Essentials of Language Arts
Essentials of Language Arts is a semester-length review of the fundamentals of reading informational and literary texts, and writing a variety of creative and expository compositions. This course is useful at the high school level for basic conceptual and skill remediation, and/or practice necessary to prepare for a state exam.
Upon successfully completing the course, the student should have mastered the following concepts and skills:
- Recognize the elements and characteristics of different kinds of informational texts: expository, procedural, persuasive, and literary nonfiction.
- Navigate, interpret, and evaluate informational texts.
- Identify and analyze the author’s purpose in a variety of informational texts.
- Understand and use the conventions of workplace documents and business writing.
- Distinguish and analyze claims in informational texts (main idea, topics, evidence, etc.).
- Use knowledge of literal and figurative language and context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words.
- Understand and analyze the organizational pattern of informational texts.
- Examine the use of visual elements that support written texts.
- Draw reasonable inferences from informational texts.
- Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments.
II. Literary Texts
- Recognize the elements and characteristics of different literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction.
- Recognize and analyze the structure of poetry, drama, and narrative prose.
- Draw inferences from explicit and implicit information.
- Identify and analyze elements of literary texts: plot, setting, characterization, theme.
- Identify and analyze literary devices: imagery, tone, point of view, flashback, foreshadowing, figurative language.
- Understand the influence of culture, history, and an author’s background on diction, style, and elements of narrative fiction.
- Understand and apply the writing process.
- Recognize and compose a clear thesis statement.
- Recognize and evaluate organizational patterns for an essay.
- Identify and analyze evidence for relevance to a topic or argument.
- Understand and use evidence to support claims and arguments.
- Identify and select meaningful, descriptive, and expressive words.
- Recognize, use, and evaluate effective grammar, sentence construction, clause coordination, agreement, number, tense, word choice, mechanics, and conventions.
- Write a business letter.
- Write a literary analysis.