SUBJECT AREA: English — GRADE LEVEL: Early High School
BENCHMARK: 3.A. 4 Use standard English to edit documents for clarity, subject/verb agreement, adverb and adjective agreement and verb tense; proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation; and ensure that documents are formatted in final form for submission and/or publication.
BENCHMARK: 3.B.4a Produce documents that exhibit a range of writing techniques appropriate to purpose and audience, with clarity of focus, logic of organization, appropriate elaboration and support and overall coherence.
BENCHMARK: 3.B.4b Produce, edit, revise and format work for submission and/or publication (e.g., manuscript form, appropriate citation of sources) using contemporary technology.
BENCHMARK: 3.B.4c Evaluate written work for its effectiveness and make recommendations for its improvement.
BENCHMARK: 3.C.4a Write for real or potentially real situations in academic, professional and civic contexts (e.g., college applications, job applications, business letters, petitions).
BENCHMARK: 3.C.4b Using available technology, produce compositions and multimedia works for specified audiences.
BENCHMARK: 4.A.4a Apply listening skills as individuals and members of a group in a variety of settings (e.g., lectures, discussions, conversations, team projects, presentations, interviews).
BENCHMARK: 4.A.4b Apply listening skills in practical settings (e.g., classroom note taking, inter-personal conflict situations, giving and receiving directions, evaluating persuasive messages).
BENCHMARK: 4.A.4c Follow complex oral instructions.
BENCHMARK: 4.A.4d Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of verbal and nonverbal messages within a context (e.g., contradictory, supportive, repetitive, substitutive).
BENCHMARK: 4.B.4a Deliver planned informative and persuasive oral presentations using visual aids and contemporary technology as individuals and members of a group; demonstrate organization, clarity, vocabulary, credible and accurate supporting evidence.
BENCHMARK: 4.B.4b Use group discussion skills to assume leadership and participant roles within an assigned project or to reach a group goal.
BENCHMARK: 4.B.4c Use strategies to manage or overcome communication anxiety and apprehension (e.g., developed outlines, notecards, practice).
BENCHMARK: 4.B.4d Use verbal and nonverbal strategies to maintain communication and to resolve individual and group conflict.
BENCHMARK: 5.A.4a Demonstrate a knowledge of strategies needed to prepare a credible research report (e.g., notes, planning sheets).
BENCHMARK: 5.A.4b Design and present a project (e.g., research report, scientific study, career/higher education opportunities) using various formats from multiple sources.
BENCHMARK: 5.B.4a Choose and evaluate primary and secondary sources (print and nonprint) for a variety of purposes.
BENCHMARK: 5.B.4b Use multiple sources and multiple formats; cite according to standard style manuals.
BENCHMARK: 5.C.4a Plan, compose, edit and revise information (e.g., brochures, formal reports, proposals, research summaries, analyses, editorials, articles, overheads, multimedia displays) for presentation to an audience.
BENCHMARK: 5.C.4b Produce oral presentations and written documents using supportive research and incorporating contemporary technology.
BENCHMARK: 5.C.4c Prepare for and participate in formal debates.
BENCHMARK: 1.B.5a Relate reading to prior knowledge and experience and make connections to related information.
BENCHMARK: 1.C.5c Critically evaluate information from multiple sources.
BENCHMARK: 1.C.5d Summarize and make generalizations from content and relate them to the purpose of the material.
BENCHMARK: 1.C.5e Evaluate how authors and illustrators use text and art across materials to express their ideas (e.g., complex dialogue, persuasive techniques).
BENCHMARK: 1.C.5f Use tables, graphs and maps to challenge arguments, defend conclusions and persuade others.
BENCHMARK: 3.B.5 Using contemporary technology, produce documents of publication quality for specific purposes and audiences; exhibit clarity of focus, logic of organization, appropriate elaboration and support and overall coherence.
BENCHMARK: 3.C.5a Communicate information and ideas in narrative, informative and persuasive writing with clarity and effectiveness in a variety of written forms using appropriate traditional and/or electronic formats; adapt content, vocabulary, voice and tone to the audience, purpose and situation.
BENCHMARK: 3.C.5b Write for real or potentially real situations in academic, professional and civic contexts (e.g., applications, job applications, business letters, resume, petitions).
BENCHMARK: 4.A.5a Use criteria to evaluate a variety of speakers’ verbal and nonverbal messages.
BENCHMARK: 4.A.5b Use techniques for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of oral messages.
BENCHMARK: 4.B.5a Deliver planned and impromptu oral presentations, as individuals and members of a group, conveying results of research, projects or literature studies to a variety of audiences (e.g., peers, community, business/industry, local organizations) using appropriate visual aids and available technology.
BENCHMARK: 4.B.5b Use speaking skills to participate in and lead group discussions; analyze the effectiveness of the spoken interactions based upon the ability of the group to achieve its goals.
BENCHMARK: 4.B.5c Implement learned strategies to self-monitor communication anxiety and apprehension (e.g., relaxation and transference techniques, scripting, extemporaneous outlining, repetitive practice).
BENCHMARK: 4.B.5d Use verbal and nonverbal strategies to maintain communication and to resolve individual, group and workplace conflict (e.g., mediation skills, formal and informal bargaining skills).
BENCHMARK: 5.A.5a Develop a research plan using multiple forms of data.
BENCHMARK: 5.A.5b Research, design and present a project to an academic, business or school community audience on a topic selected from among contemporary issues.
BENCHMARK: 5.B.5a Evaluate the usefulness of information, synthesize information to support a thesis, and present information in a logical manner in oral and written forms.
BENCHMARK: 5.B.5b Credit primary and secondary sources in a form appropriate for presentation or publication for a particular audience.
BENCHMARK: 5.C.5a Using contemporary technology, create a research presentation or prepare a documentary related to academic, technical or occupational topics and present the findings in oral or multimedia formats.
BENCHMARK: 5.C.5b Support and defend a thesis statement using various references including media and electronic resources.