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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

32-36 weeks

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Overview

In each unit of this course, you will embark on a new journey. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, you will explore the unknown, search for identity and equality, and seek achievement, opportunity, and understanding. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and will research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each unit will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment 1:

Module 01 Reading and Writing Narratives

  • 01.00 Reading and Writing Narratives
  • 01.01 Choosing Your Story
  • 01.02 Discovering Characters
  • 01.03 Identity Shaped by Conflict
  • 01.04 Plot and Structure
  • 01.05 Discovering the Theme
  • 01.06 Writing a Narrative
  • 01.07 Reading and Writing Narratives Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.08 Author’s Word Choice
  • 01.09 Publishing Your Narrative

Module 02 Analyzing Language and Structure

  • 02.00 Analyzing Language and Structure
  • 02.01 The Power of Words
  • 02.02 Language in King’s Letter
  • 02.03 Structure in King’s Letter
  • 02.04 Respond to a Writing Prompt
  • 02.05 Analyzing Language and Structure Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.06 Organize and Develop Your Ideas
  • 02.07 Segment One Exam

Segment 2:

Module 03 Crafting a Winning Argument

  • 03.00 Crafting a Winning Argument
  • 03.01 What is an Argument?
  • 03.02 Elements of a Strong Argument
  • 03.03 Analyzing an Argument
  • 03.04 Gathering Evidence
  • 03.05 Writing the Opening
  • 03.06 Outlining Your Argument
  • 03.07 Writing Your Argument
  • 03.08 A Powerful Presentation
  • 03.09 Crafting a Winning Argument Discussion-Based Assessment

Module 04 Exploring the Elements of Style

  • 04.00 Exploring the Elements of Style
  • 04.01 Essay Analysis
  • 04.02 Diction and Tone
  • 04.03 Poetry Paraphrase
  • 04.04 Diction Deep Dive
  • 04.05 An Effective Introduction
  • 04.06 Plan the Body
  • 04.07 Write the Body and Conclusion
  • 04.08 Exploring the Elements of Style Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.09 Revise and Edit
  • 04.10 Grammar Review
  • 04.11 Segment Two Exam

 

Career

Book Critic

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

<strong>Reading Literature:</strong> 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

<strong>Explanatory Writing:</strong> 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.

Credits 1

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 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

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