H.S. Language Arts / Reading
• COURSE OVERVIEW: English I course provides a detailed investigation of literary techniques and devices using classics from American and English literature as examples. It explains how to recognize these techniques and to incorporate them into writing. It also presents strategies for expanding vocabulary through reading and provides focus on grammar skills for advanced writing. Course topics include: Plot, Setting, Conflict, and Irony; Characterization and Theme; Point of View, Narrator and Voice; Cause and Effect; Autobiography, Memoirs, and Biography; Persuasive, Expository, and Descriptive Essays; Speech in Writing; Editorials; Elements of Poetry and Poetic Devices; Drama; English I is A-G Approved through the University of California.
• Unit 1 – Plot, Setting This unit covers plot and conflict, and includes genres, vocabulary, story elements, conflict, summarizing, literary devices, and semicolons.
• Unit 2 – Conflict This unit covers conflict and also discusses how to evaluate and analyze irony, using verbs for description, using adverb clauses, etymology, vocabulary, and colons.
• Unit 3 – Irony This unit covers irony, and includes homonyms and homophones, flashback, characterization, dashes, using dialect in dialogue, paraphrasing, imagery, synonyms, and humor through irony.
• Unit 4 – Short Story - Point of View This unit discusses point of view, and includes vocabulary, setting, irony, characterization, imagery, simile, theme, transitional phrases, run-on-sentences, and misplaced modifiers.
• Unit 5 – Short Story - Narrator and Voice This unit covers narrator and voice, and also discusses using character foils, vocabulary, identifying sequence, comparing, contrasting, finding irony, how to use theme, comparative and superlative adjectives, and analogies.
• Unit 6 – Short Story - Cause and Effect This unit discusses cause and effect relationships, vocabulary and academic vocabulary, inferences, tips for using a dictionary, parts of words, words with multiple meanings, analogies, and how to use concrete details in writing.
• Unit 7 – Literary Analysis This unit discusses literary analysis, including choosing a topic, writing an introduction, weaving in text, formatting body paragraphs, explaining evidence, constructing paragraphs with the alternating or chunked method, writing conclusions, and including citations.
• Unit 8 – Nonfiction This unit discusses the genre of nonfiction, including strategies for reading nonfiction and how vocabulary and angle are used in nonfiction, as well as how to use summarization, semicolons, synonyms, facts, opinion, and rhetorical devices.
• Unit 9 – Nonfiction – Autobiography, Memoirs This unit discusses sentence fragments, analogies, historical narrative, how to write a news story, parts of words, analogies, using commas in series, and academic vocabulary.
• Unit 10 – Nonfiction – Autobiography This unit discusses how to improve reading comprehension, how to decode vocabulary, and how to write autobiographical narratives, as well as jargon, characterization, imagery, adopted words, dialogue, speaker tags, and word usage.
• Unit 11 – Nonfiction – Biography This unit covers the genre of biography, as well as tone, author's purpose, anecdotes, character inferences, writing skills, preparing for and conducting an interview, transitioning from interview to report, decoding vocabulary through word parts, cause and effect relationships, and dangling modifiers.
• Unit 12 – Nonfiction – Persuasive, Expository Essays This unit introduces the essay, including persuasive, expository, and humorous essays. It discusses antithesis, analyzing argument, word usage and vocabulary, pronoun-antecedent agreement, paraphrasing, analyzing humor, rhetorical devices, and using context clues.
• Unit 13 – Persuasive Essay This unit discusses writing a persuasive essay, including choosing topics, writing the thesis statement and introduction, how to construct an argument sandwich and a data dump, how to address the counter, how to write a conclusion, how to do research, and how to use and include citations.
• Unit 14 – Nonfiction – Speech This unit discusses persuasion, argument, bias, rhetorical devices, common ground, word usage, infinitives, synonyms, comparing literature, differing views, sentence fragments, analogies, and editorials.
• Unit 15 – Nonfiction – Elements of Poetry This unit discusses the elements of poetry, including paraphrasing, rhyme scheme, metaphor, poetic form, free verse, comparison and contrast, symbolism, and personification.
• Unit 16 – Drama This unit discusses the elements of drama, tragedy and its elements, comedy, and satire, as well as tips for reading and writing drama, dramatic devices, Shakespearean drama, and strategies for reading Shakespeare. Also covered are using possessives and subject-verb order.
