Literacy

Creative Writing

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In this course, students will explore a range of creative writing genres, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, and multimedia writing. Students will study examples of writing through classic and contemporary selections and will apply that knowledge and understanding to their writing.

In addition, students will develop an intimate understanding of the writing process and its application to various projects. As students move through the course, they will understand and evaluate the writings of others, and be able to apply the evaluation criteria to their own writing. By the end of the course, students will have created a well-developed portfolio of finished written works. Learning activities include reading; listening; discussing; writing; multiple choice games; self check activities; and reflective journals. The Unit structure includes the broader idea of the Unit as defined by the main heading. Units will include a combination of activities and will culminate in a submittal of the finished Unit project. Unit projects will be developed in phases throughout each section of the Unit. Unit lessons and performance tasks have been scaffolded carefully to help students achieve deeper levels of understanding.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials: None

Syllabus:

Unit I: Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Ideas and Imagination
  • The Writing Process, Part 1
  • The Writing Process, Part 2
  • The Writing Process, Part 3

Unit II: Fiction Writing

  • Exploring Fiction
  • Elements of Fiction, Part 1
  • Elements of Fiction, Part 2
  • Writing Fiction

Unit III: Poetry Writing

  • Exploring Poetry
  • Elements of Poetry
  • Styles and Forms of Poetry
  • Writing Poetry
  • Poetry Project

Unit IV: Multimedia Writing

  • Exploring Multimedia
  • Creating a Multimedia Presentation
  • Sharing a Multimedia Presentation

Unit V: Student Self-Publishing

  • Introduction to Student Publishing
  • Publishing a Class Anthology
  • Analyzing Personal Style And Growth

Unit VI: Creative Nonfiction Focus

  • Getting Started and Goals
  • Elements of Creative Nonfiction, Part 1C
  • Elements of Creative Nonfiction, Part 2
  • Creative Nonfiction Project

Unit VII: Fiction Focus

  • Fiction Practice and Development
  • Advanced Fiction Elements, Part 1
  • Advanced Fiction Elements, Part 2
  • Fiction Project

Unit VIII: Poetry Focus

  • Poetry Practice and Development
  • Advanced Poetry Elements, Part 1
  • Advanced Poetry Elements, Part 2
  • Poetry Project

Unit IX: Writing for Stage And Screen

  • Introduction To Playwriting
  • Elements of Playwriting, Part 1
  • Elements of Playwriting, Part 2
  • Playwriting Project

Unit X: Traditional Publishing

  • Exploring Traditional Publishing
  • Submitting For Publication
  • Reflection And Self-Analysis

English 1

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This introductory English course combines the study of literary genre with a focus on composition skills.

Students will learn effective communication skills by focusing on the 6 + 1 Traits of writing developed by the Northwest Regional Education Laboratories. Oral communication and research skills are included.

Details

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:Students select from a choice of novels in the first Semester, and in the second Semester they will read The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, by Jerome and Robert E. Lee; ISBN #055327838X

Syllabus

Semester 1

Diagnostic Assignment: This is used to assess student skills, and it will be used throughout the course to demonstrate improvement

  • Introduction
  • Six Trait Focus: Ideas
  • Six Trait Focus: Organization
  • Six Trait Focus: Sentence Fluency
  • Six Trait Focus: Conventions

Semester 2

  • Six Trait Focus: Voice
  • Six Trait Focus: Word Choice
  • Six Trait Focus: Presentation
  • Introduction to Research
  • Biography/Autobiography

English 2

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English 2 is a 10th grade Language Arts course that requires students to analyze literature, literary nonfiction, speeches, and multimedia sources.

The emphasis of the course is World Literature; American pieces are included to provide counterpoints as they relate to the themes and targeted objectives. As students explore global literary fiction and nonfiction, they learn how cultural context impacts the themes and styles of the different pieces, but also how many aspects of the human experience are universal and transcend time and place. The course provides many opportUnities for students to hone their language and vocabulary skills using authentic literary texts as models. Students use graphic organizers, checklists, and rubrics to evaluate and improve their reading, writing, language and presentation skills.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: English I or 9th grade English equivalent
  • Required Materials: Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Syllabus:

Module I: Self-Concept

  • Section A – Who Defines Me?
  • Section B – Why Will They Remember Me?
  • Section C – What’s Your Path?
  • Section D – Does Where Matter?

Module II: Influences

  • Section A – What Do I Value?
  • Section B – What Choice Do I Make?
  • Section C – Why Do We Remember?
  • Section D – How Does Our Attitude Shape Us?

Module III: Values

  • Section A – Where Do Values Come From?
  • Section B – Where Can Pride Lead Us?
  • Section C – What is the Truth?
  • Section D – What is the Future?

Module IV: Decisions

  • Section A – Where Do You Stand?
  • Section B – What Defines Your Role?
  • Section C – How Do You Handle Events out of Your Control?
  • Section D – What Happens When You are Out of Your Element?

Module V: Perspectives

  • Section A – What’s the Right Thing to Do?
  • Section B – Where Do You Find Truth?
  • Section C – How Does Your Perspective Shape Your Identity?

Module VI: Happiness

  • Section A – How Important Are Our Surroundings?
  • Section B – Is the Grass Always Greener?
  • Section C – Does Money Buy Happiness?
  • Section D – How Do You Contribute to the Welfare of Others?

Module VII: The People

  • Section A – What Ideals Support the People?
  • Section B – What Causes Conflict Between People?
  • Section C – How Do People’s Motivations Change?
  • Section D – Is There Danger in Democracy?

Module VIII: Leaders

  • Section A – What Makes a Leader?
  • Section B – How Do Leaders Follow Their Consciences?
  • Section C – Are You a Leader?

Module IX: Consequences

  • Section A – What Are the Consequences of Progress?
  • Section B – What’s It Like to Be on the Losing Side?
  • Section C – Are There Solutions to Global Issues?
  • Section D – How Can You Change the World?

Module X: Connections

  • Section A – What Makes a Hero?
  • Section B – Who Will You Be?

Course Objectives:

  • Read, comprehend and analyze a variety of literature, including stories, dramas, and poems with proficiency.
  • Read, comprehend and analyze a variety of literary nonfiction with proficiency.
  • Write routinely over a variety of time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Evaluate multiple sources of information representing various formats including multimedia, written, oral, visual, and graphic information, looking at credibility, accuracy, reasoning, point of view, and supporting evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience and task.
  • Create presentations integrating a variety of digital media formats.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • Use a range of strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.

English 3

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English 3 is a literature survey course that navigates chronologically through the periods of American literature from Native American oral traditions through contemporary works of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction.

