Syllabus

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English 11A – Survey of Informational Text

March 19th, 2018 – April 27th, 2018

How to Contact Me: Synchronous Sessions:

Michele Fantin Our class will meet for a 1-hour live
Instructor session every Thursday at 12 pm.

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What am I going to be doing in this course?
You will be exposed to a variety of informational and argumentative text from a number
of genres and from a number of sources, including government publications and
websites, magazine articles, legal proceedings, and video presentations. You will learn
to analyze the texts so that you understand the author’s true, and sometimes hidden,
message.

By the end of this course, I will be able to:
 Explain how an author develops and presents key points, premises, main claims,
reasons, and evidence.
 Explain and analyze rhetorical appeals and logical fallacies for effect, power, and
interest.
 Analyze an argument by evaluating the claims and counterclaims.
 Analyze evidence for validity, relevance, and sufficiency.
 Explain and analyze the development of central ideas, details, organization, and
purposes.
 Complete writing activities and projects in which the development, organization,
and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
 Respond to writing prompts by drawing evidence from literary texts to support
analysis.
 Show mastery of the conventions of Standard English.
 Use context and knowledge of nuance and figurative language to enhance
writing.

Required Materials
 Word processing software (Google Docs, Word, Mac “Pages”)
 Internet browser (Google Chrome and Firefox are most compatible)
 FREE ALL-IN-ONE DOWNLOAD

(Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Shockwave, Quick Time, Java)
Course Overview

● Six Units (Two Units per week)
 Five lessons Per Unit

▪ If you complete two lessons per day, you will have 2 days
off per week!
● Grading
 Some activities are auto-graded

▪ Workbooks
▪ Checkpoints
▪ Exams

 Some activities are teacher graded

▪ Extended Response Questions
▪ Projects
▪ Asynchronous Sessions

 Some activities are optional and not graded

▪ Reflections

▪ Graphic Organizers

▪ Teacher/self-assigned practice

Types of Activities
Each unit begins with a brief description of the learning goals. Following the introduction
are these standard activities, which may or may not be present in each lesson:

● Workbooks - 5% of Final Grade - include:

Vocabulary Skill Instruction– Includes instruction in vocabulary skills,
followed by graded workbook questions.
Focus Skill Instruction– Includes instruction in reading comprehension
skills and application, followed by graded workbook questions.

Language and Writing Skill Instruction – Includes instruction in
language and writing skills, followed by graded workbook questions.
● Extended Response Discussion Question(s) –15% of Final Grade
- Extended response discussion questions at the analyze/evaluate/synthesize
level. CLICK FOR RUBRIC

● Writing Projects–30% of Final Grade - An assessment graded by the instructor
that requires application of knowledge and writing capabilities to demonstrate
mastery of the lesson content. Writing projects for 11A are:

○ UNIT 3: Research Paper : Informational/Explanatory Rubric
○ UNIT 6: Writing Project: Argumentative Essay Argumentative Rubric

● Checkpoints – 10% of Final Grade - This graded activity uses 10 questions to
assess mastery of lesson objectives. Students may take the Checkpoint up to
three times. In the last lesson of each unit, the Checkpoint activity is replaced
with a comprehensive assessment

● Asynchronous Sessions- 15% of Final Grade - SIXREQUIRED - These are
taped teacher generated lessons with a corresponding assignment.

● Unit Exams– 10% of Final Grade - At the end of the unit is an exam that will
assess mastery of unit objectives. Students may take the Unit Exam more than
once only by request.

● Final Exam– 15% of Final Grade - This exam is in the last lesson and consists
of 50 questions that reflect key concepts and information from course. Students
may take the Final more than once only by request
● Ungraded items - .

○ Reflections

○ Graphic Organizers

○ Teacher – Self Assigned Extra Practice

Grading Weights
ACTIVITY PERCENTAGE
OF GRADE

Projects 30%
Discussion Posts 15%
Synchronous / Asynchronous Sessions 15%
Final Exam 15%
Unit Exams 10%
Checkpoints 10%
Workbooks 5%

Schedule and Pacing of Work

Week 1
UNIT 1: Certain Shade of Green
March 19th – March 23rd
DATE Lesson Category Description
Vocabulary Skill Understanding Figurative Language

MON Checkpoint 1 Analyzing Explicit and Implicit Ideas

1 Workbook 1

Extended Response The Bean-field 10pts
1
Extended Response Education of Young Chief 10pts
1
Checkpoint 2 Determining the Purposes and Central Ideas in
Informational Text

TUE Workbook 2
2
Extended Response Principles of Conservation 10 pts
2
Extended Response The Wilderness Act 10 pts
2

Checkpoint 3 Analyzing Text Structure
WED
Workbook 3
3
Extended Response Save the Redwoods 10 pts
3
Extended Response Peregrine Falcon 10 pts
3

THU Synchronous
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Session 1
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Checkpoint 4 Analyzing Info. in Videos
THU
4 Workbook 4

Extended Response Rewild the World 20 pts
4

Unit 1 Exam
FRI 5 Workbook 5 UNIT REVIEW
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Extended Response 5

