English Language Arts Performance Tasks: 9th – 12th Grade
This Performance Task focuses on Reading Informational Text and Writing Arguments. Students will identify the difference between what the author states directly and what is implied in the text; use a text to answer questions and find evidence to support those answers; figure out the meaning of unknown words; tell how the parts of a text fit together to develop a main idea or theme; read several texts describing the same event, idea or topic and explain how each author presents that topic; use many texts to gather information about a topic; summarize the main ideas and details of a text; explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support their main ideas; write a claim(s) and support it with valid reasons and enough evidence to build an argument that analyzes a topic or a text; and organize an argument to show clear connections between the claim(s), counterclaim(s), reasons, and evidence.
This Performance Task focuses on Reading Informational Texts and Writing Informative/Explanatory Text. Students will evaluate textual evidence; explain how a reader uses textual evidence to reach a logical conclusion; analyze multiple pieces of text to determine evidence that strongly supports both explicit meaning and inferential conclusions; choose a topic and identify and select the most relevant information to develop their ideas; and present information in a writing format to fit the task, purpose, or audience.