9.A.3 The student will read, construct meaning, and respond to a wide variety of literary forms.
9.A.3.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of and an appreciation for various forms of literature.
9.A.3.1.a Analyze the characteristics of genres including short story, novel, drama, poetry, and essay.
9.A.3.1.b Analyze the characteristics of subgenres including tragedy, sonnet, epic, lyric, and narrative poetry.
9.A.3.2 Demonstrate knowledge of literary elements and techniques and show how they affect the development of a literary work.
9.A.3.2.a Recognize the theme (general observation about life or human nature) within a text.
9.A.3.2.b Explain how author's voice and/or choice of a narrator affect the characterization and the point of view, tone, plot, mood and credibility of a text.
9.A.3.2.c Recognize and understand the significance of various literary devices, including figurative language, imagery, allegory (the use of fictional figures and actions to express truths about human experiences), and symbolism (the use of a symbol to represent an idea or theme), and explain their appeal.
9.A.3.2.d Analyze interactions between characters in a literary text and explain the way those interactions affect the plot in narrative text.
9.A.3.2.e Analyze characters and identify author's point of view.
9.A.3.2.f Identify literary forms and terms such as author, drama, biography, autobiography, myth, tall tale, dialogue, tragedy and comedy, structure in poetry, epic, ballad, protagonist, antagonist, paradox, analogy, dialect, and comic relief as appropriate to the selections being read.
9.A.3.3 Identify figurative language and sound devices and analyze how they affect the development of a literary work.
9.A.3.3.a Identify and explain figurative language including metaphor, personification, and simile.
9.A.3.3.c Identify the melodies of literary language, including its use of evocative words, rhythms and rhymes.
9.A.3.3.d Recognize and interpret poetic elements such as metaphor, simile, personification, and the effect of sound on meaning.
9.A.3.4 The student will read and respond to historically and culturally significant works of literature.
9.A.3.4.a Analyze and evaluate works of literature and the historical context in which they were written.
9.A.3.4.b Analyze and evaluate literature from various cultures to broaden cultural awareness.
9.A.3.4.c Compare works that express the recurrence of archetypal (universal modes or patterns) characters, settings, and themes in literature and provide evidence to support the ideas expressed in each work.
9.A.4 The student will conduct research and organize information.
9.A.4.1 Select the best source for a given purpose.
9.A.4.1.a Access information from a variety of primary and secondary sources.
9.A.4.1.b Skim text for an overall impression and scan text for particular information.
9.A.4.1.c Use organizational strategies as an aid to comprehend increasingly difficult content material (e.g., compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, sequential order).
9.A.4.2 The student will analyze and evaluate information from a variety of sources.
9.A.4.2.c Organize and convert information into different forms such as charts, graphs and drawings to create multiple formats to interpret information for multiple audiences and purposes, and cite sources completely.
9.A.4.2.d Identify complexities and inconsistencies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium, including almanacs, microfiche news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents, or Internet sources.
9.A.4.2.e Draw conclusions from information gathered.