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.

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