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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/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

Technicial Writer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by analyzing a narrative and creating a story using narrative elements and devices.

Project

You are a technical writer (or content creator) for a new website that publishes study guides for popular books. The study guides are meant to help readers better understand the novel and start discussions with other readers and are often used by book clubs or teachers. By posing questions and analyzing narrative elements, you will complete a comprehensive study guide for a book of your choosing.

Career

Sports Journalist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by analyzing a narrative and creating a story using narrative elements and devices.

Project

You are a sports journalist for a national magazine and are given the assignment to write a story on a famous athlete. (This can either be about a real person or you can make it up.) Your story will highlight a particularly challenging event the athlete experienced and how they overcame the obstacle to go on and be successful. In this article, you will use narrative techniques to tell an engaging story.

Career

Historian

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of language and structure in writing by describing the literary devices used in a piece of writing, describing the structure of a piece of writing, and creating a piece using literary devices and structure.

Project

You are a historian who has been asked to collaborate on a museum exhibition. The exhibition is about famous speeches. You are asked to choose a famous speech from any time in history and put together an exhibit that examines how the imagery and language of the speech helped the person achieve their purpose. Then you will write a lecture in response that either agrees or disagrees with the original or looks at the issue in a new light. You will intentionally use figurative language to achieve your purpose.

Career

Environmental Scientist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of language and structure in writing by describing the literary devices used in a piece of writing, describing the structure of a piece of writing, and creating a piece using literary devices and structure.

Project

You are an environmental scientist preparing a presentation to lawmakers. Your goal is to get them to change their mind about an environmental concern. In order to be effective during your presentation, you’ll need to be prepared. By reading and analyzing an essay on the topic, you’ll learn more about the claims and evidence supporting this issue as well as how writers organize their information for maximum impact. Then you’ll write your own persuasive statement to present to lawmakers.

Career

Public Relations Specialist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of crafting an argument by conducting research through source evaluation and documentation, formulating rhetorical appeals appropriate to audience and purpose, and delivering a presentation.

Project

During this project, you will take on the role of a public relations specialist for a politician who needs to write an outline for the candidate. You will conduct research and find evidence to support an argument for the politician as they head out on the campaign trail. To do this, you must first conduct research, evaluate sources for relevance and credibility, and learn how to take notes on your research. Gathering this information is essential to helping the political figure speak intelligently and take a clear stance on an issue.

Career

Politician

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of crafting an argument by conducting research through source evaluation and documentation, formulating rhetorical appeals appropriate to audience and purpose, and delivering a presentation.

Project

During this project, you have taken on the role of a politician running for office. You have to make a speech to defend your position on a current local, national, or global issue. You are able to use your issue from the previous project, Crafting an Argument A: Conducting Research, or you can focus on a new topic. You’ll need to craft your claims and counterclaims to support your argument and make a video to share with your possible voters.

Career

Training and Development Manager

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary analysis by explaining an author’s use of diction to achieve a purpose in a poem or creative nonfiction piece and applying the writing process to an essay.

Project

You are a training and development manager for a large corporation and have been tasked to help employees learn something that they can apply to improve their work performance. You’ve decided to start the training session by analyzing someone else’s helpful advice. To do this, you will find a well-known essay or poem and write an analysis of it to present to your colleagues for inspiration.

Status

Open

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply these skills to tasks you would complete as part of a career, rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge and earn competencies for your 9th grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then, you work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to the creation of an informational video. The video aims to advise the family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help them support their family members as they go about their daily tasks. You’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! (This is just one example of the many ways experiences can bridge competencies to careers.)

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are required for students to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

 

*Please have an idea for an outside expert in mind prior to enrollment or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] prior to enrollment for support identifying one.

Credits 1

Meets English graduation requirement. Only English 1 Experience earns a badge.

Competencies

  • Language and Structure in Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of language and structure in writing by describing the literary devices used in a piece of writing, describing the structure of a piece of writing, and creating a piece using literary devices and structure.
  • Narrative Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by analyzing a narrative and creating a story using narrative elements and devices.
  • Crafting an Argument
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of crafting an argument by conducting research through source evaluation and documentation, formulating rhetorical appeals appropriate to audience and purpose, and delivering a presentation.
  • Literary Analysis
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary analysis by explaining an author’s use of diction to achieve a purpose in a poem or creative nonfiction piece, and applying the writing process to an essay.

Pre-Requisites

None

Honors

Course: To complete the honors version of this offering, you must discuss this with your instructor during your welcome call.

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

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