Course Syllabus for "K12ELA010: English Language Arts 10"
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English II is the second in a sequence of English courses for high school students. These courses seek to give you the necessary reading, writing, thinking, and research skills to find success in college or the workplace. As the second course, English II challenges you to look deeper within a text for its meaning and provide thoughtful, analytical, and persuasive responses. You will be expected to build literary analysis from the texts as well as outside sources of knowledge. You will first learn to dissect a text for varied levels of meaning, how to interpret this meaning with a critical eye, and how to look beyond the text for its relevance. You will then be expected to read a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts of different lengths, complexities, and genres, and respond to them through questions, annotations, independent research, and essay writing. Texts and assignments will gradually increase in rigor, challenging you to improve the efficacy and complexity of your analysis and writing skills. Because the objectives of English II are skill based, and therefore transferable across other disciplines, you will read from a broad spectrum of content. Texts will include classic fictional literature, historical documents, scientific studies, current news articles, and materials relevant to the modern-day workplace. While English Language Arts retains some of its literary tradition, you should expect the content to align with, and supplement, the material in your other courses. By the conclusion of English II, you will be prepared for the material in upper level high school English courses (and, subsequently, collegiate texts). You will be able to read and interpret more autonomously, and you will be able to handle more rigorous texts with fewer instructional supports.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- identify and evaluate the key elements, terminology, and traditions of literature;
- define and implement proper writing practices to develop clear/cogent ideas, detailed explanations, and effective arguments;
- identify, analyze, and evaluate the rhetoric used in a variety of media;
- analyze an author’s message, intent, and writing style, and respond critically to it using textual support;
- create cogent, detailed, analytical responses to a text – i.e., persuasive writing, research-based expository writing, and literary analysis;
- analyze historical fiction and nonfiction texts within their social context and evaluate them for their effectiveness and real-world implications;
- critically evaluate and critique ideas presented in a narrative or persuasive text;
- utilize a range of reading strategies, such as annotating, questioning, and defining, to facilitate the comprehension of challenging texts or unfamiliar content;
- analyze a given topic from an author’s/speaker’s perspective and respond within the boundaries of the text;
- explain a variety of historical events/settings/philosophies through the perspectives of noteworthy figures and how they have influenced today’s world; and
- compare and contrast the views and methodology of two writers/speakers, analyzing how these similarities and differences affect the message.
In order to take this course, you must:
√ have access to a computer;
√ have continuous broadband Internet access;
√ have the ability/permission to install plug-ins or software (e.g., Adobe Reader or Flash);
√ have the ability to download and save files and documents to a computer;
√ have the ability to open Microsoft files and documents (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.);
√ have competency in the English language;
√ have read the Saylor Student Handbook;
√ have the ability to annotate documents, either by hand or electronically;
√ have four different colored highlighters on hand for annotating during reading;
√ have sticky notes on hand for annotating during reading; and
√ have a three-ring notebook and loose-leaf notebook paper on hand for note-taking and writing.
Welcome to English II/Grade 10 English Language Arts! This course is
full of useful information, interesting reading, and numerous
opportunities to express your opinion in writing. Hopefully you will
enjoy studying the material in this course so much that you will make
learning a lifelong activity!
Course Designer: Ms. Karen Breazeale
Primary Resources: In addition to a plethora of amazing free, online resources, this course also involves reading and studying the following literature:
- “2BR02B” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
- “The Country of the Blind” by H. G. Wells
- “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce
- “The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allan Poe
- “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker
- Anthem by Ayn Rand
- The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy
- “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech by Patrick Henry
- A speech to his troops by Alexander the Great
- “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X
- “We Never Quarrel about Religion” by Red Jacket
- “The Perils of Indifference” by Elie Wiesel
- Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
- Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Requirements for Completion: Completing this course requires working
through each of the six units, including the required reading and
assignments for each.
Time Commitment: Completing this course should take approximately 292 hours. Each unit lists a time advisory for the amount of time you will need to spend on each subunit. In addition, each resource box gives a time estimate, making it easy to plan your time.
Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.