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English I

Subject: English

Course Description:

What can you see? Somebody (your teacher) really wants to know. This is one course in which what you see and what you say really matters. No two people experience books, plays, or community events in exactly the same way, and no two people describe their experiences with the same words. How clearly can you see what is happening before you? How compellingly can you describe what you saw to others? In this course, you will find out. Great books, short stories, poems and plays convey messages and feelings that make them great. In this course, you will learn how to look for the message. You will learn how to trust your feelings about that message. And you will learn how to express clearly and convincingly what you think. The purpose of this course is to give you the tools to see and hear with real understanding, and to communicate with real conviction.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Grammar/Syntax Concepts: Personal Pronoun, Quotation Marks, Slang, Tone
  • Literary Terms: Antagonist, Author, Book Hook, Characterization, Climax, Conflict, Dynamic Character, Epilogue, Flashback, Flat Character, Foreshadowing, Irony, Minor Character, Mood, Narrator , Novel Review (Honors), Personification, Plot , Point Of View, Preface, Protagonist, Round Character, Setting, Short Story, Static Character, Subplot, Symbolism, Theme
  • Organizational Skills: Clustering, Listing, Mapping, Outline, Pro-Con Chart, Self Evaluation, Timeline, Webbing
  • Types of Sentences/Writing: Declarative Sentence, Exclamatory Sentence, Expository Writing, Free writing, ''I'' Composition, Imperative Sentence, Interrogative Sentence, Interview, Persuasive Writing
  • Writing Process: Body Paragraph, Brainstorming, Clich√©, Clincher Sentence, Conclusion, Contraction, Direct Quotation, Editing, Introduction, Keying, Lead-in Sentence, Lead-out Sentence, Main Idea, Peer Review, Prewriting, Proofreading, Punctuation, Revision, Sensory Language (Honors), Sentence variety, Summary, Supporting Details, Thesis Statement, Topic, Transition Words

Segment 2

  • Persuasive Techniques: advertisement, bandwagon, connotation (Honors), glittering generalities, name-calling, plain folks, propaganda, slogan, suspension of disbelief, testimonial, transfer
  • Literary Terms: acknowledgement, act, alliteration, allusion, aside, characterization, chorus, climax, couplet, denouement, diamante, dramatic images, dramatic irony, dramatic structure, Elizabethan expressions, epic poetry, euphemism, exposition, falling action, fear, figurative language, foil, foresight, free verse, haiku, imagery, irony, metaphor, monologue, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, personification, poetic form, poetic structure, poetry, preface, prologue, props, refrain, rising action, scene, Shakespeare, simile, situational irony, soliloquy, sonnet, sound device, stanza, symbolism, table of contents, theme, tone, turning point, verbal irony, visual aid
  • Organizational Skills: brainstorm
  • Real-World Application: culture, data collection, directorial suggestions, driving directions, media
  • Test Taking Terms: cause and effect, sequence of events
  • Types of Writing: advice column, announcement, autobiography, ballad, biography, book review, brochure, columnist (honors), consumer complaint, contract, creative writing, descriptive writing, diary, editorial, employment application, essay, evaluation, film review, interview, introduction, invitation, itinerary, journal, legal will, letter, menu, music review, newsletter, nonfiction, obituary, oral presentation, organizational chart/model, paraphrase, policy, poll, recipe, research, restaurant review, resume, speech, survey, synopsis, warning label, weather forecast

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, FLVS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, peer review, projects, research papers, essays, oral assessments, and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.

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Course Details

  • Course Code: 1001310
  • Course Credits: 2.0


Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks