K12ELA011: English Language Arts 11

Course Syllabus for "K12ELA011: English Language Arts 11"

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English III, American Literature, explores the literature of America from the narratives of the early colonists to the foundational documents of our forefathers, and the literature of our modern times. In English III, you will gain a firm grasp of the various literary periods throughout American history as well as the ability to analyze different genres and styles of notable American authors. As you progress through the course, you will gain an appreciation for American literature and an understanding of how the literature of the day acted as a reflection of the historical period from which it evolved. This course will also give you the opportunity to hone your own writing skills as you identify the characteristics of effective writing for a variety of different purposes and audiences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify notable periods of American literature and their general characteristics.
  • Describe the genres and stylistic techniques employed by notable authors throughout American history.
  • Compare and contrast the themes and approaches evident in different literary eras throughout American history.
  • Identify literary techniques including figurative language.
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of literary techniques on the text and the reader.
  • Reference passages from a text to support a theory or analysis.
  • Write for a variety of different purposes and audiences.

Course Requirements

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.

Course Information

Welcome to American Literature. Below, please find general information on this course and its requirements.
Course Designer: Mrs. Melissa Maypole
Primary Resources: This course is composed of a range of different free, online materials. However, the course makes primary use of the following:

  • Outline of American Literature(a US State Department Publication) by Kathryn VanSpanckeren
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The Constitution of the United States
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • “The Waste Land” by T. S. Eliot
  • “Black Boy” by Richard Wright
  • This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Requirements for Completion: In order to complete this course, you will need to work through each unit and all of its assigned materials. The course builds upon itself from one unit to the next, so it is important to work thoroughly through each section to understand those that follow.
Time Commitment: Completing this course should take about 205 hours and 30 minutes. Each unit includes a time advisory that lists the amount of time you are expected to spend on each subunit. These should help you plan your time accordingly. It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit and then set goals for yourself.
Tips/Suggestions: There will be many occasions where you will need to take notes, and you will also frequently be writing responses to literature. Some of the readings will be challenging; if needed, you can complete them in multiple sittings.
How to take notes in a digital text:

If you are using a computer, you can use Scrible, which is a toolbar that you save as a link. It allows you to edit any webpage by highlighting sections, leaving notes, changing the color of text, and so forth. As you work your way through Saylor’s courses, Scrible allows you to leave the pen and notepad at home and take notes directly on the screen you’re learning from. Save a tree and Scrible away! 

Adobe Reader App (Android) or (iOS)
If you are using an iPad, iPhone, or any android type device, you can use the Adobe Reader app. Similar to Scrible, the Adobe Reader app will allow you to highlight, draw on, and add text to PDFs (one form of media Scrible does not work on). For example, say you’re taking K12ELA11: American Literature, which relies heavily on Scott McLean's Writing for Success text, one of Saylor.org’s many complete texts available on our bookshelf. If you had this app downloaded to your mobile device, you could import that PDF text and voilà!
It’s easy to mark up the text for later review.
This has the same idea as Scrible and the Adobe Reader App, but this tool lets you take notes on videos. With this tool, you can say goodbye to constantly pausing the video lecture you’re watching to take notes. It features side-by-side note taking, and it’s all saved in the cloud!

If you have an iPad, you may want to use GoodNotes, which is an app that allows you to write notes, highlight text, and export your files to Dropbox for continued use on other devices. GoodNotes also allows you to import files from iTunes, which means you can access all Saylor files currently uploaded to iTunes U.
Evernote is an app available for Windows, Macintosh, Android, and iOS devices. The app allows you to import documents that you can then annotate, highlight, and save for later reference. Evernote also updates documents across all of your devices, so if you are working on your iPad and decide to switch to your computer, you can start right where you left off.
If you have a NOOK tablet, you can create notes and highlight text right in the device. Just right click inside a text and begin writing notes. If you want to highlight, you can drag your finger across the text, and right click to highlight. 


Table of Contents: You can find the course's units at the links below.