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American Literature, Comprehensive Level, Part 1 (ENG303A)

American Literature, Comprehensive Level, Part 1 (ENG303A)

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In this 11th Grade English course, students read and analyze works of American literature from colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and online discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.

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Course Overview

In this 11th Grade English course, students read and analyze works of American literature from colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing, creative projects, and online discussions. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.


Course Outline

LITERATURE

Readings include:

Novels

Students will read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and one of the following:

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Drama

  • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

Works by William Bradford, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Banneker, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Chief Joseph, William Faulkner, Julia Alvarez, Amy Tan, Richard Rodriguez, and others

Poetry

Phillis Wheatley, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane, Edward Arlington Robinson, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle), Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Rita Dove, and others

Composition In this writing program, students practice writing essays in various genres. Many units use the literature lessons as a springboard and thereby reinforce the connection between reading for meaning and writing to communicate one's own ideas. Students learn the form and structure of a variety of essays they will encounter in their academic careers, including literary analysis essays, writing in response to prompts similar to those students will encounter on standardized tests, research papers with correctly formatted citations, and a creative project presenting information and ideas in a speech, a song, a video, or a web page. In each composition, students go through a process of planning, organizing, and revising, and they learn to examine their own writing with a critical eye, paying attention to ideas, organization, structure, style, and correctness. In credit recovery courses, students do not turn in their planning and draft documents for a grade.

CRITICAL SKILLS PRACTICE

Critical Reading Skills

  • Passage-Based Questions
  • Sentence Completion Questions
  • Vocabulary Analysis
  • Comprehension and Analysis

Writing Skills

  • Responding to Prompts
  • Identifying Errors and Improving Writing

Additional Information

Course Length 4 Months
Prerequisites N/A
Course Materials No
Course Start Date

Courses Taught by a K12 Teacher

Courses with a teacher have designated start dates throughout Fall, Spring, and Summer. Full-year courses last 10 months and semester courses last 4 months. Courses are taught by teachers in K12 International Academy. For details on start dates, click here.

Teacher Assisted Yes, this course is taught by a K12 International Academy teacher. If you are looking for a teacher-supported option with additional flexibility and year-round start dates, click here to learn about the Keystone School, another K12 online private schooling option.
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Hardware and Browsers (Minimum Recommendations)

Windows OS

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz or faster processor (or equivalent)

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher

  • At this time our users are encouraged not to upgrade to Windows 10 or Edge (the new browser)

 

Mac OS

  • CPU: PowerPC G4 1 GHz or faster processor; Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster processor

  • RAM: 1GB of RAM

  • Browser: Firefox 10.0 versions or higher, Chrome 17.0 or higher (Safari is not supported!)

Internet Connections

It is highly recommended that a broadband connection be used instead of dial up.