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English III

Subject: English

Course Description:

“Extra, extra, read all about it!” It's all right here in black and white, in the pages of The Virtual Times newspaper. Published at key periods in our American history, The Virtual Times takes us right into the action. The writing is clear and concise. The stories and opinions give us perspective. The sports and entertainment sections give us the color and flavor of the times.

In English III, the writing and insights of authors throughout our history are collected in the fast-paced pages of The Virtual Times. You'll gain an appreciation of American literature and the ways it reflects the times in which it was written. You'll discover how people thought and lived and wrote about their experiences.

You'll also be asked to observe, investigate and report on stories of today. The goal is to be thorough, accurate and compelling in your writing. Perhaps in times to come, people will want to read what you thought and wrote.

Major Topics:

Segment 1

  • Age of Discovery (Explorers, Native Americans)
  • Settling of early America
  • Analyzing Puritan Literature
  • Declaration of Independence
  • American Revolution
  • Constitutional Convention
  • Slavery (Slave Narratives)
  • Romanticism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Civil War
  • Journal Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Declaration Writing
  • Letter Writing
  • Analyzing Communication
Segment 2
  • Realism
  • Naturalism
  • Local Color
  • Muckraking
  • Social Darwinism
  • Determinism
  • Cowboys of the Old West
  • World War I
  • The Great Depression
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Civil Rights
  • Multi-culturalism
  • Vietnam War
  • Science Fiction
  • Analyzing Writing Styles
  • Essay Writing
  • Research Writing
  • Speech Writing
  • Analyzing Poetry and Music
  • Article Writing

Participation Requirements:

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, INVS 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, 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: 1001370
  • Course Credits: 2.0

Recommended: English I & II

Estimated Completion:
2 segments/32-36 weeks