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Course SummaryOur English language arts lessons address all of the topics required by the grades 11-12 informational text Common Core State Standards. These lessons can be useful in planning homework assignments, organizing classroom discussions or as a supplement to textbooks.
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8 chapters in Common Core ELA - Informational Text Grades 11-12: Standards
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About the Course
The current Common Core State Standards were developed by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and were based on existing state standards and input from teachers, content experts and the public. This group of English language arts standards addresses the knowledge that students in 11th-12th grade should possess in the specified areas and serves as a guide for textbook authors, schools, teachers and parents.
Our brief and engaging video lessons correspond with these standards to accompany instruction in textual evidence, summarization, analysis and alternative mediums. Each lesson is tied to a central component of the Standards for assistance in lesson planning. The following concepts are covered in this course:
- Citing textual evidence in informational text
- Summarizing and analyzing central ideas
- Analyzing author's point of view, word choice, tone, purpose and structure
- Alternate communication mediums
- Evaluating reasoning in seminal U.S. texts and public advocacy works
Well-informed instructors present these lessons through a concise approach. Each chapter in this collection of video lessons offers helpful hints that you can use right away in your lesson plans, and the entertaining videos can keep your students on task and alert. A multiple-choice quiz accompanies each lesson to give you feedback on your students' progress.
Informational Texts & Citing Textual Evidence (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.R1.11-12.1)
Standard: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Topics in these lessons include informational writing, literary nonfiction, various types of informational texts, business documents, inference, drawing conclusions, interpretation of generalization and citing textual evidence to support analysis.
Analyzing & Summarizing Central Ideas ( CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.R1.11-12.2)
Standard: Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
This collection of lessons deals with getting the gist of essays, finding themes/central ideas, determining main ideas, analyzing interactions, explaining main point through supporting details and restating ideas.
Analyzing & Summarizing Central Ideas ( CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.R1.11-12.3)
Standard: Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.
Videos address summarizing and interpreting how events and ideas develop and interact.
Word Choice & Tone (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.R1.11-12.4)
Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
Lessons address understanding mood and tone in passages, the impact of word choice, determination of writer's point of view, connotation and denotation.
Analyzing the Author's Structure (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.R1.11-12.5)
Standard: Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
Select topics include metaphor, cliché, personification, simile, allegory, symbolism, figures of speech, technical communication, analysis of literary passages, close reading and analysis of structure in information text.
Author's Purpose & Point of View (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.R1.11-12.6)
Standard: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
This collection of lessons includes text purpose, narrator types, point of view and persuasive text.
Accounts in Different Mediums (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.R1.11-12.7)
Standard: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Alternative communication mediums for nonfiction are targeted in these lessons, including a comparison of the various types of information and how to find effective sources.
Constitutional Principles & Legal Reasoning (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.R1.11-12.8)
Standard: Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g., in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist, presidential addresses).
Topics include analyzing constitutional law, the 6th Amendment, jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, evaluation of reasoning, historical works of public advocacy and seminal U.S. texts.
Analyzing Seminal U.S. Documents (CCSS.ELA.LITERACY.R1.11-12.9)
Standard: Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes, and rhetorical features.
The contents of Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, Gettysburg Address, U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Reconstruction Amendments are explored through these lessons.
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