• Language Arts 9 Essential Outcomes

    Reading

    1. I can use textual evidence to support my conclusions.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.4.1.1 and 9.5.1.1)

                a. I can draw a conclusion based upon my reading.

                b. I can support my conclusion using multiple examples from the text.

     

    2. I can identify the theme or central idea in a text.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.4.2.2 and 9.5.2.2)

                a. I can identify the theme or central idea in a text.

                b. I can support this theme or central idea with evidence from the text.

     

    3. I can analyze the development of a text’s characters and how their actions, thoughts, and

        words contribute to the story’s plot or themes.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.4.3.3)

                a. I can identify how a character changes throughout a text.

                b. I can trace a character’s actions, thoughts, and words throughout a text.

                c. I can analyze how that character and their actions, thoughts, and words impact the plot

                    or theme of a story.

     4. I can analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in a work of literature

         from outside the United States, drawing on a wide reading of world literature.
         (Minnesota English / Language Arts Standard 9.4.6.6)

                 a.  I can read and understand a work of literature from outside of the United States.
                 b. I can  analyze a particular point of view or cultural experience reflected in that work.

    5. I can compare and contrast how events and information are presented in visual and non-visual

        formats.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.4.7.7 & 9.5.7.7)

                a. I can analyze the representation of a subject or key scene in two different mediums.

                b. I can identify what is emphasized or absent in each version.

     

    6. I can evaluate the strength of the author’s claims by examining the supporting details and

        reasoning and identifying any faults or weaknesses in them.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.5.8.8)

                a. I can identify an author’s claims.

                b. I can examine the supporting details and reasoning an author uses to support

                c. I can identify faults and weaknesses within an author’s supporting details or

                d. I can evaluate whether an author’s claims are strong based upon their supporting

                    details and reasoning.


    Writing

    7. I can write and develop arguments with strong evidence and valid reasoning.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.7.1.1)

                a. I can craft a clear claim taking a stance on my topic.

                b. I can support my claim with valid reasoning and strong evidence for each of my points

                    in a way that my audience can understand.

                c. I can identify opposing claims and craft a counterargument that thoroughly addresses

                    the opposing claim.

     

    8. I can produce writing that is appropriate to the task, purpose, and audience for whom I am

        writing.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.7.4.4)

                a. I can understand the writing task before me.

                b. I can identify the purpose of my writing.

                c. I can determine the audience that will read my work.

                d. I can produce writing that is appropriate for the task, purpose, and audience.

     

    Speaking and Listening

    9. I can actively participate in a variety of discussions with various partners.

        (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.9.1.1)

                a. I can actively participate in a discussion by respectfully contributing my

                b. I can actively participate in a discussion by listening respectfully to the thoughts

                c. I can maintain a respectful dialogue built upon my ideas and the ideas of

                d. I can participate in discussions in a variety of settings and with various of

     

    10. I can organize and present information to my listeners in a logical sequence and style that

          are appropriate to my task and audience.

         (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.9.4.4)

                a. I can organize information in a logical sequence.

                b. I can prepare information to be presented in a style that is appropriate to my

                    task and audience.

    c.  I can present this information to my audience clearly and in an appropriate way.

    Language

    11. I can correctly use the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.

          (Minnesota English Language Arts Standard 9.11.2.2)

                a. I can use capitalization properly in my own writing.

                b. I can use punctuation properly in my own writing.

                c. I can use proper spelling in my own writing.

     

    12. I can understand figurative language, word relationships, and slight differences in word

          meanings.

          (Minnesota English/Language Arts Standard 9.11.5.5)

                a. I can interpret figurative language within a text.

                b. I can identify and understand word relationships within a text.

                c. I can analyze slight differences in word meanings between words with similar

                   denotations based upon their use in a text.