Language Arts/English Curriculum
  Advanced Composition 1
 

This course provides students an in-depth study of writing in the academic disciplines. Students improve their writing through intense word study, critical reading, and analytical thinking. Students expand and refine their ability to write through analyzing and evaluating their own writing and that of others. Students may also participate in the school’s writing center.

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ELA.AC1
Standard 1
  READ AND ANALYZE A VARIETY OF TEXTS TO UNDERSTAND WRITERS' CRAFT
 

Benchmark 1.a
Analyze How Authors Use Techniques to Create Desired Effects
 
Indicator 1.a.1
Study the techniques authors use in various texts
 

Benchmark 1.b
Compare and Contrast How Authors Use Different Styles and Techniques
 
Indicator 1.b.1
Recognize point of view and bias in a variety of texts
 
Indicator 1.b.2
Explain how authors use rhetorical strategies and techniques
 
Indicator 1.b.3
Analyze how language choices impact a text
 

Benchmark 1.c
Explore the Use of Writing in College and Careers
 
Indicator 1.c.1
Identify expectations for postsecondary writing
 
Indicator 1.c.2
Analyze the types of writing appropriate to specific disciplines
 
ELA.AC1
Standard 2
  WRITE NARRATIVE, EXPOSITORY, INFORMATIONAL, AND PERSUASIVE ESSAYS
 

Benchmark 2.a
Generate, Gather, Plan, and Organize Ideas for Writing
 
Indicator 2.a.1
Apply a variety of planning strategies to generate and organize ideas
 
Indicator 2.a.2
Develop a clear thesis statement appropriate to audience and purpose
 

Benchmark 2.b
Write in the Style Appropriate to Different Disciplines
 
Indicator 2.b.1
Adapt voice, form, and citations to discipline-specific standards
 

Benchmark 2.c
Create Coherence, Clarity, and Logical Reasoning in Writing
 
Indicator 2.c.1
Use transitions to create coherence
 
Indicator 2.c.2
Clarify ideas with precise and relevant evidence
 
Indicator 2.c.3
Apply organizational techniques most effective for a given purpose
 
ELA.AC1
Standard 3
  USE READINGS, RESEARCH, AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE TO DEVELOP WRITING
 

Benchmark 3.a
Apply Other Authors' Techniques & Strategies to Own Writing
 
Indicator 3.a.1
Adapt word choice, syntax, tone, form, structure, and voice
 
Indicator 3.a.2
Understand the relationship among style, audience, and purpose
 

Benchmark 3.b
Narrow a Topic and Synthesize Information to Support a Thesis
 
Indicator 3.b.1
Evaluate the quality, accuracy, and validity of information
 
Indicator 3.b.2
Distinguish between credible and unreliable sources
 

Benchmark 3.c
Credit Sources Accurately Using Discipline-Appropriate Citations
 
Indicator 3.c.1
Cite all sources according to discipline-appropriate standards
 
Indicator 3.c.2
Cite original sources of paraphrased information and direct quotations
 
Indicator 3.c.3
Use quotation marks when an author's exact words are used
 
ELA.AC1
Standard 4
  DEVELOP VOICE AND PERSONAL WRITING STYLE IN A VARIETY OF FORMS
 

Benchmark 4.a
Experiment with Language Devices and Use Them Purposefully
 
Indicator 4.a.1
Adapt diction, syntax, tone, & perspective to craft an authentic voice
 
Indicator 4.a.2
Write clear, varied sentences
 
Indicator 4.a.3
Use rhetorical strategies to accomplish a specific purpose
 

Benchmark 4.b
Write to a Standard Acceptable in the Workplace and College
 
Indicator 4.b.1
Apply knowledge of grammar, usage, and style
 
ELA.AC1
Standard 5
  COLLABORATE TO HELP PEERS IMPROVE WRITING
 

Benchmark 5.a
Collaborate with Peers During the Various Stages of Writing
 
Indicator 5.a.1
Engage in a pre-conference before responding to the writing
 
Indicator 5.a.2
Engage in active listening
 
Indicator 5.a.3
Use questioning techniques
 

Benchmark 5.b
Communicate Constructive, Non-Directive, Encouraging Feedback to Peers
 
Indicator 5.b.1
Provide targeted feedback for the needs of individual writings
 
Indicator 5.b.2
Respond in manner appropriate to the stylistic differences in writing
 

Benchmark 5.c
Demonstrate a Commitment to Sensitivity and Confidentiality
 
Indicator 5.c.1
Foster an environment that is safe and supportive of experimentation
 

Benchmark 5.d
Reflect On and Evaluate the Effectiveness of Collaborative Sessions
 
Indicator 5.d.1
Reflect on the collaborative sessions
 
Indicator 5.d.2
Establish goals to improve future writing
 
ELA.AC1
Standard 6
  REVIEW, PUBLISH, AND PRESENT WRITING
 

Benchmark 6.a
Edit & Revise Final Products for Intended Audience & Purpose
 
Indicator 6.a.1
Use peer-evaluations and self-evaluations to prepare final products
 

Benchmark 6.b
Publish Writing Using a Variety of Real-World Contexts
 
Indicator 6.b.1
Present writing to authentic audiences
 
Indicator 6.b.2
Use print and electronic media to publish writing


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