American Literature A - English 11-12

Course Description:

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Two major themes for this course are “Leadership at Home” and “Leadership in Society.” Students will address several essential questions related to these themes while reading a variety of works by American authors. In addition to major works, students will read short stories and informational texts, engage in poetry analysis, view informational videos, and write for various purposes. Larger writing assignments include an informative essay and a major research project. Students partake in grammar challenges where they learn about grammar concepts and develop a mastery of their use. In addition to building their writing skills, students learn several reading strategies such as how to use graphic organizers to extract important information, take Cornell notes for an informational text or during a lecture, and summarize to monitor comprehension. Furthermore, students will explore several rhetorical devices and strategies like symbolism, dialect, author’s purpose, foreshadowing, persuasive devices, setting and more.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): American Literature A - English 11-12
Course Title (NCES SCED) : American Literature
Course Provider : Whitehall District Schools
Content Provided By : Michigan Virtual
Online Instructor Provided By : Whitehall District Schools
Standards Addressed : CCSS, NCAA
Ailgnment Document : http://media.mivu.org/mivhs/alignchart/ela/ela_12a.pdf
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
NCES SCED Code :
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : American Literature
Course Level : (G) General or Regular
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 1 of 2

How To Enroll:

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Email : [email protected]
Phone : (888) 889-2840

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Additional Course Information:

Students will be able to:

  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
  • Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas
  • Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone
  • Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence
  • Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take
  • Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently
  • Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience
  • Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism
  • Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research

INACOL Online Course Quality Standards


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Review Conducted By : Michigan Virtual
Date of Review : 07/18/2014

Unit 1: Leadership and Parents

Unit 2: Leadership and Spirituality

Unit 3: Leadership and Family Part 1

Unit 4: Leadership and Family Part 2

Unit 5: Informative Essay

Unit 6: Introduction to Research

Unit 7: What Qualities Define a Good World Leader?

Unit 8: What Can I Do to Avoid Repeating the Mistakes Made in History?

Unit 9: Who is in a Position to Help Me Affect Change?

Unit 10: Writing the Research Essay

Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends Random Draw Date Enrollment Drop Date Course Starts Course Ends # of Seats Course Fee Potential Additional Costs
Semester 08/01/2020 10/15/2020 07/01/2020 08/31/2020 01/15/2021 35 $0.0000 0.0000
Drop Policy Completion Policy Term Type Enrollment Opens Enrollment Ends
Consult counselor Consult counselor Semester 08/01/2020 10/15/2020

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