Each Unit explores a literary movement through a unique theme. Literature of each period becomes the basis of study for models of literary analysis and modes of rhetorical writing. Each lesson engages the student through interactive introduction to concepts and skills, guided practice of those skills and concepts, and an assessment of the student’s mastery. Learning activities include reading, listening, discussing, writing, completing multiple-choice games and self-check activities, completing writing projects, and taking quizzes and exams. Units will include a combination of activities and assessments and will culminate in either a Unit exam or a Unit writing project. Students will be encouraged to incorporate media, creative expression, and research into Unit projects to prepare them for life outside of the classroom in our out-of the-box, media-centric world.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials:Perfection Learning Online Anthology: “American Short Stories,” “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller, and “The Sweet Hereafter” by Russell Banks.

Syllabus:

Unit I – In the Beginning

  • Section A – Sinners and Saints
  • Section B – Making History
  • Section C – The Play’s The Thing
  • Section D – Fall From Grace

Unit II – Contemplation and Argumentation

  • Section A – Power of the Pen
  • Section B – The Best Defense
  • Section C – That’s Illogical
  • Section D – Law and Disorder

Unit III – Story, Identity, Unity

  • Section A – Something for Everyone
  • Section B – Have I Got a Story for You
  • Section C – Under the Skin
  • Section D – A Likely Story

Unit IV – Real Survival Skills

  • Section A – Write On!
  • Section B – Get Real
  • Section C – Order Up
  • Section D – Just Because

Unit V – The Universal Flow of Ideas

  • Section A – More Than Mere Mortals
  • Section B – The Mind’s Eye
  • Section C – Check Your Messages
  • Section D – Picture Perfect

Unit VI – Discovery and Attribution

  • Section A – The Hunt Is On
  • Section B – From the Horse’s Mouth
  • Section C – You Want a Piece of This?
  • Section D – Share It

Unit VII – Music from the Ashes

  • Section A – Rap This
  • Section B – Rhyme and Reason
  • Section C – Make It Sing
  • Section D – Sound Off

Unit VIII – Novel Ideas

  • Section A – What’s Really Real
  • Section B – Mean What You Say
  • Section C – Connect the Dots
  • Section D – Shine it Up

Unit IX – Cultural Evolution and Literature

  • Section A – A Different Drum
  • Section B – We Have Ways of Making You Talk
  • Section C – Tell All
  • Section D – Spin Me Right Round

Unit X – Contemporary Voices

  • Section A – Say Anything
  • Section B – Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Section C – You Know What I Mean?
  • Section D – Express Yourself

English 4

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This is a class that will prepare students for the skills they will need to be successful in college and in life.

When they have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to our world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and novels. Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication. Learning activities include close reading, paraphrasing, discussions, essays, short answer exams, research papers, reflective journals, web quests, oral presentations, and others. The Unit structure below identifies the main headings of the Units only. Most Units will include
a combination of genres and activities. The structure to the class is not based upon a sequence of chronology, national origin, or genres. It is instead based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: English 3
  • Required Materials: Selected Novels

Syllabus:

Semester 1

  • Introduction to the course
  • Utopia
  • Order and Chaos
  • War and Peace
  • Wealth and Poverty
  • Semester Conclusion

Semester 2

  • Introduction
  • Loyalty and Betrayal
  • Life and Death
  • Time
  • Justice and Injustice
  • Conclusion

Grammar and Composition

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This course is designed for the student who needs extra help in mastering communication skills and fundamental principles of grammar and usage.

The course focuses on teaching the composition concepts in the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing pioneered by the Northwest Regional Education Laboratories. Grammar is taught as a tool for improving communication rather than as a pure focus of study. Oral Communication and research skills are included. Although there is some literature study in the course, it is not the focus. The course emphasizes diagnosis of student writing needs and targeting individualized needs for improvement.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials: None

Syllabus:

Semester 1

Diagnostic Assignment: This is used to assess student skills, and it will be used throughout the course to demonstrate improvement

  • Introduction
  • Six Trait Focus: Ideas
  • Six Trait Focus: Organization
  • Six Trait Focus: Sentence Fluency
  • Six Trait Focus: Conventions

Semester 2

  • Six Trait Focus: Voice
  • Six Trait Focus: Word Choice
  • Six Trait Focus: Presentation
  • Introduction to Research
  • Biography/Autobiography

Journalism

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The basics of journalism, including laws and ethics, freedom of the press and the principles of journalistic writing, are powerful tools.

In the early 1970s, two Washington Post reporters uncovered a scandal known as Watergate and eventually a president was forced to resign. In this course, you’ll learn how to generate story ideas, conduct an interview and then put it all together as you write both news and sports stories. You’ll also be introduced to feature writing and editorials.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials: Introduction to Journalism, McDougal Littell. ISBN #9780618003778

Syllabus:

Course Introduction and What is Journalism?

  • Reading Course Information
  • Activities Intro Assignment

Finding Journalism Sites on the Web

  • Reading Assignments Area
  • Activities Journalism Sites Assignments

The Challenge of Journalism

  • Reading Chapter 1, pages 1-13
  • Activities Challenge of Journalism Assignment

Laws, Ethics and Policy

  • Reading Chapter 2, pages 14-32
  • Activities Censorship Writing Assignment
  • Study Guide
  • Unit Exam

Types of News and Story Ideas

  • Reading Chapter 3, pages 33-42
  • Activities Defining the News Worksheet
  • Press Rating Assignment
  • Unit Exam

Sources for News

  • Reading Chapter 4, pages 43-62
  • Activities Sources Worksheet
  • Internet Site Evaluation

Foundation English 1

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This course is designed as an introductory Language Arts course. The emphasis in this course is on the multiple types of Mass Media our students encounter on a daily basis. Emphasis is made on a variety of “real world” reading and writing skills.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Required Materials: None

Syllabus:

Semester One

Course Introduction:

  • Course Structure and Navigation
  • Diagnostic Writing and Reading Evaluation

Mass Media: Internet Communication

  • Email, Discussion Boards and Internet Safety
  • Writing for a Purpose

Mass Media: Getting the News

  • Identifying Bias
  • Journalistic Objectivity
  • Comparison of Different News Sources
  • News Sources
  • Comparing News Sources

Mass Media: Offering Opinions

  • Supporting an Opinion
  • Persuasive Essay
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Organizing the Paragraph and Essay

Mass Media: Advertising

  • Persuasive Techniques
  • Editing for Strong Word Choices
  • Writing Advertisements

Semester Conclusion

  • Editing for a Polished Finished Essay
  • Peer Reviewing
  • Avoiding Comma Errors

Semester Two

Course Introduction

  • Course Structure and Navigation
  • Diagnostic Writing and Reading Evaluation

Reading Strategies

  • Isolating Effective Reading Strategies
  • Writing Strong Introductions and Conclusions
  • Editing Common Errors
  • Improving Reading Comprehension
  • Writing the Friendly Letter

Reading-Short Fiction

  • Identifying Elements of Plot
  • Avoiding Sentence Fragments
  • Composing Original Short Story

Reading-Long Fiction

  • Reading the Novel
  • Identifying Theme
  • Creating variety in sentence structure
  • Identifying pronoun-antecedent agreement

Reading-Lyric Poetry

  • Reading a Variety of Lyric Poems
  • Identifying Poetic Devices
  • Writing and Revising the Business Letter
  • Using the Apostrophe

Reading-Drama

  • Reading-Romeo and Juliet
  • Comparing and Contrasting-Analytical

Essay

  • Writing in the Active and Passive Voice
  • Viewing a Cinematic Version of Romeo and Juliet

Research-Consumer Issue

  • Identifying Wise Consumer Choices
  • Incorporating a Variety of Data into

Text Formats

  • Documenting Sources
  • Using Appropriate Citation Formats
  • Avoiding Plagiarism

Semester Conclusion

  • Editing for a Polished Finished Essay
  • Peer Reviewing
  • Avoiding Common Errors

Foundation English 2

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Students will learn to read critically with full comprehension across genres and be able to communicate through effective writing.