• COURSE OVERVIEW: : High School English II provides tools for students to achieve college-readiness in understanding and correctly using the conventions of standard English, with focus on literary techniques, vocabulary, and grammar. The course draws from literature classics to give students practice in identifying and incorporating these conventions. Course topics include: Elements of Short Story; Writing Science Fiction and Mystery; Writing Biography, Autobiography, and Memoirs; Grammar and Vocabulary; Writing Personal, Expository, and Persuasive Essays; Writing Persuasive Speeches; Form, Language, Imagery, and Sound Devices in Poetry; Drama - Comedy and Tragedy; English II is A-G Approved through the University of California.
• Unit 1 – Plot and Setting This unit covers plot and setting, and includes flashback, sequence of events, context clues, foreshadowing, cause and effect relationships, and vocabulary.
• Unit 2 – Short Story – Theme, Character This unit covers short story, including interpreting imagery, word origins, possessives, denotation and connotation, the colon, vocabulary, theme, character, author characterization, words with multiple meanings, and analogies.
• Unit 3 – Short Story -- Narrator, Voice This unit continues to discuss the short story, including narrator and point of view, voice, word parts, prepositions and prepositional phrases, appositives, participles, coordinating and subordinate conjunctions, and adjective clauses.
• Unit 4 – Building Reading, Writing Skills This unit discusses dialogue, antonyms, vocabulary, sentence fragments, dangling participles, characterization, and italics.
• Unit 5 – Nonfiction This unit discusses how to identify nonfiction, narrative nonfiction with emphasis on biography, denotation and connotation, how to conduct an interview, academic vocabulary, analogies, and jargon.
• Unit 6 – Writing Lab – Biography This unit discusses writing a biography, including choosing a subject, doing research, establishing focus, making an outline, creating a draft, revising, editing, proofreading, publishing, and presenting. Also covered are sentence structure, style, and action verbs.
• Unit 7 – Nonfiction – Autobiography/Memoirs This unit discusses the genre of autobiography and memoirs, and covers parts of words, dashes, academic vocabulary, using context clues, subject-verb agreement, and synonyms.
• Unit 8 – Nonfiction – Essays This unit discusses personal, expository, and persuasive essays, as well as structure, style, and theme, analogies, active and passive voice, academic vocabulary, analyzing argument, and run-on sentences.
• Unit 9 – Persuasive Essay This unit discusses writing persuasive essays, including topic and thesis, introduction, body paragraphs and their structure, addressing the counter, conclusions, citations, and quotations, as well as organizing compare-contrast essays.
• Unit 10 – Nonfiction – Speeches This unit discusses persuasive speech, including elements and analysis of persuasive speaking, rhetorical devices, analogies, academic vocabulary, structure, transitions, and clear pronoun agreement.
• Unit 11 – Poetry – Form This unit covers the form, language, sound, and structure of poetry, and includes poetic devices, meter, rhythm, homonyms and homophones, and using comparative and superlative words. Also covered are word origins and academic vocabulary.
• Unit 12 – Poetry – Imagery This unit discusses imagery in poetry, as well as diction, absolutes and absolute phrases, vocabulary, semicolons, and transitions. Also covered are quotations in literature, lyric poems, using context clues, and introductory transitions.
• Unit 13 – Poetry – Sound Devices This unit discusses sound devices in poetry, as well as academic vocabulary, analogies, using adverbs for comparison, denotation and connotation, and subjective and objective pronouns.
• Unit 14 – Research Report This unit discusses writing a research report, including research and topic, introduction and thesis, body paragraphs, conclusion, and using citations, italics, and quotes.
• Unit 15 – Drama – Comedy This unit discusses the elements of drama, including form and structure, as well as types of comedy, including satire, farce, and irony. Also covered are verbals, including participles, gerunds, and infinitives. This unit also includes academic vocabulary, basics of using commas, appositives, and transitions.
• Unit 16 – Drama – Tragedy This unit discusses tragic drama, including Shakespearean drama, the language of Shakespeare, characterization, foreshadowing, paraphrasing, monologue, irony, suspense, imagery, rhetoric, foil, theme, and tragic heroes. Also discussed are adverb clauses, denotation, and connotation.
