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Language Standard 2

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • Evaluating Eyewitness Reports
    This lesson from EDSITEment offers students experience in making historical meaning from eyewitness accounts that present a range of different perspectives. The lesson asks students to evaluate the reliability of this primary source and to draw up a list of questions they would want to ask and issues they would want to explore before making this eyewitness report part of the historical record. To conclude the lesson, students apply their research skills to present-day eyewitness accounts, gathering published examples or conducting interviews, and produce a report on their value and use as historical evidence.
  • Every Punctuation Mark Matters: A Minilesson on Semicolons
    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" demonstrates that even the smallest punctuation mark signals a stylistic decision, distinguishing one writer from another and enabling an author to move an audience. In this mini-lesson, students first explore Dr. King's use of semicolons and their rhetorical significance. They then apply what they have learned by searching for ways to follow Dr. King's model and use the punctuation mark in their own writing. Note that while this lesson refers to the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," any text which features rhetorically significant use of semicolons can be effective for this mini-lesson.
  • Exploring Arthurian Legend
    In this lesson from EDSITEment, students will examine the historical origins of the Arthurian legend. Students will gain insight into the use of literature as historical evidence. Through the references and links in this lesson, students can track the growth of a legend like that of King Arthur, from its emergence in the Medieval Ages to its arrival on the silver screen.
  • Grade Band 11-12 Performance Assessment
    This sample English Language Arts performance assessment for Grade Band 11-12 covers three texts: 1) Theodore Roosevelt, The Man with the Muckraker 2) Upton Sinclair, The Jungle and 3) Jacob Riis. How the Other Half Lives.
  • NaNoWriMo Youth Writing Project
    November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This site is dedicated to encouraging young writers to sit down and write the book they have always wanted to write. Writing contests and educator resources to help teachers motivate their students to write.
  • Online Writing Lab - UVU
    Need a handout on ANYTHING having to do with teaching writing? This has PDF forms for everything including style guides, correct grammar and usage, modes of writing and so on. The handouts are written for college students, but can be easily used for on-level juniors and seniors.
  • Prezi - presentation maker
    This "zooming" presentation maker leaves PowerPoint in the dust. Students can create online presentations that can be accessed and used in class. Tutorials make this easy to use. Free educator licensing.
  • Sample Student Performance Assessment for Grade Band 11-12
    This sample English Language Arts performance assessment for Grade Band 11-12 covers three texts: 1) Henry David Thoreau. Walden 2) Thornton Wilder. Our Town and 3) Emily Dickinson. VII. ALMOST!

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Naomi  Watkins and see the Language Arts - Secondary website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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