American Literature B - English 11-12

Course Description:

This is the second course in a two-course sequence and has been redesigned to align to the Common Core Standards. Two major themes for this semester are “Becoming My Own Leader” and “Leading Others." 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 argument essay, a narrative essay, and a business email. As a supplement to these assignments, students will 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 characterization, allusion, word choice and diction, setting, symbolism, point of view, and more.

Course Details:

Course Title (District): American Literature B - 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 : Common Core State Standards, National Collegiate Athletic Association
Alignment Document :
Academic Terms : Accelerated, Semester, Trimester
Subject Area : English Language and Literature
Course Identifier : American Literature
Course Level : High School (Secondary)
Available Credit : 0.5
Sequence : 2 of 2

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Additional Course Information:

Additional Cost Description: None

After completing this course students will be able to:
      UNIT 1: Becoming My Own Leader
        • identify their current responsibilities and develop plans for managing future responsibilities
        • activate prior knowledge and build a personal connection with unfamiliar texts
        • use graphic organizers to write a variety of paragraphs
        • understand, identify, and evaluate the effectiveness of several literary and rhetorical devices like characterization and word choice
        • use systematic approaches to analyze poetry
        • understand temperament types and apply what they learned to the lives of characters as well as their own lives
        • conduct and gather research using secondary sources
        • develop an effective argument essay with claims and counters claims
        • create a works cited page and parenthetical documentations using MLA format
        • use graphic organizers, Cornell notes, and summarizing to guide them through readings and help them to think critically about literary and informational texts
            Unit 2:
              • use comparison and contrast for evaluation
              • understand, identify, and evaluate the effectiveness of several literary and rhetorical devices like dialogue, symbolism, allusion, and point of view
              • evaluate how the passage of time alters perspectives
              • understand and identify the elements of a persuasive business email
              • construct a persuasive business email
              • understand and identify the elements of a narrative essay
              • construct an effective narrative essay

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


              Unit 1: Becoming My Own Leader
                  •    What are My Responsibilities, and How do I Balance Them?
                  •    Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”
                  •    characterization
                  •    How Do I Balance My Responsibilities with Who I Am?
                  •    Temperament types
                  •    “Danse Russe”
                  •    Word Choice and Connotation
                  •    How Do I Change My World?
                  •    Krakauer’s Into the Wild
                  •    Romanticism
                  •    Emerson’s “Self-Reliance “
                  •    Thoreau from Walden
                  •    Poetry Analysis
                  •    Longfellow’s “Psalm of Life”
                  •    Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change”
                  •    Argument Writing

              Unit 2: Leading Others
                  •    What rules or principles do I use for how I treat others?
                  •    Codes of Conduct
                  •    O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”
                  •    Comparison and Contrast
                  •    Dialogue
                  •    How can I use my talents to create new opportunities for myself and others?
                  •    Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
                  •    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
                  •    Symbolism
                  •    Allusion
                  •    How can I effectively articulate my opinions and perspectives?
                  •    T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
                  •    Point of View
                  •    Rhetorical context
                  •    Business writing
                  •    Narrative Writing

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