American Literature English III
• COURSE OVERVIEW: : American Literature-English III uses the works of the masters to give the student a well-rounded look at American Literature, beginning with Native American lore and continuing on through the Modernist Movement. Sprinkled with strategically-placed morsels of grammar and style, this course enhances the student's ability to enjoy and produce literature. Course topics include: Early America; Genres of Writing; American Romanticism (The Transcendentalists); American Romanticism (Gothic Literature); Regionalism and Realism; The Modernist Movement; Annotated Bibliography; American Literature-English III is A-G Approved through the University of California.
• Unit 1 – Early America This unit covers early American authors including Native American legend, Cabeza de Vaca, Equiano, Anne Bradstreet, and Jonathan Edwards. It also discusses combining sentences using apositives, using coordinating conjunctions, and using subordinate conjunctions.
• Unit 2 – Genres of Writing This unit discusses expository, narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing.
• Unit 3 – American Romanticism (The Transcendentalists) This unit discusses the historical significance of American romanticism and reviews works by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickenson. Also covered are aphorisms, author purpose, ideals, free verse poetry, and personification.
• Unit 4 – American Romanticism (Gothic Literature) This unit discusses gothic literature, including works by Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Hermon Melville. Also covered are vocabulary, foreshadowing, rhyme scheme, allegory, symbolism, theme, and misplaced and dangling modifiers.
• Unit 5 – Regionalism and Realism This unit discusses realism and regional literature, using works by Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, Jack London, Edith Wharton, and Kate Chopin. Also included are discussions of vocabulary, dialect, point of view, figures of speech, naturalism, setting, theme, and conflict.
• Unit 6 – The Modernist Movement This unit discusses the modernist movement, using works by Edgar Lee Masters, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, E.E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, and T.S. Elliot. Also included are vocabulary and commas in nonessential elements.
• Unit 7 – Annotated Bibliography This unit discusses how to create an annotated bibliography, including what an annotated bibliography is, the elements it contains, how to choose a topic and write a thesis statement, how to gather sources from the Internet and from research databases, and how to format an annotated bibliography in MLS style.
British Literature - English IV
• COURSE OVERVIEW: British Literature is a robust high school English IV course for 11th and 12th grade students that examines British Literature as it has developed through the ages against an historical backdrop. It exposes students to classic works of fiction and nonfiction, including epics, legends, poetry, histories, novels, and drama from early Anglo-Saxon texts to post-modern pieces. In addition to the study of literature, the course includes four units focused on writing to give students practice in critical thinking which they translate into written analysis. A strong addition to the writing units is a detailed step-by-step guide through the process of writing a research report, reinforcing students’ preparation for their future in college and/or a career. British Literature. This course has been A-G Approved through the University of California.
• Unit 1 - Anglo Saxon Period, Epic Poetry, and Beowulf Part I (450-1066) The introductory unit of this course explores the Anglo-Saxon period of history, the spread of Christianity, the epic tradition, and the introduction to the epic poem “Beowulf.” It goes on to discuss the sections on “Grendel” and “Beowulf” in this poem.
• Unit 2 - Beowulf Part II This unit discusses the battle with Grendel, and the battle with Grendel's mother from the story of Grendel in the epic poem, “Beowulf.” The unit goes on to cover Beowulf's last battle, the death of Beowulf, and the mourning of Beowulf.
• Unit 3 - Non-Epic Anglo Saxon Literature In this unit students will learn about The Venerable Bede and his non-epic literature, the “History of English Church and People.” Students will then learn how to use the TP CASTT method of analyzing poetry, and explore the Exeter Book. The unit goes on to discuss “The Seafarer” and “The Wanderer,” which are found in this book.
• Unit 4 - Medieval Literature (1066-1500) Beginning with an overview of the British Monarchy, war and plague, social forces, this unit introduces Geoffrey Chaucer and discusses his “Canterbury Tales.” Included in the discussions are characterization, literary techniques, and comprehension techniques found in these writings.
• Unit 5 - Medieval Romances This unit explores medieval romances, including the Arthurian tales, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” and “Le Morte d’ Arthur.” Through these pieces, students study summaries, elements, inference, and theme.
• Unit 6 - Narrative Writing and Intro to The English Renaissance (1500-1660) This unit discusses the writing process, including elements, literary devices, and varied syntax; as well as the English Renaissance. Also explored are the British Monarchy, religion in Britain, the Elizabethan era, the rise of the Stuarts, and the defeat of the Monarchy.
