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Skills available for Texas ninth-grade language arts standards

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1-3 Developing and sustaining foundational language skills

  • 1 Listening, speaking, discussion, and thinking--oral language. The student develops oral language through listening, speaking, and discussion.

    • A engage in meaningful and respectful discourse by listening actively, responding appropriately, and adjusting communication to audiences and purposes;

    • B follow and give complex oral instructions to perform specific tasks, answer questions, or solve problems and complex processes;

    • C give a presentation using informal, formal, and technical language effectively to meet the needs of audience, purpose, and occasion, employing eye contact, speaking rate such as pauses for effect, volume, enunciation, purposeful gestures, and conventions of language to communicate ideas effectively; and

    • D participate collaboratively, building on the ideas of others, contributing relevant information, developing a plan for consensus building, and setting ground rules for decision making.

  • 2 Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--vocabulary. The student uses newly acquired vocabulary expressively.

  • 3 Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--self-sustained reading. The student reads grade-appropriate texts independently. The student is expected to self-select text and read independently for a sustained period of time.

4 Comprehension skills

5 Response skills

6-7 Multiple genres

8 Author's purpose and craft

9-10 Composition

11 Inquiry and research