Adult Ed

Adult Education English 3

1.0 Credit
32-36 weeks

In English 3, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are explored and analyzed. Students gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. They discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences. Students are also asked to observe, investigate, and report on stories of today. The goal is for students to be thorough, accurate, and compelling in their writing.

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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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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

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 to 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

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