• Unit 7 - Pastoral Poems and Sonnets Pastoral poems and sonnets are explored in this unit, where the discussions include the works “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and “The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd,” “Sonnet 30,” and “Sonnet 75.” Each of these works is analyzed to find its themes through the TP CASTT method.
• Unit 8 - Renaissance – Humanism This unit begins with an overview of the rise of humanism, followed by the analysis of a selection from “Utopia” by Sir Thomas More. The unit continues by exploring spiritual and devotional writings, including analysis of “How Soon Hath Time,“ and “The Pilgrim's Progress.”
• Unit 9 - The Cavalier and Metaphysical Poets In this unit students study the Cavalier and Metaphysical poets through analyzing the poems “On My First Son,” “Holy Sonnet 10,” “Meditation 17,” and “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time.”
• Unit 10 - Poetic Analysis With discussions on how to write a Literary Analysis, this unit explores using tools such as poem diagnosis, element selection, structure claims, data, warrants, and organization. It continues by presenting how to write an introduction, a body paragraph, and a conclusion.
• Unit 11 - Shakespeare This unit discusses Shakespeare's life and times and analyzes his “Sonnet 18,” “Sonnet 29,” and “Sonnet 116.” Further discussion covers the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
• Unit 12 - Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale Part I This unit introduces Shakespeare’s “The Winter's Tale” and explains how to read with a purpose. Students will then be introduced to “Winter’s Tale” and demonstrates the development of a plot summary, translation, character development, and predictions for each of the acts in the first half of the play.
• Unit 13 - Shakespeare - The Winter's Tale Part II This unit discusses the remaining acts in “Winter's Tale,” once again covering plot summary, translation, character development, predictions, and translation, as well as the story’s symbols and themes.
• Unit 14 - The Restoration and the 18th Century: Neoclassicism (1600-1785) In this unit presents an overview of the Restoration and the 18th century, the reign of Charles, royalty and people, the Age of Reason, and literature of the times. “A Journal of the Plague Year” is discussed and analyzed, as is “A Dictionary of the English Language.”
• Unit 15 - Women Writers, Transition to Romanticism, Persuasive Writing This unit discusses the rise of women writers, analyzing such pieces as “Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” “On Her Loving Two Equally,” “Written at the Close of Spring,” a transitional poet, and “An Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard.” It goes on to cover persuasive writing, including how to write introductions, body paragraphs, addressing the counter, and conclusions.
• Unit 16 - Romanticism (1785-1832) Beginning with an overview of the time of revolution, war with France, the down side of industry, the revolt against Neoclassicism, and early Romanticism, this unit then discusses and analyzes the works “The Chimney Sweeper,” “The Tyger,” “To a Mouse,” and “To a Louse.”
• Unit 17 - Early Romanticism Evolves Within this unit students will learn about how early Romanticism evolved, and then will be introduced to the works “Above Tintern Abbey,” “World Is Too Much with Us,” and “Kubla Khan,” all of which are discussed and analyzed.
• Unit 18 - Late Romanticism and Research Writing This unit discusses the late romantics, including a discussion of the works “She Walks in Beauty,” “Ozymandias,” and “Fears That I May Cease to Be.” Additionally, discussion demonstrates how to write a research report, including choosing a topic and researching it, writing an introduction, body, and a works cited section.
• Unit 19 - Victorianism Within this unit students will learn about the time of growth and change, monarchy in the modern style, progress, problems, and reform, British imperialism, and the influence of Romanticism. This is followed by an analysis of the works “Ulysses,” “Sonnet 43,” and “Pied Beauty.”
• Unit 20 - Victorian Points of View and Realism In this unit, a number of works are discussed and analyzed, including “Matthew Arnold,” “When I was One and Twenty,” “Christmas Storms and Sunshine,” “From Great Expectations,” and “From Middlemarch.”
• Unit 21 - Modernism This unit begins with an overview of World War I, the time period between the Great Wars, the loss of the empire, the Irish question, and the challenge of Modernism. It then presents analysis of “A Cup of Tea,” “The Duchess and the Jeweller,” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.”
• Unit 22 - Irish Renaissance and Post Modernism (1945-?) The concluding unit discusses the Irish renaissance, World War II, the postmodern world, and questions of literature. Works analyzed include “When You Are Old,” “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death,” “Riders to the Sea,” “Digging,” and “The Horses.” Finally students are challenged to find their own styles, to make their own contribution to the body of the literature of this world.
