- Writing/Literature II
- Unit S05: Speech
Unit Statement: This unit is designed to introduce different kinds of speeches, speech writing and delivery skills, skills needed to transform an essay into a speech, and skills used to create an effective multi-media presentation to accompany a speech. The student will prepare and deliver various kinds of speeches on diverse topics, focusing not only on content but also on audience and delivery. The student will present the research synthesized in E06 in a long speech, accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation. This speech is meant to be the public climax of this course, and a school event or audience larger than the class is encouraged. (Under special circumstances, another subject of equal significance to that chosen for E06 could be approved.)
- Unit E04: Literary Analysis: Writing about Poetry
Unit Statement: How do you get inside a poem? Literary analysis is a challenging but important mode of academic writing that sharpens analysis and writing skills, especially the ability to choose and integrate textual evidence. This is the first of two literary analysis units. (The student will choose between S03 and S04 for the second.) As this unit focuses on poetry, the student will analyze the key elements of poems, such as form, sound devices, figurative language, speaker, diction, or tone—as well as their themes—and present his/her analysis in writing. The student will learn and practice skills and conventions used to write about literature (e.g., proper tense, slashes, ellipses, and line numbers) as he/she prepares to write an explication essay and an analysis essay.
- Lit E03 Drama
- Unit S03: Literary Analysis 2: Writing about Fiction
Unit Statement: This is a second of two literary analysis units designed to expand and strengthen the skills developed in E04. The student should carefully consider his/her academic goals before choosing between this unit and S04 (Advanced Literary Analysis). This unit is for the student whose goals do not require the academic rigor necessary for AP or IB classes or more academically demanding universities. Since this unit focuses on short stories (or a novel), the student will analyze key elements, such as plot, setting, characterization, point of view, or symbolism—as well as themes—and present his/her analysis in writing. The student will review skills and conventions used to write about literature (e.g., correct verb tense and ellipsis dots) as he/she prepares to write an analysis essay.
- Lit E03 Non-fiction
- Unit E05: Research and Documentation Skills
Unit Statement: This unit is designed to introduce research and documentation skills that will prepare the student for success in E06 (Research Paper) and in other research writing both in high school and university. Print and especially digital resources provide an overwhelming amount of easily accessible data but also temptations to use that information in dishonest and unhelpful ways. Therefore, the student will learn how to navigate this expanse of information wisely by evaluating sources and incorporating them into his/her own writing selectively and fairly. The student will thoroughly discuss the various forms and consequences of plagiarism and ways to avoid them.
- Nanowrimo 2017
This area will be for all of the assignments and resources for this year's Nanowrimo. Nanowrimo will help us finish three units, and the grades for different units will be assigned under the individual unit headers, but everything will be assigned and submitted here.
- Unit E03: Persuasive and Timed Writing
Unit Statement: This is the first of two persuasive writing units designed to strengthen the thinking and writing skills students need to develop and craft written arguments—a very common mode of university and work-related writing. The student will write an argumentative essay, preferably a problem-solution essay. Although the student should write timed essays throughout the year, this unit also ensures that some time is set aside for that skill. As stated in the Common Core standards, the student “must have the flexibility, concentration, and fluency to produce high-quality first-draft text under a tight deadline.”
- Literature Unit E02: Novel
- Literature Unit E02: Short Story
- Writing Unit E02: Expository WritingUnit Statement: Expository writing is an important means by which to show what a student knows and to gain and refine knowledge. In this unit the student will write an essay from one of two expository modes: cause-effect or comparison. The student will mature in their ability to write clearly, objectively, and compellingly about complex ideas. Since it is impossible to write strong essays without strong paragraphs, the student will also review and practice paragraph development.