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English 1B

Course Description

Continuation of English 1; integrates classical and modern literature with the study of writing, reading, and communication skills. Lessons include sections devoted to analysis, grammar, and vocabulary development. Writing process is stressed, with focus on grammar skills. Reading selections reflect diverse cultures.

Required Course Materials

  • Applebee, Arthur N., et al., The Language of Literature: Grade 9, McDougal Littell Inc., 2000, ISBN 0-395-93172-X
  • Wiesel, Elie, "Night", Any edition

Course Lesson Organization

The nine lessons in this course each contain the following components:
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: 67
Total Number of Graded Assignments:  13
Instructor Graded (Online submission): 10
Computer Graded: 3

Lesson 1: Family Ties
  Activity 1: Using Reading Clues
  Activity 2: Recognizing Foreshadowing in "The Scarlet Ibis"
  Activity 3: Recognizing Figurative Language in "The Scarlet Ibis"
  Activity 4: "Marine Corps Issue" Cause and Effect
  Activity 5: Interpreting Analogies
  Activity 6: Conflict and Point of View in "Daughter of Invention"
  Activity 7: Vignettes from The House on Mango Street
Graded Assignment 1: Lesson 1 Review
Graded Assignment 2: Autobiographical Vignettes

Lesson 2: Discovering Mysteries
  Activity 1: Making Inferences
  Activity 2: Active Reading and "Full Circle"
  Activity 3: Plot Line: "Full Circle"
  Activity 4: Irony in "Full Circle"
  Activity 5: Characterization in "Full Circle"
  Activity 6: Vocabulary in Action
  Activity 7: Following the Clues in "Wasps’ Nest"
  Activity 8: Being a Good Detective: "The Great Taos Bank Robbery"
  Activity 9: Figurative Language
  Activity 10: Surprise Endings
Graded Assignment 3: Newspaper Article

Lesson 3: Poetic Journeys of Discovery
  Activity 1: The Language of Poetry
  Activity 2: Paraphrase: "Song of the Open Road"
  Activity 3: Imagery and Sensory Detail in "Oranges"
  Activity 4: Finding Metaphors in "Young"
  Activity 5: Analyzing the Speaker: "Young" and "Hanging Fire"  
  Activity 6: "The Seven Ages of Man"
  Activity 7: Rhythm
  Activity 8: Rhyme Scheme
  Activity 9: Sound Devices
Graded Assignment 4: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 4: Nonfiction
  Activity 1: Nonfiction
  Activity 2: Cause and Effect in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  Activity 3: Allusions
  Activity 4: Summarizing Skills: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  Activity 5: Analogies
  Activity 6: "Encounter with Martin Luther King, Jr."
  Activity 7: Author’s Perspective: "The End of Separateness"
  Activity 8: Author’s Perspective: Black Boy
  Activity 9: Author’s Purpose: "Only Daughter"
Graded Assignment 5: Lesson 4 Review
Graded Assignment 6: Analysis of “I Have a Dream”

Lesson 5: Exploring Fantasy
  Activity 1: Drama
  Activity 2: Elements of Drama: The Devil and Daniel Webster
  Activity 3: Figurative Language in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  Activity 4: Costumes and Props in The Devil and Daniel Webster
  Activity 5: Adapting a Play for the Movies (Optional)
  Activity 6: Interpreting Morals
  Activity 7: "The Princess and the Tin Box"
  Activity 8: "The Artist: A Chinese Fable"
  Activity 9: Magical Realism and "In the Family"
Graded Assignment 7: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 6: Romeo and Juliet, Part 1
  Activity 1: Background Reading for the Play
  Activity 2: The Evolution of Language
  Activity 3: The Prologue
  Activity 4: Understanding the Dramatic Foil
  Activity 5: Personification
Graded Assignment 8: Lesson 6 Review

Lesson 7: Romeo and Juliet, Part 2
  Activity 1: Foreshadowing and Theme in Soliloquies
  Activity 2: Cause and Effect
  Activity 3: Making Inferences from Dialogue
  Activity 4: Exploring Solutions to Problems
  Activity 5: Dramatic Irony
  Activity 6: Puns
Graded Assignment 9: Computer Graded Assignment

Lesson 8: Romeo and Juliet, Part 3
  Activity 1: Fate or Human Error?
  Activity 2: Figurative Language: Metaphors
  Activity 3: Reviewing the Plot Line
  Activity 4: Reviewing the Characters
  Activity 5: Applying Themes for West Side Story
  Activity 6: Prewriting Exercise: Themes of the Play
Graded Assignment 10: Letter of Advice
Graded Assignment 11: Proposal for Promotional Video for Romeo and Juliet

Lesson 9: Night
  Activity 1: Exploring Prejudice and Stereotypes
  Activity 2: Stereotypes in Society
  Activity 3: Characterization Chart
  Activity 4: Figurative Language in Night
  Activity 5: Verbal and Situational Irony
  Activity 6: Symbolism
Graded Assignment 12: Lesson 9 Review
Graded Assignment 13: Informative Research Paper

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