College Prep - English IV
• COURSE OVERVIEW: As students transition from High School to College or into the work force, their ability to apply language arts skills in real-world scenarios becomes essential. In the College Prep-English IV course, students learn practical strategies for effective writing in college or on the job, including how to write scholarly essays, concise technical reports, compelling resumes, and professional business emails. Grammar, vocabulary, and spelling tips round out the course to empower college/employment-bound students for success in their post-high school endeavors. Course topics include: Organizing and Writing a Resume; Reading for Comprehension; Overview of Types of Writing; Persuasive and Scholarly Essays; Research Papers; Grammar and Vocabulary; Making Effective Presentations; Writing Opinions and Technical Papers; Writing Reports; Writing Effective Emails; College Prep-English IV is A-G Approved through the University of California.
• Unit 1 – Resume This unit discusses the format and look of a resume, and the reasons for creating a resume, as well as the objective statement, summary, work and volunteer experience, selected achievements, specific skills and job training, school organizations, and references. Also covered are interview skills and thank-you notes.
• Unit 2 – Reading with a Purpose This unit discusses annotations of written words and of visuals, summarizing for the main point, comparing and contrasting for theme, author’s purpose, using context clues, and tone versus mood.
• Unit 3 – Types of Writing This unit covers tips for writing under pressure, for discerning the actual assignment, and for writing a narrative story, a descriptive paragraph, a process essay, a definition, an illustrative piece, a compare/contrast paper, and a persuasive essay.
• Unit 4 – Persuasion This unit covers techniques of persuasion, including referring to an authority, using examples, predicting the consequence, and answering the opposition. Also included are writing a topic sentence and organizing and writing a persuasive piece, as well as audience and transitional expressions.
• Unit 5 – Scholarship Essay This unit discusses how to write a scholarship essay, including selecting a topic, the uniqueness of the topic, tips for keeping your essay within specified length limits while maintaining quality, focusing on a point, and writing to make your essay stand out among others.
• Unit 6 – Research Paper This unit covers how to write a research paper, including selecting and narrowing a topic; evaluating resources; taking notes; organizing a paper; writing a thesis statement, an introduction, and supporting paragraphs; quoting in your text; avoiding plagiarism; and using citations. Also discussed are point of view and appropriate language, sentence structure, using active versus passive voice, transition statements, the conclusion, and works cited. How to review and revise a research paper are also included.
• Unit 7 – Grammar This unit discusses punctuating quotations and citations, using commas, subject/verb agreement, semicolons, prepositional phrases, and parallelism.
• Unit 8 – Vocabulary This unit discusses commonly misspelled words and words that are commonly mistaken for each other, including a/an/and, accept/except, affect/effect, been/being, buy/by, it’s/its, know/knew/no/new, lose/loose, past/passed, quiet/quit/quite, rise/raise, sit/set, suppose/supposed, their/there/they’re, then/than, through/though, to/too/two, use/used, weather/whether, where/were/we’re, whose/who’s, and your/yours.
• Unit 9 – Presentations This unit covers making presentations, using PowerPoint, non-verbals, note-cards and pre-written speeches, movement, eye contact, and taking notes from a speech.
• Unit 10 – Practical Writing This unit discusses four practical types of writing with pertinent tips for each, including five steps for writing, topics for, and support of opinion writing; planning, clarity, brevity, simplicity, complexity, ambiguity, and verbs/voice in technical writing; types of, stages in, planning of, collecting/organizing information for, structure of, layout of, and illustrations in reports; and tone and subject lines in, limiting topics in, specifying a response to, and writing a personal versus a professional email.
AP English Literature and Composition
• COURSE OVERVIEW: AP English Literature and Composition is designed for students who have mastered the basic English curriculum and wish to be challenged by higher-level reading and analysis. It engages students in becoming skilled readers and writers of prose from a variety of rhetorical contexts. The course also includes AP Exam prep. AP English Literature and Composition has been audited and approved by College Board. AP English Literature and Composition is A-G Approved through the University of California.
Unit 1 - Students begin this unit with an introduction to reading fiction responsively. They next discuss vocabulary, practicing syntax and diction. They explore plot through reading “Three Girls” by Joyce Carol Oates. They expand their vocabulary and read and analyze “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. They explore characterization, and then read and analyze “Saving Sourdi“ by May-Lee Chai. With further vocabulary development, students then read and analyze “A&P” by John Updike.
