English III Course Description
This course is a survey of the literature produced in America. The literature includes different genres including varying writers in a chronological approach to the literary periods. Writing is emphasized at this level through response writing development, research papers, etc. Vocabulary and grammar skills are incorporated into each lesson. All Oklahoma Academic Standards will be covered throughout the course.:
Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade Standard 1: Speaking and Listening Students will speak and listen effecvely in a variety of situaons including, but not limited to, responses to reading and wring. Reading Students will develop and apply effecve communicaon skills through speaking and acve listening. Wring Students will develop and apply effecve communicaon skills through speaking and acve listening to create individual and group projects and presentaons. 11.1.R.1 Students will acvely listen and speak clearly using appropriate discussion rules with control of verbal and nonverbal cues. 11.1.W.1 Students will give formal and informal presentaons in a group or individually, providing textual and visual evidence to support a main idea. 11.1.R.2 Students will acvely listen and evaluate, analyze, and synthesize a speaker’s messages (both verbal and nonverbal) and ask quesons to clarify the speaker’s purpose and perspecve. 11.1.W.2 Students will work effecvely and respecully within diverse groups, demonstrate willingness to make necessary compromises to accomplish a goal, share responsibility for collaborave work, and value individual contribuons made by each group member. 11.1.R.3 Students will engage in collaborave discussions about appropriate topics and texts, expressing their own ideas by contribung to, building on, and quesoning the ideas of others in pairs, diverse groups, and whole class sengs. 0 | SDE.OK.GOV/SDE/oklahoma‐academic‐standards Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade Standard 2: Reading and Wring Process Students will use a variety of recursive reading and wring processes. Reading Students will read and comprehend increasingly complex literary and informaonal texts. Wring Students will develop and strengthen wring by engaging in a recursive process that includes prewring, draing, revising, eding, and publishing. 11.2.R.1 Students will summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize ideas, while maintaining meaning and a logical sequence of events, within and between texts. 11.2.W.1 Students will apply components of a recursive wring process for mulple purposes to create a focused, organized, and coherent piece of wring. 11.2.R.2 Students will evaluate details in literary and non‐ficon/informaonal texts to connect how genre supports the author’s purpose. 11.2.W.2 Students will plan (e.g., outline) and prewrite a first dra as necessary. 11.2.W.3 Students will develop dras by choosing an organizaonal structure (e.g., descripon, compare/contrast, sequenal, problem/soluon, cause/effect, etc.) and building on ideas in mul‐paragraph essays. 11.2.W.4 Students will edit and revise mulple dras for logical organizaon, enhanced transions and coherence, sentence variety, and use of tone and point of view through specific rhetorical devices to establish meaningful texts. 11.2.W.5 Students will use resources to find correct spellings of words (e.g., word wall, vocabulary notebook, print and electronic diconaries, and spell‐check). 1 | SDE.OK.GOV/SDE/oklahoma‐academic‐standards Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade Standard 3: Crical Reading and Wring Students will apply crical thinking skills to reading and wring. Reading Students will comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and respond to a variety of complex texts of all literary and informaonal genres from a variety of historical, cultural, ethnic, and global perspecves. Wring Students will write for varied purposes and audiences in all modes, using fully developed ideas, strong organizaon, well‐chosen words, fluent sentences, and appropriate voice. 11.3.R.1 Students will evaluate the extent to which historical, cultural, and/or global perspecves affect authors’ stylisc and organizaonal choices in grade‐level literary and informaonal genres. 11.3.W.1 NARRATIVE Students will write narraves embedded in other modes as appropriate. 11.3.R.2 Students will evaluate points of view and perspecves in more than one grade‐level literary and/or informaonal text and explain how mulple points of view contribute to the meaning of a work. 11.3.W.2 INFORMATIVE Students will compose essays and reports to objecvely introduce and develop topics, incorporang evidence (e.g., specific facts, examples, details, data) and maintaining an organized structure and a formal style. 11.3.R.3 Students will analyze how authors use key literary elements to contribute to meaning and interpret how themes are connected across texts: ❏ theme ❏ archetypes 11.3.W.3 Students will elaborate on ideas by using logical reasoning and illustrave examples to connect evidences to claim(s). 11.3.R.4 Students will evaluate literary devices to support interpretaons of texts, including comparisons across texts: ❏ imagery ❏ tone ❏ symbolism ❏ irony 11.3.W.4 ARGUMENT Students will (1) introduce precise, informed claims, (2) disnguish them from alternate or opposing claims, (3) organize claims, counterclaims, and evidence in a way that provides a logical sequence for the enre argument, and (4) provide the most relevant evidences to develop balanced arguments, using credible sources. 11.3.R.5 Students will evaluate how authors wring on the same issue reached different conclusions because of differences in assumpons, evidence, reasoning, and viewpoints. 11.3.W.5 Students will use words, phrases, clauses, and varied syntax to connect all parts of the argument and create cohesion and include a conclusion that follows logically from the informaon presented and supports the argument. 2 | SDE.OK.GOV/SDE/oklahoma‐academic‐standards Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade 11.3.R.6 Students will comparavely analyze the structures of texts (e.g., compare/contrast, problem/soluon, cause/effect, claims/counterclaims/evidence) and content by inferring connecons among mulple texts and providing textual evidence to support their conclusions. 11.3.W.6 Students will blend mulple modes of wring to produce effecve argumentave essays. 11.3.R.7 Students will make connecons (e.g., themac links, literary analysis, authors’ style) between and across mulple texts and provide textual evidence to support their inferences. Standard 4: Vocabulary Students will expand their working vocabularies to effecvely communicate and understand texts. Reading Students will expand academic, domain‐appropriate, grade‐level vocabularies through reading, word study, and class discussion. Wring Students will apply knowledge of vocabularies to communicate by using descripve, academic, and domain‐appropriate abstract and concrete words in their wring. 11.4.R.1 Students will increase knowledge of academic, domain‐appropriate, grade‐level vocabulary to infer meaning of grade‐level text. 11.4.W.1 Students will use domain‐appropriate vocabulary to communicate complex ideas in wring clearly. 11.4.R.2 Students will use word parts (e.g., affixes, Greek and Lan roots, stems) to define and determine the meaning of increasingly complex words. 11.4.W.2 Students will select appropriate language to create a specific effect according to purpose in wring. 11.4.R.3 Students will use context clues to determine or clarify the meaning of words or disnguish among mulple‐meaning words. 11.4.R.4 Students will analyze and evaluate the relaonships among words with mulple meanings and recognize the connotaon and denotaon of words. 11.4.R.5 Students will use general and specialized diconaries, thesauri, glossaries, histories of language, books of quotaons, and other related references (print and/or electronic) as needed. 3 | SDE.OK.GOV/SDE/oklahoma‐academic‐standards Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade Standard 5: Language Students will apply knowledge of grammar and rhetorical style to reading and wring. Reading Students will apply knowledge of grammar and rhetorical style to analyze and evaluate a variety of texts. Wring Students will demonstrate command of Standard English grammar, mechanics, and usage through wring and other modes of communicaon. 11.5.R.1 Students will apply their knowledge of grammar and rhetorical style to analyze and evaluate a variety of texts, understanding that usage and convenon change over me and using that understanding to manipulate style when appropriate. 11.5.W.1 Students will write using correct mechanics. 11.5.W.2 Students will compose simple, compound, complex, and compound‐complex sentences and quesons, including the use of phrases and clauses, to signal differing relaonships among ideas. 11.5.W.3 Students will demonstrate command of Standard American English, grammar, mechanics, and usage through wring, presentaons, and/or other modes of communicaon to convey specific meanings and interests. 4 | SDE.OK.GOV/SDE/oklahoma‐academic‐standards Oklahoma Academic Standards for English Language Arts | 11 th Grade Standard 6: Research Students will engage in inquiry to acquire, refine, and share knowledge. Reading Students will comprehend, evaluate, and synthesize resources to acquire and refine knowledge. Wring Students will summarize and paraphrase, integrate evidence, and cite sources to create reports, projects, papers, texts, and presentaons for mulple purposes. 11.6.R.1 Students will use their own viable research quesons and well‐developed thesis statements to find informaon about a specific topic. 11.6.W.1 Students will write research papers and/or texts independently over extended periods of me (e.g., me for research, reflecon, and revision) and for shorter meframes (e.g., a single sing or a day or two). 11.6.R.2 Students will synthesize the most relevant informaon from a variety of primary and secondary sources (e.g., print and digital), following ethical and legal citaon guidelines. 11.6.W.2 Students will integrate findings from sources using a well‐developed thesis statement. 11.6.R.3 Students will evaluate the relevance, reliability, and validity of the informaon gathered. 11.6.W.3 Students will integrate into their own wring quotes, paraphrases, and summaries of findings following an appropriate citaon style (e.g., MLA, APA, etc.) and avoiding plagiarism.
It is very important for students to do well in all areas of grading for this class, not simply one:
Book Quiz (4 per semester): 25 %
Tests (8-10 per semester): 30 %
Essays ( 4-6 per semester): 25 %
Daily work (25-40 per semester): 20 %
You can go to the online gradebook to see your average. Remember, since I do grade in categories, an average could drop dramatically in one day. For example, your first book quiz in September will affect your grade tremendously at the time because it alone will be 25 percent of your average. Please take note of this. So, in other words, it is very important to pass the book tests.
I require all students to keep a 2 inch three ring binder to be used specifically for the English III or AP class. It is a salvation at unit test and semester test time. Periodic random checks for grades are taken on the binder. You will need section dividers.
Cell phones are to be turned off inside the building. Students in my class will place their cell phones on the right hand corner of their desks. Phones will be turned off and turned face down. If the phone goes off or the student picks up the phone during class, I will turn the phone in to the office.
One single subject spiral notebook.
One 2 inch three ring binder