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1 Montgomery County Public Schools Advanced English Semester A Exam Review Four Readings including a narrative a poem a non-fiction piece a visual FORMAT Thirty Selected Response Items (SRs) Students will be required to distinguish among shades of meaning by using context. determine the meaning of words with more than one meaning by using context. develop inferences about characterization, motivation, and other plot elements. develop inferences about the author s purposeful use of language and form. develop inferences about the main idea, theme, or author s perspective. identify and explain the author s use of language devices in poetry and prose. identify the tone based on the language of a text. identify the mood based on the details in a visual. apply course terms to interpret poetry, prose, and visuals. identify errors in grammar and usage. use given rules to correct errors in grammar and usage. revise sentences to improve sentence structure and achieve greater clarity of expression. revise sentences in a paragraph to achieve clarity, correctness, and coherence. One Written Response Students will be required to respond to the following: explain how an artist uses form and content. One Multiparagraph Essay Students will be required to state and support a position on an issue emerging from a reading of two texts, using details from the texts. 1

2 PREPARATION Review Course Terms Review definitions and concepts of course terms. Apply course terms to texts and writing assignments. Review Notes, Assessments, and Other Student Resources Pages Review close reading strategies and discussions about the author s purposeful use of language devices. Read and consider journal entries. Review characteristics of narrative texts. Review characteristics of poetry. Review characteristics of expository texts. Review Portfolio Read, analyze, and evaluate paragraphs, essays, and other papers. Review rubrics used for writing and speaking, including the Scoring Guide for Writing and 6-Traits rubrics. Review how to use various graphic organizers to plan writing. Review the process of editing and revising writing. Review strategies for organizing and writing paragraph and multiparagraph responses. Review strategies for developing essays. Review strategies for using quotations and paraphrased ideas. Make a List of Texts Read during the Semester List titles, authors, and important ideas about the context and form of each text. List important characters, events, motives, and other plot elements for each text. List themes and literary concepts related to each text. Consider how course terms apply to different genres and specific texts. 2 Review Grammar, Usage, and Sentence Structure Concepts sentence fragments and run ons subjects, verbs, modifiers independent and dependent clauses active/passive voice embed quotation marks using correct punctuation subject verb agreement strong verbs and specific nouns transitions consistent verb tense and point of view usage of commonly confused words accept/except affect/effect cite/site its/it s whose/who s

3 COURSE TERMS Allegory Ambiguity Annotation Appeals to Emotion (Pathos) Ethics (Ethos) Reasom (Logos) Attribution Audience Bibliography Biographical influence Characterization Dynamic Flat Round Static Citation Community Conflict Connotation Cultural influences Denotation Euphemism Evaluate Fable Fairy tale Figurative language Hyperbole Metaphor Personification Simile Foreshadowing Governance Highlighting Historical context Humanities Imagery Inference Interpretation Irony Logical fallacies Mood Multimedia Narrator Online database Organizational structure Introduction Topic sentence Body Conclusion Paradox Paraphrasing Persuasion Persuasive argument Defend, challenge Pro, con, middle ground Plagarizing Plot structure Exposition Inciting incident Rising action Climax Falling action Resolution Point of view First person Second person Third person Limited Omniscient Portfolio Position Propaganda Protest Satire Scapegoat Search engine Self-reflection Sentence structure Sentence variety Shared Inquiry SIRS 6-Traits of Writing Ideas and Organization Voice Word Choice Sentence Fluency Conventions Skimming and scanning Slogan Socratic Seminar Speaker Summary Supporting details Suspense Symbolism Text features Theme Thesis statement Timeline Tone Transitions Utopia Viewpoint Visual literacy Arrangement Line Perspective Writing Purposes Argument Creative-Reflective Textual analysis Research-Synthesis Methods of development Cause-Effect Comparison- Contrast Exemplification Problem-Solution 3

4 ASSESSED INDICATORS General Reading Processes 1.D.3 Understand, acquire, and use new vocabulary. 1.E.2 Use strategies to make meaning from text (before reading). 1.E.3 Use strategies to make meaning from text (during reading). 1.E.4 Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading). Comprehension of Informational Texts 2.A.5 Analyze purposeful use of language in informational texts. 2.A.6 Read critically to evaluate informational texts. Comprehension of Literary Texts 3.A.1 Refine comprhension skills by reading and analyzing a variety of self-selected and assigned literary texts, including print and non-print. 3.A.3 Analyze and evaluate elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation. 3.A.4 Analyze and evaluate elements of poetry to facilitate understanding and interpretation. 3.A.6 Analyze important ideas and messages in literary texts. 3.A.7 Analyze the author s purposeful use of language in literary texts. 3.A.8 Read critically to evaluate literary texts Language Conventions 5.A.2 Apply knowledge of grammar concepts and skills to control oral and written language. 5.B.2 Comprehend and apply standard English usage in oral and written language. 5.C.2 Apply standard English punctuation and capitalization in written language. 5.D.2 Apply conventional spelling in written language. Listening 6.A.1 Apply and demonstrate listening skills appropriately in a variety of settings and for a variety of purposes. 6.A.2 Apply comprehension and literary analysis strategies and skills for a variety of listening purposes and settings. Speaking 7.A.1 Demonstrate appropriate organizational strategies and delivery techniques for a variety of oral presentation purposes. Writing 4.A.1 Compose texts using the prewriting and drafting strategies of effective writers and speakers. 4.A.2 Compose oral, written, and visual presentations that express personal ideas, inform, and persuade. 4.A.3 Compose texts using the revising and editing strategies of effective writers and speakers. 4.A.4 Identify how language choices in writing and speaking affect thoughts and feelings. 4.A.5 Assess the effectiveness of choice of details, organizational pattern, word choice, syntax, use of figurative language, and rhetorical devices in the student s own composing. 4.A.6 Locate, retrieve, and use information from varuious sources to accompolish a purpose. 4

5 Scoring Guide for Writing Score of 5 This response demonstrates consistent mastery, although it may have minor errors. This response effectively states and develops a claim, provides strong insights, and uses well-chosen detail to achieve its purpose. is well organized, focused, and coherent. uses language and vocabulary purposefully. varies sentence structure skillfully. is generally free of errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics. Score of 4 This response demonstrates adequate mastery with occasional lapses in quality. This response states and develops a claim, exhibits sound thinking, and uses appropriate supporting detail. is generally organized, focused, and coherent. generally uses language and vocabulary effectively. demonstrates some variety in sentence structure. may have some errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics. Score of 3 This response demonstrates partial mastery, but it has one or more flaws. This response states and develops a claim but needs more consistent thinking and supporting detail. sometimes lacks organization, focus, and coherence. generally uses language coherently, but some word choices are vague or inappropriate. has little variety in sentence structure or has some sentence errors. may contain a number of errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics. Score of 2 This response demonstrates little mastery and is marred by one or more weaknesses. This response has a vague or limited claim, weak thinking, and inappropriate or insufficient supporting detail. is poorly organized, lacking focus and coherence. uses limited language and vocabulary or incorrect word choice. demonstrates simplistic or incorrect sentence structure. contains errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that sometimes hamper meaning. Score of 1 This response demonstrates a lack of mastery and serious flaws. This response does not state or develop a claim and provides little, if any, supporting detail. is disorganized, rambling, or incoherent. has numerous errors in vocabulary and use of language. has serious flaws in sentence structure. contains numerous errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics that consistently hamper meaning. Score of 0 No response or a response that is completely irrelevant will receive a score of zero. 5

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