Salem academy curriculum guide




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Evaluation


Assessment of student learning is based on in-class quizzes and tests as well as on essays, other class and homework assignments, and class participation. The primary mode of writing is the formal essay, but other informal in-class writing assignments are also assigned. For formal essay assignments during the fall semester, a variety of topics are posed to students about the literature we have discussed, and students then develop their own thesis statements on the topic of her choice. For the spring semester, students develop their own topic to research and then develop this topic over the course of a semester with a thesis, outline, rough draft, and final draft.

Resources


Baym, Nina, ed. The Norton Anthology of American Literature- Shorter Seventh Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-393-93057-3


Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. ISBN: 0-7432-7356-7


Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009. ISBN: 1603290257


Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1994. ISBN: 0-486-28048-9


Levine, Harold, et. al. Vocabulary for the College Bound Student- Fourth Edition. New York: Amsco School Publications, Inc., 2003. ISBN: 978-1-56765-104-1


O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. New York: Mariner Books, 2009. ISBN: 0618706410


Salem Academy Curriculum


English III Honors Eleventh Grade Semester course

Overview


This course consists of a focused survey of American literature, concentrating primarily on works published during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from the Romantic to the Modern periods. The literature will connect to the main themes of independence and the American dream, and the literature studied includes novels, short stories, poems, plays, and essays. As an honors course, the class studies more advanced literature which involves a more in-depth analysis of the works. The expectation is that student learning and contributions in English III Honors will be made at a broader and deeper level than in English III.


In addition to reading and analyzing literature, the course also focuses on the writing process: developing essays beyond the standard five-paragraph format through lessons on thesis statements, organization, and support and analysis. Finally, vocabulary is studied in order to prepare students for the SAT.


This semester class is required for AP English Language. Together, the two semesters—English III Honors in the fall and AP English Language in the spring—comprise the advanced-level junior English curriculum.

Objectives


Students will:

A. Demonstrate the ability to write for a clear, unified, and coherent analytical purpose

B. Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process, which includes prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing, as well as the rules and regulations of the MLA style

C. Summarize effectively and accurately ideas from other sources

D. Demonstrate the ability to integrate ideas from other sources into their own analysis with proper MLA in-text citations

E. Demonstrate the ability to read, comprehend, and analyze literature

F. Demonstrate the ability to engage in critical discussions and debates about literature

Content


The readings in this course span the history of major American literature. Authors studied over the course of the academic year include Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, William Faulkner, among others. The genres read include novels, short stories, poems, and plays.


Coupled with the focus on reading, the course also focuses on writing. Students will build upon their previous writing experiences and focus on writing longer, more in-depth analytical essays about literature. Emphasis is equally placed between content and writing, between what is written in an essay and how it is written.

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