Learning Catalog

English 1/English 1 Honors

English 1/English 1 Honors

Credits 1

Competency Group Overview

Meets English graduation requirement

Competencies

  • Listening (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of listening and viewing skills by listening and viewing critically for a variety of purposes which may include identifying main ideas, identifying point of view, or identifying speaker bias.
  • Reading Literature (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate their of comprehension of texts by analyzing and interpreting a variety of literary texts.
  • Narrative Writing (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing techniques by analyzing and using descriptive words, varied sentence structure, and meaningful dialogue to develop characterization, conflict, and plot.
  • Writing Arguments (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by analyzing texts or topics and writing to support claims or reasoning with sufficient evidence for intended purpose and audience.
  • Research (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and inquiry techniques by investigating topics, citing sources appropriately, and organizing, integrating and presenting accurate and credible information.
  • Speaking (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to speak purposefully and effectively by strategically making decisions about content, language use, and discourse style.
  • Reading Information Text (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate the ability to read informational texts for a specific purpose by comparing and contrasting information from various discipline areas such as science, social studies, and technical subjects.
  • Explanatory Writing (English 1)
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing techniques such as developing thesis statements, organizing content, and writing cohesive conclusions by writing an original piece that incorporates these techniques.

Pre-Requisites

None

Honors

Course: To take the Honors version, please select the course from the"Advance/Honors/AP" drop down during registration.

Project/Experience: Honors is awarded by earning "Exceeds" on all rubric assessments.

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/32-36 weeks

Overview

In English 1, students take a journey through important concepts–the Unknown, Equality, Identity, Opportunity, and Understanding–to learn the foundations of communication and analysis. In each unit of the course, students explore a variety of STEM-related literature, including genre fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and speeches. Through the study of this writing, students hone their own skills in communication and analysis.

To facilitate engagement and academic responsibility, students are encouraged to make choices at different points in the course. Most notable is the novel unit, in which students must select their book from a list of titles available. This practice gives ownership to the student and places each learner in a position to develop a deeper appreciation of reading.

Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Major Topics and Concepts

Starting Segment I or Segment II:

Getting Started

  • 00.00 Introduction

Segment I
Segment One Collaboration

  • Collaboration

Unit 1: Journey to the Unknown

  • 01.00 Unknown for All
  • 01.01 Pre-reading
  • 01.02 Central Idea
  • 01.03 Annotated Notes
  • 01.04 Summary and Paraphrase
  • 01.05 Narrative Structure
  • 01.06 Theme
  • 01.07 Idea Development
  • 01.08 Supporting Evidence
  • 01.09 Supporting Your Ideas
  • 01.10 Grammar and Vocabulary
  • 01.11 Discussion-Based Assessment

Unit 2: Journey to Identity

  • 02.00 Identity for All
  • 02.01 What Makes You Who You Are
  • 02.02 Choosing Your Path
  • 02.03 Discovery Through Questioning
  • 02.04 Identity Shaped by Conflict
  • 02.05 Moving Toward Identity
  • 02.06 The Heart of the Journey
  • 02.07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.08 Author’s Tool Box Setting the Scene
  • 02.09 Author’s Tool Box Telling the Story
  • 02.10 Author’s Tool Box Enhancing the Story
  • 02.11 Author’s Tool Box Laying the Groundwork
  • 02.12 Author’s Tool Box Ready for Publishing
  • 02.13 The Right Word

Unit 3: Journey to Equality

  • 03.00 Equality for All
  • 03.01 The Power of Words
  • 03.02 Words Light a Fire
  • 03.03 The Structure of a Good Fight
  • 03.04 Language in King’s Letter
  • 03.05 Structure in King’s Letter
  • 03.06 Respond to a Writing Prompt
  • 03.07 Captivate Your Audience
  • 03.08 Organize Your Ideas
  • 03.09 Developing Your Ideas
  • 03.10 More Than the End
  • 03.11 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.12 Revision Workshop
  • 03.13 Edit Your Draft
  • 03.14 The Right Word
  • 03.15 Segment One Exam

Honors Lessons: Segment One

  • Checklist
  • Honors S1.01 Universal Themes and Language
  • Honors S1.02 Romeo and Juliet Act I
  • Honors S1.03 Characterization and Diction
  • Honors S1.04 Romeo and Juliet Act II
  • Honors S1.05 Historical Context in Romeo and Juliet
  • Honors S1.06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Honors S1.07 Shakespeare and Art
  • Honors S1.08 Segment One Honors Exam

Segment II
Segment Two Collaboration

  • Collaboration

Unit 4: Journey to Achievement

  • 04.00 Achievement for All
  • 04.01 Identifying Nonfiction
  • 04.02 Text Features
  • 04.03 Context and Contrast
  • 04.04 Compare and Contrast
  • 04.05 Compare and Contrast Strategies
  • 04.06 Research
  • 04.07 The Right Word
  • 04.08 Discussion-Based Assessment

Unit 5: Journey to Opportunity

  • 05.00 Opportunity for All
  • 05.01 What is an Argument?
  • 05.02 Developing a Strong Argument
  • 05.03 Analyzing and Argument
  • 05.04 Gathering Evidence
  • 05.05 Citing Your Sources
  • 05.06 Increasing Awareness
  • 05.07 Stating Your Claim
  • 05.08 Outlining Your Argument
  • 05.09 Writing Your Argument
  • 05.10 A Powerful Product
  • 05.11 Present Your Argument
  • 05.12 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.13 The Right Word

