English through American History Syllabus and Book List
Ever wish that your child’s English assignments correlated to what he or she was learning in American history? Now you can with this English course with an American history focus. This class complements Mrs. Graybill’s American History through Literature course. However, any student studying American history this year is welcome to join this English class. Writing skills, grammar, and the elements of literature will be covered in this course. Students who enroll in this English course as well as American History through Literature will receive a significant discount. Visit English with American History for details.
Students will have compositions, poems, literature projects, and grammar exercises assigned in Canvas with teaching during the live class first.
- Improve formal writing with a focus on how to revise and edit.
- Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar including: parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and common sentence errors.
- Identify the elements of fiction through novels read as well as common techniques of literature such as irony, symbolism, flashback, and figurative language.
- Read poetry related to people, places, and events studied and write poems.
- Read at least 9 books (historical fiction or biography); students enrolled in either of Mrs. Graybill’s American history course will have suggestions provided. I’m happy to share this list with those enrolled in this course as well.
- Write seven multi-paragraph essays (descriptive essay, biographical narrative, explaining a political process, cause/effect essay, compare/contrast, persuasive, & analyzing a primary source).
- Write and give an informative speech with presentation slides.
- Write a creative story.
- Write poems related to historical topics.
- Complete projects related to the elements of fiction.
Complete grammar exercises.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 7th – 8th graders, other by permission from the instructor.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Webcam, headset, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Microsoft Word and Power Point are extremely helpful. If using a different word processing program, the document should be saved or exported as a pdf in order to submit it on Canvas.
Evaluation and Feedback
All exercises in Canvas will be graded and averaged for a final grade. Tests will be assigned. Essays will receive detailed feedback. Projects will receive additional feedback so that improvements can be made along the way.
Parents are welcome to contact me with any questions before registering their student. Once I know a student has registered, the family will receive a welcome packet with additional information about the course. I will contact parents if there is a concern with students not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.
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