Unit 2 - In this unit students explore setting. They work on vocabulary through reading “Soldier's Home” by Ernest Hemingway. Next, they discuss and analyze “Christmas 1910” by Robert Butler. They revisit "A Rose for Emily," discussing setting and exploring point of view. Finally they review vocabulary and analyze “The Lady with the Pet Dog” by Anton Chekhov and “Roselily” by Alice Walker.
Unit 3 - In this unit students explore symbolism, and read and discuss “Clothes” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and “The Hand” by Colette. They explore literary theme as they revisit “A&P.” They explore style, tone, and irony, and study “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond Carver. They discuss vocabulary and analyze “Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin. The read “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker, and use it to learn how to put the elements of a story together.
Unit 4 - In this unit students discuss strategies for answering questions about fiction on the AP Exam. They study prompt diagnosis and element selection. They explore how to write a fiction analysis, including the introduction, body paragraph, and conclusions. They explore chronological and topical organization, and read and analyze "The Street" by Ann Petry, "Kiss of the Fur Queen" by Tomson Highway, and "The Other Paris" by Mavis Gallant.
Unit 5 - In this unit students learn to read poetry responsibly and study poetry terms they need to know. They learn the device for poetry analysis known as TP-CASTT, and explore word choice, word order, and tone. They read and practice TP-CASTT on “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden, “Mountain Graveyard” by Robert Morgan, and “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” by Emily Dickinson.
Unit 6 - Students begin this unit by reading and analyzing “To the Virgins” by Robert Herrick and “To His Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvell. They read and analyze “London” by William Blake, “Root Cellar” by Theodore Roethke, “Cavalry Crossing a Ford” by Walt Whitman, and “To Autumn” by John Keats.
Unit 7 - In this unit students start with an exploration of inferring literary devices such as figurative language, and then read and analyze “You Fit into Me” by Margaret Atwood, and “The Author to Her Book” by Anne Bradstreet. They discover symbolism, allegory, and irony, and read and analyze “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost, “The Haunted Palace” by Edgar Allan Poe, and “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. They learn to identify and interpret rhyme scheme and types of meter, revisiting “Richard Cory” and “Acquainted with the night” as examples.
Unit 8 - In this unit students learn about poetic forms, and discuss and analyze the sonnets “The World is Too Much With Us” by William Wordsworth, and “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Dark Night” by Dylan Thomas. They study the epigram “Theology” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the elegy, “Elegy for my Father” by Andrew Hudgins. They learn about the ode by revisiting “To Autumn" and by reading and analyzing ”Mending Wall” by Robert Frost, “Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day” by William Shakespeare, and “Traveling Through the Dark” by William Stafford. This unit is followed by the mid-term exam.
Unit 9 - In this unit students discuss strategies for answering the poetry questions they will encounter on the AP Exam. They learn about prompt diagnosis and element selection, then move on to writing poetry analyses, including the introduction, the body paragraph, and the conclusion. They discuss chronological and topical organization of poetry, and learn to compare and contrast poetry organization. They review examples of comparing and contrasting poetry using the “block” and the “point-by-point” methods. They read and analyze "Century Quilt" and "An Echo Sonnet," and learn about comparing and contrasting reading in poetry analysis.
Unit 10 - In this unit students study the drama “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry. They begin with a thorough study of drama analysis and continue with an introduction to the three acts of the play. They systematically analyze the play, gaining an in-depth understanding of setting, plot, characters, symbols, and theme.
Unit 11 - In this unit students study the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. They begin by reading and interpreting of the play’s five acts, and go on to analyze its plot, setting, characters, symbols, and theme.
Unit 12 - In this unit students explore the novel “As I Lay Dying” by William Faulkner. They begin with a discussion of what to look for as they read three sections of the novel, and then analyze the elements of the book, including characters, symbols, setting, plot, and theme.
Unit 13 - In this unit students continue their study of analyzing symbols , plot, setting, characters, and theme, while investigating the classic novel “Huck Finn,” by Mark Twain. They begin the unit with an in-depth review the book, discussed in six sections, after which they delve into the elements of the story.
Unit 14 - In this unit students study how to answer an open response question, which they will be required to do on the AP Exam. They discuss how to diagnose the prompt they will receive, as well as selecting works, organizing their answer, and writing the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. In addition, they discus the order of writing an essay response.
