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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/36 weeks

Overview

Join us in English II to see how the human experience – real life, your life – is the foundation of the best stories, plays, poems, films, and articles. In each unit of the course, we explore a specific aspect of the human experience such as Laughter, Obstacles, Betrayal, and Fear. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore what it means to be human, what it means to be fulfilled, triumphant, empowered, and transformed.

 

Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.

 

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

Segment One:

Module 1

  • 01.00 Introduction
  • 01.01 Grammar
  • 01.02 Poetry
  • 01.03 Connotation, Denotation, and Imagery
  • 01.04 Humor
  • 01.05 Tone
  • 01.06 Plot, Pacing, and Point of View
  • 01.07 Alternate Plot Structures
  • 01.08 Narrative Writing
  • 01.09 Pre-writing Process
  • 01.10 Writing Tips
  • 01.11 More Writing Tips
  • 01.12 First Draft
  • 01.13 Discussion-Based Assesment
  • 01.14 Final Draft
  • 01.15 Honors: Love Poem
  • 01.16 Honors: Love of Things
  • 01.17 Module One Exam

 

Module 2

  • 02.00 Introduction
  • 02.01 The Hurdle
  • 02.02 Historical Context and Human Rights
  • 02.03 Point of View
  • 02.04 Prompt and Human Rights
  • 02.05 The Victory
  • 02.06 Analysis
  • 02.07 Research
  • 02.08 Citations
  • 02.09 The Introduction
  • 02.10 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.11 The Outline
  • 02.12 The First Draft
  • 02.13 Grammar
  • 02.14 The Final Draft
  • 02.15 Honors: The Solution
  • 02.16 Module Two Exam
  • 02.17 Segment One Exam
  • 02.18 Segment One Honors Exam
  • 00.01 Segment One Collaboration

 

Segment Two:

Module 3

  • 03.00 Introduction
  • 03.01 Fears, Anxieties, Phobias, Oh My!
  • 03.02 The Reality of Fear
  • 03.03 Nothing to Fear
  • 03.04 Free from Fear
  • 03.05 Fascination with Fear
  • 03.06 No Hyding From Fear
  • 03.07 Surprise!
  • 03.08 Fear In Film
  • 03.09 Project Runaway!
  • 03.10 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.11 Honors:Constructing Meaning
  • 03.12 Honors: Bringing it all Together
  • 03.13 Module Three Exam

 

Module 4

  • 04.00 Introduction
  • 04.01 Apostrophes and Homonyms
  • 04.02 Julius Caesar, Act I
  • 04.03 Julius Caesar, Act II
  • 04.04 Julius Caesar, Act III
  • 04.05 Julius Caesar, Acts IV and V
  • 04.06 Argumentative Writing
  • 04.07 Claims and Counterclaims
  • 04.08 Develop Your Position
  • 04.09 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.10 Outline Your Argument
  • 04.11 Write your Argument
  • 04.12 Your Final Draft
  • 04.13 Honors: The Lay of the Were-Wolf
  • 04.14 Module Four Exam
  • 04.15 Segment Two Exam
  • 04.16 Segment Two Honors Exam
  • 00.02 Segment Two Collaboration

 

Career

Librarian

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of complex literary texts by identifying and explaining descriptive and figurative language in the texts.

Project

Literary Devices: You are a librarian and one of your responsibilities is to choose books for a monthly club where members enjoy reading texts that use rich descriptive and figurative language. Your boss has asked you for three months of choices (at least three different books) with an accompanying email explaining your selections before you advertise to the public.

Career

Freelance Fiction Writer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Narrative Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences by writing a story or essay.

Project

You are a freelance fiction writer hoping to get a book deal with a publishing company. The company is having a contest inviting authors to use a novel or short story (not a television show or movie) as inspiration and submit a scene in first person from a character’s point of view other than the narrative perspective that is already being used. The winner will get their first novel or book of short stories published which could be the start of a successful freelance writing career.

Career

Insaide Sales Representative

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Writing Arguments: Students will demonstrate the ability to write persuasively for intended purpose and audience by presenting and supporting claims and reasoning with sufficient evidence.

Project

You are an inside sales representative for a company of your choice. You will choose a product or service and persuade your customers to purchase the product or service. Your task will be to create a sales promotion that is persuasive and backed by evidence to support your claims about the service or product you are trying to sell. You may choose to create a sales letter, write a blog post, or an instagram advertisement.

