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American Literature, Credit Recovery, Part 1 (ENG306A)

American Literature, Credit Recovery, Part 1 (ENG306A)

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Quick Overview

Students are able to gain credit if they have previously completed this course but did not successfully earn credit. Students sharpen their reading comprehension skills and analyze important themes in classic and modern works of American literature. They review effective strategies for written expression. They develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.

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Course Overview

Students are able to gain credit if they have previously completed this course but did not successfully earn credit. For each unit, students take a diagnostic test that assesses their current knowledge of fundamental content. The results of these tests help students create individualized study plans.

Students sharpen their reading comprehension skills and analyze important themes in classic and modern works of American literature. They review effective strategies for written expression. They develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.


Course Outline

I. LITERATURE

Readings include:

Novel

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Drama

  • Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Prose Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Works by Kate Chopin, O. Henry, James Thurber, Mark Twain, Russell Baker, Maya Angelou, Henry David Thoreau, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and others

Poetry

  • Works by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Stephen Crane, and others

Partial List of Skills Taught:

  • Identify character traits and motivations.
  • Describe characters based on speech, actions, or interactions with others.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of authors, characters, and events of significant works of literature.
  • Identify conflict and resolution.
  • Recognize the effect of setting or culture on a literary work.
  • Recognize author's attitude or tone.
  • Recognize author's purpose and devices used to accomplish it, including author's language, organization, and structure.
  • Identify theme.
  • Recognize how point of view affects literature.
  • Compare and contrast literary characters or selections.
  • Recognize the use of language to convey mood.
  • Identify rhyme scheme.
  • Identify and interpret the use of imagery.
  • Identify and interpret the use of figurative language.
  • Identify elements of a short story.
  • Identify climax.
  • Identify point of view.
  • Identify choices and consequences.
  • Identify elements of drama and dramatic conventions.

II. 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 memoirs (narrative), research papers, arguments, and speeches. In writing each essay, 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. Throughout the course, students write in response to prompts similar to those they will encounter on standardized tests.

Memoir

After reading a group of literary memoirs, students will craft their own memoir about a meaningful event in their lives. Students will plan, write, and revise their memoir, incorporating what they learned about showing language.

Argument

Students will craft a persuasive argument incorporating elements of logical thinking and supporting evidence for their position.

Research Paper

Students learn about information sources, plagiarism, note taking, outlining, and proper citations in this comprehensive unit.

Practical Writing

Students will work on practical communications or workplace documents.

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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To use this course, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection.  Some courses require additional free software programs, which you can download from the Internet.

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.