Unit 15 - In this unit students discuss the Multiple Choice section of the AP Exam. They review different types of questions and develop strategies for answering them well. Typical topics of questions include main idea, inference, rhetorical questions, diction, and language, as well as grammar, structure, and meter. Students also discuss general strategies for passing this section, as well as how to determine the best order in which to complete the various passages of the exam. This unit is followed by the final exam.
AP English Language and Composition
COURSE OVERVIEW: AP English Language and Composition, higher-level reading and analysis. Students analyze and interpret good writing and apply effective strategies in their own writing while also preparing for the AP Exam. AP English Language and Composition has been audited and approved by College Board. AP English Language and Composition is A-G Approved through the University of California
Unit 1 - In this unit, students learn about ethos, pathos, and logos, and about the rhetorical triangle. They learn about the SOAPSTone method of analysis, and about logical fallacies, and inductive versus deductive reasoning. They study important terminology and how to annotate a text, and explore how and why we read text.
Unit 2 - In this unit students learn about narration. They focus on this concept while reading "Graduation" by Maya Angelou, "Salvation" by Langston Hughes, and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris.
Unit 3 - In this unit students focus on description. They explore this concept while reading "The Death of the Moth" by Virginia Woolf, "Listening" by Eudora Welty, "The Stunt Pilot" by Annie Dillard, and "Once More to the Lake" by E.B. White.
Unit 4 - In this unit students explore process analysis. They practice this concept while reading "On Keeping a Notebook" by Joan Didion, "Learning to Read and Write" by Frederick Douglass, "Learning to Read" by Malcom X, and "On Dumpster Diving" by Lars Eighner.
Unit 5 - In this unit students learn how to evaluate examples. They practice applying this concept while reading "The Declaration of Independence" by Thomas Jefferson, "The Inheritance of Tools" by Scott Russell Sanders, "Aren't I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth, and "Cars and Their Enemies" by James Q. Wilson.
Unit 6 - In this unit students discover how to evaluate definitions. They apply this skill while reading "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" by Gloria Anzaldua, "On Being a Cripple" by Nancy Mairs, "On Being Black and Middle Class" by Selby Steele, and "Notes of a Native Speaker" by Eric Liu.
Unit 7 - In this unit students explore classifications. They practice this concept while reading "The Ways We Lie" by Stephanie Ericsson, "Mother Tongue" by Amy Tan, "I Just Wanna Be Average" by Mike Rose, and "There Is No Unmarked Woman" by Deborah Tannen. Following this unit students are presented with the Mid-Term Review and Exam.
Unit 8 - In this unit students learn to compare and contrast. They practice this skill while reading "The Allegory of the Cave" by Plato, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For" by Henry David Thoreau, "Lost in the Kitchen" by Dave Barry, and "Aria: Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood" by Richard Rodriguez.
Unit 9 - In this unit students learn to recognize cause and effect. They focus on this concept while reading "Why Don't We Complain?" by William F. Buckley, "The Morals of the Prince" by Niccolo Machiavelli, "Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space" by Brent Staples, and "Television: The Plug-In Drug" by Marie Winn.
Unit 10 - In this unit, students explore argument and persuasion. They observe this concept while reading "Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr., "The Gettysburg Address" by Abraham Lincoln, and "Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions" by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Unit 11 - In this unit, students learn the process of rhetorical analysis. They observe examples of this process based on texts from previous AP exams including Alfred Green 2003; Coca Cola vs. Grove Press 1998; Benjamin Banneker 2010; Pink Flamingo Price 2006; and MagnaSoles 2005.
Unit 12 - In this unit students continue to study the process of rhetorical analysis. They review examples from texts of previous AP exams including Environmentalists vs. People First 2009; Immigration 2003B; Making a Home in a Restless World 2007; Abigail Adams 2014; and Caesar Chavez 2015.
Unit 13 - In this unit, students study different types of argumentative writing. They learn to defend, challenge, qualify, and develop a position. They go through the process of rhetorical analysis by studying texts from previous AP exams including Humorists 2010; Adversity vs. Talent 2009; Certainty vs. Doubt 2012; Corporate Sponsor 2008; Incentivizing Charity 2007; Ownership vs. Self-Identity 2013; Buy Nothing Day 2010B; Average Man 2011B; Teaching Creativity 2014; and Polite Speech 2015.
