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English Language Arts Grades 11-12

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts: Grades 11-12

In Grade 11 and Grade 12, students explore the interactions between multiple themes as well as the interactions between the setting, actions, and character development. They write objectively with varied syntax, adhering to the norms and conventions of the relevant discipline while selecting the most significant and relevant facts to support their arguments. They work with their peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue, promoting divergent and creative perspectives.
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11-12.RL - Reading Literature

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
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11-12.RI - Reading Informational

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
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11-12.RI.7
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.
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11-12.W - Writing

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11-12.W.1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
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11-12.W.1a
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
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11-12.W.1b
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
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11-12.W.1c
Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
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11-12.W.1d
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
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11-12.W.1e
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
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11-12.W.2
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
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11-12.W.2a
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
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11-12.W.2b
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
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11-12.W.2c
Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
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11-12.W.2d
Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
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11-12.W.2e
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
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11-12.W.2f
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
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11-12.W.3
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
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11-12.W.3a
Engage and orient the reader by setting out a problem, situation, or observation and its significance, establishing one or multiple point(s) of view, and introducing a narrator and/or characters; create a smooth progression of experiences or events.
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11-12.W.3b
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.
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11-12.W.3c
Use a variety of techniques to sequence events so that they build on one another to create a coherent whole and build toward a particular tone and outcome (e.g., a sense of mystery, suspense, growth, or resolution).
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11-12.W.3d
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.
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11-12.W.3e
Provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on what is experienced, observed, or resolved over the course of the narrative.
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Production and Distribution of Writing
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Research to Build and Present Knowledge
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11-12.W.7
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
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11-12.W.8
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation.
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11-12.W.9
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
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11-12.SL - Speaking & Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration
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Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
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11-12.L - Language

Knowledge of Language
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11-12.L.3a
Vary syntax for effect, consulting references (e.g., Tufte’s Artful Sentences) for guidance as needed; apply an understanding of syntax to the study of complex texts when reading.
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Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
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11-12.L.4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11–12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
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11-12.L.4a
Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence, paragraph, or text; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
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11-12.L.4b
Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., conceive, conception, conceivable).
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11-12.L.4c
Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning, its part of speech, its etymology, or its standard usage.
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11-12.L.4d
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
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11-12.L.5
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
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11-12.L.5a
Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.
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11-12.L.5b
Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
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11-12.L.6
Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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11-12.RH - Reading History/Social Studies

Craft and Structure
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11-12.RH.4
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
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11-12.RST - Reading Science/Technical

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11-12.WHST - Writing HS/S/T

Text Types and Purposes
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11-12.WHST.1
Write arguments focused on discipline-specific content.
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11-12.WHST.1a
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences the claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.
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11-12.WHST.1b
Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant data and evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both claim(s) and counterclaims in a discipline-appropriate form that anticipates the audience’s knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
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11-12.WHST.1c
Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaims.
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11-12.WHST.1d
Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
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11-12.WHST.1e
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from or supports the argument presented.
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11-12.WHST.2
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
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11-12.WHST.2a
Introduce a topic and organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
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11-12.WHST.2b
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
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11-12.WHST.2c
Use varied transitions and sentence structures to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
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11-12.WHST.2e
Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation provided (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).
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Production and Distribution of Writing
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