Extended Response Street Farmer 10 pts
5
Week 2
UNIT 2: She Blinded Me With Science
March 26th – March 30th
DATE Lesson Category Description
Checkpoint 6 Analyzing Word Choice

MON 6 Workbook 6

Extended Response 6 Everyday Zombie 10 pts

Extended Response 6 Mindsuckers 10 pts

Checkpoint 7 Evaluating Evidence

TUES
Workbook 7
7 Extended Response 7 Why People Oppose..10 pts

Extended Response 7 Rewilding 10 pts

Checkpoint 8 Analyzing Key Ideas & Events
WED
8 Workbook 8

Extended Response 8 Calculating the Value 10 pts

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Checkpoint 9 Analyzing the Structure

THU 9 Workbook 9
Extended Response 9 Paying Patients 10 pts

Extended Response 9 Leather and Meat 10 pts

Unit 2 Exam UNIT REVIEW
10 Workbook 10
FRI
Extended Response NASA: Curiosity Rover 10 pts
10
Extended Response NASA: Confirms Evidence 10 pts
10

Week 3
UNIT 3: Back to Life, Back to Reality
April 2nd – April 6th
DATE Lesson Category Description
Checkpoint 11 Analyzing Specific Word Choice

MON 11 Workbook 11

Extended Response Water Conservation 10 pts

Extended Response How to Manage Stormwater 10 pts

Checkpoint 12 Analyzing Style & Vocabulary

12 Workbook 12
TUE Extended Response How to Select a Checking…5 pts

Extended Response Protecting Your Checking 5 pts

Extended Response How to Make the Most… 5 pts

Extended Response Making a Budget 5 pts

Checkpoint 13 Analyzing Graphics & Structure

WED 13 Workbook 13

Extended Response Teens Feeling Stressed 10 pts

Extended Response Conquering Your Fears 10 pts

THU Synchronous
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Session 3
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Thursday: 12 pm
Checkpoint 14

Workbook 14 Deciphering Perspective

THU
14 Extended Response

Extended Response Alone in the Crowd 10 pts

Is Technology Creating… 10 pts

Unit 3 Exam
Workbook 15 UNIT REVIEW

Extended Response
FRI
15
Extended Response Why is Sleep Important? 10 pts

WRITING How Much Sleep is Enough? 10 pts
PROJECT

Week 4
UNIT 4: Fight for Your Right
April 9th – April 13th

DATE Lesson Category Description

Checkpoint 16 Analyzing Constitutional Principles

MON 16 Workbook 16

Extended Response Hazelwood School Dist. 20 pts
16

Checkpoint 17 Exploring Rhetorical Appeals
TUE
17 Workbook 17

Extended Response American’s Speak Freely 10 pts
17

Checkpoint 18 Examining Rhetorical Fallacies
Workbook 18
WED
18
Extended Response In Defense of the Constitution 10 pts
18

Extended Response Let’s Give up on the Constitution 10 pts
18

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CLASSROOM
Session 4
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Thursday at 12 pm
Checkpoint 19 Analyzing Structure and Purpose

THU 19 Workbook 19

Extended Response Declaration of Conscience 20 pts
19

Unit 4 Exam UNIT REVIEW

Workbook 20
FRI
20 Extended Response Second Inaugural Address 10 pts
20

Extended Response American University
20
Speech 10 pts

Week 5
UNIT 5: Everybody Talks
April 16th – April 20th

DATE Lesson Category Description
Checkpoint 21 Examining Syntax

MON 21 Workbook 21

Extended Response “We Shall Overcome” 20 pts
21

Checkpoint 22 Examining Rhetorical Devices
TUE
22 Workbook 22

Extended Response Barack Obama’s Second.. 20 pts
22

Checkpoint 23 Balancing Rhetorical Appeals
WED
23 Workbook 23

Extended Response What to the Slave is… 20 pts
23

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Checkpoint 24 Evaluating Rhetoric & Structure

THU 24 Workbook 24

Extended Response What to the Slave is… 20 pts
24

Unit 5 Exam UNIT REVIEW
Workbook 25
FRI
Extended Response Energy and the National Goals 20
25 25 pts

FINAL WEEK!
Week 6
UNIT 6: The World We Live In
April 23rd – April 27th
DATE Lesson Category Description
Checkpoint 26 Analyzing Key Terms

MON 26 Workbook 26

Extended Response “Take the Tortillas Out….” 32 pts
26

Checkpoint 27 Analyzing Perspective
TUE
27 Workbook 27

Extended Response “Balancing Calories…” 33 pts
17

Checkpoint 28 Examining Tone
WED
28 Extended Response “Soon We’ll Cure Diseases…” 35 pts
28

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THU Synchronous
Session 6 CLICK HERE FOR ASYNC SESSIONS
Thursday 12 pm
Language Review
THU Pre-writing Project Refining style
29
Vocabulary Skills
Review

FRI UNIT 6 PROJECT Argumentative Essay
30
FINAL EXAM COURSE REVIEW

Congratulations!
Your course is completed.
Final grades can be expected by the end of next week.