1.0 Credit

To expose students to a variety of literary genres to further their appreciation of literature.
To develop students’ vocabulary-building skills through the use of context clues and word origin/structure analysis.

To help students recognize and understand the use of a variety of literary elements (terms and techniques).

To enable students to respond to literature in a way that reflects intelligent and thoughtful analysis.

To provide a wide range of learning opportunities, including daily and longer-term projects, in order that students of all ability levels may be able to reach their respective potentials and be successful.

To foster a classroom atmosphere that emphasizes the importance of respect for others’ opinions, beliefs and ways of being.

• The student will review and practice grammar and punctuation.
• The student will develop vocabulary.
• The student will practice different types of essay writing.
• The student will read critically, informatively, and for pleasure.

Reading literature and informational texts:
• vocabulary
• poetry
• short stories
• drama: A Midsummer Nights Dream
• novel: Things Fall Apart o non-fiction essays and memoirs

• sentence structure
• comparison essay
• research-based essay

Speaking and Listening:
• presentations
• listening comprehension activity Language Usage:
• writing and editing strategies
• parts of speech


1- Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Course Description
4- Understanding Plagiarism
5- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
6- MLA Formatting
7- MLA Formatting MSWord 2007
8- MLA Documentation updates
9- MLA Citation
10- MLA Incorporating Sources
11- Writing about Literature

2- Memoir: Night & The Circuit
1- Night by Elie Wiesel
Handout: Night study questions
Quiz: Night Quiz
Assignment: Night study questions
Assignment: Night Essay
2- Character List
3- Historical Context of Night
4- Short Summary
5- The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
Assignment: The Circuit: prepare
Assignment: The Circuit: read 1
Assignment: The Circuit: read 2
Assignment: California Map
Assignment: The Circuit: reflect

3- Sentences: Sentence Structure
1- Basic Sentence Structure
Assignment: Sample Paragraph
2- Subject/Verb Agreement
3- Always Plural Words
4- Singular or Plural
6- Simple & Compound Sentences
7- Complex Sentences
Assignment: Sentence Structure Assignment
Quiz: Simple Sentence Quiz

4- Sentences: Punctuation
1- Punctuation
2- Colon
Worksheet: Colon
3- Semicolon
4- Comma
Worksheet: Commas
5- Apostrophe
Worksheet: Apostrophe
6- Capitalization Rules
7- Capitalization Rules #2
Worksheet: Punctuation Worksheet

5- Sentences: Subject-Verb Agreement
1- Subject and Verb
Worksheet: Subject-Verb Agreement
2- Subject-Verb Problems
3- Verbs must agree with Subject
Quiz: Subject Verb Agreement Quiz

6- Parts of Speech: Pronoun Usage
1- Pronoun
2- Nominative & Objective Case
3- Possessive, Reflexive, Intensive & Interrogative Case
Worksheet: Reflexive & Intensive Pronouns
4- Relative Pronouns
Worksheet: Indefinite Pronouns
Quiz: Pronoun Quiz

7- Parts of Speech: Verb Usage
1- Verb Tense and Structure
Handout: Verb Paragraph Analysis
Essay: Verbs Paragraph
Assignment: Verbs Paragraph Analysis
2- Linking Verbs
Assignment: Verbs Paragraph (Action or Linking)
3- Transitive Verbs
4- Intransitive Verbs
5- Adverb/Prepositional Phrase
Worksheet: Verb Usage Worksheet
Worksheet: Verb Usage Worksheet #2

8- Poetry
1- Poetry Introduction
Handout: TPCASTT
Assignment: I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud TPCASTT
2- Types of Poetry
3- Elements of Poetry
4- Musical Devices
Worksheet: Alliteration/Assonance practice
5- Figurative Language
Worksheet: Personification Practice
Worksheet: Metaphor & Simile Practice
6- A Dream Deferred
Assignment: A Dream Deferred Video Paragraph
Assignment: A Dream Deferred TPCASTT
7- Imagery
Handout: Imagery
Assignment: Imagery
8- Annabel Lee
Handout: Poetry Analysis
Assignment: Annabel Lee
9- The Raven
Assignment: The Raven TPCASTT
10- Read and Analyze
Assignment: My Poem
Assignment: Final Project

