Vocabulary Development: SAT vocabulary words, about 10 per week, with a quiz at the end of the week.
Grammar-students will be broken into groups, each group will learn a different topic, then teach a lesson on that topic which will include a GoogleSlideshow, the class will take notes while the group explains the slides and answers questions. At the end of the lesson, the group will have made a Kahoot, Jeopardy, or other game for the class to play to practice what they learned, and to get another chance to ask clarifying questions. Each group will collect Cornell style notes and grade them out of 20 points, then return them to the class. The group teaching will then give me a spreadsheet with each students score on it. The top 3 winners of each game get extra credit for now, once in the school building, the teaching group will provide prizes for the top 3 or so winners.
Unit 1: We the People
Essential Question: What shaped America’s early identity?
Writing Focus: Literary Analysis (Argumentative)
Writing Prompt: How do the events depicted in both the literature and historical documents you have read introduce and develop a theme related to colonial America's identity? Select two of these texts to help explain your analysis and provide evidence for your response.
1. Blast (We the People)
7. Of Plymouth Plantation*
2. The Crucible
8. Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa
3. On Being Brought from Africa to America
9. On the Emigration to the America and Peopling the Western Country
4. The Crisis
5. The Constitution of the Iroquois Nations,
11. The Declaration of Independence
6. The Federalist Papers: No. 10
Optional Full-Text Study: The Scarlet Letter* or The Crucible
Unit 2: The Individual
Essential Question: How does a person find his or her place in society?
Writing Focus: Informative/Explanatory
Writing Prompt: What ideas do the texts in this unit express about individualism and the relationship between the individual and society, especially during a time of cultural turmoil? How do the texts from this unit reflect the ways Americans defined themselves as individuals in the 19th century? Analyze at least three of the texts from this unit in an essay that provides a clear thesis statement and strong and thorough textual evidence.
1. Blast (The Individual)
6. “The Story of An Hour,”
2. “Song of Myself”*
7. “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
8. “The Cask of Amontillado,”
4. “Society and Solitude,”
9. “Because I Could Not Stop for Death.”
5. Declaration of Sentiments by the Seneca 10. What They Fought For 1861-1865*
Unit 3: Modern Times
Essential Question: How did people redefine the word “American” in the 21st century?
Writing Focus: Argumentative
Writing Prompt: You have been reading about the many rapid changes in America in the 20th century, some of which shaped entire generations. What major historical events, scientific discoveries, or cultural trends do you think had a significant impact on how Americans redefined themselves during that century? Choose two texts from this unit and write an essay arguing how an event, a discovery, or a trend redefined the American identity. (You may include one Blast as one of the texts.) Along with information from the selections, include research from at least three other credible print and/or digital sources to support your ideas. Remember to address at least one counterclaim to your central argument.
1. Blast (First Impressions)
6. Brown v. Board of Education
2. The Great Gatsby*
7. A Farewell to Arms
3. “Theme for English B”
4. “Any Human to Another”
9. The Road
5. Plessy v. Ferguson
10. “The Latin Deli: An Ars Poetica”*
11. “The Woman Warrior”*
Unit 4: Seeking Romance
Essential Question: How do we look at and define love in the new generation while revisiting the past?
Writing Focus: Narrative
Writing Prompt: So far in this unit, you have seen how writers of the past have expressed their thoughts and feelings on the theme of love in many creative ways. Now you will have an opportunity to bring some of their ideas into today’s world. Write a narrative for young adult readers, like yourself, that draws on themes and story elements in this unit to create a modern tale of love. As you do, reflect on whether you wish to show love as inspiring folly, wisdom, or both.
1. Blast (Looking for Love)
5. “On Her Loving Two Equally,”
2. “Sonnet 116,”
6. Cyrano de Bergerac
7. “What Is Love: Five Theories on the Greatest Emotion of All” *
4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream* 8. “Dumped!”*
Optional Full-Text Study: A Midsummer Night’s Dream