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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 7

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Students will read, comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate literary text.

Indicator

  • 1. Apply comprehension skills by reading and analyzing a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts including print and non-print
Objectives
  1. Listen to critically, read, and discuss a variety of literary texts representing diverse cultures, perspectives, ethnicities, and time periods
  2. Listen to critically, read, and discuss a variety of literary forms and genres

Indicator

  • 2. Analyze text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts
Objective
  1. Analyze text features that contribute to meaning
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Indicator

  • 3. Analyze elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation
Objectives
  1. Distinguish among types of grade-appropriate narrative such as short stories, folklore, realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, essays, biographies, autobiographies, personal narratives, plays, and lyric and narrative poetry
    Assessment limit: Grade-appropriate narrative texts
  2. Analyze the events of the plot
    Assessment limit: Exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution
  3. Analyze details that provide information about the setting, the mood created by the setting, and ways in which the setting affects characters
    Assessment limits:
    • Details that create the setting and/or mood in the text or a portion of the text
    • Connections among the characters, the setting, and the mood in the text or a portion of the text
  4. Analyze characterization
    Assessment limits:
  5. Analyze relationships between and among characters, setting and events
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts
  6. Analyze the actions of characters that serve to advance the plot
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts
  7. Analyze internal and/or external conflicts that motivate characters and those that advance the plot
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text
  8. Analyze the author's approach to issues of time in a narrative
    Assessment limits:
  9. Analyze the point of view
    Assessment limits:
    • Connections between point of view and meaning
    • Conclusions about the narrator based on his/her thoughts and/or observations
  10. Analyze the interactions among narrative elements and their contribution to meaning
    Assessment limit: Connections among narrative elements and meaning

Indicator

  • 4. Analyze elements of poetry to facilitate understanding and interpretation
Objectives
  1. Use structural features to distinguish among types of poetry such as ballad, narrative, lyric
  2. Analyze language and structural features to determine meaning
    Assessment limit: Literal versus figurative meanin
  3. Analyze sound elements of poetry that contribute to meaning
    Assessment limits:
  4. Identify and explain other poetic elements such as setting, mood, tone, etc., that contribute to meaning
    Assessment limit: Elements of grade-appropriate lyric and narrative poems that contribute to meaning

Indicator

  • 5. Analyze elements of drama to facilitate understanding and interpretation
Objectives
  1. Use structural features to distinguish among types of plays
  2. Analyze the action of individual scenes and acts and their relationship to the plot
    Assessment limit: Literal versus interpretive meaning
  3. Analyze how stage directions affect dialogue, characters, and plot
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Indicator

  • 6. Analyze important ideas and messages in literary texts
Objectives
  1. Analyze main ideas and universal themes
    Assessment limits:
    • Of the text or a portion of the text
    • Experiences, emotions, issues, and ideas in a text that give rise to universal themes
  2. Analyze similar themes across multiple texts
    Assessment limit: Experiences, emotions, issues, and ideas across texts that give rise to universal themes
  3. Summarize or paraphrase
    Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text
  4. Reflect on and explain personal connections to the text
    Assessment limit: Connections between personal experiences and the theme or main ideas
  5. Explain the implications of the text for the reader and/or society
    Assessment limit: Ideas and issues of a text that may have implications for the reader

Indicator

  • 7. Analyze the author's purposeful use of language
Objectives
  1. Analyze how specific language choices contribute to meaning
    Assessment limits:
    • Significant words (e.g., idioms, colloquialisms, etc.) with a specific effect on meaning
    • Denotations of above-grade-level words used in context
    • Connotations of grade-appropriate words and phrases in context
  2. Analyze language choices that create tone
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text
  3. Analyze figurative language that contributes to meaning and/or creates style
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text
  4. Analyze imagery that contributes to meaning and/or creates style
    Assessment limit: Specific words and phrases in the text or a portion of the text
  5. Analyze elements of style and their contribution to meaning
    Assessment limit: Common elements of style such as repetition, hyperbole and rhetorical questions

Indicator

  • 8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts
Objectives
  1. Analyze the plausibility of the plot and the credibility of the characters
    Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text
  2. Analyze the extent to which the text contains ambiguities, subtleties, or contradictions
    Assessment limit: Questions and predictions about events, situations, and conflicts that might occur if the text were extended
  3. Analyze the relationship between a literary text and its historical and/or social context
    Assessment limit: Implications of the historical or social context on a literary text
  4. Analyze the relationship between the structure and the purpose of the text

Indicators/objectives that include assessment limits are assessed on MSA *New Standards identifies the need for students to process 1 million words per year to maintain academic progress.

11/15/07