Description: This English class will give students the opportunity to improve and practice skills that will enable them to succeed in future Pre-AP and AP classes. This class will expose students to the activities required by the AP program. As students are introduced to these activities, they will also become familiar with the expectations of the exam.
Semester One: Dystopia novels are used as the framework to understand and evaluate author’s voice, tone and argument, as well as, themes, settings, direct and indirect characterization, satire and allegory.
Semester Two: During the second semester of this course, students will use the framework of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ and analyzing archetypes in order to learn how to evaluate narrative prose and fiction through structure and characterization. Analysis will include identifying the elements of literature such as plot, structure and style, point of view, symbols, allegory and fantasy. Students will learn literary terms and use that terminology in class discussions and on individual written and performance assessments. Students will learn various literary devices to include alliteration, allusions, archetypes, foreshadowing, figurative language, imagery and kennings.
Writings: Writing is a key component that will extend throughout both semesters of this course. Students will learn different aspects of writing and its structure to include: thesis statements, transitions, introductions, conclusions and the five paragraph essay. The students will learn concepts and the related skills of organization, outlining, forming a frame of reference and sense of purpose, tone, maintaining objectivity, being logical and formatting essays. Assignments will focus on incorporating the critical analysis of literature by implementing the writing elements necessary for a convincing essay. The course requires students to write descriptive, comparison and analytical essays about literature. All essays should be typed and follow MLA guidelines which will also be taught in the course.
Communications: Course instruction occurs through the website, e-mails, and my contribution to the forums. I will also assign the viewing of podcasts and short video clips to explain course concepts as needed. I am available to students through email and Skype.
Live Course Meeting Times: LIVE 1 hour meetings occur weekly. These meetings will consist of lecture material AND interactive discussion time with the students and myself. Although students are highly encouraged to attend, all course meetings are optional and will be recorded for the students’ convenience. Students will also be allowed to contribute to the discussion on the website forum if unable to participate during the live session.
Readiness: (College-bound students grades 8 through 12). This course lays the foundation for all college prep high school English classes. Following the completion of this class, students are well prepared for either Creative Writing or Pre-AP English. It is aligned with skills and content covered in both AP English Language and AP English Literature. This course will also help prepare students for the critical reading passages on the SAT college entrance exam and SAT Subject Tests.
- Open to students in 8th-12th grade
- College-preparatory class leading to Pre-AP class and future AP English coursework
- Students should be ready to begin working toward college level reading and responsibility
- Weekly assignments and class notes posted Mondays.
- 32 weeks.
- To apply, request a student application from the instructor
Optional Lectures/Discussions: Discussions are optional and they are recorded each week for students to review as necessary. Other course lessons will be recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. Live sessions will occur on Thursdays 6:05pm—6:55pmOR Fridays 12:05pm—12:55pm EST (choose only one section).