College and Career Readiness
High School and College Alignment
Sample English Language Arts Course Outlines, Assignments, Assessments, and Student Work
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I. College Level Expectations in English Language Arts
The following English work samples were collected from Massachusetts college classrooms. They are designed to illustrate the types of content that students are expected to demonstrate in first-year English courses. The work samples also illustrate the skill level that students should be developing while still in high school. This section includes sample course syllabi/course objectives, writing assignments, and samples that demonstrate the level of writing needed for placement into a credit-bearing freshman level English course.
A. Sample Course Syllabi and Course Objectives
The following freshman writing course syllabi and outline give examples of the level of reading, writing, and independent research that freshmen in college are expected to successfully complete.
1.A1) Writing One, Course Syllabus
1.A2) Writing Seminar - Course Objectives
1.A3) Writing I - Course Syllabus
1.A4) Writing I - Course Syllabus
1.A5) Writing I- Course Syllabus
B. Writing Level 100 Assignments
The following level 100 course assignments and examples of associated student work reflect the skill level students need to demonstrate in order to successfully navigate upper-level liberal arts college courses.
1.B1) Developing and Argument and Using Quotations to Support Claim
1.B2) Describing and Analyzing and Advertisement's Argument
1.B3) Summary, Paraphrase, Quotation and Perspective
1.B4) Analyzing Literature and Revising/Developing Focus
C. College Placement - Writing
In determining the course that is most appropriate for students to take during their freshman year, some colleges give a "placement exam." The following examples show the skill level that students generally need to demonstrate in order to be placed into a credit-bearing freshman writing course.
1.C1) Sample Question and Rubric
1.C 2) Sample Question and Rubric
1.C 3) Sample Exemplar, Question, Rubric, and Student Response
1.C 4) College Board Accuplacer Test and WritePlacer Assignment
II. High School Level Expectations for College Readiness- English Language Arts
The following high school work samples were contributed by Massachusetts high school English teachers. The course syllabi, assignments, and examples of student work are aligned with appropriate grade level English language arts standards. The work samples also reflect the types of skills and content knowledge students will be expected to demonstrate as they progress through high school and continue on to postsecondary education.
A. High School Syllabi and Course Outlines
The following course syllabi demonstrate the skills, content, and expectations that align not only with the appropriate grade level English language arts (Ela) frameworks, but also with skills students generally need in order to be well prepared for college and/or the work force.
II.A1) State Scholars Program - British Literature - Course Syllabus
II.A2) Grade 10 English-Experiential Learning - Course Objectives
II.A3) Advanced Placement Grade 12- Course Syllabus
II.A4) International Baccalaureate Syllabus Grade 12
II.A5) Advanced Placement Government Syllabus
II.A6) Advanced Placement and College Board Materials on Syllabi Creation
B. High School Classroom Work
The following classroom materials are aligned with the grade level standards in the Ela Framework, and they demonstrate exercises and assignments that help students prepare for college. These materials also help students develop skills needed for independent learning and critical thinking.
II.B1) Literature Project (Beowulf)
II.B2) Oral History Assignment
II.B3) Pre-reading Assignment
II.B4) Reading/Pre-writing Assignment
II.B5) Socratic Discussion
II.B6) School-to-Career Exploration
II.B7) Shakespeare Reading Assignment
II.B8) Oral Commentary
II.B9) Mock IB Exam
C. High School Writing
The following samples are classroom-based practices and assignments that help students develop writing skills such as pre-writing, organizing, editing, revising, and substantiation. These examples reflect grade level expectations articulated in the Composition Strand of Ela Massachusetts State Frameworks.
II.C1) Career Writing- Process and Student Work
II.C2) Academic Writing- Assignment and Student Work
II.C3) Cross Curriculum Writing- Assignment and Student Work