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English 1

English 1

High School

English Language Arts

Course Description:

English 1 builds upon the skills developed in middle school. Students read from a wide variety of informational texts and analyze the organizational patterns, arguments, and positions advanced. They conduct in depth analyses of recurrent patterns and themes in historically and culturally significant literary texts. As they read, students apply their knowledge of word origins to determine the meaning of new words encountered in reading materials and use those words accurately. Students combine the rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description to produce texts of at least 1,500 words each, and write coherent and focused essays that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument. Students deliver polished formal and extemporaneous presentations that combine the traditional rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description.

Semester 1

High School Language ArtsFrom HMH Into Literature National G9
Unit 1: Against All Odds
Texts from Louis Erdrich, Wisława Szymborska, Elie Wiesel, Steve Pemberton

Unit 2: Breaking Through Barriers
Texts from David Brooks, Ishmael Beah, Langston Hughes, Nadine Gordimer

Unit 3: Crime Scenes
Texts from Eduardo (Echo) Martinez, Brian Tobin, Laura Hensley, Dashka Slater

Semester 2

Note: if the following section is blank the course is 1 semester long

Unit 4: Love and Loss
Texts from William Shakespeare, Kae Tempest, Ovid, Caitlin Smith

Unit 5: Freedom at All Costs
Texts from Martin Luther King, Jr., Kurt Vonnegut, National Public Radio, Margot Lee Shetterly

Unit 6: Epic Journeys
Texts from Homer, Jeremy Hsu, Kira Salak, Mary Oliver

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