Course Length: 2 semesters
Course Credit: 1
High School Grade: 10th-11th
Accredited: Cognia-SACS/CASI, Middle States, FACCS
With an emphasis on building traditional and digital literacy, English III not only provides students essential practice and information to make them better communicators, but also exposes them to a variety of different literary forms and genres to encourage critical thinking and analysis. Not only will students study the language during this course, but they will also learn how to look at literature and language through a Christian worldview. A thorough review of grammar rules, an exploration of literary work by American writers, and a focus on research skills highlight this interactive online course for high school students. Building on current language skills, students will be challenged by more challenging concepts and assignments that focus on critical thinking, analysis, and strengthening communication. Required reading for the course includes Our Town, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Book of Revelation.
English III continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways: Reading–
reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students comprehension techniques for literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama; discusses common literary devices; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative and expository prose; guides students through readings of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (play) and Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbirds as well as selections of and excerpts from well-known poetry and nonfiction pieces. Writing–develops students’ writing skills by teaching about clauses and phrases in sentence structures; reviews common sentence construction errors and methods for avoiding them; provides practice in standard and nonstandard English, as well as specialized language use; teaches Greek and Latin roots and prefixes to enhance vocabulary and spelling skills; expands students’ abilities to write cohesive and coherent expository prose; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing literary critiques, personal essays, poetry, and research papers. Special Topics–incorporates research skills, including internet, library, and reference material use, throughout the curriculum.
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