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9th - 10th Grade Language
For ninth and tenth graders, this Common Core area helps students gain mastery of the rules for using the English language, including vocabulary use and language conventions, in order to improve their skills as writers and readers. Among the complete standards for this grade, ninth and tenth graders will be asked to: demonstrate that they understand standard English usage in writing and speaking by showing that they can use parallel structure, noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute phrases, independent, dependent, noun, relative, adverbial clauses, punctuation, including colons and semicolons, spelling, and conjunctive adverbs properly, effectively employ style guides such as MLA Handbook, Turabian's Manual for Writers, maintain consistent style and tone, be
able to use digital and print glossaries, dictionaries, and thesauruses to find meanings and etymology of words, interpret figures of speech like euphemism and oxymoron in context, gather vocabulary knowledge sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level, understand and to assist in word choice and comprehension.