Students develop critical reading, writing, viewing, listening, and speaking skills as they explore world literature, both classic and modern, and connect it to their respective cultures and their own lives. The NWREL rubric for the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing™ is used as a basis for writing instruction. Students learn new vocabulary, language, and literature skills in each Unit. Students are taught thinking skills and are called upon to apply them in learning activities. Language and literature skills are taught with the purpose of personal application, so that students can use the skills to improve their own reading, writing, and speaking. As students complete this course, they will see the relevance that this course has in their daily life and future academic and career goals and begin making appropriate plans.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: English 1
  • Required Materials: reading list provided in course

Syllabus:

Semester 1

Unit I: Introduction – Students are introduced to course policies and procedures. They perform diagnostic reading and writing assessments.

Unit II: Universal Themes – The Unit examines the concept of a universal theme by showing how themes in Greek literature (Antigone) have been repeated through history and in the present world. Students look at how Greek roots can be used to understand vocabulary, and they especially look at modern English terms that come from the Greek theater. They read a grade-level appropriate retelling of Antigone and compare its themes with the modern world.

Unit III: A World in Conflict – Students select a movie dealing with personal conflicts within a real modern world conflict. Students learn about tone as they analyze the presentation and practice drawing valid inferences. They read reviews of the movie and offer their own. Appropriate vocabulary and literary terms are studied and applied.

Unit IV: Research and Persuasion – Students learn research skills as they continue their examination of the issues presented in Unit III. They are taught effective reading strategies for different kinds of text, and they learn to evaluate the quality and reliability of resources. They learn to make decisions about effective support and organization for a persuasive written argument, using the Ideas and Organization traits of the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing™ rubric as a guide. They are introduced to an apply all aspects of the writing process.

Unit V: Creating Fiction – Students read a selection of grade-level appropriate translations of selections from world literature as they learn literary terms with the goal of being able to apply those skills to their own writing. Use of effective imagery is emphasized. They learn writing conventions appropriate to fiction, including dialogue. Students are taught common techniques of generating ideas for original fiction and create an original fictional composition.

Unit VI: The Editing Process – Students learn effective editing techniques as they study common problems with proper use of writing conventions and how to make effective decisions in word choice, using the Word Choice and Conventions traits of the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing™ rubric as a guide. They use these skills to revise their original diagnostic essay and reflect on the decisions they made to improve it.

Foundation English 3

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As students move toward the end of their high school careers, it is important to look forward and to understand how the skills they are developing in high school will transfer to college and the work place.

In English III Credit Recovery, students will understand the practical applications of strong communication skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This class will prepare students for college and beyond. When students complete English III Credit Recovery, they will have acquired the communication and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding, evaluating, interpreting and creating a variety of materials in various genres. In addition, students will develop the skills necessary to communicate their messages effectively to a variety of audiences for both academic and work-related purposes. Students will read and analyze classic and contemporary works of literature which will include but not be limited to an introduction to literature, poetry, drama and the media in America. Students will also learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communicating. Learning activities include reading; listening; paraphrasing; essays; short answer, multiple choice, and true/false exams; self-check activities for students to measure their understanding; research papers; Unit study guides; vocabulary journals with images; web quests; and others. The Unit structure includes the broader idea of the Unit as defined by the main heading. Units will include a combination of activities and will culminate in a Unit exam and submittal of the finished Unit project. Unit projects will be developed in phases throughout each section of the Unit. Unit activities have been structured around five blocks: guided reading; writing; commUnity (including listening and speaking); vocabulary; and independent reading. Unit lessons and performance tasks have been scaffolded carefully to help students achieve deeper levels of understanding.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: English 2
  • Required Materials: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Syllabus:

Semester 1

Unit I: Language and Its History

  • Section 1 – Daring to Dream: Themes in American Literature
  • Section 2 – Skepticism and Belief in the American Dream: Overview of Selections in American Literature
  • Section 3 The American Dream: Religion and Faith
  • Section 4 – The American Dream: Language and Thought

Unit II: Reflections in American Literature

  • Section 1 – The Freedom to Dream: Interpreting the Language of Texts
  • Section 2 – The Freedom to Choose: Comparing the Language Text
  • Section 3 – The Chains of Freedom: American Author Study Part A: Reading
  • Section 4 – The Path to Enlightenment: American Author Study Part B: Student Writing

Unit III: Poetry in America

  • Section 1 – Freedom beyond the Age of Reason: An Introduction to Poetry in America
  • Section 2 – Self-Knowledge and Identity: The Structure of Poetry
  • Section 3 – Innocence and Experience- Defining the Self: The Language of Poems
  • Section 4 – The Romantic American Identity: Newsletter Development

Unit IV: American Drama and Society

  • Section 1 – The Relationship between People and Dreams: Introducing American drama
  • Section 2 – Obligations and Dreams: The Elements of Drama
  • Section 3 – The Responsibility of Dreams: Comparing Selections of American Drama
  • Section 4 – The Fair American Dream: My American Drama

Course Objectives:

  • Prepare students for successful college and/or work careers with appropriate reading comprehension, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Analyze, deduce, and apply meaning to challenging and new material
  • Increase communication skills to express meaning through various genres and to a variety of audiences
  • Read and study modern and contemporary works including plays, short stories, speeches, poetry, essays, and novels
  • Use language arts skills including identifying images, making connections, drawing
    inferences, and analyzing chronological order to understand a variety of texts including biographical sketches, fiction, poetry, speeches, and diary entries
  • Understand how the language, historical events, literary periods, personal perception and culture shape the meaning of a text
  • Make connections between the students’ lives and texts that encourage students to think, explore their identity, and ponder intriguing philosophical questions through analytical reading, questioning, listening and writing
  • Understand and apply the steps to clear, logical writing including prewriting, drafting, and revising as the students compose a variety of texts including fiction, expository essays, persuasive essays, and autobiographical pieces for authentic audiences
  • Recognize vocabulary words and know how to find the meaning of words the students don’t understand

Foundation English 4

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English 4 Foundations is a shortened version of the standard English 4 course.

