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English Language Arts (6-12)

General Information

6-8 Grade Levels:
Instruction in grades 6-8 addresses students’ increasing maturity and the growing sophistication of their abilities, culminating in the development by the end of 8th grade of students who are ready to succeed in high school. Students should be able to comprehend more challenging books and articles, basing all of their analyses, inferences, and claims on explicit and relevant evidence from the texts. Students will expand on their ability to identify central ideas by identifying how those themes are shaped and conveyed by particular details. Their analysis of basic literary elements will extend to identifying connections and complexities within narratives and how individual elements weave together to advance plot and reveal character. Students will express these analytical skills in different types of writing: argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative – as devised in the Georgia Standards of Excellence Curriculum Mapp. Students will become increasingly adept at understanding an author’s biases, the use of complex rhetorical devices including logical fallacies, and tailoring his or her own prose for maximum influence. While continuing with a variety of non-fiction literature, students in grades 6-8 will begin to tackle more technical informational texts as well. Students will read literature and non-fiction literature in grades 6-8 from the textbook series.

9-12 Grade Levels:
Because of the flexibility of English Language Arts course offerings at the high school level, the Georgia Standards of Excellence for grades 9 through 12 is organized into grade bands comprised of 9-10 and 11-12. The 9-12 Georgia Standards of Excellence define what students should understand and be able to do by the end of each grade band. As students’ progress towards the successful culmination of their high school careers, they will consolidate and internalize all of the skills instilled through the full progression of the GSE. High school students will employ strong, thorough, and explicit textual evidence in their literary analyses and technical research. They will understand the development of multiple ideas through details and structure and track the development of complex characters and advanced elements of plot such as parallel storylines. Student writing will reflect the ability to argue effectively, employing the structure, evidence, and rhetoric necessary in the composition of effective, persuasive texts. Students will be able to construct college-ready research papers of significant length in accordance with the guidelines of standard format styles such as APA and MLA. Students in high school will have built strong and varied vocabularies across multiple content areas, including technical subjects. Students will graduate with the fully developed ability to communicate in multiple modes of discourse demonstrating a strong command of the rules of Standard English.