Common Core Standards Readiness

In advance of the 2013-14 school year, the BHS English Department adjusted their curricula to align itself with Common Core State Standards. Listed below is the BHS English Department’s compliance with the ELA CCSS.

If the standard is not specifically cited, it is because that standard is covered by the Social Studies Department. And all anchor standards, including the increasing difficulty of texts, are covered across all four years comprehensively.

NB: In instances where we cite a specific text that satisfies a standard, that does not necessarily mean that it is the only time we meet that standard – but it is meant to indicate the strongest example

Reading: Literature Grades 9 & 10
Standards 1, 2 & 3 are completed in nearly every unit
Standard 4: Students examine word choice and connotation during the sophomore-year poetry unit
Standard 5: Freshmen examine chronological structuring in To Kill a Mockingbird or Romeo and Juliet
Standard 6: We have introduced several non-American books and units to our grade 9 & 10 curricula, including Life of Pi, The Kite Runner, Persepolis, American-Born Chinese, Interpreter of Maladies, The House on Mango Street, and several of our summer reading options
Standard 7: All poetry units in sophomore year include an ekphrastic poem
Standard 8A: Freshmen study historical context in several texts, most readily in To Kill a Mockingbird
Standard 9: Students examine allusions commonly in Shakespeare or with the two sophomore texts that take their titles from Robert Burns’s poetry

Reading: Literature Grades 11 & 12
Standard 1: Seniors examine the intentional uncertainties written into Macbeth
Standard 2: Juniors track multiple central themes during The Great Gatsby
Standard 3: Seniors study the effect of the chronological organization of Beowulf
Standards 4 & 5 are completed in nearly every unit
Standard 6: Seniors study satire in A Modest Proposal
Standard 7: Students will examine multiple interpretations of one of the following: Film versions of The Great Gatsby, stage and film versions of The Crucible or various versions of Macbeth. Also, juniors read an American playwright in Arthur Miller, and seniors read Shakespeare, as required.
Standard 9: Grade 11 is structured to satisfy this requirement

Reading: Informational Texts Grades 9 & 10
Nearly all of this is covered by the Social Studies curriculum, or through the students’ own essay writing.
Standard 6 & 8: These are covered by the rhetoric unit during grade 9

Reading: Informational Texts Grades 11 & 12
All of this is covered by the Social Studies curriculum or through the research papers for junior and senior year

Writing: Grades 9 & 10
Nearly all of these requirements are met through the new essay-writing curricula that we unveiled for freshmen and sophomores in 2012. Some noteworthy exceptions:
Standard 1: Covered in a persuasive writing unit during grade 9
Standard 3: Sophomores have a creative writing assignment as a part of their writing tasks
Standard 6: Original writing get shared digitally through Exploros and through online discussions
Standards 7 & 8: Sophomores use secondary sources in their essays in the second half of the year

Writing: Grades 11 & 12
As above, nearly all of these standards are satisfied through our unified writing requirements for grades 11 & 12
Standard 3: In senior year, all teachers lead a unit on writing a college essay

Speaking and Listening: Grades 9 & 10 (WORK IN PROGRESS)
Standards 1A, 1C, 1D are met during in-class discussions
Standard 1B: Met prior to engaging in the class’s first Socratic discussion
Standard 2:
Standard 3:
Standard 4:
Standard 5:
Standard 6:

Speaking & Listening: Grades 11 & 12
Standard 1: See above
Standards 2-4: Satisfied during research papers in grades 11 & 12
Standard 5:
Standard 6:

Language: Grades 9 & 10 / Grades 11 & 12
Literally every one of these standards is met through either our recently implemented grammar initiative for grades 9 and 10, or through our vocabulary study, specifically our Exploros units.

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