Academic Standard

Tennessee Diploma Project
English Language Arts
Grade range: 
9 to 12
Literature is a term used to describe written or spoken material. Broadly speaking, "literature" is used to describe anything from creative writing to more technical or scientific works, but the term is most commonly used to refer to works of the creative imagination, including works of poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction.Conceptual StrandStudents will become educated members of society by gaining knowledge of themselves and others through the study of literature, thus becoming critical readers and lifelong learners. Guiding QuestionHow does the knowledge gained through the study of literature enable students to become critical readers and lifelong learners?
Elements within this Standard
Course Level Expectation
Demonstrate knowledge of significant works of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present and make relevant comparisons.
Understand the characteristics of various literary genres (e.g., poetry, novel, biography, short story, essay, drama).
Recognize the conventions of various literary genres and understand how they articulate the writers vision.
Analyze works of British literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
Know and use appropriate literary terms to derive meaning and comprehension from various literary genres.
Check For Understanding
Analyze a literary work, using the characteristics of the literary time period that it represents.
Compare and contrast the elements (e.g., form, language, plot, and characters) of two works representing different literary periods (e.g., Beowulf and Paradise
Analyze how plot developments determine characters conflicts and dilemmas.
Analyze function and effect of plot structure in complex literary texts.
Analyze the role and function of characters (major/minor, protagonists/antagonists) and determine ways in which the author reveals those characters (e.g., what
Identify how setting and changes in setting can affect the literary elements (e.g., plot, character, theme, tone) in complex literary texts.
Analyze the narration and point of view (e.g., first person, third-person objective, third-person limited, third-person omniscient) in complex literary texts,
Consider the characteristics of genre and the limitations of form when interpreting complex texts.
Identify, analyze, and evaluate the effect and use of metrics (especially iambic pentameter), rhyme scheme (e.g., end, internal, slant, eye), rhythm,
Recognize and identify the characteristics of lyric poetry, blank verse, free verse, epics, sonnets, dramatic poetry, and ballads.
Identify and analyze elements of literary drama (e.g., dramatic irony, dialogue, soliloquy, monologue, aside).
Identify elements of literary drama (e.g., dramatic irony, soliloquy, stage direction, dialogue) and evaluate the ways in which they articulate a playwrights
Identify, analyze, and explain the multiple levels of theme(s) within a complex literary text and of similar or contrasting themes across two or more texts.
Analyze works of literature as reflections of the historical period in which they were written.
Analyze texts to identify the authors attitudes, viewpoints, and beliefs and to critique how these relate to the larger historical, social, and cultural
Identify and analyze the use of literary elements such as irony, paradox, symbol, and foreshadowing.
Comprehend and use figurative language (e.g., idioms, metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole).
Use prior knowledge and explicit study to identify the meaning of biblical, classical, cultural, historical, and literary allusions, especially those which may
Identify the meaning of metaphors based on common literary allusions and conceits (e.g., the dogs of war, a face that launched a thousand ships, flying too