Unit 1 Skill Sheet

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Unit 1 Skill Sheet

English II Honors
Reading Focus:

  • Text: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

  • Skill Focus:

    • Close Reading

    • Characterization

    • Theme

    • Motif

    • Archetype

Writing Focus:

  • Main Focus: Process Literary Analysis Essay – Connecting Characterization to Theme (Reading and Writing Workshops in Chapter 8 of Bedford)

  • Secondary Focus: Analytical/Literary Argument Responses

    • Characterization

    • Archetype

    • Etc.


  • 1A. Engage in meaningful and respectful discourse by listening actively, responding appropriately, and adjusting communication to audiences and purposes.

  • 2B. Analyze context to distinguish among denotative, connotative, and figurative meanings of words.

  • 4A. Establish purpose for reading assigned and self-selected texts.

  • 6D. Analyze how historical and cultural settings influence characterization, plot, and theme across texts

  • 7A. Read and analyze world literature across literary periods.

  • 9A. Plan a piece of writing appropriate for various purposes and audiences by generating ideas through a range of strategies such as brainstorming, journaling, reading, or discussing

  • 9B. Develop drafts into a focused, structured, and coherent piece of writing in timed and open-ended situations

  • 9E. Publish written work for appropriate audiences

Reading/Comprehension Unit Focus

  • 2C. Determine the meaning of foreign words and phrases.

  • 6A. Analyze how themes are developed through characterization and plot, including comparing similar themes in a variety of literary texts representing different cultures

  • 6B. Analyze how authors develop complex yet believable characters, including archetypes, through historical and cultural settings and events

  • 6C. Analyze isolated scenes and their contribution to the success of the plot as a whole

  • 8D. Analyze how the author's use of language informs and shapes the perception of readers

  • 8E. analyze the use of literary devices such as irony, sarcasm, and motif to achieve specific purposes

  • 8F. analyze how the author's diction and syntax contribute to the mood, voice, and tone of a text

Writing Unit Focus

  • 9C. Revise drafts to improve clarity, development, organization, style, diction, and sentence effectiveness, including use of parallel constructions and placement of phrases and dependent clauses

  • 9D. edit drafts using standard English conventions, including:

    • (i) a variety of complete, controlled sentences and avoidance of unintentional splices, run-ons, and fragments;

    • (ii) consistent, appropriate use of verb tense and active and passive voice;

    • (iii) pronoun-antecedent agreement;

    • (iv) correct capitalization;

    • (v) punctuation, including commas, semicolons, colons, dashes, and parentheses to set off phrases and clauses as appropriate; and

    • (vi) correct spelling

  • 10C. compose argumentative texts using genre characteristics and craft

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