High School English

High School Courses: English

English I

Description

Join us in English I for a series of journeys. In each unit of the course, we embark on a new journey. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore the unknown, search for identity and equality, and seek achievement, opportunity, and understanding. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and will research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each unit will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

Pre-Requisites: None
Credits: 1.0


Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

Module One: Journey to the Unknown

Readings

  • "Cold Equations"
  • Excerpt War of the Worlds
  • Orson Wells Radio Drama

Concepts

  • Theme
  • Thematic Analysis
  • Thesis Statement
  • Idea Development
  • Conventions

Skills

  • Reading Strategies
  • Conducting Literary Analysis
  • Using Evidence to Support Ideas
  • Writing to Address Multiple Texts
  • Incorporating Direct Quotes

Module Two: Journey to Identity

Readings

  • Students choose a novel from the list provided in the course.

Concepts

  • Characterization
  • Plot analysis
  • Six Traits of Writing
  • Narrative Writing Process
  • Conventions
  • Text Structures
  • Theme
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Tone and Mood
  • Point of View

Skills

  • Analyzing Narratives
  • Researching Historical Context
  • Writing a Narrative
  • Creating Suspense, Mystery, Tension, etc.
  • Speaking and Listening Techniques

Module Three: Journey to Equality

Readings

  • Selected Protest Songs
  • Excerpt of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Concepts

  • Figurative language
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Diction
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Structure

Skills

  • Analyzing Literary Non-fiction
  • Outlining an Informative/Explanatory Essay
  • Incorporating Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

Segment 1 Honors

Readings

  • Excerpts of Romeo and Juliet Acts I & II

Concepts

  • Universal Themes and Language
  • Diction
  • Characterization
  • Historical Context

Skills

  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Analyzing Shakespearean-inspired Art
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Synthesizing

Segment 2

Module Four: Journey to Achievement

Readings

  • Selected articles about achievement
  • "Malawi windmill boy with big fans"
  • "The Boy of Unusual Vision"

Concepts

  • Informational Texts
  • Text Features
  • Context
  • Connotation
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Research

Skills

  • Analyzing Non-fiction/Informational Texts
  • Using Text Features
  • Reading and Analyzing Informational Texts
  • Conducting Research

Module Five: Journey to Opportunity

Reading

  • Excerpts of various political speeches from Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Obama
  • Research articles on one of the following topics: college athletics or banned books

Concepts

  • Argument Analysis
  • Characteristics of an Effective Claim
  • Counterclaim
  • Appeals to Logic, Emotion, and Ethics
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Research Skills
  • Ethical Researching and Writing Practices
  • Six Traits of Writing
  • Argument Writing Process
  • Precise Language
  • Punctuation Conventions

Skills

  • Analyzing Arguments
  • Identifying Logos, Pathos, and Ethos
  • Researching Multiple Sides of an Issue
  • Stating a Claim
  • Writing an Argument
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Presenting an Argument

Module Six: Journey to Understanding

Readings

  • "I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud"
  • "The Calypso Borealis"

Concepts

  • Naturalism
  • Dialect
  • Structure
  • Figurative language
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Diction
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Syntax
  • Conventions

Skills

  • Analyzing Poetry
  • Analyzing an Essay
  • Writing a Compare/Contrast Essay
  • Using Textual Evidence to Support Analysis
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Segment 2 Honors

Readings

  • Excerpts of Romeo and Juliet Acts III, IV, and V
  • Excerpt from Huckleberry Finn

Concepts

  • Conflict
  • Foreshadowing
  • Theme
  • Inference
  • Skills
  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Understanding Universality of Literature
  • Comparing and Contrasting Characters
  • Interpreting an Author’s Message
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