RL.3 Analyze how and why characters and/or textual elements develop and interact over the course of a text:
RL.3.a Analyze how complex characters and/or literary elements (e.g., characters with multiple or conflicting motivations; symbolism, mood, setting, etc. in poetry) develop over the course of a text, interact with other elements, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
RL.4 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., evoking a sense of time and place; setting a formal or informal tone; identifying bias in language).
RL.9 Find connections between texts to analyze and evaluate how effectively an author draws on other texts in a specific work (e.g., through allusions, prequels, sequels; transforming an earlier story).
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
RL.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend grade-level literature with appropriate text complexity, in a variety of print genres and other media, proficiently and independently, with scaffolding, as needed.