As an inside sales representative, your written communication skills are a crucial part of your day-to-day responsibilities. Getting your ideas across clearly and professionally is necessary to help your client determine that your product or service is best suited to meet their needs and requirements.

Career

Technical Writer

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Explanatory Writing: Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing techniques by writing an informative text that analyzes and synthesizes information from multiple sources in order to shed new light on a concept or process.

Project

You have been hired as a technical writer for a company that publishes manuals that help consumers complete a task or use a product. The marketing team has asked you to create an instruction manual that explains how to do something or how to use a product in a new way. You will gather information from multiple sources and use your explanatory writing skills to create this instruction manual.

Career

Investigative Reporter

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Reading Informational Sources: Students will demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts (these may include texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects) by presenting a summary and interpretation supported by evidence.

Project

You are an investigative reporter for a watchdog group. As an investigative reporter, you compare and contrast, analyze and critique increasingly complex information. Your objective is to determine if the reported information is accurate and being reported on fairly. You will need to compare and contrast information from a variety of print and non-print sources on a specific topic of interest. From your analysis of this information, you will report on the topic and then critique information you found. You will present your report in the form of a podcast, article, blog post, videocast, or another presentation method of your choice.

Career

Wildlife Biologist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Research Using Technology: Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate topics through research/inquiry by analyzing, integrating, and presenting information for a specific purpose.

Project

You are a wildlife biologist working for a non-profit organization. Your focus is to keep the general public informed about issues affecting endangered species. Your task is to choose two endangered species and to write a separate online newsletter or blog for each species. As a reputable non-profit, you are responsible for providing credible and relevant information regarding the endangered species you selected.

Career

Local Art Director

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Listening: Students will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically for a variety of purposes pertaining to literary understanding by presenting an analysis or review.

Project

You are a local Art Director planning a film festival with a literary twist: the film selections must all connect to literature and be centered around a common theme or idea. For example, the films could be modern adaptations of a classical piece of literature or based on a classic children’s book. You will research and choose a group of films you would like to include in your festival. You will learn how to effectively listen to and view each film and then create a film festival schedule that includes justifications for why you chose each film. You will want to incorporate movies that you have enjoyed watching and you think people will enjoy watching at the upcoming film festival!

Career

Real Estate Agent

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Speaking: Students will demonstrate the ability to speak persuasively and effectively by presenting information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.

Project

You are a real estate agent hired by a real estate developer to market and sell a variety of properties being built in a nearby suburban area. The development (either real or fictitious) will include a variety of home styles such as single-family homes, condos and townhouses, senior living, a golf course, pool, and community recreation center, among other amenities.

As a result, your prospective buyers will be from different populations and have different needs and concerns. Potential buyers may include families with small children, retirees, young couples, or single professionals. The developer would like you to create a variety of video presentations for the development’s website to inform and persuade potential buyers that this community will fit their needs in a home.

Status

Open

Experiences allow students to demonstrate mastery of competencies through various real-world or hands-on learning opportunities, such as travel, service learning, independent study, internships or entrepreneurship. During an experience, students elect to meet all or some of the competencies in a particular competency group (ie. English 1, Economics, Biology, …), as an alternative to taking the course. Each experience is customized to the student’s opportunity. The student works with a VLACS instructor to determine deliverables that demonstrate mastery of the competencies and secures an outside expert to enrich the experience.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Meet weekly with their instructor.
  2. Secure an outside expert.
  3. Plan the experience prior to completing it. Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.
  4. For many experiences, spend time at a business or other location.

Types of Experiences:

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 have 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 take 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.

Credits 1

Meets English graduation requirement. Only English 2 Experience earns a badge.

Competencies

  • Crafting a Narrative
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of crafting a narrative by analyzing an author’s diction and tone, explaining narrative point of view, describing plot structures, and creating a story using narrative elements.
  • Research and Structure in Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of research and structure in writing by evaluating resources, documenting research, explaining supporting evidence, and creating a structured essay following an outline.
  • Critiques
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of critiques by analyzing the development of theme in texts, explaining suspense techniques used in films, and creating a film critique.
  • Argumentative Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of argumentative writing by explaining the foundations of a strong argument, describing persuasive appeals in argumentative writing, and creating a structured essay following an outline.

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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