English 1/English 1 Honors:Download PDF Survey of Literature

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

English 1 is a 9th grade Language Arts course that requires students to analyze literature, literary nonfiction, speeches, and multimedia sources. The course is an introduction to high school Language Arts, and explores a variety of literary genres and types of informational texts. Both classic and contemporary pieces provide an assortment of ideas and perspectives for students to explore as “literary tourists.” Through reading, writing, and interaction with peers, students think critically about universal themes and build a foundation to support future learning in Language Arts. The course provides many opportunities for students to develop and hone their language and vocabulary skills using authentic literary texts as models. Students use graphic organizers, checklists, and rubrics to evaluate and improve their reading, writing, language, and presentation skills.

The honors level course requires students to utilize higher order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis, while completing more rigorous assignments. In addition, more emphasis is placed on research mastery and project based learning.

Course Objectives

This course has been carefully designed to meet the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts.

  • Read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literature, including stories, dramas, and poems with proficiency.
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze a variety of literary nonfiction with proficiency.
  • Write routinely over a variety of time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly and persuasively.
  • Evaluate multiple sources of information representing various formats including multimedia, written, oral, visual, and graphic information, looking at credibility, accuracy, reasoning, point of view, and supporting evidence.
  • Present information, findings, and supporting evidence clearly, concisely, and logically such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and task.
  • Create presentations integrating a variety of digital media formats.
  • Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
  • Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
  • Use a range of strategies to determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases.

Course Prerequisites

Language Arts 8 or 8th grade English equivalent

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title:  To Kill a Mockingbird

Author: Harper Lee

Title: Folger Shakespeare Library Romeo and Juliet

Author: William Shakespeare

Course Outline

Unit I: Literary Tourist

  • Section A – Where Will Literature Take You?
  • Section B – What Ideas Help Aspiring Writers?
  • Section C – Are Stories Timeless?

Unit II: Life Lessons

  • Section A – What can Stories Teach Us About Ourselves and Others?
  • Section B – Are There Lessons in Ordinary Things?
  • Section C – What Can Stories Teach Us About Hatred?
  • Section D – What Have I Learned?
  • Section E – What Can We Learn from Susan B. Anthony?

Unit III: The Past

  • Section A – What Does the Past Look Like?
  • Section B – What Does the Past Sound Like?
  • Section C – What Does the Past Feel Like?
  • Section D – What Does the Past Mean?

Unit IV: Growing Up

  • Section A – What Does It Mean to Grow Up?
  • Section B – How Do We Become Adults?
  • Section C – Can Different People Have Similar Experiences?
  • Section D – Can a Nation Have Growing Pains?

Unit V: American Voices

  • Section A – What Makes Americans Special?
  • Section B – How Can I Best Use My Voice?
  • Section C – What’s My Story?

Semester 1 Exam

Unit VI: Ancient Ideas

  • Section A – What Makes a Classic?
  • Section B – Why Do Old Ideas Survive?
  • Section C – Why Analyze the Past?

Unit VII: Life, Love, and Death

  • Section A – Did My Heart Love Till Now?
  • Section B – Is Love a Heavy Burden?
  • Section C – Is Death a Fearful Thing?

Unit VIII: Pay It Forward

  • Section A – How Can I Help?
  • Section B – Can I Trust the Source?
  • Section C – Can Awareness Help Others?
  • Section D – Can Others Learn from Me?

Unit IX: Conflict

  • Section A – Where Can I Find Conflict?
  • Section B – How Do I Choose a Side?
  • Section C – Does Life Imitate Art?

Unit X: Alternate Experiences

  • Section A – What’s Real?
  • Section B – What Impacts Perception?

Semester 2 Exam