Its length makes it suitable for use in summer programs and in other contexts in which instructional time and teacher time may be limited. Extensive use of instructional tutorials enables the course to be shorter while maintaining high quality and the same concept load. Audio is provided for every lesson. English 4 Foundations is designed to prepare students with the skills they will need to be successful in college and in life. When they have completed the course, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to their world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Each Foundations Unit has one teacher-graded activity, so that a professional educator can monitor student progress. Frequent self-check activities help students take responsibility for their own progress. Learning activities include test pools, audio, games, tutorials, activities, and interactive questions. Each Unit and each section within the Unit begins with a pretest and a posttest.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: English 3
  • Required Materials: The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. Penguin, 2004.

Syllabus:

The Unit structure below identifies the main headings of the Units only. Most Units will include a combination of genres and activities. The course is based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.

Semester 1

  • Unit I: Utopia/Dystopia
  • Unit ii: Order/Chaos
  • Unit iii: War/Peace
  • Unit iV: Wealth/Poverty
  • Unit V: Semester conclusion

Semester 2

  • Unit VI: Loyalty/Betrayal
  • Unit VII: Life/Death
  • Unit VIII: Time
  • Unit IX: Justice/Injustice
  • Unit X: Conclusion

Course Objectives:

  • Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author.
  • They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and novels.
  • Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication.

AP English Language

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The academic objectives of this course adhere to those outlined by the College Board in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition.

AP Language and Composition explores the relationship between what authors say and how they are trying to say it. The literary component of the course provides a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, drama and poetry, and in the analysis of these works students are exposed to the analysis of both style-the more language-based approach to exploring meaning-and rhetoric-the analysis of author argument and structure. In terms of styles, students will explore how elements of language-such as tone, diction, and syntax-influence the overall meaning. In terms of rhetoric, students will examine various appeals, aspects of writer’s credibility, irony, and the overall use of logic to explore how effectively an author presents her/his position. In any aspect of analysis, students are obliged to consider what the author’s overall theme is. By understanding the purpose of a piece of writing, we recognize the elements of language as an integral too with which authors develop their work. Writing assignments cover both the expository and argumentative aspects of writing. In addition to the exploration of American and global themes of literature, students will discern how styles of writers have evolved over the last several centuries.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: Sophomore English
  • Required Materials: Selected readings, available online or at your local library

Syllabus:

  • Socrates – Meno
  • Measure for Measure
  • The American Dream – The Great Gatsby
  • Nonfiction: Past and Present
  • Nonfiction and AP – Exam
  • Coming to America
  • American Poetry
  • Independent Reading
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • The Portrait of Youth
  • Satire
  • Review
  • Research Project

AP English Literature

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This is a college level class that ultimately prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in May.

In addition, it provides students with other skills associated with the most advanced classes in high school English, including research skills. When they have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to their world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, poetry, essays, and novels.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: K12 Aventa
  • Prerequisites: Junior English
  • Required Materials:Students select from several novel choices. They may also choose between the use of text or online versions of Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and Hamlet.

Syllabus:

Semester 1

Major literary works used within Units are identified in this schedule. The learning Units will also include poetry and short stories for analysis throughout the year.

  • Introduction to the course
  • Observing, Thinking and Learning: an introduction to the analysis of literature
  • Oedipus the King
  • The Odyssey- Literature as Ethnology
  • Reading and Rhetoric
  • First Novel: Introduction to Literary Research
  • Poetry Analysis
  • Second Novel

Semester 2

Major literary works used within Units are identified in this schedule. The learning Units will also include other genres for analysis throughout the year.

  • Medieval Literature
  • Hamlet
  • Romanticism
  • Realism and the 20th Century: The Changing Focus of Literature
  • Independent Thematic Study: the Individual in Society

English Language Arts 6

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This course eases students’ transition to middle school with engaging, age-appropriate literary and informational reading selections. Students learn to read critically, analyze texts, and cite evidence to support ideas as they read essential parts of literary and informational texts and explore a full unit on Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Through the Looking Glass. Vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills are sharpened through lessons that give students explicit modeling and ample practice. Students also engage in routine, responsive writing based on texts they have read. In extensive, process-based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. In this full-year course, students develop a mastery of reading, writing, and language arts skills.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 7

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Students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers in this middle school course. With engaging literary and informational texts, students learn to think critically, analyze an author’s language, and cite evidence to support ideas. Students complete an in-depth study of Jack London’s classic novel White Fang and read excerpts from other stories, poetry, and nonfiction. Explicit modeling and ample opportunities for practice help students sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills. Students also respond routinely to texts they have read. In extensive, process-based writing lessons, students write topical essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. In this full-year course, students develop a mastery of reading, writing, and language arts skills.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 8

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In this course, students build on their knowledge and blossom as thoughtful readers and clear, effective writers. A balance of literary and informational texts engage students throughout the course in reading critically, analyzing texts, and citing evidence to support claims. Students sharpen their vocabulary, grammar, and listening skills through lessons designed to provide explicit modeling and ample opportunities to practice. Students also routinely write responses to texts they have read, and use more extensive, process based lessons to produce full-length essays in narrative, informative, analytical, and argumentative formats. In this full-year course, students develop a mastery of reading, writing, and language arts skills.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 9

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This freshman-year English course engages students in literary analysis and inferential evaluation of great texts both classic and
contemporary. While critically reading fiction, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction, students will master comprehension and literary analysis strategies. Interwoven in the lessons across two semesters are activities that encourage students to strengthen their oral language skills and produce clear, coherent writing. Students will read a range of classic texts including Homer’s The Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Richard Connell’s “The Most Dangerous Game.” They will study also short but complex texts, including influential speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. Contemporary texts by Richard Preston, Julia Alvarez, and Maya Angelou round out the course.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 10

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Focused on application, this sophomore English course reinforces literary analysis and twenty-first century skills with superb pieces
of literature and literary nonfiction, application e-resources, and educational interactives. Each thematic unit focuses on specific literary analysis skills and allows students to apply them to a range of genres and text structures. As these units meld modeling and application, they also expand on training in media literacy, twenty-first century career skills, and the essentials of grammar and vocabulary. Under the guidance of the eWriting software, students also compose descriptive, persuasive, expository, literary analyses, research, narrative, and compare-contrast essays.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 11

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This junior-year English course invites students to delve into American literature from early American Indian voices through contemporary works. Students engage in literary analysis and inferential evaluation of great texts as the centerpieces of this course. While critically reading fiction, poetry, drama, and expository nonfiction, students master comprehension and literary analysis strategies. Interwoven in the lessons across two semesters are tasks that encourage students to strengthen their oral language skills and produce creative, coherent writing. Students read a range of short but complex texts, including works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Martin Luther King, Jr., F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sandra Cisneros, Amy Tan, and Dave Eggers.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

