English 3/English 3 Honors:Download PDF American Literature and Composition

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

English 3 is a literature survey course that navigates chronologically through the periods of American literature from Native American oral traditions through contemporary works of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. Each unit explores a literary movement through a unique theme. Literature of each period becomes the basis of study for models of literary analysis and modes of rhetorical writing. Each lesson engages the student through interactive introduction to concepts and skills, guided practice of those skills and concepts, and an assessment of the student’s mastery. Learning activities include reading, listening, discussing, writing, completing multiple-choice games and self-check activities, completing writing projects, and taking quizzes and exams. Units will include a combination of activities and assessments and will culminate in either a unit exam or a unit writing project. Students will be encouraged to incorporate media, creative expression, and research into unit projects to prepare them for life outside of the classroom in our out-of-the-box, media-centric world.

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.

  • Hone skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking.
  • Apply tools for reading and understanding a wide range of texts, including non-fiction, short stories, novels, plays, journals, biographies, poetry, and speeches from diverse sources.
  • Apply analytic skills for interpreting media and texts and evaluating their effectiveness and messages.
  • Apply writing experience and tools that will prepare them for the writing tasks they will encounter in college, business, and life.
  • Apply best practices for researching, interviewing, and using media.
  • Apply and develop creativity, experience life from other points of view, and express opinions and ideas in their reading and writing.
  • Apply literature and media as powerful and relevant extensions of life.

Course Prerequisites

English 2 or 11th grade English equivalent

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Title:  American Short Stories

Author: Perfection Learning Online Anthology

Title:  The Crucible

Author: Arthur Miller

Title:  The Sweet Hereafter

Author: Russel Banks

Course Outline

Unit I: In the Beginning

  • Section A – Sinners and Saints
  • Section B – Making History
  • Section C – The Play’s The Thing
  • Section D – Fall From Grace

Unit II: Contemplation and Argumentation

  • Section A – Power of the Pen
  • Section B – The Best Defense
  • Section C – That’s Illogical
  • Section D – Law and Disorder

Unit III: Story, Identity, Unity

  • Section A – Something for Everyone
  • Section B – Have I Got a Story for You
  • Section C – Under the Skin
  • Section D – A Likely Story

Unit IV: Real Survival Skills

  • Section A – Write On!
  • Section B – Get Real
  • Section C – Order Up
  • Section D – Just Because

Unit V: The Universal Flow of Ideas

  • Section A – More Than Mere Mortals
  • Section B – The Mind’s Eye
  • Section C – Check Your Messages
  • Section D – Picture Perfect

Semester 1 Exam

Unit VI: Discovery and Attribution

  • Section A – The Hunt Is On
  • Section B – From the Horse’s Mouth
  • Section C – You Want a Piece of This?
  • Section D – Share It

Unit VII: Music from the Ashes

  • Section A – Rap This
  • Section B – Rhyme and Reason
  • Section C – Make It Sing
  • Section D – Sound Off

Unit VIII: Novel Ideas

  • Section A – What’s Really Real
  • Section B – Mean What You Say
  • Section C – Connect the Dots
  • Section D – Shine it Up

Unit IX: Cultural Evolution and Literature

  • Section A – A Different Drum
  • Section B – We Have Ways of Making You Talk
  • Section C – Tell All
  • Section D – Spin Me Right Round

Unit X: Contemporary Voices

  • Section A – Say Anything
  • Section B – Can You Hear Me Now?
  • Section C – You Know What I Mean?
  • Section D – Express Yourself

Semester 2 Exam