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?
How well did the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution promote the ideals
in the Declaration of Independence? Is the Constitution a living document?
Is individualism still the cornerstone of life in America?
---How does Whitman characterize America? Dickinson?
---What are the characteristics of 21st century American culture?
---How do I count? Where am I headed?
Of Mice and Men: How does individuality affect our relationships?
---Symbiotic Relationships: Mutualism, Parasitism, Commensalism
---Does the American Dream still exist?
---How did the Great Depression/Dust Bowl affect America?
---How important in life are hopes and dreams?
---Who in society has power? What kinds of circumstances are truly beyond an individual’s control and what options are truly within the realm of personal choice?
Hamlet: Can one (apparently) have all the right information and make the wrong
Which decisions I make today will affect me for my entire life?
When is loyalty to myself, and my own values, more important than
loyalty to a friend? a person in power?
How can I invent new opportunities?
---Bias skews all decisions, actions, and thoughts.
---Decisions based on data are filtered by our beliefs.
---Appearance vs. reality
---Loyalty vs. betrayal
---Decisions determine destiny
---Flawed data (appearances, propaganda) leads to inappropriate decisions.
Short Story: How can we use narratives to understand ourselves, others, and the
How do storytelling, language, and words shape an individual?
Where does the meaning of a story reside? Within the text, within the reader, or in the transaction that occurs between them?
What is a "story", and how does it function in our lives?
The Crucible: What does it mean to be socially responsible and ethical?
Are we products of our environment or are we genetically
destined? Is hypocrisy a natural human flaw?
Is personal integrity more important than survival? Are there
times when you should lie?
Is guilt by association ever justified?
Does history repeat itself?
How do I get ready for a LIVE broadcast?
How do I pitch an idea/story?
How do I work on a team?
How do I inform my audience?
How do I persuade my audience?
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. In order to hone persuasive skills, 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 segments that will play on the live broadcast and promote changes for the second year. Students will be writing and producing a Podcast to become experienced in a variety of broadcast mediums. 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?
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.