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MD.1.0. General Reading Processes

1.D. Students will use a variety of strategies and opportunities to understand word meaning and to increase vocabulary.

1.D.1. Develop and apply vocabulary through exposure to a variety of texts
1.D.1.b. Discuss words and word meanings daily as they are encountered in text, instruction, and conversation
1.D.3. Understand, acquire, and use new vocabulary
1.D.3.a. Use context to determine the meanings of words
1.D.3.c. Use resources to confirm definitions and gather further information about words

1.E. Students will use a variety of strategies to understand what they read (construct meaning).

1.E.1. Apply and refine comprehension skills through exposure to a variety of print and non-print texts, including traditional print and electronic texts
1.E.1.c. Discuss reactions to and ideas/information gained from reading experiences with adults and peers in both formal and informal situations
1.E.2. Use strategies to prepare for reading (before reading)
1.E.2.a. Select and apply appropriate strategies to prepare for reading the text
1.E.3. Use strategies to make meaning from text (during reading)
1.E.3.a. Select and apply appropriate strategies to make meaning from text during reading
1.E.4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)
1.E.4.b. Identify and explain information directly stated in the text
1.E.4.c. Draw inferences and/or conclusions and make generalizations
1.E.4.d. Confirm, refute, or make predictions

MD.2.0. Comprehension of Informational Text

2.A.1. Apply and refine comprehension skills by selecting, reading, and analyzing a variety of print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

2.A.1.b. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of workplace and other real-world documents such as sets of directions, science investigations, atlases, posters, flyers, forms, instructional manuals, menus, pamphlets, rules, invitations, recipes, advertisements, other functional documents

2.A.2. Analyze text features to facilitate and extend understanding of informational texts

2.A.2.a. Analyze print features that contribute to meaning
2.A.2.c. Analyze informational aids that contribute to meaning
2.A.2.e. Analyze online features that contribute to meaning
2.A.2.f. Analyze the relationship between the text features and the content of the text as a whole

2.A.4. Analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

2.A.4.a. Analyze the author's/text's purpose and intended audience
2.A.4.b. Analyze the author's argument, viewpoint, or perspective
2.A.4.c. State and support main ideas and messages
2.A.4.e. Identify and explain information or ideas peripheral to the main idea or message
2.A.4.f. Analyze relationships between and among ideas
2.A.4.g. Synthesize ideas from text

2.A.5. Analyze purposeful use of language

2.A.5.b. Analyze specific language choices to determine tone
2.A.5.c. Analyze the appropriateness of tone
2.A.5.d. Analyze repetition and variation of specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning

2.A.6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

2.A.6.a. Analyze the extent to which the text or texts fulfill the reading purpose
2.A.6.b. Analyze the extent to which the structure and text features clarify the purpose and the information
2.A.6.d. Analyze the author's argument or position for clarity and/or bias
2.A.6.e. Analyze additional information that would clarify or strengthen the author's argument or viewpoint
2.A.6.f. Analyze the effectiveness of persuasive techniques to sway the reader to a particular point of view

MD.3.0. Comprehension of Literary Text

3.A.1. Refine comprehension skills by reading and analyzing a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts including print and non-print

3.A.1.b. Listen to critically, read, and discuss a variety of literary forms and genres

3.A.2. Analyze and evaluate text features to facilitate and extend understanding of literary texts

3.A.2.a. Analyze text features that contribute to meaning

3.A.3. Analyze and evaluate elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

3.A.3.a. Distinguish among types of grade-appropriate narrative texts such as short stories, folklore, realistic fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, essays, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, personal narratives, plays, and lyric and narrative poetry
3.A.3.b. Analyze the events of the plot
3.A.3.c. Analyze details that provide information about the setting, the mood created by the setting, and the role the setting plays in the text
3.A.3.d. Analyze characterization
3.A.3.e. Analyze relationships between and among characters, setting, and events
3.A.3.f. Analyze the actions of characters that serve to advance the plot
3.A.3.g. Analyze internal and/or external conflicts that motivate characters and those that advance the plot
3.A.3.h. Analyze the author's approach to issues of time in a narrative
3.A.3.i. Analyze the point of view and its effect on meaning
3.A.3.j. Analyze the interactions among narrative elements and their contribution to meaning

3.A.5. Analyze and evaluate elements of drama to facilitate understanding and interpretation

