• English Poster

    HABITS OF MIND COMMON CORE ENGLISH PRACTICES

    I RESPOND TO THE VARYING DEMANDS OF AUDIENCE, TASK, PURPOSE AND DISCIPLINE

    • I adapt my communication in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
    • I set and adjust my purpose for reading, writing, speaking, listening and language use as warranted by the task.
    • I adapt my tone, nuances, and connotations of my words to affect meaning.
    • I know that different disciplines call for different types of evidence.

    I COMPREHEND AS WELL AS CRITIQUE

    • I am an engaged, discerning, and open-minded reader and listener.
    • I work diligently to understand precisely what an author or speaker is saying.
    • I question and assess the veracity of claims and the soundness of reasoning of an author’s or speaker’s assumptions and premises.

    I VALUE EVIDENCE

    • I cite specific evidence
    • I use relevant evidence when supporting my own points in writing and speaking, making my reasoning clear to the reader or listener.
    • I constructively evaluate others’ use of evidence.

    I BUILD STRONG CONTENT KNOWLEDGE

    • I engage with a wide range of works of quality and substance.
    • I am proficient in new areas through research and study.
    • I read purposefully and listen attentively to gain both general knowledge and discipline-specific expertise.
    • I refine and share my knowledge through writing and speaking.

    I COME TO UNDERSTAND OTHER PERSPECTIVES AND CULTURES

    • I appreciate learning and working with people from widely divergent cultures who represent diverse experiences and perspectives.
    • I actively seek to understand and communicate clearly with people of varied backgrounds.
    • Through reading world, classic and contemporary literature, I can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different than my own.

    I USE TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA STRATEGICALLY AND CAPABLY

    • I employ technology thoughtfully.
    • I acquire useful information efficiently and I integrate what I learn online with what I learn offline.
    • I am familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums.
    • I select and use tools best suited to my communication goals.

    I DEMONSTRATE INDEPENDENCE

    • I am a self-directed learner, I evaluate and comprehend complex text.
    • I construct effective arguments and convey multifaceted information.
    • I independently discern a speaker’s key points, request clarification and ask relevant questions.
    • build on others’ ideas, articulate my own ideas, and confirm I have been understood.
    • I demonstrate command of standard English and acquire and use a wide-ranging vocabulary.