Senior Objectives

Brave New World
Students will be able to
• Identify the major themes of a complex full-length novel 
• Analyze character traits and motivation 
• Make predictions about events and the actions of characters 
• Analyze the effects on the reader of stylistic choices and modes of exposition 
• Compare the world of the novel to our own world and make judgments about the social critique of the novel 
• Write an essay about one of the issues raised by the novel, supporting their ideas with evidence from the text 
• Revise rhetorically to meet the needs of their audience 
• Edit with a focus on improving readability

Rhetoric of the OpEd 
Students will be able to
• Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what a text says and implies
• Analyze how ideas, events, and/or narrative elements interact and develop over the course of a text
• Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text
• Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument
• Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text
• Analyze an author’s assumptions and appeals (e.g., ethos, pathos, and logos)
• Analyze the extent to which the writer’s arguments anticipate and address reader concerns and counterclaims
• Analyze the writer’s use of rhetorical devices and strategies
• Understand key rhetorical concepts such as audience, purpose, context, and genre through analysis of texts
• Write a letter to the editor or an essay responding to the issues of the text(s) making effective rhetorical choices in light of audience and purpose
• Contribute to an ongoing conversation in ways that are appropriate to the academic discipline and context
• Write reading-based arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence
• Develop academic/analytical essays that are focused on a central idea and effectively organized
• Incorporate the texts of others effectively and use documentation styles suitable to the task, genre, and discipline
• Edit for clarity and for standard written English grammar, usage, and mechanics