The goal of this English class is to produce critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students are not only reading for comprehension but for meaning and relevancy of the work as a whole. Literature is also an example of good writing. The writing improves when a student reads. Vocabulary also improves because the student is learning to read in context. We want successful students who can think critically and communicate effectively.
English 11: How does the past continue to affect my present?
How do I recognize and analyze Gothic Literature?
Students will continue the Edgar Allan Poe Unit. They will need to complete plotlines for each story. They will identify setting/mood, conflict/resolution, and theme. Plotlines will be due no later than Thursday, October 11th. After picking a short story that they would like to spend more time analyzing, students will identify and apply Gothic elements to the Poe story of their choice. They will then compare/contrast Poe to a 21st century medium of their choosing. Students will identify and apply Gothic elements and elements of horror or of mystery to their modern day choice. They will be required to complete Venn Diagrams and create a PowerPoint. Tentative Due Date for the slideshow is October 19th.
How do I get ready for a LIVE broadcast?
Students will continue working as a team to get ready for daily live broadcasts. Students will prepare scripts and equipment, collaborate, and create. They will work on making sure that the Newscast progresses and improves. Students are creating Public Service Announcements (PSA) for Red Ribbon Week, Fire Prevention Week, and Homecoming Week. They are also creating and producing logos, taglines, promos, sounds, and video for group monthly video segments.
Public Speaking: How do basic speaking and listening skills help us to communicate?
Why are clear, concise, specific organized ideas necessary speech skills ?
Students will complete the following Chapters: 9, 10, 12 and 11. Dates have been assigned. Speech Topics are due on October 12th. Students will begin research on their topic. They will find valid, reliable resources to help them become experts on their chosen topic.. Students will need to use 4-6 sources in their Informative Speech. They will need to create an Annotated Bibliography for each source researched. Annotated Bibliographies will be due no later than October 24th. Speeches will commence on October 30th.
Keystone Remediation: How does my interaction with the text provoke thinking and response?
What are my strengths and weaknesses?
This course requires a student to show improvement in standards that need to be strengthened. Students will be given a set of activities to complete each week. They will be responsible for meeting, grading, and conferencing with the teacher on areas of strengths and weaknesses. Every student will focus and work on improving their reading and writing skills for success on the Keystone. Students will be asked to create projects that will not only challenge themselves, but also their peers. They will be asked to produce relevant work that will help all of us to rise to the challenge of critical thinking. Highlighting, annotating, vocabulary dissection, vocabulary in context, fictional and nonfictional analysis, identification and application of literary terms, sample tests, and written responses will be practiced on a regular basis.