English Language Arts 12

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This senior-level English course offers fascinating insight into British literary traditions spanning from Anglo-Saxon writing to the Modern Period. With interactive introductions and historical contexts, this full-year course connects philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of each time period to the works of many notable authors, including Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Virginia Woolf. Adding an extra dimension to the British literary experience, this course also exposes students to world literature, including works from India, Europe, China, and Spain.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Literacy & Comprehension I

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This course is one of two, semester-long intervention courses designed to support the development of strategic reading and writing skills. These courses use a thematic and contemporary approach, including high-interest topics to motivate students and expose them to effective instructional principles using diverse content area and real-world texts. Both courses offer an engaging technology based interface that inspires and challenges students to gain knowledge and proficiency in the following comprehension strategies: summarizing, questioning, previewing and predicting, recognizing text structure, visualizing, making inferences, and monitoring understanding with metacognition. Aimed at improving fluency and vocabulary, self-evaluation strategies built into these courses inspire students to take control of their learning.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Literacy & Comprehension II

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Offering high-interest topics to motivate students who are reading two to three levels below grade, this course works in conjunction with Literacy & Comprehension I to use a thematic and contemporary approach to expose students to effective instructional principles using diverse content area and real-world texts. Presented as two, one-semester, reading-intervention courses, each offers an engaging, technology-based interface that inspires and challenges high school and middle school students to gain knowledge and proficiency in the following comprehension strategies: summarizing, questioning, previewing and predicting, recognizing text structure, visualizing, making inferences, and monitoring understanding with metacognition. Aimed at improving fluency and vocabulary, self-evaluation strategies built into these courses inspire students to take control of their learning.

Details:

  • Course Length: 2 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Expository Reading and Writing

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This elective English course is designed to develop critical reading and writing skills while preparing high school students to meet the demands of college-level work. While students will explore some critical reading skills in fiction, poetry, and drama the focus of this course will be on expository and persuasive texts and the analytical reading skills that are necessary for college success. Students will read a range of short but complex texts, including works by Walt Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Julia Alvarez, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Gary Soto.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Introduction to Communications and Speech

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Beginning with an introduction that builds student understanding of the elements, principles, and characteristics of human communication, this course offers fascinating insight into verbal and nonverbal messages and cultural and gender differences in the areas of listening and responding. High school students enrolled in this one-semester course will be guided through engaging lectures and interactive activities, exploring themes of self-awareness and perception in communication. The course concludes with units on informative and persuasive speeches, and students are given the opportunity to critique and analyze speeches.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

IDEA Writing–Instruction to Develop Expository & Applied Writing

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Motivating students in grades nine through twelve to become more articulate and effective writers, this one-semester course offers hands-on experience writing personal reflections, definition essays, research essays, persuasive essays, informative essays, and literary analysis essays. Offering targeted lessons on reputable research, effective communication, solid grammar, and compelling style, this one-semester course utilizes the Six Traits of Effective Writing as an overarching framework. Students enrolled in this course develop the skills necessary to evaluate their own writing and articulate and apply writing and researching strategies. In addition, students get further practice applying the grammatical rules of Standard American English in formal writing.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

Classic Novels and Author Studies

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Classic Novels provides an in-depth study of twelve novels and two authors and gives students the opportunity to fully explore a large work of fiction or to be introduced to a celebrated author. Each mini-course guides students through the work with lectures, web activities, journals, and homework/practice. Students study the following novels: 1984, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Call of the Wild, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Heart of Darkness, Jane Eyre, Mrs. Dalloway, Portrait of the Artist, Robinson Crusoe, The House of Seven Gables, The Red Badge of Courage, and The Three Musketeers along with the following author studies: Jorge Luis Borges and Flannery O’Connor.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: Edgenuity

ENGL 041: Ninth-Grade English 1

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In this course, students will learn effective strategies for reading fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; students will also explore and implement elements of effective writing.

Writing assignments include a learning journal, a photo essay, a personal narrative, and a process paper. Students will learn new vocabulary and review grammatical concepts. ENGL 041 is the first course in a two-part ninth-grade English series (ENGL 041 and ENGL 043).

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU independent study
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 35 and ENGL 37 or an eighth-grade English equivalent.
  • Required Materials: Printed Course Readings $10.00 Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

What You’ll Learn To Do

  1. Expand your vocabulary by applying several vocabulary word parts to new words.
  2. Apply effective reading strategies to a variety of reading materials.
  3. Utilize good listening strategies in your daily interactions with others.
  4. Explore the aspects and elements of effective writing and utilize them in your personal writing.
  5. Demonstrate your ability to follow and give instructions.
  6. Write about your life in an honest, interesting way.

ENGL 043: Ninth-Grade English 2

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This course incorporates reading, writing, speaking strategies, vocabulary, Internet research skills, essay and speech writing, and texts from various genres; students will also have the opportUnity to use instructional multimedia and video interviews on an interactive DVD. This course is designed to open students’ eyes to new perspectives so they may develop their own ideas and a greater understanding of the world they live in. ENGL 043 is the second course in a two-part ninth-grade English series (ENGL 041 and ENGL 043).

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 041
    • Required Materials: Engdahl , Enchantress from the Stars(2003, 9780142500378) $8.99
    • Engl 043-Double Layer DVD printed course packet (included in tuition) Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

Lesson 1: Sharing Our Stories

  • Objective 1: Study and learn commonly misused words to build vocabulary and improve writing.
  • Objective 2: Understand and identify setting and characters in a story.
  • Objective 3: Analyze and identify conflict in a short story.
  • Objective 4: Understand the elements of plot and identify them in fiction.
  • Objective 5: Define theme and identify themes in literature.

Lesson 2: The Art of Reading

  • Objective 1: Define pre-reading skills and apply them by preparing to read the novel Enchantress from the Stars.
  • Objective 2: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words and using context to determine meaning.
  • Objective 3: Read texts from various genres.
  • Objective 4: Improve writing by learning about the six writing traits; focus specifically on ideas and utilize pre-writing skills by viewing a personal history and gathering ideas for a personal history.
  • Objective 5: Improve writing by learning about the six writing traits; focus specifically on voice, examine point of view, and identify and appreciate different voice and dialect texts.
  • Objective 6: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 3: The glint of light on broken glass

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by understanding the difference between connotation and denotation, and by learning and practicing vocabulary words.
  • Objective 2: Identify various forms of figurative language.
  • Objective 3: Examine word choice and demonstrate an understanding of figurative language and word choice by writing a descriptive paragraph.
  • Objective 4: Practice viewing and listening comprehension by viewing a personal history and writing a response paper.
  • Objective 5: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 4: Cumulative Speedback Review

Lesson 5: Take Up Your Pen and Write!

