Learning Goals and Success Criteria

Unit 2: Media

Learning Goals

We are learning to…

  • Understand the features of a variety of media texts
  • Communicate ideas effectively in multimedia texts
  • Develop effective critical questions about media texts
  • Be able to identify example of bias in media texts

Success Criteria

I will know I’m successful when I can…

  • identify the features of blog posts and podcasts
  • write blog posts with effective titles, tags, links, multimedia, and clearly developed paragraphs
  • record podcasts that include conversational dialogue, sponsorship info, critical discussion
  • use specific criteria to evaluate and critique the level of diversity in popular media texts
  • listen and watch for slanted language and missing voices in media texts


Unit 3: Literature

We are learning to…

  • Construct an effective analysis of literary texts (not plot summary)
  • Construct critical interpretations of contemporary non-fiction texts
  • Independently select and use reading comprehension strategies for challenging texts
  • Develop effective discussion questions

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • Make complex inferences about the text by combining ideas from a variety of places within the texts with my own knowledge, and draw conclusions
  • Identify a variety of literary devices including metaphor, symbol, motif, imagery, diction, and draw conclusions about their significance
  • Use evidence from the text to draw conclusions about theme
  • Express theme in a sentence that is applicable to the text itself and the world
  • Apply more than one literary theory to a text to develop critical interpretations
  • Use literary theory to draw conclusions that go beyond the obvious and literal interpretation of a text
  • Set a purpose for reading
  • Use strategies like chunking the text, coding, talking back to the text, questioning the text to support comprehension
  • Ask difficult questions of the text that force readers to question assumptions and use evidence to support ideas.

Unit 4 Writing and Oral Communication

We are learning to

  • Develop ideas in properly constructed paragraphs;
  • Demonstrate unity and coherence in longer pieces of writing;
  • Use grammar and punctuation correctly to communicate clearly;
  • Adjust our diction and sentence construction for different audiences and purposes;
  • Incorporate quotations smoothly into our writing to support our ideas;
  • Use MLA formatting accurately;
  • Deliver engaging and well organized presentations;
  • Support ideas with effective visuals;
  • Use effective note-taking techniques during lectures, videos, and presentations.

I will know I am successful when I can…

  • State my point; illustrate with a relevant quotation, paraphrase, or summary; explain how that illustration supports my point;
  • Use transition words and phrases, as well as logical organization to create coherence in paragraphs and essays.
  • Recognize when my paragraphs may stray away from the main idea and revise my writing to ensure paragraphs are unified;
  • Use semicolons, commas, dashes, and colons correctly to enhance my ideas;
  • Use techniques like climactic order and repetition to enhance my ideas;
  • Identify, through revision, where I may have used words that are not as specific or effective, or do not have the right connotation for the idea I’m trying to express;
  • Write about literature in the present tense;
  • Provide a context for quotations;
  • Use punctuation around quotations correctly;
  • Provide accurate in-text citations;
  • Create an accurate works cited page;
  • Format the pages of my essay correctly;
  • Make eye contact with my audience when speaking;
  • Speak without reading from slides or cue cards;
  • Create slides that emphasize key ideas but do not stand in for them;
  • Use a minimal amount of text on the screen;
  • Choose eye-catching, high resolution images to emphasize key ideas in my presentation;
  • Create handouts for my audience that contain my presentations thesis and supporting details.