Credit Recovery - English 4A

Course Description

This is a class that will prepare students for the skills they will need to be successful in college and in life. When they  have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new  material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to our world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and novels.  Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication. Learning activities include close reading, paraphrasing, discussions, essays, short answer exams, research papers, reflective journals, web quests, oral presentations, and others. The unit structure below identifies the main headings of the units only. Most units will include a combination of genres and activities. The structure of the class is not based upon a sequence of chronology, national origin, or genres. It is instead based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.


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Semester A --  none


Unit: Utopia and Dystopia

Section A: Utopia: Introduction

Section B: Vocabulary: Introduction

Section C: Satire: Introduction

Section D: Animal Farm: Introduction

Section E: Sentence Variety

Section F: Writing: a 21st Century Animal Farm

Section G: Travel Brochure Project: Introduction

Section H: Dystopia: Introduction

Unit: Order and Chaos

Section A: Order and Chaos: Introduction

Section B: Literary Elements: Motif

Section C: Poetry: Sense in Nonsense

Section D: Shakespeare’s King Lear

Cumulative Project: The Poe Project

Unit: War and Peace

Section A: War and Peace: Introduction

Section B: Vocabulary

Section C: Imagery

Section D: Allusion

Section E: Persuasion

Section F: Persuasive Writing

Cumulative Project: The War Poets Project

Unit: Wealth and Poverty

Section A:  Wealth and Poverty

Section B:  Poetry Explication

Section C: Satire and a Modest Proposal

Section D:  History and Cultural Context

Section E:  Newspaper

Unit: Semester Conclusion

Section A:  Study Skills

Section B:  Show what you Know


For this course, students will participate in activities designed to help them attain proficiency and above in the grade-level standards across the strands of: