|Course title:||WORDS OF WARFARE|
|Subject:||English Language and Literature|
|Grade level(s):||11, 12|
Senior language arts students examine the rights and responsibilities of the individual by studying world literature and using literary critical theories. In preparation for post-secondary education, senior English students read challenging dramas, essays, novels, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. Students review the history, development, and politics of literature and language. Students further develop their creative and analytical writing skills by producing a personal/college essay, a critical literary analysis, and other writings.
This senior-level course’s central focus will examine the reasons why humans strive for a better world and why warfare is a component of human nature. Readings are compiled from a variety of sources, to include both fiction and non-fiction, and both classical and contemporary. Selections span the history of the written word, including the Bible, The Stranger, Lysistrata, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Kite Runner. Poetry, short stories, essays, and documentaries will also be a part of the course.
All students will be expected to complete a junior/senior thesis in which students conduct an in-depth exploration of a significant issue or topic of their choosing
|2 units graduation required English for juniors; 3 units graduation required English for seniors.|
|Priority standards and final proficiencies:|
• Understand and analyze the effect of “shades of meaning"" in related words.
• Synthesize information by relating texts to other texts.
• Find and evaluate similarities and differences among texts in the treatment, amount, and depth of coverage or organization of ideas on a particular subject.
• Synthesize and use information from a variety of documents to explain a situation or decision and to solve a problem. )
• Extend ideas presented in primary and secondary sources.
• Synthesize the content from several sources or works by a single author.
• Demonstrate familiarity with world authors within/beyond the English-speaking world.
• Use textual evidence to develop an interpretation of a work from world literature.
• Use multiple critical lenses to support an interpretation of a work from world literature
• Evaluate how literary devices contribute to the effectiveness of a literary work, such as repetition, parallelism, anaphora, metonymy, parody, hyperbole, satire, verisimilitude.
• Analyze distinguishing characteristics of genres.
• Analyze how stylistic choices contribute to the impact of a world literary selection: structure, point of view, word choice, exaggeration
• Analyze a work of world literature, showing how it reflects the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of its author.
• Write for different purposes
• Use a variety of resources to provide accurate support.
• Use sentence structure that enhances meaning.
• Show control of clauses and phrases.
(E=expository, P=persuasive, LA=literary analysis, N=narrative/reflective, R=Research)
• Use a range of strategies to elaborate and persuade. (P)
• Use a range of strategies to appeal to readers. (P and E)
• Check the validity and accuracy of information obtained from research. (R)
• Achieve effective balance between researched information and original ideas. (R)
• Draw multiple texts together to support original ideas. (LA)
• Use a variety of writing strategies, to create a scenario. (N)
• Integrate relevant information gathered from group discussions and interviews.
• Consider hidden agendas when evaluating a speaker or a medium.
• Interpret and evaluate the various ways in which visual image-makers communicate information and affect impressions and opinions.
|Schedule of topics/units covered:|
|Students will analyze why humans constantly seek peace and harmony but are plagued with internal and external strife. Students will learn to think and write at the college level.|
|District adopted materials:|
The Thomson Reader
War Short Stories
Satire and the media
|Differentiation/accessibility strategies and support (TAG, ELL, SpEd, other):|
The differentiation strategies used in this course are based on the evidence (data) received through multiple forms of pre, ongoing, and formative assessments. Described here are the types of assessments used and specific differentiation strategies in place to meet the needs of ALL learners (including TAG, ESL, Special Ed...)
Depth and complexity extensions
Guided independent reading
|Career-related learning experiences (CRLEs):|
|Essential Skills and required Work Samples:|
|Work will be awarded a letter grade as well as a point value. At the end of the semester, points will be totaled and a letter grade will be assigned based on the traditional grading scale of an A being 90% and higher, a B, 80% and higher, and so on. See due date policy for late work deductions. Typically, the bigger the assignment, the more points possible, so grades are weighted by the point value of assignments.|
|As a basic principle, students should obey the Golden Rule—treat others as you wish to be treated.|
|Safety issues and requirements:|
Approved by Brian Chatard on 9/16/2011.