Unit 14 - In this unit, students identify how a take a position piece differs from an identify factors piece. They learn about and experience the process of writing synthesis pieces. They practice synthesis analysis using texts from previous AP exams including Locovore Movement 2011; Advertising Synthesis 2007; Space Exploration 2009; and Monuments 2013. They also evaluate some student writing to identify what makes an excellent essay.
Unit 15 - Students focus on skills to help them score well on a variety of multiple-choice questions. Question topics include main idea, inference, rhetorical questions, diction, grammar, form, tone or attitude, purpose, and footnote. They also identify strategies that will empower them to “play to their strengths,” and they discuss the most effective passage order for the exam.
High School Language Arts/Reading Remedial I
• COURSE OVERVIEW: The focus of Basic Language Arts/Reading Concepts II for High School is on filling in holes in reading and writing skills. It is especially focused on engaging with and responding to text for 9th grade remediation.
• Unit 1 – Reading Strategies and Skills This unit discusses reading strategies and skills, including setting a purpose, previewing, monitoring comprehension, questioning, connecting, summarizing, paraphrasing, identifying genre, inferring, and determining importance.
• Unit 2 – Plot and Characterization This unit discusses plot, including exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and subplot, as well as the effect of setting on characters and plot, and protagonist versus antagonist. Also discussed are characterization by traits, and making inferences about characters.
• Unit 3 – Literary Techniques This unit covers literary techniques, including what they are, as well as mood, tone, flashback, foreshadowing, point-of-view, allusion, and theme.
• Unit 4 – Poetry and Figurative Language This unit discusses the elements of poetry, figurative versus literal, rhyme, the forms and structure of poetry, alliteration, hyperbole, imagery, and metaphor.
• Unit 5 – Nonfiction This unit discusses nonfiction, including text features of nonfiction, how to distinguish fact from fiction, how to find the main idea and the details, and how to analyze evidence. Also covered are skimming and scanning, structures of nonfiction, subjective versus objective, and types of propaganda.
• Unit 6 – Vocabulary Building Strategies This unit discusses dictionary skills, synonyms, antonyms, words with multiple meanings, root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Also covered are context clues, including introduction, definitions, synonyms, contrast, and examples. Further included are connotation and denotation.
• Unit 7 – Grammar – Working with Parts of Speech This unit reviews the basic parts of speech, and then discusses agreement of collective nouns; action, linking, and helping verbs; infinitives; pronouns and antecedents; indefinite pronouns and verb agreement; and comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs.
• Unit 8 – Grammar – Sentence Construction and Agreement This unit discusses subjects and predicates, compound subjects and predicates, main and subordinate clauses, subject and verb agreement, subjects separated from verbs, simple and compound sentences, complex sentences, and parallelism.
• Unit 9 – Conventions This unit discusses conventions, including what they are, as well as apostrophes and ownership, tricky homophones, proper titles, semi-colons, how to punctuate dialogue, using the comma in direct address, and using commas in introductory clauses and phrases.
• Unit 10 – Argumentative Writing This unit discusses the writing process, elements of an argumentative essay, and choosing issues versus problems to write about. It further covers how to pre-write the essay, including choosing a topic, adding supporting details and reasons, researching your topic, and addressing reader concerns and counterarguments. Drafting the essay is presented, including writing a thesis, creating topic sentences and paragraphs, adding research to the body, and writing an introduction and a conclusion. Revising, including adding transition words and enhancing word choice, as well as editing, including using editing marks and finding editing errors, are also discussed, as well as how to create a final draft and how to make an effective presentation.
High School Language Arts/Reading Remedial II
• COURSE OVERVIEW: The focus of Language Arts/Reading Concepts for High School is on filling in holes in reading and writing skills, with a special emphasis on how to read and respond in writing to a variety of texts. Course topics include:
• Reading Strategies
• Narrative Writing
• Point of View and Figurative Language
• Wonderful Words
• Expository Essay
• Power of Poetry
• Speaking Your Words
• Informational Texts
• Analyzing Text
Discover English High School Part 1 (ESL)
• COURSE OVERVIEW: This course designed is for students seeking a mastery of English as a second language. The course is taught by the Discover Method, making it the right choice for students of any native tongue having little or no English background. Discover English incorporates the syntax, vocabulary and pronunciation needed to comprehend English in an everyday environment. This course is ideal for students learning English for the first time, or for an ESL student needing extra practice and help. Discover English can be used in a stand-alone environment or to supplement teacher instruction in the classroom in a blended learning environment.
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