3.A.5.a. Use structural features to distinguish among types of plays
3.A.5.b. Analyze structural features of drama that contribute to meaning
3.A.5.c. Analyze how dialogue and stage directions work together to create characters and plot

3.A.6. Analyze and interpret important ideas and messages in literary texts

3.A.6.b. Analyze similar themes across multiple texts
3.A.6.e. Explain the implications of the text for the reader and/or society

3.A.7. Analyze and evaluate the author's purposeful use of language

3.A.7.b. Analyze and evaluate language choices that create tone
3.A.7.c. Analyze the appropriateness of a particular tone
3.A.7.d. Analyze and evaluate figurative language that contributes to meaning and/or creates style

3.A.8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

3.A.8.a. Analyze and evaluate the plausibility of the plot and the credibility of the characters
3.A.8.b. Analyze and evaluate the extent to which the text contains ambiguities, subtleties, or contradictions
3.A.8.d. Analyze the relationship between the structure and the purpose of the text

MD.4.0. Writing

4.A.2. Compose oral, written and visual presentations that express personal ideas, inform, and persuade

4.A.2.d. Compose to persuade by supporting, modifying, or refuting a position, using effective rhetorical strategies
4.A.2.d.4. Use connotation, repetition, and figurative language to control audience emotion and reaction
4.A.2.d.5. Use authoritative citations when effective and document appropriately

4.A.3. Compose texts using the revising and editing strategies of effective writers and speakers

4.A.3.a. Revise texts for clarity, completeness, and effectiveness
4.A.3.a.2. Clarify meaning through the placement of antecedents, modifiers, connectors, and transitional devices
4.A.3.a.3. Clarify the relationships among ideas through coordination and subordination that are purposeful, logical, succinct, and parallel

4.A.4. Identify how language choices in writing and speaking affect thoughts and feelings

4.A.4.b. Differentiate connotative from denotative meanings of words to make precise word choices

4.A.6. Evaluate textual changes in a work and explain how these changes alter tone, clarify meaning, address a particular purpose, or fulfill a purpose

4.A.6.a. Alter the tone of one's own writing by revising its diction for a specific purpose and/or audience

4.A.7. Locate, retrieve, and use information from various sources to accomplish a purpose

4.A.7.c. Use a systematic process for recording, documenting, and organizing this information
4.A.7.c.6. Use a recognized format for documentation such as MLA
4.A.7.d. Synthesize information from two or more sources to fulfill a self-selected or given purpose
4.A.7.e. Use a recognized format to credit sources when paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting to avoid plagiarism

MD.5.0. Controlling Language

5.A.1. Recognize elements of grammar in personal and academic reading

5.A.2. Apply knowledge of grammar concepts and skills to control oral and written language

5.A.2.a. Consider the meaning, position, form, and function of words when identifying and using all grammatical concepts
5.A.2.b. Combine and expand sentences by incorporating subjects, predicates, and modifiers and by logically coordinating, subordinating, and sequencing ideas
5.A.2.d. Compose simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences using independent, dependent, restrictive, and nonrestrictive clauses; transitions; conjunctions; and appropriate punctuation to connect ideas

5.B.1. Recognize examples of conventional USAge in personal and academic reading

5.B.2. Comprehend and apply standard English USAge in oral and written language

5.B.2.a. Apply appropriate English USAge, involving subject/verb agreement
5.B.2.b. Apply consistent and appropriate use of the person, number, and case of pronouns; pronoun/antecedent agreement; special pronoun problems such as who - whom, and incomplete constructions; active and passive voice; and verbal and verbal phrases
5.B.2.c. Recognize and correct common USAge errors such as misplaced and dangling modifiers; incorrect use of verbs, double negatives; and commonly confused words such as accept - except

5.D.1. Recognize conventional spelling in and through personal and academic reading

5.D.2. Apply conventional spelling in written language

5.D.2.a. Use conventional spelling in personal writing
5.D.2.b. Develop self-monitoring strategies for frequently misspelled words

5.D.3. Maintain a personal list of words to use in editing original writing

MD.7.0. Speaking

7.A.1. Demonstrate appropriate organizational strategies and delivery techniques to plan for a variety of oral presentation purposes

7.A.1.b. Uses a combination of organizational structures such as narrative, cause and effect, chronological/sequential order, description, main idea with supporting details, problem/solution, question/answer, comparison and contrast, making appropriate transitions within a presentation

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