3:1 – Tuesday – a-g High School English

3:1 – Tuesday – a-g High School English

$300.00

a-g High School English

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Description

Instructor: Mary Anne Cheraz

Semester Fee: $300 (Private pay discounts available, All Charters accepted)

Tuesdays Online: 12:30-2:00

Grades: 9th-12th

Pre-Requisite/Co-Requisite: None

Meets High School Graduation Requirement for: English

Course Length: each sem.- 5 units

“a-g” requirement category: (b – English category)

Course Overview:           

In this course, students will build expertise in common core reading and writing strategies through focusing on literature from various genres and across time periods. Classical literature texts will be ‘paired’ with poetry, speeches, or seminal documents from contemporaries of the time period to allow students to analyze similarities in themes and subject matter, thereby increasing understanding of the more complex classical literature. Students will be exposed to common themes across time, such as the power of good and evil, revenge, the strengths and weaknesses of human character. Students will use experiential learning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and project-based learning to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in the 21st century.  Along with reading and analyzing literature, students will be writing argumentative, informative and narrative essays. Students will focus on the writing process by working with graphic organizers, drafting, conferencing, revising, and creating a final project.

Grading:

Grades on the following:

20% Midterms/Finals

30% Full length essays/papers

20% Short answer paragraphs

20% Reading selection assessments

10% Vocabulary/Language Conventions

Grading:

100-98%       A+          79-78%               C+             59-0%        F

97-93%         A            77-73%                 C

92-90%         A-           72-70%                 C-

89-88%         B+          69-68%                 D+

87-83%         B            67-63%                 D

82-80%         B-          62-60%                  D-

Key Assignments:

  1. Students will write one of each of these writing genre per semester:  literary analysis, argumentative, narrative for a total of six formal papers.
  2. Students will read selections such as narrative essays, short fictional stories, autobiographical accounts, poetry, instructional essays, historical accounts, science writings, persuasive speeches, biographies and autobiographies, expository texts, and informational texts.
  3. Students will also read collections of poetry that may include poems about dreams, the natural world and love, poems that connect both physically and emotionally, poems that use powerful language, poems that use sounds to add meaning, and poems that explore lyrical language.
  4. Students will analyze the characteristics of heroes both in literature and in nonfiction accounts.
  5. Students will analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme through reading of various plays.
  6. Accompanying each reading selection will be questions that focus on thinking critically about the text. These questions will ask students to use skills such as inference, speculation, comparing and contrasting, analyzing, drawing conclusions, interpretation, reflection and discussion.
  7. The units will also include sections that develop vocabulary acquisition and use, language conventions and grammar.
  8. Students will also be required to write several short pieces that may include journal entries, comparative essays, letters, narratives, and editorials or news reports.
  9. The culmination of the units will be a Writing Workshop to develop Argumentative, Explanatory, or Narrative writings (students will complete at least one of each type by the end of the year), where students will be guided through the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing & proofreading, publishing and reflecting) from start to finish.
  10. Students will take a final assessment each semester.

Course Materials:

Grammar and Vocabulary Texts:

  1. Jensen’s Grammar ISBN: 978-0-89051-993-6 (Workbook)
  2. The Critical Thinking Co. Word Roots Level 3 ISBN: 978-1-60144-673-2 (Workbook)

Seminal Documents:

-The Constitution of the Iroquois Nation, The Great Law of Peace (Online)

-The Declaration of Independence (Online)

Books can be purchased or borrowed:

  1. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup ISBN: 978-1508-48317-5 (book)

-“Sympathy “by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (Poem-Online)

-Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Online)

  1. Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne ISBN: 978-171-937-4859

-“Puritan Laws and Character”, Henry William Elson

-“A Poison Tree”, William Blake (poem)

  1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ISBN: 978-0-7432-7356-5

-“Then Wear the Gold Hat”, Thomas Parke D’Invilliers (Poem)

  1. Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand

ISBN: 978-0-385-74251-1

-“If”, Rudyard Kipling (Poem)

-“Man in the Arena”, Theodore Roosevelt (speech)

5.The Giver by Lois Lowry

-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut (short story)

  1. Legends of King Arthur by Isabel Wyatt ISBN: 9780863158
  2. Hamlet (Playing with Plays) ISBN: 978-1-4536-4154-5

The Lady of Shallot, by Lord Alfred Tennyson (poem)

Additional information

Day

Tuesday

Time

12:30-2:00

Grade Level

9th-12th Grade

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Course Materials:

Grammar and Vocabulary Texts:

  1. Jensen’s Grammar ISBN: 978-0-89051-993-6 (Workbook)
  2. The Critical Thinking Co. Word Roots Level 3 ISBN: 978-1-60144-673-2 (Workbook)

Seminal Documents:

-The Constitution of the Iroquois Nation, The Great Law of Peace (Online)

-The Declaration of Independence (Online)

Books can be purchased or borrowed:

  1. 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northrup ISBN: 978-1508-48317-5 (book)

-“Sympathy “by Paul Lawrence Dunbar (Poem-Online)

-Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (Online)

  1. Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne ISBN: 978-171-937-4859

-“Puritan Laws and Character”, Henry William Elson

-“A Poison Tree”, William Blake (poem)

  1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald ISBN: 978-0-7432-7356-5

-“Then Wear the Gold Hat”, Thomas Parke D’Invilliers (Poem)

  1. Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand

ISBN: 978-0-385-74251-1

-“If”, Rudyard Kipling (Poem)

-“Man in the Arena”, Theodore Roosevelt (speech)

5.The Giver by Lois Lowry

-“Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut (short story)

  1. Legends of King Arthur by Isabel Wyatt ISBN: 9780863158
  2. Hamlet (Playing with Plays) ISBN: 978-1-4536-4154-5

The Lady of Shallot, by Lord Alfred Tennyson (poem)

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