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Learning Expectations for Unit 3

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Course: English 9
Book: Learning Expectations for Unit 3
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Date: Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 3:05 PM

Take a Stand

Unit 3 - Take a Stand

The writer seeks to persuade audiences to accept a particular position on a controversial issue.  The writer describes the problem, proposes a solution, and provides justification.

Rhetoric - the art of using words effectively in reading and/or writing

Also, persuasive writing technique to persuade audiences by affecting emotions, connecting to a character, or providing reasons.

Terms to Know



Mixing printed words, video, sound, and pictures in one place, such as videos that appear in the middle of webpages.



Researching a topic or question can take many different forms, from year-long studies resulting in publication to a quick search of available resources on the Internet. For these activities, we refer to research in the informal sense, using readily available resources (Internet, magazines, books, interviews, etc.) to answer questions.



The written part of a comic book or graphic novel, play, movie, or television show, including dialogue.



Panels of sketches that show the plans for the scenes and actions for a comic book, graphic novel, movie, or television show.

Personal Perspectives

  • personal, social, and cultural contexts, values, and perspectives: Students should be prompted to understand the influence of family, friends, activities, education, religion, gender, age, place, settlement patterns, immigration, economic factors, and political events (local and beyond); to understand that authors write from a perspective influenced by such factors; and to understand the relationship between text and context.

  • reliability: Students should be prompted to consider the credibility of the source‚Äôs voice, whether it is a primary or secondary source, and the trustworthiness and authority of the source.

Short Story Elements

  • literary elements: characterization, narrative structures, setting, tone, atmosphere, plot structure

  • how literary elements, techniques, and devices enhance and shape meaning: for example, metaphor brings a fresh perspective to the common; irony can add social critique to an argument; allusion suggests connections between diverse elements; form often reflects function; diction influences emotion, persuasiveness, and meaning

Presentation Techniques

  • presentation techniques: Any presentation (in written, oral, or digital form) should reflect an appropriate choice of medium for the purpose and the audience, and demonstrate thought and care in organization.

  • multi-paragraphing: developing multi-paragraph compositions that are characterized by unity, development, and coherence

  • writing processes: may include revising, editing, considering audience

Rhetorical Devices

  • rhetorical devices: figurative language, parallelism, repetition, irony, humour, exaggeration, emotional language, logic, direct address, rhetorical questions, and allusion

Writing Skills

  • refine texts: using techniques such as adjusting diction and form according to audience needs and preferences, using verbs effectively, using repetition and substitution for effect, using active instead of passive voice, maintaining parallelism, adding modifiers, replacing be verbs with stronger verbs, varying sentence types, using precise diction, eliminating wordiness