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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

2 segments/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.

 

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 1

  • Reading Comprehension/Informational & Explanatory Writing/Narrative Writing
  • Interpretations with American Drama· Interpretation with Shakespearean Drama
  • Using Context Clues to Make Meaning
  • Denotations and Connotations
  • 19th Century Foundations of American Literature
  • Citing Textual Evidence
  • Sequence of Events and Central Ideas
  • Analyzing Effectiveness
  • Integrating and Evaluating Sources
  • Thesis Statements
  • Creating an Outline
  • Developing Body Paragraphs
  • Writing an Effective Conclusion
  • Making Inferences
  • Determining Themes
  • Analyzing Author’s Choice
  • Establishing Narration
  • Writing Narrative Introductions
  • Writing Narrative Body Paragraphs
  • Revising the Narrative Essay
  • The Narrative Essay Final Draft

 

Segment 1 (Honors)

  • Novel Study
  • Choose Your Novel
  • Identify Theme
  • Developing Theme
  • Writing About Theme

 

Segment 2

  • Reading Information Text/Speaking & Listening Skills/Argument Writing
  • Hyphenation and Syntax
  • Reading Poetry
  • The Art of Language
  • Understanding 20th Century Poetry
  • Analyzing 20th Century Poetry
  • Analyzing Language
  • Evaluating a Speech
  • Evaluate Reasoning
  • Analyzing Purpose
  • Evaluating Rhetoric
  • Gathering Information
  • Integrating Information
  • Evaluating a Speaker
  • Establishing Argument Writing
  • Developing a Claim
  • Introductions in Argument Writing
  • Writing an Argument
  • Conclusions in Argument Writing
  • Revising Arguments
  • Presenting an Argument

 

Segment 2 (Honors)

  • Shakespeare Study
  • Analyzing Author’s Language
  • Analyzing Plot
  • Analyzing Personal Style
  • Writing About Relevance

 

 

 

Career

Orientation Student Leader

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Explanatory Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively write informative texts to examine and convey their representation of American culture.

 

 

Project

You are an Orientation Student Leader at a university.

As the orientation student leader, you will be welcoming a group of international students to your university. You will provide logistical information about campus and community life as well as details about American culture so that the international students will have an idea of what to expect in their environment.

You will  create an informational handout that students can use to help support them with their transition to life at an American university.

Career

Cultural Anthropologist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Listening: Students will demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically in order to analyze and synthesize literary meaning to make cultural connections.

 

Project

You are a cultural anthropologist hired by a network to decide when to air certain movies or shows. Your task is to listen to and view these trailers critically and analyze the storylines for literary meaning. You will then connect the trailers to culture in a presentation where you support a claim about the most appropriate audience for each trailer.

Career

Screenwriter

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Narrative Writing: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply narrative strategies of plot development as they analyze and create their own narratives.

 

Project

You are a new screenwriter, just entering the field.  Your job is to develop original ideas to sell to movie producers.

You will create one screenplay scene (short film or feature length) from an idea of your own, a true story, or an adaption of a novel, play, or comic book.

Career

Oceans Environmental Advocate

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

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 (such as) texts for science, social studies, and technical subjects.

 

Project

You are an Oceans Environmental Advocate in charge of a virtual initiative to build and maintain an online community to support the health of New England waters. You will provide up-to-date information that can include, but is not limited to, endangered species, water quality, climate change, overfishing, ocean conservation, possible environmental problems, and ocean species news.

As the Oceans Environmental Advocate, you will research reliable sources that include a variety of increasingly complex print and non-print informational texts. With this  information, you will create an informative social media post.  You will research social media sites and select one that you would use to share this information with your audience.

Career

Assistant Museum Curator

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

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.

Project

You are an Assistant Museum Curator.  The Senior Curator in your department has asked you to help with an exhibit on a topic of cultural or historical importance which you will choose.

As the Assistant Museum Curator, you will help choose the artifacts to display, and you will create the artifact labels and exhibit introduction.  In writing these materials, you will research and use historical and literary texts that use rhetorical devices to highlight the cultural importance of your exhibit and each artifact.

Career

Seismic Interpreter

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

Research Using Technology: Students will engage in research/inquiry to investigate topics and to analyze, integrate, and present information assessing sources for relevancy.

 

Project

You are a seismic interpreter who works for the state of New Hampshire where recently there has been an increase in seismic activity.

You have been tasked with predicting a possible location and size of an earthquake in New Hampshire, and you will be delivering a presentation to New Hampshire’s State and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Using a variety of resources, you will investigate, analyze, and integrate the information into a comprehensive presentation.

Career

Human Resources Recruiter

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 a Human  Resources Recruiter working for the company of your choice.  As a recruiter, it is your job to scout for and hire the best individuals for your company.

You will create a persuasive presentation describing your company/organization.  The sole purpose of your presentation is to persuade qualified, potential employees they should work for the company you represent.

Career

Sports Journalist

Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 Weeks

Competency

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.

 

Project

You are a sports journalist appearing as a guest on a sports network program like Around the Horn.

As the guest, you will select a current controversial topic in the world of sports and take a side. You will research the topic, create an essay with evidence-supported claim and counterclaims, and record your final commentary.

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 3 Experience earns a badge.

Competencies

  • Literary Interpretation
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of literary interpretation by explaining interpretation strategies, comparing interpretations of Shakespearean drama, and describing representations of nineteenth-century American culture in literature.
  • Informative Texts
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of informative texts by summarizing an informative text using textual evidence, formulating a response using multiple sources of information in different media or formats, and creating a structured informative text following an outline.
  • Narrative Writing
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of narrative writing by analyzing an author’s craft and structure within a story, and creating a story using narrative techniques.
  • Poetry
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of poetry by comparing the treatment of similar themes or topics within contemporary American poems, explaining historical and cultural influences on early-twentieth-century poetry, and creating a multimedia presentation on poetry analysis.
  • Rhetoric and Research
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of rhetoric and research by analyzing a speaker’s use of persuasive appeals, explaining the themes and purpose of a presidential address, evaluating source credibility, and documenting research.
  • The Argumentative Writing Process
    Competency Statement: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the argumentative writing process by formulating the elements of an argument, creating a structured argumentative essay following an outline, explaining the process of revision, and creating a multimedia presentation to deliver an argument.

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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