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High School | Language Arts | Literature

Literature transmits ideas, reflects societies and eras and expresses the human imagination. It brings understanding, enrichment and joy. Appreciating literature and recognizing its many forms enable students to learn and respond to ideas, issues, perspectives and actions of others. Literature study includes understanding the structure and intent of a short poem or a long, complex book. By exploring the techniques that authors use to convey messages and evoke responses, students connect literature to their own lives and daily experiences.

Learning Objectives

Understand how literary elements and techniques are used to convey meaning:

  • Analyze and evaluate the effective use of literary techniques (e.g., figurative language, allusion, dialogue, description, symbolism, word choice, dialect) in classic and contemporary literature representing a variety of forms and media.
  • Explain relationships between and among literary elements including character, plot, setting, theme, conflict and resolution and their influence on the effectiveness of the literary piece.
  • Describe relationships between the author’s style, literary form (e.g., short stories, novels, drama, fables, biographies, documentaries, poetry, essays) and intended effect on the reader.
  • Describe the influence of the author’s language structure and word choice to convey the author’s viewpoint.

Read and interpret a variety of literary works:

  • Critique ideas and impressions generated by oral, visual, written and electronic materials.
  • Analyze form, content, purpose and major themes of American literature and literature of other countries in their historical perspectives.
  • Discuss and evaluate motive, resulting behavior and consequences demonstrated in literature.

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