Virginia English Standards of Learning — Grade 11


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11.1a

Gather and organize evidence to support a position.

11.1b

Present evidence clearly and convincingly.

11.1c

Address counterclaims.

11.1d

Support and defend ideas in public forums.

11.1e

Use grammatically correct language, including vocabulary appropriate to the topic, audience, and purpose.

11.1f

Monitor listening and use a variety of active listening strategies to make evaluations.

11.1g

Use presentation technology.

11.1h

Collaborate and report on small-group learning activities.

11.2a

Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge in ways others can view, use, and assess.

11.2b

Use media, visual literacy, and technology skills to create products.

11.2c

Evaluate sources including advertisements, editorials, blogs, Web sites, and other media for relationships between intent, factual content, and opinion.

11.2d

Determine the authors purpose and intended effect on the audience for media messages.

11.3a

Use structural analysis of roots, affixes, synonyms, antonyms, and cognates to understand complex words.

11.3b

Use context, structure, and connotations to determine meanings of words and phrases.

11.3c

Discriminate between connotative and denotative meanings and interpret the connotation.

11.3d

Identify the meaning of common idioms.

11.3f

Identify literary and classical allusions and figurative language in text.

11.3g

Extend general and specialized vocabulary through speaking, reading, and writing.

11.3h

Use knowledge of the evolution, diversity, and effects of language to comprehend and elaborate the meaning of texts.

11.4a

Describe contributions of different cultures to the development of American literature.

11.4b

Compare and contrast the development of American literature in its historical context.

11.4c

Discuss American literature as it reflects traditional and contemporary themes, motifs, universal characters, and genres.

11.4d

Analyze the social or cultural function of American literature.

11.4e

Analyze how context and language structures convey an authors intent and viewpoint.

11.4f

Explain how the sound of a poem (rhyme, rhythm, onomatopoeia, repetition, alliteration, assonance, and parallelism) supports the subject, mood, and theme.

11.4g

Explain how imagery and figures of speech appeal to the readers senses and experience.

11.4h

Explain how an authors specific word choices, syntax, tone, and voice support the authors purpose.

11.4i

Read and analyze a variety of American dramatic selections.

11.4j

Analyze the use of literary elements and dramatic conventions including verbal, situational and dramatic irony used in American literature.

11.4k

Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading texts.

11.5a

Use information from texts to clarify understanding of concepts.

11.5b

Read and follow directions to complete an application for college admission, for a scholarship, or for employment.

11.5c

Generalize ideas from selections to make predictions about other texts.

11.5d

Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support.

11.5e

Analyze two or more texts addressing the same topic to identify authors purpose and determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.

11.5f

Identify false premises in persuasive writing.

11.5g

Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, overstatement, and understatement in text.

11.5h

Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions before, during, and after reading texts.

11.6a

Generate, gather, plan, and organize ideas for writing to address a specific audience and purpose.

11.6b

Produce arguments in writing developing a thesis that demonstrates knowledgeable judgments, addresses counterclaims, and provides effective conclusions.

11.6c

Organize ideas in a sustained and logical manner.

11.6d

Clarify and defend position with precise and relevant evidence elaborating ideas clearly and accurately.

11.6e

Adapt content, vocabulary, voice, and tone to audience, purpose, and situation.

11.6f

Revise writing for clarity of content, accuracy and depth of information.

11.6g

Use computer technology to plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish writing.

11.6h

Write and revise correspondence to a standard acceptable both in the workplace and in postsecondary education.

11.7a

Use a style manual, such as that of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA), to apply rules for punctuation and formatting of direct quotations.

11.7b

Use verbals and verbal phrases to achieve sentence conciseness and variety.

11.7c

Distinguish between active and passive voice.

11.7d

Differentiate between in-text citations and works cited on the bibliography page.

11.7e

Adjust sentence and paragraph structures for a variety of purposes and audiences.

11.7f

Proofread and edit writing for intended audience and purpose.

11.8a

Use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate information.

11.8b

Narrow a topic and develop a plan for research.

11.8c

Collect information to support a thesis.

11.8d

Critically evaluate quality, accuracy, and validity of information.

11.8e

Make sense of information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, main and supporting ideas, conflicting information, point of view or bias.

11.8f

Synthesize and present information in a logical sequence.

11.8g

Cite sources for both quoted and paraphrased ideas using a standard method of documentation, such as that of the Modern Language Association (MLA) or the American Psychological Association (APA).

11.8h

Revise writing for clarity of content, accuracy, and depth of information.

11.8i

Edit writing for grammatically correct use of language, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence/paragraph structure.

11.8j

Define the meaning and consequences of plagiarism and follow ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information.