English III Outline

Teaching across the curriculum, this course is taught alongside U.S. History, so many of the English assignments align with U.S. historical events, which students are learning about in U.S. History. By incorporating literacy, as well as writing skills, in U.S. History and including historical documents, novels, stories, poems, and plays in English, students are able to make better connections and dive deeper into discussions, projects, and activities.English Pic 1.jfif


1st Quarter:

Public Documents: “The Declaration of Independence”

Historical Document: “Thomas Jefferson:  The Best of Enemies”

Speech: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Frederick Douglas: Marking Up the Text

Informational Text Study and Argumentative Essay: Online Piracy

I Am Poem

Weekly grammar assignments and activities

(Historical texts align with U.S. History)


2nd Quarter:

Historical Writing: “Transcontinental Railroad”

Excerpt from Upton Sinclair’s novel The Jungle

Investigative Journalism: “Fast Food Nation”

Essay: “Genesis of the Tenement”

Poems of the Harlem Renaissance: “Song of the Son, From the Dark Tower, and a Black Man Talks of Reaping”

Novel 1984 with assessments

Weekly grammar assignments and activities

(Historical texts and novel align with U.S. History)

3rd Quarter:

Newspaper Article: “Bonding Over a Mascot”

Short Story: “The Men in the Storm”

Drama: “The Crucible”

Short Story “The Minister’s Black Veil” (American Romanticism)

Short Story “The Pit and the Pendulum” (American Romanticism)

Drama: “The Tempest” play and assessment

Informative Essay: “How Do Horror Writers Create Suspense?”

Literary Analysis Essay of short story “August Heat”

Weekly grammar assignments and activities


4th Quarter:

Novel Animal Farm and assessments

Short Story “Ambush” (Vietnam War)

Opinion and Dissents: “Tinker v. Des Moines Independent” Supreme Court Case (Vietnam War)

Science Essay “The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine”

“Scientific Concepts of Kurzweil”

Debate an Issue

Essay: “Science, Guided by Ethics”

Short Story “Reality Check”

Weekly grammar assignments and activities