clues; distinguishing
·between connotative and denotative meanings and between informal language and Standard Written English; employing
·metacognitive strategies; identifying stated and implied main ideas and details in career and college ready texts and student writing;
·recognizing organizational patterns in career and college ready texts; summarizing; and responding to texts using text-to-world
·Students will demonstrate the use of the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading), including
·narrowing the focus of the text; establishing a clear main idea; generating supporting details for a specific purpose and audience;
·determine appropriate organization; composing and revising drafts; using editing and proofreading strategies to reflect Standard
·Written English; using MLA or APA guidelines.
·Students will apply critical thinking strategies to analyze texts at the career and college ready level and to inform and
·strengthen writing, including comprehending figurative language--simile, metaphor, personification; interpreting imagery, symbols,
·and analogies; determining the author's purpose and point of view; identifying fact and opinion statements; using inference skills;
·demonstrating an understanding of verbal and situational irony; understanding bias, logical fallacies, and propaganda techniques; and
·demonstrating consistent point of view, clear purpose, appropriate tone, and appropriate use of facts and expert opinions.
·Students will recognize and compose well-developed, coherent, and unified texts, including clear thesis statements and specific
·and adequate supporting information; analyzing and evaluating body paragraphs in texts at the career and college ready level and
·student writing; assessing, synthesizing, and integrating relevant and valid evidence; employing a variety of organizational patterns to
·draft texts and using transitional strategies to connect ideas and achieve coherence; avoiding plagiarism by paraphrasing; and
·documenting source material using MLA or APA guidelines.
·Students will apply the conventions of Standard Written English.
·Students will employ appropriate technology when composing texts.
2014FA - New Course (S23643)