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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

32-36 weeks.

Overview

In this course, students will acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers and thinkers as they dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. Students will learn how to effectively research and integrate their findings, as well as cite their sources.

Major Topics and Concepts

 

Segment I
Module One

  • 01.00 Module One Pretest
  • 01.01 Interpretations with American Drama
  • 01.02 Interpretations with Shakespearean Drama
  • 01.03 Using Context Clues to Make Meaning
  • 01.04 Denotations and Connotations
  • 01.05 19th Century Foundations of American Literature
  • 01.06 Module One Post-Test
  • 01.07 Discussion-Based Assessment

Module Two

  • 02.00 Module Two Checklist
  • 02.01 Citing Textual Evidence
  • 02.02 Sequence of Events and Central Ideas
  • 02.03 Analyzing Effectiveness
  • 02.04 Integrating and Evaluating Sources
  • 02.05 Thesis Statements
  • 02.06 Creating An Outline
  • 02.07 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.08 Developing Body Paragraphs
  • 02.09 Writing an Effective Conclusion

Module Three

  • 03.00 Module Three Checklist
  • 03.01 Making Inferences
  • 03.02 Determining Themes
  • 03.03 Analyzing Author’s Choice
  • 03.04 Establishing Narration
  • 03.05 Writing Narrative Introductions
  • 03.06 Writing Narrative Body Paragraphs
  • 03.07 Revising the Narrative Essay
  • 03.08 The Narrative Essay Final Draft
  • 03.09 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.10 Segment One Exam

Module Four

  • 04.00 Module Four Honors Checklist
  • 04.01 Choose Your Novel
  • 04.02 Identify Theme
  • 04.03 Developing Theme
  • 04.04 Writing About Theme
  • 04.05 Segment One Exam Honors

Segment II
Module Five

  • 05.00 Module Five Pretest
  • 05.01 Hyphenation and Syntax
  • 05.02 Reading Poetry
  • 05.03 The Art of Language
  • 05.04 Understanding 20th Century Poetry
  • 05.05 Analyzing 20th Century Poetry
  • 05.06 Module Five Post-Test
  • 05.07 Discussion-Based Assessment

Module Six

  • 06.00 Module Six Pretest
  • 06.01 Analyzing Language
  • 06.02 Evaluating a Speech
  • 06.03 Evaluate Reasoning
  • 06.04 Analyzing Purpose
  • 06.05 Evaluating Rhetoric
  • 06.06 Gathering Information
  • 06.07 Integrating Information
  • 06.08 Module Six Post-Test
  • 06.09 Discussion-Based Assessment

Module Seven

  • 07.00 Module Seven Checklist
  • 07.01 Evaluating a Speaker
  • 07.02 Establishing Argument Writing
  • 07.03 Developing a Claim
  • 07.04 Introductions in Argument Writing
  • 07.05 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.06 Writing an Argument
  • 07.07 Conclusions in Argument Writing
  • 07.08 Revising Arguments
  • 07.09 Presenting an Argument
  • 07.10 Segment Two Exam

Module Eight

  • 08.00 Module Eight Checklist
  • 08.01 Analyzing Author’s Language
  • 08.02 Analyzing Plot
  • 08.03 Analyzing Personal Style
  • 08.04 Writing About Relevance
  • 08.05 Segment Two Exam Honors

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Explanatory Writing
    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively write informative texts to examine and convey their representation of American culture.
  • Listening
    Students will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically in order to analyze and synthesize literary meaning to make cultural connections.
  • Narrative Writing
    Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively apply narrative strategies of plot development as they analyze and create their own narratives.
  • Reading Informational Texts
    Students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze, and critique a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts – including texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects.
  • Rhetorical Impact
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how rhetorical devices impact culture by summarizing and paraphrasing increasingly complex print and non-print historical and/or literary works.
  • Research Using Technology
    Students will engage in research/inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information assessing sources for relevancy.
  • 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.
  • Writing Arguments
    Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique texts or topics by crafting an essay and presentation with claims, counter claims and reasoning while utilizing credible research and refined public speaking skills.

Pre-Requisites

None

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