Adult Ed

Adult Education English 4

1.0 Credit
36 weeks
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Students explore the world of big ideas in English 4, where they choose which path they will travel first while exploring highly engaging thematic units. Each path guides students through a series of literary pieces, allowing students to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of the time as well as the relevance of the literary works to the world students live in today.

Each path revolves around a central theme. The works in the course span over 1000 years and have been written by authors who share common ideas but use a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play or the colorful images in a verse of poetry, the words of these authors give students a new understanding of the world around them.

As students travel down each path, they create authentic pieces that engage them in higher-level learning and provide them with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Module 1: Forces of Nature

  • 01.00 Starting Your Path
  • 01.01 Beowulf Motifs: Hero And Monster
  • 01.02 Beowulf Anaylsis: Hero vs. Monster
  • 01.03 Concept Synthesis: Exploring The Hero
  • 01.04 Symbols Of Kings: Establishing Context
  • 01.05 MacBeth: Language And Themes
  • 01.06 MacBeth: Character Development
  • 01.07 MacBeth: Character Disintegration
  • 01.08 MacBeth: Plot Analysis
  • 01.09 MacBeth: Plot Analysis
  • 01.10 MacBeth: The Power Of Words
  • 01.11 MacBeth: Observation, Interpretation, and Critique
  • 01.12 Discussion Based Assessment
  • 01.13 The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword
  • 01.14 Beginning Your Narrative
  • 01.15 Writer’s Handbook
  • 01.16 Writing Your Narrative
  • 01.17 Publishing Your Narrative
  • 01.18 Forces Of Nature Post-Test

Module 2: Carousel Of Progress

  • 02.00 Starting Your Path
  • 02.01 Words Make A Nation
  • 02.02 Sticking To The Facts
  • 02.03 Selecting And Discussing Your Topic
  • 02.04 Fact Finding
  • 02.05 Process Of Selection
  • 02.06 Prepping Your Sources
  • 02.07 Outlining The Facts
  • 02.08 Tools For Informative/Explanatory Writing
  • 02.09 Writing Your Informative/Explanatory Writing
  • 02.10 Publish Your Article
  • 02.11 Carousel Of Progress Post-Test

Module 3: Expressions

  • 03.00 Starting Your Path
  • 03.01 Poetry Handbook: Structure
  • 03.02 Poetry Handbook: Imagery, Mood, and Tone
  • 03.03 Poetry Handbook: Figurative Language
  • 03.04 Analyzing Poetry
  • 03.05 Poetry Slam
  • 03.06 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.07 Archetypes: Familiar Expressions
  • 03.08 Finding A Voice
  • 03.09 Expressions: No Love Lost
  • 03.10 And Justice For All?
  • 03.11 Defying Archetypes
  • 03.12 Expressions Post-Test

Module 4: Proof Or Satire

  • 04.00 Starting Your Path
  • 04.01 Defining And Evaluating An Argument
  • 04.02 The Anatomy Of An Argument
  • 04.03 Reading An Argument
  • 04.04 Analyzing An Argument
  • 04.05 Preparing Your Argument
  • 04.06 Outlining Your Argument
  • 04.07 Drafting Your Argument
  • 04.08 Publishing Your Argument
  • 04.09 Understanding Satire
  • 04.10 Satire: Manipulating Meaning
  • 04.11 Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.12 Proof Or Satire Post-Test


Explanatory Writing

Students will demonstrate an understanding of explanatory writing by explaining the constitutional principles and legal reasoning in seminal United States texts, evaluating source relevance, integrating source information into a text, and creating a structured explanatory text following an outline.

Storytelling in Literary Texts

Students will demonstrate an understanding of storytelling in literary texts by describing the development of characters and plot, explaining the impact of word choice on literary texts, evaluating interpretations of a source text, and creating a narrative using the six traits of storytelling.

Poetry and Perspectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of poetry and perspectives by analyzing the impact of structural and literary devices on a poem’s theme, creating a poem incorporating structural elements and poetic devices, and comparing eighteenth-century American cultural perspectives.

The Argumentative Writing Process

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the argumentative writing process by creating an outline with research following an organizational pattern, creating a written argument strengthened by evidence and audience awareness, presenting a revised argument supported by an infographic, and explaining the importance of understanding point of view.