Welcome to English III Honors. This course focuses on American Literature from its earliest beginnings up to the present. This class is focused on improving your reading, comprehension, and writing abilities. Please note that this is an honors level class; that means we will be moving very quickly through material. You will also be expected to go a lot deeper with all readings, discussions, and writings. Please make sure that you are here on time, and that you show up ready and excited to learn. We have a lot to cover this semester, but it can be as fun as you make it.
Common Core Standards:
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Essential Questions: Why do we read? Why do we write? How can we write more effectively? How can we use ethos, logos, and pathos in our arguments?
Below is the proposed agenda for the week.
Monday: Getting to know each other, Review the syllabus, and fill out questionnaire. Objective: Today is about getting to know one another and learning class expectations. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be aware of what is expected of them to be successful. Homework: Get syllabus signed.
Tuesday: Review rules and procedures, begin first writing prompts, and school house chats for 2nd period. Objective: Today students will review all rules and procedures, begin their first writing prompt, and attend school house chats. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students will be aware of all rules and procedures. Homework: None.
Wednesday: SSR, Vocabulary, Writing an Email, and Favorite Memory writing prompt. Objective: Today students will begin their first full day of learning. They will focus on increasing their vocabulary and writing abilities. Outcomes: By the end of class, students will be able to successfully craft and send a correctly formatted email to teachers. Students will also begin writing about their favorite memory. Homework: Finish writing favorite memory.
Thursday: SSR, Vocabulary Review, Turn in Favorite Memory Assignments, Begin Argumentation: Ethos, Logos, and Pathos, and begin argumentative writing exercise. Objective: Today students will focus on learning about argumentation in its various forms. Outcomes: By the end of class, all students will understand and use ethos, logos, and pathos to write an argumentative appeal. Homework: Study for Vocabulary Quiz.
Friday: Vocabulary Quiz, SSR, Ted Talk: Everything is an Argument, and Begin looking at Toulmin’s Model. Objective: Today students will be assessed on their increase and understanding of vocabulary, as well as they will learn about Toulmin’s Model of Argumentation. Outcomes: By the end of the day, students will demonstrate their new understanding of the first three components of Toulmin’s Model. Homework: None.