Unit 6: Journey to Understanding

  • 06.00 Understanding for All
  • 06.01 Task Analysis
  • 06.02 Essay Analysis
  • 06.03 Essay Diction, Tone, and Syntax
  • 06.04 Poetry Paraphrase
  • 06.05 Poetry Diction, Tone, and Syntax
  • 06.06 Thesis Statement
  • 06.07 Opening Paragraph
  • 06.08 Outlining
  • 06.09 Evidence and Conclusion
  • 06.10 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.11 Revision
  • 06.12 Final Draft
  • 06.13 The Right Word
  • 06.14 Segment Two Exam

Honors Lessons: Segment Two

  • Checklist
  • Honors S2.01 Romeo and Juliet Act III Conflict
  • Honors S2.02 Analyzing Romeo and Juliet Act III
  • Honors S2.03 Romeo and Juliet Act IV Foreshadowing
  • Honors S2.04 Romeo and Juliet Act V
  • Honors S2.05 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • Honors S2.06 Second Segment Honors Project
  • Honors S2.07 Segment Two Honors Exam

Career

Book Critic

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Reading Literature: Students will demonstrate their comprehension of texts by analyzing and interpreting a variety of literary texts.

Project

You are a Book Critic for your local newspaper and you have been asked to develop a book list that provides a review of literary books their readers might enjoy.

As a book critic, you will need to evaluate a wide variety of books that would appeal to different readers. In order to provide your readers with information about each book, your review will analyze and interpret the plot, theme, conflict, setting, and character development of each story.

Career

Author Assistant

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Reading Informational Texts: Students will demonstrate the ability to read informational texts for a specific purpose by comparing and contrasting information from various discipline areas such as science, social studies, and technical subjects.

Project

You are an Author Assistant to a fiction author who, after having success in one genre, has decided to branch out into Science Fiction. Although Science Fiction is fiction, it is still based in facts. Your author is in the early phases of understanding the basics of science, social studies, or technology as they relate to the topic of the book, which you get to pick because your author really trusts you!

You will choose what area to research for your author, create an annotated bibliography of sources you think your author should use and should avoid, and justify those choices. Your annotated bibliography will include a variety of texts across science, social studies, or technical subjects.

Career

Research Scientist

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Writing Arguments: Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by analyzing texts or topics and writing to support claims or reasoning with sufficient evidence for intended purpose and audience.

Project

You are a member of a team of Research Scientists tasked with presenting relevant and reliable evidence at a scientific forum that proves, or disproves, human involvement in climate change.

You must compile credible research that presents evidence from BOTH sides of this environmental issue, while incorporating your analysis, synthesis, and conclusions reached into the presentation of this issue.

Career

Freelance Blog Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Explanatory Writing: Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing techniques such as developing thesis statements, organizing content, and writing cohesive conclusions by writing an original piece that incorporates these techniques.

Project

You are a Freelance Blog Writer for an online blogging firm where you are expected to create valuable and creative content for customers.

You will use explanatory writing techniques to develop your blog posts on a topic of your choice. The goal is to help your readers to increase their knowledge of the topic you are writing about.

Career

Grant Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Narrative Writing: Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing techniques by analyzing and using descriptive words, varied sentence structure, and meaningful dialogue to develop characterization, conflict, and plot.

Project

You work at the local athenaeum as a Grant Writer on a grant writing team. The team is writing a grant to obtain funding for an exhibit on a person of interest. As part of the team, you have been tasked with writing a narrative on the person of interest to be included in the grant proposal as evidence in support of the project.

The exhibit will be based on the life story of a famous or infamous person that lives or has lived in the surrounding area or state. In your narrative, you must tell this person’s story in an engaging manner that describes the person’s important life events and achievements. Through writing this narrative for your grant proposal, you will have the opportunity to apply and analyze narrative strategies to illustrate your understanding of characterization, conflict, and plot.

Career

Content Writer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Research: Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and inquiry techniques by investigating topics, citing sources appropriately, and organizing, integrating and presenting accurate and credible information.

Project

You are a  Content Writer who is part of the Public Programs team at a public radio station. You have been asked to write a story for one of the radio station’s podcast shows. You will research a topic of human interest. Then you will write your story in a way that will draw the listener in. The story will ultimately be developed into a podcast and recorded as your final presentation.

Career

Political Party Research Officer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Listening: Students will demonstrate an understanding of listening and viewing skills by listening and viewing critically for a variety of purposes which may include identifying main ideas, identifying point of view, or identifying speaker bias.

Project

You are a Political Party Research Officer. Your boss (a state congresswoman) is on her way to a conference on a controversial current issue. You are asked to create a playlist of relevant resources that she can listen to and/or watch on her iPod while flying to the conference. Your playlist will provide a variety of viewpoints and mediums to prepare her for a range of conversations and interactions with conference attendees.

Career

Small Business Owner - Social Responsible Business

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Speaking: Students will demonstrate the ability to speak purposefully and effectively in a multi-media presentation, strategically making decisions about content, language use, and discourse style.

Project

You are the Small Business Owner of a socially responsible business, and you have been invited by the local Chamber of Commerce to make a speech that will pitch the importance of the service or products your business provides as well as promote a project you are raising funds for. As you prepare your speech, you will research components of an effective speech and learn how to speak purposefully and effectively. You will be presenting your final speech to your instructor.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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