Multicultural Literature Version: 05-06

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Language Arts

Strand: Reading and Literature

ELAMLRL1 Fiction
The student demonstrates comprehension by identifying evidence (i.e., examples of diction, imagery, point of view, figurative language, symbolism, plot events, main ideas, and cultural characteristics) in a variety of texts representative of different genres (i.e., poetry, prose [short story, novel, essay, editorial, biography], and drama) and using this evidence as the basis for interpretation. The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of the structure and elements of fiction from multiple cultures and provides evidence from the text to support understanding; the student:
Element: ELAMLRL1a
Locates and analyzes such elements as language and style, character development, point of view, irony, and structures (i.e., chronological, in medias res, flashback, epistolary narrative, frame narrative) in works of mulitcultural fiction.
Element: ELAMLRL1b
Identifies and analyzes patterns of imagery or symbolism (i.e., magical realism).
Element: ELAMLRL1c
Relates identified elements in fiction to theme or underlying meaning.
Element: ELAMLRL1d
Analyzes the influence of allusions (i.e., cultural myths, folklore, traditional mythology, religious literature).
Element: ELAMLRL1e
Analyzes and compares unique style and language within and across multicultural literary works.

ELAMLRL1 Non Fiction
The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of the purpose, structure, and elements of nonfiction and/or informational materials and provides evidence from the text to support understanding; the student:
Element: ELAMLRL1a
Analyzes and explains the structures and elements of nonfiction works of multicultural literature (i.e., essays, letters, personal narratives, biographies, autobiographies, journals/diaries, speeches, journalism).
Element: ELAMLRL1b
Analyzes and evaluates the logic and use of evidence in an author's text.
Element: ELAMLRL1c
Analyzes, evaluates, and applies knowledge of the ways authors from different cultures use language and diction, style, syntax, tone, and rhetorical strategies for specific purposes in multicultural nonfiction works.

The student identifies and analyzes elements of poetry from multicultural literature and provides evidence from the text to support understanding; the student:
Element: ELAMLRL1a
Identifies, responds to, and analyzes the effects of diction, syntax, sound, meter, form, figurative language, and structure of poems as these elements relate to meaning.
i. sound: meter, rhythm, rhyme (end rhyme, internal rhyme, approximate rhyme, slant rhyme) alliteration, consonance, assonance, onomatopoeia, euphony, cacophony
ii. form: fixed and free, lyric, narrative, elegy, sonnet, song
iii. figurative language: personification, imagery, metaphor, simile, synecdoche, hyperbole, symbolism, allusion, understatement
Element: ELAMLRL1b
Analyzes and evaluates the effects of diction and imagery (i.e., controlling images/motifs, figurative language, irony, paradox, and tone) as they relate to underlying meaning.
Element: ELAMLRL1c
Identifies and responds to the blending of forms in American multicultural literature.

ELAMLRL1 Dramatic Literature
The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of the themes, structures, and elements of multicultural dramatic literature and provides evidence from the text to support understanding; the student:
Element: ELAMLRL1a
Identifies and analyzes types of dramatic literature (i.e., comedy, tragedy, parody, Theatre of the Absurd, political drama).
Element: ELAMLRL1b
Analyzes the characters, structures, and themes of dramatic literature.
Element: ELAMLRL1c
Identifies and analyzes dramatic elements (i.e., exposition, tragic hero, reversal, catharsis, monologue, soliloquy, dramatic irony, foils, stereotypes).
Element: ELAMLRL1d
Identifies and analyzes how dramatic elements support and enhance the interpretation of dramatic literature.

The student identifies, analyzes, and applies knowledge of theme in a work of multicultural literature and provides evidence from the text to support understanding. The student:
Element: ELAMLRL2a
Applies knowledge of the concept that the theme or meaning of a selection represents a universal view or comment on life or society and provides support from the text for the identified theme.
Element: ELAMLRL2b
Evaluates the way an author's choice of words advances the theme or purpose of the work.
Element: ELAMLRL2c
Applies knowledge of the concept that a text can contain more than one theme.
Element: ELAMLRL2d
Analyzes and compares universal themes characteristic of multicultural literature across cultures and genres as connected to archetypes, cultural values, cultural traditions and provides support from the texts for the identified themes.

The student deepens understanding of a work of multicultural literature by relating it to its historical and/or contemporary context, as well as to work from other cultures. The student:
Element: ELAMLRL3a
Relates a literary work to primary source documents of its cultural or historical context.
Element: ELAMLRL3b
Analyzes a literary work as it relates to the seminal ideas of the culture of origin.
Element: ELAMLRL3c
Compares and contrasts the effects of an historical event or time period (i.e., WWII, The Great Depression, The Civil Rights Movement, 9/11, Immigration) on texts across cultures representing different genres.

The student employs a variety of writing genres to demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of significant ideas selected in multicultural literary works. The student composes essays, fiction or non-fiction narratives, poems, or technical documents. The student:
Element: ELAMLRL4a
Demonstrates awareness of an author's use of stylistic devices for special effect(s).
Element: ELAMLRL4b
Draws comparisons between specific incidents in a text and broader theme that illustrates the writer's personal beliefs, culturally specific beliefs, or generalizations about life.
Element: ELAMLRL4c
Includes a formal works cited or bibliography when applicable.

The student understands and acquires new vocabulary and uses it correctly in reading and writing. The student:
Element: ELAMLRL5a
Identifies and correctly uses idioms, cognates, words with literal and figuratve meanings, words/phrases with denotative and connotative meanings, and patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings, functions, or tone.
Element: ELAMLRL5b
Uses knowledge of mythology, religious texts, and other works often alluded to in multicultural literature to understand the meanings of new words.
Element: ELAMLRL5c
Identifies and understands terms from the writer's culture of origin.
Element: ELAMLRL5d
Uses general dictionaries, specialized dictionaries, thesauri, or related references as needed to increase in learning.

Strand: Reading Across the Curriculum

The student reads a minimum of 25 grade-level appropriate books or book equivalents (approximately 1,000,000 words) per year from a variety of subject disciplines. The student reads both informational and fictional texts in a variety of genres and modes of discourse, including techincal texts related to various subject areas.

The student participates in discussions related to curricular learning in all subject areas. The student:
Element: ELAMLRC2a
Identifies messages and themes from books in all subject areas.
Element: ELAMLRC2b
Responds to a variety of texts in multiple mods of discourse.
Element: ELAMLRC2c
Relates messages and themes from one subject area to those in another area.
Element: ELAMLRC2d
Evaluates the merits of texts in every subject discipline.
Element: ELAMLRC2e
Examines the author's purpose in writing.
Element: ELAMLRC2f
Recognizes the features of disciplinary texts.

The student acquires new vocabulary in each content area and uses it correctly. The student:
Element: ELAMLRC3a
Demonstrates an understanding of contextual vocabulary in various subjects.
Element: ELAMLRC3b
Uses content vocabulary in writing and speaking.
Element: ELAMLRC3c
Explore understanding of new words found in subject area texts.

The student establishes a context for information acquired by reading across subject areas. The student:
Element: ELAMLRC4a
Explores life experiences related to subject area content.
Element: ELAMLRC4b
Discusses in both writing and speaking how certain words and concepts relate to multiple subjects.
Element: ELAMLRC4c
Determines strategies for finding content and contextual meaning for unfamiliar words or concepts.

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