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 do individuals stand up and take responsibility for changing their societies?
How did The Enlightenment/The Age of Reason affect progress and change?
Was the Declaration of Independence written for selfish or ideological reasons?
Students will explore the history and effects of social responsibility through informational texts, historical documents, speeches, and drama. Over the next marking period, students will analyze and discuss the need for change. They will identify, research, and analyze a variety of fiction and nonfiction works that deal with relevant themes of individuality and cooperation, dignity, heroes, hope, fear, power and protest. They will read and analyze the Declaration of Independence (Historian Interpretations due 12/10, Review of the Grievances on 12/11, Test is on 12/11) and Preamble to the Constitution (Iroquois Constitution Article due on 12/12. Students will read and discuss Henry David Thoreau’s “Civil Disobedience,” and Patrick Henry’s speech to the Second Virginia Convention. For connection and relevancy, they will be required to create a website that thematically relates the historical documents, speech, biography, and The Crucible with examples from the past and the present. Students will be asked to take a stand and decide whether or not protest is effective.
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 various upcoming events. They are learning and using technology to create and produce logos, taglines, promos, sounds, and video for group monthly video segments. Students will be writing the Short News Package and creating videos for the live broadcast. Students will promote daily district events on Facebook.
Public Speaking: How do basic speaking and listening skills help us to communicate?
Why are clear, concise, specific organized ideas necessary speech skills ?
How do rhetoric skills improve speech writing and presentation?
Students will identify and create statements on Fact, Value, and Policy. They will use reasoning and logic to analyze statements as false. The work and discussion will aid in the creation of their thesis for the Persuasive Speech. Students will need to use 6-8 sources for their Persuasive Speech. They will be responsible for the smooth integration of a Google Slideshow into their speech. Students will be required to upload their Slideshow to Google Classroom. They will hand in hard copies of the following items: Persuasive Speech Worksheet, outline, podium cards, and a final copy with a works cited page.
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 and present 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.