8th Grade English Language Arts
Goal 5: The learner will respond to various literary genres using interpretive and evaluative processes.
5.01 Increase fluency, comprehension, and insight through a meaningful and comprehensive literacy program by:
using effective reading strategies to match type of text.
analyzing the effects of elements such as plot, theme, characterization, style, mood, and tone.
discussing the effects of such literary devices as figurative language, dialogue, flashback, allusion, irony, and symbolism.
analyzing and evaluating themes and central ideas in literature and other texts in relation to personal and societal issues.
analyzing and evaluating the relationships between and among characters, ideas, concepts, and/or experiences.
5.02 Study the characteristics of literary genres (fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry) through:
reading a variety of literature and other text (e.g., young adult novels, short stories, biographies, plays, free verse, narrative poems).
evaluating what impact genre-specific characteristics have on the meaning of the text.
evaluating how the author's choice and use of a genre shapes the meaning of the literary work.
evaluating what impact literary elements have on the meaning of the text.

English III (High School)
Goal 4: The learner will critically analyze text to gain meaning, develop thematic connections, and synthesize ideas.
4.01 Interpret meaning for an audience by:
examining the functions and the effects of narrative strategies such as plot, conflict, suspense, point of view, characterization, and dialogue.
interpreting the effect of figures of speech (e.g., personification, oxymoron) and the effect of devices of sound (e.g., alliteration, onomatopoeia).
analyzing stylistic features such as word choice and links between sense and sound.
identifying ambiguity, contradiction, irony, parody, and satire.
demonstrating how literary works reflect the culture that shaped them.