Viewing Standards

The Viewing Standards offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is infused through the requirement that students view increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-level standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

For instruction each year to help ensure students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications, students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year's grade-level standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

Key Ideas and Details

Students will be able to:

  1. View closely to determine what the signer says explicitly and make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when signing to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  2. Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize key supporting details and ideas.
  3. Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Craft and Structure

Students will be able to:

  1. Interpret signs, depiction, and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific sign choices shape meaning or tone.
  2. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., section, chapter, scene, stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  3. Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Students will be able to:

  1. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in signs.
  2. Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
  3. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.

Range of Viewing and Level of Text Complexity

Students will be able to:

  1. View and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

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