This live online English class for high school credit introduces students to literary analysis and academic writing. It is excellent preparation for future AP classes, such as AP English or AP History where academic writing is required.
Students have opinions, and I want them to be able to express these opinions in their writing in a way that is clear and understandable. My goal is to motivate students using engaging literature and class discussions as agents to help formulate arguments. Then we will integrate the standards for academic writing, which allow students to communicate their ideas persuasively. This class focuses on the foundational understanding of literary devices, their identification and critical examination, indispensable to thoughtful discussion and sophisticated literary analysis.
Students will use the framework of dystopian novels as a springboard to discuss and evaluate author’s voice, tone, and theme, as well as, setting, symbols, satire, irony, figurative language, allegory, and direct and indirect characterization. Students will learn literary terms and apply that terminology through class discussions and on individual written and performance assessments. Writing assignments will be related to analyzing these devices within the assigned literature.
Students will use the framework of the “Hero’s Journey” and archetypes to discuss and evaluate narrative prose and fiction through structure, characterization alliteration, allusions, archetypes, foreshadowing, figurative language, imagery, kennings, allegory and fantasy. Analysis will include literary devices such as plot, structure, style, point of view, and symbols. Students will study author’s craft and apply this knowledge through class discussions and on individual written and performance assessments. Writing assignments will be related to analyzing these devices within the assigned literature.
There are ten modules in this class – nine associated to the novels we read and analyze. Homework assignments are posted on the classroom site on Mondays to be submitted by end of week on Friday. Typical weekly assignments include the following: readings of text and supplemental materials, defining literary and/or vocabulary terms associated to readings, and some type of writing assignment due each week with a major essay due at the end of each month. Class recordings are posted on Fridays.
- Students will produce, revise, and publish six analytical essays covering a range of topics.
- Students will read literary texts deeply and respond using imaginative and analytical frameworks.
- Students will practice literary analysis based on key features of fiction and poetry texts, including text structure and style, elements of plot, setting, historical and social context, mood and tone, theme, figurative language, imagery, and symbolism.
- Students will write critical literary analyses by engaging in three modes of response: experience, interpretation, and evaluation.
- Students will develop writing processes that are both efficient and effective.
- Students will make careful observations of textual detail, establish connections among their observations, and draw conclusions about observation that lead to interpretive conclusions about the value and meaning of literature.
- Students will recognize rhetorical, structural, and linguistic choices that writers make and aid students in making their own choices about writing.
- Students will collaborate with classmates and engage in scholarly conversations about reading and writing.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 8th-10th graders who want to develop the necessary skills and competencies for academic writing and the writing process. No prerequisite course work is required, but student should be able to craft a 5-paragraph essay.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe in substantial, individualized feedback so that each student can gain confidence, enhance learning and improve skills to encourage self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning. Rubrics are provided and clearly state the required criteria for writing assignments. Students will receive feedback via Canvas. Parents will receive individual mid-year and end-of-year assessments.
Parents do not need to contact me before registering for the class. You will receive a response from me within 24 hours of registration.