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Colorado twelfth-grade language arts standards

Alignments coming soon

IXL's twelfth-grade skills will be aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of twelfth-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the language arts practice questions in IXL's 132 twelfth-grade skills.


2 Reading for All Purposes

  • Evaluate how an author uses words to create mental imagery, suggest mood, and set tone

    • 2.1 Literary criticism of complex texts requires the use of analysis, interpretive, and evaluative strategies

      • 2.1.a Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

      • 2.1.b Describe and contrast characteristics of specific literary movements and perspectives

      • 2.1.c Evaluate the influence of historical context on the form, style, and point of view of a written work

      • 2.1.d Analyze and relate a literary work to source documents of its literary period or to critical perspectives

      • 2.1.e Evaluate how literary components impact meaning (such as tone, symbolism, irony, extended metaphor, satire, hyperbole)

      • 2.1.f Demonstrate knowledge of classical foundational works of world literature

      • 2.1.g By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems, at the high end of the grades 11–CCR 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 Interpreting and evaluating complex informational texts require the understanding of rhetoric, critical reading, and analysis skills

      • 2.2.a Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

      • 2.2.b 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.

      • 2.2.c Use reading and note-taking strategies (outlining, mapping systems, skimming, scanning, key word search) to organize information and make connections within and across informational texts

      • 2.2.d Use semantic cues, signal words, and transitions to identify text structures (such as critique, proposition/support, inductive/deductive) and to summarize central ideas and supporting details

      • 2.2.e Obtain and use information from text and text features (index, bold or italicized text, subheadings, graphics) to answer questions, perform specific tasks, or identify and solve problems

      • 2.2.f Explain and interpret the visual components supporting the text (maps, complex tables and diagrams, and transitional devices, such as use of white space)

      • 2.2.g By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 11–CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.