Lesson 6: Making What We Read Ours

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words.
  • Objective 2: Employ research skills to research and study an issue in books and on the Internet.
  • Objective 3: Focus on the writing trait of organization and use effective arguments to articulate ideas in a well-written persuasive essay.
  • Objective 4: Practice viewing and listening comprehension by viewing a personal history and writing a response paper.
  • Objective 5: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 7: Those who can learn, unlearn, and relearn

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words and idiomatic expressions.
  • Objective 2: Employ the reading strategies of rereading, asking questions, and using inferences to improve reading comprehension.
  • Objective 3: Write a functional document and appreciate the perspectives of others by conducting a respectful interview with someone who has an opposing view.
  • Objective 4: Practice viewing and listening comprehension by viewing a personal history and writing a response paper.
  • Objective 5: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 8: English Usage Is . . . Sheer Luck!

  • Objective 1: Study and learn commonly misused words to build vocabulary and improve writing.
  • Objective 2: Focus on the Conventions writing trait and improve writing through the correct use of periods, commas, and semicolons.
  • Objective 3: Apply capitalization and spelling rules to improve writing.
  • Objective 4: Avoid common usage errors in writing.
  • Objective 5: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 9: Cumulative Speedback Review

Lesson 10: Drenched in Words

Lesson 11: More Than What Is Set Down on Paper

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words.
  • Objective 2: Analyze the efficacy and power of speech and the oral tradition by listening to various audio texts and reading aloud a script with others.
  • Objective 3: Compose a speech using the information gathered for the persuasive writing assignment and present that speech to a group of people.
  • Objective 4: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 12: Letting the Fire Show through the Smoke

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words.
  • Objective 2: Define irony and symbolism and identify them in literature.
  • Objective 3: Focus on the writing trait of sentence fluency and employ the post-writing process of revision through self and peer revision exercises to enhance a text.
  • Objective 4: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.

Lesson 13: Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.

  • Objective 1: Build vocabulary and increase reading comprehension by learning and practicing vocabulary words.
  • Objective 2: Increase reading comprehension through the study of the novel Enchantress from the Stars.
  • Objective 3: Make connections with stories by applying themes in texts to life and the world around us. Use personal connections to write a personal response essay, discussing specific examples from the text and life to support and illustrate a chosen theme.

Lesson 14: Cumulative Speedback Review

Lesson 15: To Change Is to Live

ENGL 045: Tenth-Grade English 1

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Students will develop new perspectives through interpreting literature, expanding vocabulary, and writing creatively; students will also enhance their writing skills by examining point of view, character development, figurative language, and audience. ENGL 045 is the first course in a two-part tenth-grade English series (ENGL 045 and ENGL 047).

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Lee , To Kill a Mockingbird ( 1994, 0-446-31078-9 ) $ 7.99
    • N/A , To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 Film( 1988, )
    • N/A , Dictionary (any one will work) ( 2004, )
    • Printed course packet (included in tuition)
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

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ENGL 047: Tenth Grade English 2

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ENGL 047 This course offers a myriad of reading and writing activities that are challenging and engaging; it is designed to strengthen students’ background knowledge in the genres of poetry, short story, myth, nonfiction, and novel.ENGL 047 is the second course in a two-part, tenth-grade English series (ENGL 045 and ENGL 047). This course also encompasses the Common Core State Standards. 7 lessons, 17 assignment submissions (13 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 4 instructor-graded assignments); 1 proctored instructor-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 045 (Tenth-Grade English 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Shakespeare , The Merchant of Venice ( 1995, 9780486284927 )$ 2.00
    • Michael Shaara , The Killer Angels ( 2004, 9780345348104 ) $ 7.99
    • Engl 047 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

Learning Outcomes

  1. Read more carefully and thoughtfully than you already do by connecting your own experience to that of the author.
  2. Strengthen your vocabulary by using the words that you learn in your writing and conversations.
  3. Identify literary devices in the genres included within the course, and within your own writing.
  4. Assess your own writing using the Six-Trait Writing Model.
  5. Communicate honestly in writing your opinions surrounding the themes present in each literary work.

ENGL 051: Eleventh-Grade English 1

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In this eleventh-grade English course, students will learn about American literature by studying selections from the play The Crucible, reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, writing a research book report, and completing writing assignments that contrast historical and fictitious events described in literature. Students will also be studying Latin and Greek terms, developing their vocabulary, and enhancing their writing skills. ENGL 051 is the first course in a two-part eleventh-grade English series (ENGL 051 and ENGL 053).

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Lee , To Kill a Mockingbird( 1988, 9780446310789 ) $ 7.99
    • Miller, A , The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts( 1976, 9780140481389 ) $ 13.00
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. The Best of Intentions
  2. The Devil’s in the Details
  3. Pivot Points
  4. Illusion vs. Reality
  5. Integrity of the Mind
  6. Modern American Transcendentalism: The Beat Generation
  7. The Origins of Fear in Literature
  8. Fear of the Unknown
  9. The Great American Novel
  10. Examples of Courage
  11. No Run-of-a-Mill Man
  12. “Most people are [nice], Scout, when you finally see them.” – Atticus Finch

ENGL 052: Eleventh-Grade English 2

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This course is a continuation of skills developed in ENGL 051 (Eleventh-Grade English 1), with reading emphasis on literary, functional, and informational selections. A research report with outline, works cited, and in-text documentation will be required. The course includes analyses, original stories, and poems. Students will develop their writing style to improve effectiveness, clarity, and variety. This is the second course in a two-part eleventh-grade English series (ENGL 051 and ENGL 053). 6 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam. This course also encompasses the Common Core State Standards.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 051 (Eleventh-Grade English 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Arthur Miller , Death of a Salesman ( 9780141180977 ) $ 13.00
    • Wilder , Our Town( 2004, 0-06-051263-6 ) $ 13.99
    • Neil Simon , Lost in Yonkers ( 9780452268838 ) $ 13.00
    • Engl 053 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

  • Lesson 1: Small Towns – Big Dreams
  • Lesson 2: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
  • Lesson 3: Wars and Wars and Wars
  • Lesson 4: Personal Challenges and Choices
  • Lesson 5: Who Are We… And Who Should We Be?
  • Lesson 6: And Where Are We Going?

ENGL 055: Twelfth-Grade English 1

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Students will develop a basic understanding of poetry as they analyze and isolate figures of speech, enhance their writing skills as several different rhetorical modes are practiced, and enlarge their vocabulary while becoming more proficient at punctuation. This is the first course in a two-part twelfth-grade English series (ENGL 055 and ENGL 057.)

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Lewis , The Great Divorce( 2002, 0-06-065295-0 ) $ 13.99
    • Viktor E. Frankl , Man’s Search for Meaning( 2006, 9780807014295 ) $ 6.99
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Life as a Journey
  • My Own Journey Thus Far
  • What Brought Me to This Bend in the Road?
  • The Compass
  • The Destination
  • The Map
  • Fellow Travelers
  • You’ve Arrived

ENGL 057: Twelfth-Grade English 2

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Students will gain a basic understanding of rhetoric as they become more proficient in their writing, enlarge their vocabulary, and recognize how to skillfully approach poetry. Students will also learn to assess writing more effectively by using the Six Traits Analytical Model Writing Assessment. This is the second course in a two-part twelfth-grade English series (ENGL 055 and ENGL 057).

