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English 1A

Course Description

Various forms of literature are studied, with emphasis on developing writing, reading, and analytical skills. Also emphasizes development of grammar skills through exercises Incorporates grammar activities into writing assignments. Introduces literary concepts and terms and encourages students to build communication skills. Each assignment contains a substantial writing component. Reading selections include modern and classical fiction and nonfiction and reflect diverse cultures.

Required Course Materials

  • Applebee, Arthur N. et al. The Language of Literature: Grade 9. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell 2000 (ISBN: 0-395-93172-X)
  • Orwell, George. Animal Farm. Signet Classic, 1996 (ISBN: 0-451-15263-4-1) Any unabridged version of Animal Farm is acceptable for this course.
    • Course Lesson Organization

      Objectives. The objectives for each lesson will help you focus your efforts. They indicate the concepts and skills you must understand or master when you complete the lesson.
      Reading Assignments. Each lesson specifies the selections that must be read.
      Introduction. The Introduction section of each lesson provides key terms and concepts that give you background for the lesson.
      Self-Assessment Activities. These activities help to build your knowledge and skills and to identify your specific strengths and weaknesses. Some activities direct you to Internet sites with supplemental material for the lesson. All activities prepare you for the graded assignments and for mastering course materials.
      Graded Assignments. Each assignment provides information about how your work will be assessed and how credit will be given for your responses. Most assignments will be submitted online and graded by your instructor. Some assignments will be computer-graded. The average of your assignments counts as 75 percent of your course grade. The Final Examination counts as the other 25 percent. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

      Final Examination

      The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the lessons. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.
      Format: Multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions testing literary terms, characterization, fact and opinion, cause and effect, knowledge of grammar, and vocabulary.
      Time Allowed: 3 hours
      Materials Allowed: #2 pencil

      Course Outline

      Total Number of Lessons: 9
      Total Number of Activities: 53
      Total Number of Graded Assignments: 15
      Instructor Graded (Online submission): 13
      Computer Graded: 2

      Lesson 1: Reading Fiction
        Activity 1: Plot Stages in "Plainswoman"
        Activity 2: Setting Chart: "The Necklace"
        Activity 3: Comprehension Questions: "The Most Dangerous Game"
        Activity 4: Vocabulary Exercise: "The Most Dangerous Game"
        Activity 5: Character Web: "Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy?"
        Activity 6: Comprehension Questions: "Two Kinds"
      Graded Assignment 1: Lesson 1 Review
      Graded Assignment 2: Autobiographical Essay

      Lesson 2: Suspense and Surprise
        Activity 1: Plot Line for "The Sniper"
        Activity 2: Comprehension Questions: "The Sniper"
        Activity 3: Comprehension Questions: "The Possibility of Evil"
        Activity 4: Irony and "The Censors"
        Activity 5: Understanding Mood: "The Cask of Amontillado"
        Activity 6: Vocabulary Exercise: "The Cask of Amontillado"
      Graded Assignment 3: Lesson 2 Review
      Graded Assignment 4: Recording Assignment

      Lesson 3: Narrative Poetry
        Activity 1: The Elements of Poetry
        Activity 2: Plot and Style in "The Wreck of the Hesperus"
        Activity 3: "O What Is That Sound"
        Activity 4: "Incident in a Rose Garden"
        Activity 5: "The Bells"
        Activity 6: Analyzing a Ballad
      Graded Assignment 5: Lesson 3 Review
      Graded Assignment 6: Analyzing a Ballad

      Lesson 4: Nonfiction
        Activity 1: Comprehension Questions: "Nonfiction"
        Activity 2: Distinguishing Fact from Opinion: "Games People Probably Shouldn’t Play"
        Activity 3: Cause and Effect in Angela’s Ashes
        Activity 4: Credibility and "Mary Mallon’s Trail of Typhoid"
        Activity 5: Finding Facts in "The First Appendectomy"
        Activity 6: "On Being Seventeen, Bright-and Unable to Read"
        Activity 7: Working with Analogies
      Graded Assignment 7: Lesson 4 Review
      Graded Assignment 8: Biographical Interview and Essay

      Lesson 5: The Odyssey, Part 1
        Activity 1: "Homer’s World" and "The Epic"
        Activity 2: Reading Map: Book 1, "Invocation"
        Activity 3: Reading Map: Book 9, "New Coasts and Poseidon’s Son"
        Activity 4: Identifying Characteristics of the Epic: Book 9, "New Coasts and Poseidon’s Son"
        Activity 5: Reading Map: Book 10, "The Grace of the Witch"
        Activity 6: Reading Map: Book 12, "Sea Perils and Defeat"
        Activity 7: The Travels of Odysseus
      Graded Assignment 9: Computer Graded Assignment

      Lesson 6: The Odyssey, Part 2
        Activity 1: Comprehension Questions: "The Homecoming" and Book 21, "The Test of the Bow"
        Activity 2: Irony in Book 21, "The Test of the Bow"
        Activity 3: Comprehension Questions: Book 22, "Death in the Great Hall"
        Activity 4: Comprehension Questions: Book 23, "The Trunk of the Olive Tree"
        Activity 5: Comparing Translations
      Graded Assignment 10: Lesson 6 Review
      Graded Assignment 11: A Travel Brochure for the Odyssey

      Lesson 7: Drama
        Activity 1: Diagram of a Stage
        Activity 2: Comprehension Questions: Trifles
        Activity 3: Staging Trifles Differently
        Activity 4: Theme in "Sorry, Right Number"
      Graded Assignment 12: Lesson 7 Review

      Lesson 8: Taking Chances
        Activity 1: Comprehension Questions: "The United States vs. Susan B. Anthony"
        Activity 2: Fact and Opinion in "The United States vs. Susan B. Anthony"
        Activity 3: Credibility in "Into Thin Air"
        Activity 4: Foreshadowing in "Into Thin Air"
        Activity 5: Imagery in "To Build a Fire"
        Activity 6: Cause and Effect in "To Build a Fire"
        Activity 7: Style and Symbolism in "My Wonder Horse"
      Graded Assignment 13: Computer Graded Assignment

      Lesson 9: Animal Farm
        Activity 1: Background to Animal Farm
        Activity 2: Study Questions: Animal Farm, Chapters 1-5
        Activity 3: Animal Farm as Allegory
        Activity 4: Study Questions: Animal Farm, Chapters 6-10
        Activity 5: Propaganda in Animal Farm
      Graded Assignment 14: Lesson 9 Review
      Graded Assignment 15: Analyzing an Advertisement

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