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Read a wide range of literature (American and world literature) to understand important universal themes and the human experience
2.1 Literary and historical influences determine the meaning of traditional and contemporary literary texts
2.1.a Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
2.1.b Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).
2.1.c Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment (e.g., Auden's "Musée des Beaux Arts" and Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus).
2.1.d Evaluate the contribution to society made by traditional, classic, and contemporary works of literature that deal with similar topics and problems
2.1.e Relate a literary work to primary source documents of its literary period or historical setting
2.1.f Analyze how literary components affect meaning
2.1.g Explain the relationship between author's style and literary effect.
2.1.h By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Engage in a wide range of nonfiction and real-life reading experiences to solve problems, judge the quality of ideas, or complete daily tasks
2.2 The development of new ideas and concepts within informational and persuasive manuscripts
2.2.a Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
2.2.b Provide a response to text that expresses an insight (such as an author's perspective or the nature of conflict) or use text-based information to solve a problem not identified in the text (for example, use information from a variety of sources to provide a response to text that expresses an insight)
2.2.c Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person's life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.
2.2.d Compare the development of an idea or concept in multiple texts supported by text-based evidence
2.2.e Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
2.2.f Analyze seminal U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (e.g., Washington's Farewell Address, the Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech, King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail"), including how they address related themes and concepts.
2.2.g By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Interpret how the structure of written English contributes to the pronunciation and meaning of complex vocabulary
2.3 Context, parts of speech, grammar, and word choice influence the understanding of literary, persuasive, and informational texts
2.3.a Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 9–10 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
2.3.a.i 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.
2.3.a.ii Identify and correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (e.g., analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy).
2.3.a.iii 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, or its etymology.
2.3.a.iv 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).
2.3.b Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
2.3.b.i Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.
2.3.b.ii Analyze nuances in the meaning of words with similar denotations.
2.3.c 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.