English Department


Pam Abbott

DBMS English Teacher
pabbott@littletonschools.org

 


Kristin Lay

LHS English Teacher
klay@littletonschools.org

 


Stephanie Potter

DBMS English Teacher
spotter@littletonschools.org

 


Rick Stinehour

LHS English Teacher
rstinehour@littletonschools.org

 


Christina Winslow

Littleton Academy English Teacher
cwinslow@littletonschools.org

 

English Course Offerings (See Program of Studies for course descriptions)
English 7 AP English Literature & Comp
Media & Journalism Studies
English 8 British Literature
Visual Communications & Studies
9/10 English Career & Occupational English War Literature
11/12 English College Comp CP World Literature
American Literature College Prep English

English Competencies Description of Competency
Reading
Reading Literature Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print literary texts.
Reading Literature Indicator 1 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text
Reading Literature Indicator 2 Analyze and critique an author’s craft concerning structure, plot, tone, point of view, and literary devices to shape text development.
Reading Literature Indicator 3 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Reading Literature Indicator 4 Analyze and evaluate the way two or more authors treat similar themes or literary forms.
Reading Literature Indicator 5 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings.
Reading Informational Text Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts.
Reading Informational Indicator 1 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text.
Reading Informational Indicator 2 Analyze and critique an author’s craft concerning structure, the order in which the points are made, how they are introduced and developed, and the connections that are drawn between them.
Reading Informational Indicator 3 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Reading Informational Indicator 4 Compare, evaluate and integrate relevant information from multiple sources on the same topics/subject, assessing the validity, purpose and relevance of each text.
Reading Informational Indicator 5 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative, connotative and technical meanings.
Writing
Writing Arguments Demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique texts or topics and support claims and reasoning with sufficient evidence for intended purpose and audience.
Writing Arguments Indicator 1 Orient the reader to the topic with an introduction and thesis in a thoughtful and engaging way.
Writing Arguments Indicator 2 Maintain an authoritative stance and employ arguments that support the thesis with credible and relevant information.
Writing Arguments Indicator 3 Anticipate their audiences views and write counterarguments to discredit the opposition with factual evidence
Writing Arguments Indicator 4 Form a conclusion that explains why the the topic matters on a global, personal, or community level.
Writing Arguments Indicator 5 Write in coherent manner by using transitions and an appropriate style for the audience.
Writing Arguments Indicator 6 Actively participate in the entire writing process to strengthen writing by planning, revising, and editing
Informational Writing Demonstrate the ability to effectively write informative texts to examine and convey complex ideas for variety of purposes and audiences.
Writing Informational Indicator 1 Orient the reader to the topic with an introduction and thesis in a thoughtful and engaging way.
Writing Informational Indicator 2 Maintain a focus and write informative texts that cite evidence from source(s) to support thesis.
Writing Informational Indicator 3 Form a conclusion that summarizes and synthesizes key information and explains why the the topic matters on a global, personal, or community level.
Writing Informational Indicator 4 Write in a coherent manner by using transitions and an appropriate style for the audience.
Writing Informational Indicator 5 Actively participate in the entire writing process to strengthen writing by planning, revising, and editing
Narrative Writing Demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies for variety of purposes and audiences.
Writing Narrative Indicator 1 Effectively develop an exposition that establishes a setting, character, narrator, and point of view.
Writing Narrative Indicator 2 Develop content, theme or a plot that creates unity and completeness in a logical sequence of events.
Writing Narrative Indicator 3 Write in coherent manner by using transitions and an appropriate style for the audience.
Writing Narrative Indicator 4 Employ the use of figurative language, style, tone and literary devices to advance writing.
Writing Narrative Indicator 5 Actively participate in the entire writing process to strengthen writing by planning, revising, and editing
Language Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar usage and vocabulary when writing or speaking.
Writing Language Indicator 1 Apply correct capitalization, spelling, grammar, and punctuation rules to writing.
Writing Language Indicator 2 Acquire, clarify and accurately use general academic and domain-specific vocabulary and phrases.
Writing Language Indicator 3 Demonstrate use of figurative language.
Writing Language Indicator 4 Use strong transitions to logically link ideas.
Writing Language Indicator 5 Actively participate in the entire writing process including planning, revising, editing, rewriting and trying a new approach.
Speaking & Listening Speaking & Listening
Speaking Demonstrate the ability to speak purposefully and effectively-strategically making decisions about content, language use, and discourse style.
Speaking Indicator 1 Initiate and participate effectively in collaborative discussions.
Speaking Indicator 2 Orient the audience to the topic with an introduction and thesis in a thoughtful and engaging way.
Speaking Indicator 3 Organize a presentation in a logical sequence.
Speaking Indicator 4 Support a thesis with relevant and credible content.
Speaking Indicator 5 Adapt speech and body language to present effectively and engage the specific audience.
Speaking Indicator 6 Integrate multimedia and visual displays using technology or innovation to strengthen a layered presentation that interacts with and engages the audience.
Listening Demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically for variety of purposes.
Listening Indiator 1 Actively and respectfully participate in the collaborative process by listening, reflecting on, and responding to content.
Listening Indiator 2 Evaluate the speaker’s point of view, reasoning and use of evidence.
Research & Inquiry
Research & Inquiry Engage in research and inquiry to investigate topics, and to analyze, integrate, and present information.
Research & Inquiry Indicator 1 Evaluate currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose of texts while conducting and gathering research.
Research & Inquiry Indicator 2 Accurately cite quality source(s).
Research & Inquiry Indicator 3 Effectively integrate multiple sources.