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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

Curriculum

Language Arts - English III

 

American Literature

 

 

 

 

 

The American Literature curriculum is studied within the following time periods:  Puritanism, Rationalism, Romanticism (Transcendentalism), Realism, Modernism, Postmodernism. Within each time period, selections are chosen for their historical significance as well as their literary merit.

 

 

For each selection:

 

The learner will be able to explain specific and significant aspects of each period as they relate to American literary and cultural history.

 

The learner will be able to will be able to describe the lives and works of the various writers covered.

 

The learner will be able to accurately explain literary terms covered in the course of studying various selections.

 

The learner will be able to identify the plot structure, characters, conflicts, and themes of the various fiction and non-fiction selections covered.

 

The learner will be able to will be able to provide analysis of the character, setting, plot, conflict, point of view, style, theme, and literary techniques of the selections studied.

 

The learner will be able to identify the poetic structures, subjects, devices, and themes of the various poetic selections covered.

 

The learner will be able to provide analysis of the poetry covered.

 

The learner will be able to read and analyze the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and be able to explain its significance in the American Literature genre.

 

The learner will be able to read and analyze drama (The Crucible).

 

 

 

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Vocabulary

(English III uses Level E. English III Honors uses Level F.)

 

The learner will be able to identify new vocabulary in his/her reading.

 

The learner will be able to learn 20 words per unit.

 

The learner will be able to apply new vocabulary words to written composition.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Composition

 

The learner will be able to apply the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing (ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency, voice, conventions, presentation).

 

The learner will be able to recognize and practice writing as a process with distinct, essential, and ordered stages.

 

The learner will be able to write clear, concise thesis statements.

 

The learner will be able to recognize, respond to, and ultimately evaluate the rhetorical context of written arguments.

 

The learner will be able to integrate rhetorical appeals into their own writing.

 

The learner will be able to identify and imitate effective writing techniques as presented in model essays.

 

The learner will be able to write a narrative essay.

 

The learner will be able to write a persuasive essay.

 

The learner will be able to give critical responses to literature and/or nonfiction.

 

The learner will be able to compose a literary analysis informed by reader-response criticism.

 

The learner will be able to write an expository essay.

 

The learner will be able to research and write an expository or persuasive research paper.

 

The learner will be able to apply the rules of the Modern Language Association (MLA) concerning parenthetical documentation of sources.

 

The learner will be able to contextualize quoted and paraphrased information in an effective manner.

 

The learner will be able to compile a Works Cited page, following MLA standards.

The learner will be able to write a college application/personal statement essay suitable for review by members of a college review board.

 

  

 

 

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Grammar, Usage, Conventions

 

The learner will be able to punctuate phrases and clauses.

 

The learner will be able to use parallel structure in sentence composition.

 

The learner will be able to use consistent voice and tense appropriate to the mode of composition.

 

The learner will be able to determine subject/predicate and pronoun/antecedent agreement.

 

The learner will be able to use correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

The learner will be able to vary sentence structure.

 

The learner will be able to avoid the use of misplaced and dangling modifiers.

 

The learner will be able to use ellipsis in parenthetical citations.

 

The learner will be able to use direct and indirect quotes in source-based papers.

 

The learner will be able to apply the rules of MLA style to composition.

 

The learner will be able to edit compositions written by peers.

 

The learner will be able to compose, edit/revise, and store compositions electronically.