English/Language Arts Standards:
11.3.2 Analyze the way in which the theme or meaning of a selection represents a view or comment on life, using textual evidence to support the claim.

11.3.3 Analyze the ways in which irony, tone, mood, the author’s style, and the “sound” of language achieve specific rhetorical (persuasive) or aesthetic (artistic) purposes or both.

11.3.4 Analyze ways in which poetry or prose uses imagery, personification, figures of speech, and sounds to evoke readers’ emotions.

11.4.1 Discuss ideas for writing with classmates, teachers, and other writers.

11.4.6 Use language in creative and vivid ways to establish a specific tone.

11.4.10 Review, evaluate, and revise writing for meaning, clarity, achievement of purpose, and mechanics.

Standards for Information Inquiry:
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make the real-world connection for using this process in own life.

1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.

1.1.9 Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.

1.2.1 Display initiative and engagement by posing questions and investigating the answers beyond the collection of superficial facts.

1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.

1.4.1 Monitor own information-seeking processes for effectiveness and progress, and adapt as necessary.

1.4.4 Seek appropriate help when it is needed.

2.1.5 Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.

2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.

2.2.4 Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning.

3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.

3.1.3 Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.

3.1.5 Connect learning to community issues.

3.2.1 Demonstrate leadership and confidence by presenting ideas to others in both formal and information situations.

3.2.2 Show social responsibility to participating actively with others in learning situations and by contributing questions and ideas during group discussions.

3.3.4 Create products that apply to authentic, real-world contexts.

4.1.1 Read, view, and listen for pleasure and personal growth.

4.1.3 Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats and genres.

4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.

4.1.8 Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.

4.4.3 Recognize how to focus efforts in personal learning.

4.4.5 Develop personal criteria for gauging how effectively own ideas are expressed.