High School

English 3/English 3 Honors

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
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Course Description: In English 3, students will acquire language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Students will become critical readers, thinkers, and writers as they dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course including American literature. Students will learn how to effectively research and integrate findings as well as cite sources in their writing.

 

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.

Major Topics and Concepts

SEGMENT ONE

Module One: Interpreting Literature
Interpretations of American Drama
Interpretations with Shakespearean Drama
Using Context Clues to Make Meaning
Denotations and Connotations
19th Century Foundations of American Literature

Module Two: Informative Writing
Citing Textual Evidence
Sequence of Events and Central Ideas
Analyzing Effectiveness
Integrating and Evaluating Sources
Thesis Statements
Creating an Outline
Developing Body Paragraphs

Module Three: Narrative Writing
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

Module Four: HONORS Novel Study 
Choose Your Novel
Identify Theme
Developing Theme
Writing About Theme

SEGMENT TWO

Module Five: Understanding Poetry
Hyphenation and Syntax
Reading Poetry
The Art of Language
Understanding 20th Century Poetry
Analyzing 20th Century Poetry

Module Six: Analyzing History
Analyzing Language
Evaluating Speech
Evaluate Reasoning
Analyzing Purpose
Evaluating Rhetoric
Gathering Information
Integrating Information

Module Seven: Argument Writing
Evaluating a Speaker
Establishing Argument Writing
Developing a Claim
Introductions for Argument Writing
Writing an Argument
Conclusions in Argument Writing
Revising Arguments
Presenting an Argument

Module Eight: HONORS Shakespeare Study
Analyzing Author’s Language
Analyzing Plot
Analyzing Personal Style
Writing About Relevance

 

 

 

 

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Projects allow students to demonstrate competence and understanding of concepts and skills by completing a career-related task. The project assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.

Here are the careers you will explore in English 3 Projects: Director, Museum Tour Guide, Conservation Scientist, Content Writer, Librarian, Campaign Manager, and Neuroscientist.

 

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.

Projects

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Digital Badge

 

Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through career-focused experiential learning, you will develop and learn new skills for application to tasks completed as part of a career, rather than using traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your Experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how Experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example: Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge, and meet competencies for your 9th-grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then you may work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to create an informational video. The video aims to advise family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help patients perform daily tasks. Now you’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! This is just one example of the many ways Experiences can bridge competencies to careers.

Obtaining an Outside Expert: Prior to enrollment, please have an idea for an outside expert in mind or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] for help in identifying one.

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are both required to work with outside experts without parental supervision.

 

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.