9- Writing: Strategies
1- Writing Strategies Introduction
Handout: Writing Strategies Hands On Essays Questions
Assignment: Writing Strategies Hands On Essays Video
Assignment: Free Write
2- Writing Strategies
Handout: Writing Strategies Justification
Assignment: Writing Strategy Justification
3- Graphic Organizers (Planning)
4- More Graphic Organizers (Planning)
5- Network Tree & Others
Assignment: Graphic Organizer

10- Writing: Editing Strategies
1- Proofreading
Assignment: Favorite Meal 1st Draft
2- Editing and Revising
3- Personalize Proofreading
4- Format, Organization and Paragraphing
5- Usage and Sentence Structure
6- Spelling and Punctuation
7- Left-Out Words
Assignment: Favorite Meal Essay Revision

11- Writing: Types of Essays
1- Types of Essays
Handout: Basic Essay Structure & Formal Writing Videos
Assignment: Basic Essay Structure & Formal Writing Questions
2- Narrative Essay
Assignment: Narrative Essay Brainstorm
3- Narrative Essay continued
Essay: Narrative Essay
4- Expository Essay
5- Comparison Essay
Handout: Comparison Chart
Assignment: Comparison Chart
6- Comparison Essay continued
Handout: Plan A Outline
Handout: Plan B Outline
Assignment: Comparison Essay Outline
Essay: Comparison Essay
7- Persuasive Essay
Handout: Persuasive Essay Outline
Essay: Persuasive Writing
Assignment: Persuasive Essay Outline
Essay: Essay Topic

12- Myths/Legends: King Arthur
1- Characters
Handout: King Arthur Character Chart
2- The History
3- Excalibur Myth
Handout: Excalibur KWL
Assignment: Excalibur KWL
4- Knights of the Roundtable
5- King Arthur Literature Project
Assignment: King Arthur Presentation
Essay: Independent Reading Essay
6- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

13- Comprehension
1- Listening Comprehension
Essay: Listening Comprehension Essay

14- Research: Information Sources
1- Plagiarism
2- Copyright
Assignment: Plagiarism/Copyright Assignment
3- Information Overload
4- Evaluating a Bibliographic Citation
5- Evaluating Content in the Source
6- Evaluating Internet Sources
7- Assessing and Documenting Internet Sources
Assignment: Internet Note-taking Guide
Essay: Mini-biography

15- Research: Critical Thinking
1- Evaluating Non-Fiction
Assignment: Evaluating Non-Fiction
2- Active Reading
Assignment: Active Reading Respond
3- Reading for Information
Assignment: Information: Read
Assignment: Information: Reflect
4- Evolution of an Idea
Assignment: Evolution of an Idea: thesis
Essay: Evolution of an Idea

16- Novel: Things Fall Apart
1- “One of These Days”
Handout: “One of These Days” Pre-reading
Handout: Power Essay
Assignment: “One of These Days” Pre-Reading
Assignment: Power Essay pre-writing
Essay: Power Essay
2- Things Fall Apart
Assignment: Things Fall Apart study guide
Essay: Things Fall Apart draft
Essay: Things Fall Apart Novel Essay Final
Assignment: Things Fall Apart Presentation
3- Author Interview

17- Writing: Business Letters
1- Writing Business Letters
2- Guide to Resume Writing
Assignment: Resume
3- Tips for Writing Cover Letters
4- Interview Tips
5- Thank you Letter
Essay: Thank you Letter Assignment
6- Follow Up Letter

18- Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1- Midsummer Night’s Dream structure
2- About William Shakespeare
3- List of Characters
4- Act I
Handout: Act 1 study questions
Assignment: Act 1 study questions
5- Act II
Handout: Act 2 study questions
Assignment: Act 2 study questions
6- Act III
Handout: Act 3 study questions
Assignment: Act 3 study questions
7- Act IV
Handout: Act 4 study questions
Assignment: Act 4 study questions
8- Act V
Handout: Act 5 study questions
Assignment: Act 5 study questions
Worksheet: A Midsummer Nights Dream Worksheet
9- Final Essay
Essay: Final Theme Essay
10- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

19- Course Survey
1- Course Survey
Handout: Course Survery
Assignment: Course Survey