Communications

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The goal of Medford High School that all students will perform in the Exceeds Expectations category.

Oral:
Mechanics
Organization
Development of ideas
Purpose
Audience awareness
Non-verbal skills
(body language, visual aids, volume, pitch, tone, pronunciation, apparel, etc.)
Advanced

– Few errors in conventions.

– Clear purpose.

– Innovative development of specific examples and organizational structure clearly and effectively support the purpose.

– Mastery of language and communication strategies for a variety of audiences.

– Mastery of non-verbal skills.

Exceeds Expectations

– Minor errors do not interfere with communication.

– Clear purpose.

– Strong development of specific examples and effective organizational structure that support the purpose.

– Effective use of language and communication strategies appropriate to audience.

– Effective use of nonverbal skills.

Meets Expectations

– Some errors interfere with communication.

– Identifiable purpose.

– Adequate development of specific examples and organizational structure that support the purpose.

– Adequate use of language and communication strategies appropriate to audience.

– Adequate use of nonverbal skills.

Needs Improvement

– Errors interfere substantially with communication

– Unclear purpose.

– Weak development of specific examples.

– Weak organizational structure.

– Inappropriate use of language and communication strategies for an audience.

– Weak use of non-verbal skills.

Insufficient

– Poor understanding of mechanics, purpose, development, organization, audience, and non-verbal skills.

Reading:
Comprehension
Decoding
Examining content and structure
Inferences (making connections)
Advanced

– Exhibits sophisticated understanding of ideas, themes, and supporting details.

– Exhibits fluency through use of decoding skills and inferential thinking

– Insightfully connects structure of text to meaning

– Demonstrates insightful, cross-disciplinary connections between knowledge/experience and the topic.

Exceeds Expectations

– Exhibits strong understanding of ideas, themes, and supporting details.

– Exhibits strong understanding of vocabulary and meaning through use of decoding skills

– Effectively connects structure of text to meaning

– Demonstrates insightful, connections between knowledge/experience and the topic.

Meets Expectations

– Exhibits adequate understanding of ideas, themes, and supporting details.

– Exhibits adequate understanding of vocabulary and meaning through use of decoding skills

– Adequately connects structure of text to meaning

– Makes some connections between knowledge/experience and the topic.

Needs Improvement

– Exhibits little understanding of ideas, themes, and supporting details.

– Exhibits weak understanding of vocabulary and meaning through use of decoding skills

– Does not connect structure of text to meaning

– Unable to demonstrate connections between knowledge/experience and the topic.

Insufficient

– Exhibits poor comprehension and decoding skills.

– Minimal awareness of content and structure

– Inability to make connections between knowledge/experience and the topic.

Writing:
Mechanics
Purpose
Development of ideas
Organization
Audience awareness
Advanced

– Few errors in conventions.

– Clear purpose.

– Innovative development of specific examples and organizational structure clearly and effectively support the purpose.

– Mastery of language and communication strategies for a variety of audiences.

Exceeds Expectations

– Clear purpose.

– Strong development of specific examples and effective organizational structure that support the purpose.

– Effective use of language and communication strategies appropriate to audience.

Meets Expectations

– Some errors interfere with communication.

– Identifiable purpose.

– Adequate development of specific examples and organizational structure that support the purpose.

– Adequate use of language and communication strategies appropriate to audience.

Needs Improvement

– Errors interfere substantially with communication

– Unclear purpose.

– Weak development of specific examples.

– Weak organizational structure.

– Inappropriate use of language and communication strategies for an audience.

Insufficient

– Poor understanding of mechanics, purpose, development, organization, and audience.