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Junior English Course Competencies for...

American Experience 

College Preparatory English 11

Honors English 11


To earn course credit for the fall semester, students must pass a minimum of two of the four competencies listed below.To earn course credit for the subsequent spring semester, students must pass the remaining two competencies.

Keep track of your progress with course competencies by checking your X2 online grade report.

 

Competency # 1:  Essay Test Response-Writing Skills

Students will be able to show sufficient growth of their writing skills to analyze the meaning of various works of American literature.

 

Plan for Success The following activities will  provide students with many opportunities to both develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to pass this competency:

Reading Workshop –independent and whole class reading of selected works; independent completion of reader’s responses

Reader's Responses-  see sample responses and downloadable guides/forms here.

Essay  Tests – For a detailed explanation of essay test format, a sample essay test and essay test scoring rubric, click here.  While a student may use his/her portfolio of personally completed reader's responses as he/she completes the essay test response, essay tests may not be revised/rewritten.

  How will this competency be scored? A student will pass this competency by scoring a D- or higher on the Junior English scoring rubric for tests of literary works.  

 

Competency # 2: Researching with Technology

Students will be able to “use a variety of technological and informational research to gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources to communicate discoveries in 'ethical' ways that suit their purpose and audience” (NCTE).

 

Plan for Success The following activities will  provide students with many opportunities to both develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to pass this competency:

Tech-Rich Opportunities– slideshows, digital storytelling/podcasts, digital reader's responses, digital portfolios and more .

 How will this competency be scored? A student will pass this competency by scoring  "Meets" in every category on this rubric.

 

"NCTE / IRA Standards for the English Language Arts." National Council of Teachers of English
     Homepage. Web. 01 Sept. 2010. <http://www.ncte.org/standards>.

 

Competency # 3: Thesis Paper

Students will be able to use the full writing process to compose a thesis paper (connected to American literature). This paper will follow current MLA guidelines for formatting and citations.

Plan for Success The following activities will  provide students with many opportunities to both develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to pass this competency:

Writing Workshopsprompts, brainstorms, research activities, drafts, edits, revisions, and conferences.

Rough Drafts – brainstorming, charting and planning activities as well as the traditional rough drafts.

Final Drafts – All thesis-based research papers may be be revised/rewritten for a higher grade when guidelines for revisions are followed.

 

How will this competency be scored? A student will pass this competency by scoring  "Meets" in every category on this rubric.

Competency # 4: Essay Test Response-Literary Analysis

Students will apply a wide range of literacy strategies to comprehend, interpret, analyze, evaluate, and appreciate texts, connecting what has been read (plot, ideas, concepts) to prior knowledge, other texts, or the broader world of ideas.

Plan for Success The following activities will  provide students with many opportunities to both develop and demonstrate the skills necessary to pass this competency:

Reading Workshop –independent and whole class reading of selected works; independent completion of reader’s responses

Reader's Responses-  see sample responses and downloadable guides/forms here.

Essay  Tests – For a detailed explanation of essay test format, a sample essay test and essay test scoring rubric, click here.  While a student may use his/her portfolio of personally completed reader's responses as a resource/reference when completing the essay test response, essay tests may not be revised/rewritten.

How will this competency be scored? A student will pass this competency by scoring a D- or higher on the Junior English scoring rubric for tests of literary works.