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 055 (Twelfth-Grade English 1) or equivalent.
  • Required Materials:
    • Brokaw , The Greatest Generation ( 2001, 0-8129-7529-4 ) $ 17.00
    • Chacour , Blood Brothers ( 1984, 9780800793210 ) $ 12.99
    • Engl 057 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. “That the Powerful Play Goes On and You May Contribute a Verse”
  2. The Role of the “Public” Protagonist
  3. The Private Protagonist
  4. Your Sphere of Influence
  5. Intermission
  6. The Role of the Antagonist
  7. The Role of Heroes/Role Models in Developing Our Role
  8. The Final Curtain

LIT 047: Advanced Literature Comprehension

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This course provides an exploration of proven masters in major genres, including epic poetry, short story, drama, and the novel. Major themes include love of self, of others, and of principle. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Frost , A Boy’s Will and North of Boston ( 1991, 0-486-26866-7 ) $ 2.50
    • Raffel , Beowulf( 1999, 9780451530967 ) $ 4.95
    • Negri , Great Sonnets( 1994, 0-486-28052-7 ) $ 2.50
    • Keats , Lyric Poems( 1993, 0-486-26871-3 ) $ 3.00
    • Hawthorne , Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories( 1992, 0-486-27060-2 ) $ 2.00
    • Shaw , Pygmalion( 1995, 0-486-28222-8 ) $ 2.00
    • Coleridge , Rime of the Ancient Mariner( 1992, 0-486-27266-4 ) $ 2.00
    • Kipling , The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories( 1994, 0-486-28051-9 ) $ 3.00
    • Wilde , Picture of Dorian Gray( 1993, 0-486-27807-7 ) $ 3.50
    • Lit 047 – Printed Student Lessons $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

  • Lesson 1: The Great English Epic: Beowulf
  • Lesson 2: Love in Structure: The Sonnet
  • Lesson 3: Love Through Imagination: Art Ballads and Odes
  • Lesson 4: Dark Side of Love: The Romantic Short Story
  • Lesson 5: Contradiction and Contrast: The Short Story from a Victorian View
  • Lesson 6: The Victorian Novel: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Lesson 7: Modern Poetry: The Magic of Robert Frost
  • Lesson 8: Modern Drama: Pygmalion

LIT 051: Bible As Literature

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LIT 051 includes an introduction to the King James Version of the Bible as a great classic of English literature. 8 lessons, 7 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
    • Required Materials: Church , The Holy Bible, LDS Ed., Edition: King James Version $11.70
    • Printed course packet
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Lesson 1: Bible and Literature Basics
  • Lesson 2: Character and Conflict In Bible Narratives
  • Lesson 3: Setting, Plot, and Theme In Bible Narratives
  • Lesson 4: Hero Narratives In The Bible
  • Lesson 5: Women In The Bible
  • Lesson 6: Bible Biographies
  • Lesson 7: Parables: Bible Allegories
  • Lesson 8: Poetry In The Bible

WRIT 045: Creative Writing

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This course guides students in writing fiction by learning and using the elements of creative writing: plot, character development, dialogue, description, scene, transition, and point of view. Two short stories are required. 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions (7 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored instructor-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Writ 045 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

  1. Read fiction to enjoy the overall effect and to recognize, at least in part, how the author achieved that effect by using the elements of creative writing discussed in this course.
  2. Create believable short stories or plot outlines with tension and conflict that keep the reader’s interest.
  3. Create characters in a short story who are believable and interesting enough that the reader will care about what happens to them.
  4. Choose the best point-of-view from which to tell your story.
  5. Use description in a story in a way that will advance the plot and reveal character.
  6. Create dialogue that sounds realistic and reveals what you want the readers to know about the characters.
  7. Establish a tone that matches the message of the story.
  8. Determine what your theme will be before writing your story.
  9. Rewrite in such a way as to improve earlier drafts of a story.

WRIT 049: Journalism

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In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of modern journalism: reporting, interviewing, writing techniques, censorship issues, page design, and broadcast journalism. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Writ 049 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

The five most important things you will be able to do when you are finished with this course are:

  1. Organize your thoughts effectively to be able to synthesize information to produce a news article
  2. Classify news in all its variety and be able to stylistically write all the different kinds of articles
  3. Create your own dummy newspaper with all the trimmings
  4. Interpret news articles for yourself and the public
  5. Discuss areas of journalism that are constantly in debate today, such as censorship and where the media is headed

ENGL 059: Practical English: Review of Fundamentals

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ENGL 059 is an overview of basic English skills emphasizing effective usage of the English language, the eight parts of speech, and commonly misused words. 6 lessons, 6 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Packet
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain the difference between usage and grammar.
  • Differentiate between each of the eight parts of speech.
  • Explain subjects and predicates.
  • Identify different types of phrases and clauses.
  • Punctuate sentences correctly and use the correct form of confusing words.

READ 049: Recreational Reading

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This course is all about giving students the tools to become better readers and to appreciate good books and the joy of recreational reading. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Tis the good reader that makes the good book. ” Students will learn reading strategies that will not only help them become better readers, but will also help students enjoy reading even more. 7 lessons, 7 assignment submissions (5 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites:
  • Required Materials:
    • Students are required to read six novels for this course. These novels should add up to a combined minimum of 1,500 pages of text
    • Read 049 – Printed Student Lessons $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

  1. Setting and Leads: Entering the Story’s World
  2. Characterization and Point of View: Who are you and Why are you in my Story?
  3. Conflict: What’s the Problem Here?
  4. Comprehension: Wait! What Do I Do If I Don’t Get it?
  5. Plot: What makes a Story Exciting?
  6. Inferences: Gathering Clues from a Story
  7. Theme: The Big Picture

READ 051: Reading Around The World

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READ 051 takes students on a literary journey around the world by reading the adventures of Harry Potter, Gandhi’s words of wisdom, Chilean folk tales, and much more while learning about important pre-, during-, and after-reading techniques. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites:In order to be successful and have a good experience in this course, you should feel comfortable reading at at least a ninth grade level. Much of the literature we will be reading is more advanced than typical ninth grade level literature, but throughout the course you will gain new skills and techniques that will help you deal with the more difficult literature.
  • Required Materials:
    • Read 051 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Appraise literary contributions from many foreign countries in order to better appreciate what they offer to the world.
  2. Distinguish between different examples of multi-cultural literature and the authors from many foreign countries.
  3. Use comprehension strategies before reading to be prepared to learn with the text.
  4. Improve your reading skills through using comprehension strategies during reading to actively construct the meaning of the text.
  5. Use comprehension skills after reading to reflect and learn with the text.
  6. Discuss your reactions to the issues and themes found in the literature.

