Topic outline

  • Unit 1 - Introduction to Citing Textual Evidence

    In this unit, students will be introduced to citing textual evidence in support of Literature and Informational Reading Concepts.

    This unit has 36 instructional days and runs from August 7 - September 27, 2013.

    After completing this unit, students will be able to:

    • write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
    • conduct short research projects to answer a question
    • gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources
    • draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
    • write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames
    • recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in pronoun number and person
    • demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when speaking and writing
    • ensure subject-verb agreement in writing
    • produce complete sentences and correct fragments and run-ons in writing
    • use and correct frequently confused words in writing (to, too)
    • recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense
    • use punctuation to separate items in a series
    • Unit 2 - Literaray Elements in Short Stories, Novels, and Poems

      In this unit, students will focus on analyzing literary elements in short stories, novels, and poems to determine key ideas, author craft and structure.

       This unit has 35 instructional days and runs from September 30 - November 26, 2013.

      After completing this unit, students will be able to:

      • write narratives to develop real or imagine experiences or events
      • draw evidence from literary text to support analysis
      • demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings
      • Unit 3 - Text Structure and Point of View

        In this unit, students will be analyzing the text structure, word choice and presentation of ideas that represent the author's point of view.

        This unit has 34 instructional days and runs from December 2, 2013 - January 31, 2014.

        After completing this unit, students will be able to:

        • write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic
        • conduct short research projects to answer a question
        • gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources
        • draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
        • write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames.
        • demonstrate command of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing
        • use puntcuation to separate items in a series when writing
        • use commas, parenthesis, dashes to set off nonrestrictive/parenthetical elements.
        • Unit 4 - Argument

          In this unit, students will be evaluating the argument the author makes in the text to assess sound reasoning and evidence.

          This unit has 36 instructional days and runs from February 4 - March 28, 2014.

          After completing this unit, students will be able to:

          • write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
          • recognize style and tone in reading
          • vary sentence patterns for meaning, reader/listener interest, and style when writing and speaking
          • maintain consistency in style and tone when writing and speaking
          • choose words and phrases for effect and to convey ideas precisely
          • choose punctuation for effect
          • Unit 5 - Analyze Connections in Texts, Productions, Media

            In this unit, students will analyze print texts to multimedia, companion texts written by different authors or differing genres in order to evaluate and compare.

            This unit has 19 instructional days and runs from April 7 - May1, 2013.

            After completing this unit, students will be able to:

            • write critical analysis using evidence to support assertions
            • draw evidence from literary text to support analysis, relection, and research
            • understand figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings