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English 3A Syllabus
Course Description:
During the first semester English III we will be investigating and engaging in the theme of journeys and struggles. We will be reading the memoirs A Long Way Gone and Night, writing a personal narrative, reading a variety of documents about the two different wars, and taking part in career exploration projects. Course Goals: In this course we will be studying various works from the British Canon. Students will be able to identify and discuss various aspects of British Literature from Old D

Daily Class Expectations: Complete the journal Participate in readings & class discussions Complete class assignments & projects to the best of your ability Participate with a positive attitude in weekly activities, guest speakers, class trips, and class time

Grade Breakdown: 100-90% =A 89-80% =B 79-70% =C 69-60% =D 59-50%=F

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The vast majority of the coursework is available on the class website,
rainshadowhumanities.weebly.com

English 1A Pacing Guide


Week Unit
1 Goal Setting

Standards
S& L1- Promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, and establish individual roles to engage in a range of collaborative discussions on grades 11-12 topics, texts and issues. LT5- Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing or engaging. LT7- Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats. W8- Synthesize credible sources demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation; all research includes both multiple print and digital. W2- Write informative/explanatory texts which organize complex ideas that build on each other and develop the topic with sufficient facts, extended details, quotations or other information and examples appropriate to the audiences knowledge of the topic. Use a formal style, precise language, domainspecific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage complexity of the topic. Include formatting with headings, graphics, and multimedia to aid comprehension. W7- Conduct research projects to

Assessment
1. Goal setting worksheet 2. Website set-up 3. Powerpoint Sierra Leones Civil War 4. Journals # 1-2 1. Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars 2. Background information A Long Way Gone 3. Blood Diamonds 4. Pop Culture Finds Lost Boys 5. Journals # 3-5

Background Information Genocides

Research Paper

1. 2. 3. 4.

Fact Finder Outline Rough Draft Journals # 6-9

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answer a question or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate. W8- Synthesize credible sources demonstration understanding of the subject under investigation; all research includes multiple print and digital. W2- Write informative/explanatory texts which organize complex ideas that build on each other and develop the topic with sufficient facts, extended details, quotations or other information and examples appropriate to the audiences knowledge of the topic. Use a formal style, precise language, domainspecific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage complexity of the topic. Include formatting with headings, graphics, and multimedia to aid comprehension. W4- Continue using the writing process with an emphasis on the craft of writing. W7- Conduct research projects to answer a question or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate. W2- Write informative/explanatory texts which organize complex ideas that build on each other and develop the topic with sufficient facts, extended details, quotations or other information and examples appropriate to the audiences knowledge of the topic. Use a formal style, precise language, domainspecific vocabulary and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage complexity of the

Research Paper

1. 2. 3. 4.

Peer Edit Conferences Works cited Journals # 10-12

Research Presentation

1. Final Draft 2. Powerpoint Presentation 3. Journals #13-16

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topic. Include formatting with headings, graphics, and multimedia to aid comprehension. W5- Focus on how well purpose and audience have been addressed. W6- Use technology including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information. L& S4- Continue to use public speaking techniques to present information, clearly, concisely, and logically insuring that alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and with organization, development, substance, and style that are appropriate to purpose , audience, and range of formal and informal tasks. L & S5- Continue to make strategic use of multimedia, components and visual displays in presentations to enhance understandings of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. LT1- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. LT4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases with an emphasis on technical meanings and analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text. EW4- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content,

A Long Way Gone

1. Vocabulary # 1 2. Journals #17-20 3. Study Guides Chapter 1-3

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choosing flexibility from a range of strategies. LT1- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. LT6- Continue to evaluate and analyze how an author uses rhetoric effectively, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. EW4- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibility from a range of strategies. LT3- Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequences of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. EW4- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibility from a range of strategies. LT2-Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text. EW4- Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiplemeaning words and phrases based on grades 11-12 reading and content, choosing flexibility from a range of strategies.

A Long Way Gone

1. Vocabulary # 2 2. Journals # 21-24 3. Study guides Chapters 4-10

A Long Way Gone

1. Vocabulary # 3 2. Journals #25-28 3. Study Guides Chapters 11-18

A Long Way Gone

1. Vocabulary # 4 2. Journals # 29-30 3. Study Guides Chapter 19-21

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10 A Long Way Gone/ Culminating Project W6- Use technology including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information. EW1- Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing by applying the understanding that usage is a matter of convention, can change over time, and sometimes contested. EW2- Continue to use hyphenation conventions. W3- Write narratives using a formal style, with narrative techniques and stylistic techniques that build toward a particular tone and outcome to engage and orient the reader showing the relationships among experiences and events; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated event. EW1- Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing by applying the understanding that usage is a matter of convention, can change over time, and sometimes contested. EW2- Continue to use hyphenation conventions. EW3- Write narratives using a formal style, with narrative techniques and stylistic techniques that build toward a particular tone and outcome to engage and orient the reader showing the relationships among experiences and events; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated event. LT6- Continue to evaluate and 1. Letter to the author. 2. Powerpoint: How to Structure a Letter

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Personal Narrative

1. Brainstorming Activity 2. Graphic Organizer 3. Rough Draft

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Personal Narratives

1. Peer Edit 2. Final Draft

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Night

1. Journals #31-33

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analyze how an author uses rhetoric effectively, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text. EW5- Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language and word relationships, and analyze nuances in word meanings with similar denotations and interpret figures of speech in context. LT2- Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they are interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text. LT7- Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats. LT1- Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain. LT3- Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequences of events and explain how specific individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text. LT8- Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal US texts, including the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning and the premises, purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy. LT7- Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats. S& L1- Promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, and 2. Poem Fifty Years From Now 3. Study Guides Chapters 1-2

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Night

1. Journals # 34-36 2. Study Guides Chapters 3-5 3. Viewing of Life is Beautiful

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Night

1. Journals # 37-40 2. Study Guides Chapters 6-9 3. US Intervention Documents

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Night

1.Journals #41-45 2. I never Saw Another Butterfly Activity 3.Viewing of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

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establish individual roles to engage in a range of collaborative discussions on grades 11-12 topics, texts and issues. EW3- Write narratives using a formal style, with narrative techniques and stylistic techniques that build toward a particular tone and outcome to engage and orient the reader showing the relationships among experiences and events; provide a conclusion that follows from and reflects on the narrated event. EW5- Demonstrate an understanding of figurative language and word relationships, and analyze nuances in word meanings with similar denotations and interpret figures of speech in context. 17 Compare/ Contrast Essay W1- Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics on texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient facts. W9- Draw Evidence from literary or informational text to support analysis, reflection and research applying grades 11-12 reading standards as needed. EW6- Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level. W1- Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics on texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient facts. W4- Continue using the writing process with an emphasis on the craft of writing. W9- Draw evidence from literary or 1. Graphic Organizer 2. 2. Rough Draft 3. Incorporating quotes

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Compare/ Contrast Essay

1.Peer Edit 2.Final Draft 3. Art Project 4. Presentations

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informational text to support analysis, reflection and research applying grades 11-12 reading standards are needed. L&S2- Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media in order to make informed decisions and solve problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source, and noting any discrepancies among the data. L&S5- Continue to make strategic use of multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest. L &S6- Continue to use precise language by adapting speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. L&S5- Continue to make strategic use of multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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Portfolios

1. Portfolio Presentations 2. Course Evaluations 3. Reflections