Students will read a range of material and show their understanding of the material in various forms (tests, projects, discussions, etc.). Students will continue to work on their use of language, sentence structure, and organization of ideas in writing by responding to various prompts.   Activities in these areas will include: 

Provide detailed and objective summaries of texts
Describe how a particular story or play unfolds and how characters respond to plot developments
Using a range of reading strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words as they are used in a text
Comparing and contrasting various texts, including poems, stories, and historical novels
Understanding the figurative and connotative (implied) meaning of words and phrases
Identifying and evaluating specific claims or arguments in a text
Students determine the theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details.
Students explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Supporting written claims or arguments with clear reasons and relevant evidence
Producing clear and coherent writing appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience
Participating in class discussions about various texts and topics
Conducting short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources
Students introduce a topic and develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information.
Students use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationships among ideas and concepts.
Students use precise language and subject-specific vocabulary.