READ 033: Reading Comprehension: Understanding Literature 1

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READ 033 covers important pre-, during-, and after-reading techniques; includes a look at some of the most common feelings that are found in books and people. Students will read about pure happiness in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, loneliness in The Wizard of Oz, utter surprise in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, love in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and much, much more as they explore 30 excerpts from great literature while learning about reading techniques. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 term
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Read 033 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Happily Ever After
  • Fraidy Cat
  • Soooo Sad
  • Anger Management
  • Life is Full of Surprises
  • That’s Embarrassing!
  • All Alone
  • Love is in the Air

READ 035: Reading Comprehension: Understanding Literature 2

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In READ 035, students will learn more during-reading techniques, and those who liked READ 033 will love this follow-up course that focuses even more on feelings portrayed through literature; they can join in the fun and read flabbergasting fiction in The Adventures of Pinocchio, the magical tales of Harry Potter and his friends, a story of true bravery in Alice in Wonderland, and much, much more. Students will explore excerpts from Newbery Award-winning books and classic literature while focusing on reading techniques. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Read 035 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Define specific feelings found in each lesson.
  2. Read literature of various levels and themes.
  3. Review your knowledge of pre-reading comprehension strategies.
  4. Improve your reading skills through use of comprehension strategies during reading to actively construct the meaning of the text.
  5. Use comprehension skills after reading to reflect and learn from the text.
  6. Interpret and recognize different genres of literary texts.
  7. Express your reactions to the issues and themes found in the literature through writing and other activities.

READ 045: Reading Comprehension

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This course will identify important strategies to assist students in understanding and remembering what they have read. It will help students improve their reading speed and comprehension through carefully designed exercises. Fluency and vocabulary will be included with comprehensive skills. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Read 045 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool

Syllabus:

  • Define obscure words, without looking in a dictionary, by main ideas, context clues, synonyms and antonyms, and prefixes and suffixes.
  • Improve reading speed and comprehension through consistent timed readings and cloze exercises. In cloze exercises, words have been deleted, and you need to select appropriate words to fit in the corresponding blank.
  • Learn to make connections with yourself, the world, and other books and stories.
  • Apply the qualities of a good reader in your life.

LIT 061: Science Fiction Literature

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This course evaluates the future through science fiction; it looks at the best and worst future possibilities if present trends in society and present human traits continue. 6 lessons, 9 assignment submissions (8 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 1 instructor-graded assignment); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Asimov , I, Robot( 1991, 0-553-29438-5 ) $ 7.99
    • Bradbury , The Martian Chronicles( 1974, 0-553-27822-3 ) $ 7.99
    • Card , Speaker for the Dead( 1994, 0-8125-5075-7 ) $ 7.99
    • Lit 061 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Analyze science fiction novels.
  2. Identify major themes and elements presented in science fiction.
  3. Evaluate the way in which science fiction is a commentary on human nature and civilization.
  4. Examine each author’s individuality in subject and skill.

READ 041: Speed Reading

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This course teaches skills for effectively increasing reading speed, while at the same time increasing comprehension. 5 lessons, 5 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Sterling, Freedom Train( 1954, 0-590-43628-7 ) $ 5.99
    • Students provide a novel of their choice from the guidelines provided.
    • Read 041 – Printed Student Lessons $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Become motivated and committed to better reading.
  • Replace poor reading habits with new and improved reading habits.
  • Train your eyes to scan naturally and effectively.
  • Develop and maintain the three steps for better reading: previewing, seeing, and mapping.
  • Use speed-reading techniques for better lifelong reading.

SPELL 041: Spelling

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This is a basic spelling course. It includes patterns for spelling most words, how to master words that do not follow patterns, and using meaning to choose between commonly confused and similar words. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Printed Course Packet
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Lesson 1: Contractions, Dividing Words, and Capitalization
  • Lesson 2: Words with EI and IE
  • Lesson 3: Adding Word Endings, Part 1
  • Lesson 4: Adding Word Endings, Part 2: Words Ending with a Consonant
  • Lesson 5: Plurals
  • Lesson 6: Word Pairs, Part 1
  • Lesson 7: Word Pairs, Part 2
  • Lesson 8: Preparing for the Final Exam

WRIT 043: Technical Writing

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This course is designed to help students write to convey information clearly, concisely, and accurately; to experience comprehensive editing and copyediting; and to write instructions and memos. This course will also help students improve their writing style. 7 lessons, 7 assignment submissions (5 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Writ 043 – Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Write technical material clearly and concisely.
  2. Apply the basics of technical writing to your own writing in research writing and other technical documents.
  3. Explain the differences between technical and nontechnical writing.
  4. Copyedit and edit for style.
  5. Format documents for visual impact.

LIT 045: Understanding Literature

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LIT 045 will assist students in reading, analyzing, and interpreting short stories, poetry, novels and plays for content, thematic meaning, and personal relevance. 4 lessons, 4 assignment submissions, all computer-graded (Speedback); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Rose , Twelve Angry Men( 1983, 0871293277 ) $ 7.50
    • Hinton , The Outsiders( 1998, 014038572X ) $ 9.99
    • Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  1. Define, differentiate, and categorize types of literature.
  2. Learn elements of fiction and apply them to various types of literature.
  3. Learn literary elements and recognize their use in literature.
  4. Recognize theme in literature and construct your own ideas of thematic abilities.
  5. Construct a personal relationship with reading due to individual uniqueness.

WRIT 047: Writing Poetry: Becoming A Bard

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This course is designed to improve and enhance students’ own poetic skills by teaching them how poets use the language devices of sound, sensory images, figurative expressions, and musical rhythms to share their insights through word-art. Throughout the course, students will experiment with traditional formats and with many free-verse styles of poetry. 6 lessons, 7 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 1 instructor-graded assignment); proctored computer-graded final exam.

Details:

  • Course Length: 1 Semester
  • Curriculum Provider: BYU Independent Study
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Required Materials:
    • Writ 047: Printed Course Readings $10.00
  • Cost of tuition is covered by Provo eSchool.

Syllabus:

  • Correctly use poetry terms in discussing poetry.
  • Recognize and use the following poetic devices of sound: assonance, consonance, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and echoic words.
  • Identify and use words that evoke sensory responses.
  • Identify and use the figurative devices of simile, metaphor, and personification.
  • Understand and use the poetic conventions of rhythm and meter and correctly scan a poem.
  • Correctly identify and use perfect rhyme, slant rhyme, end rhyme, internal rhyme, and rhyme scheme.
  • Correctly compose format poems such as cinquains, haikus, tankas, sonnets, and villanelles.
  • Compose free verse based on observation, experience, and emotion.
  • Analyze poetry in terms of the concepts covered in this course.
  • Keep track of ideas and thoughts that come to you for use in poetic compositions.