English III Course Overview

ENG III - American literature - Standard level course 

Note to parents:  This course is designed for students who are headed for community college, the work force, or military service.  We do a good deal of writing and reading so that students can improve their skills.  If your student has special needs, please make sure to email me as soon as possible.  I should have all IEP and 504 information by the second week of classes, but I like to communicate with parents about ways to accommodate students most effectively.

Reading selections of American literature help students to identify how artistic movements in literature reflect a wide range of changes that our country has experienced over a 400 year period. Special consideration is given to Native American literature and myth and the Gothic writers of the 19th century.

Students write essays in which they attempt analysis of different topics: personal beliefs, career choices, comparison of works of literature. All formal essays are graded and students are asked to revise them for higher grades. Studies show that revision is the most important aspect of writing, as we can all improve on a second (or third or fourth!) try.

Grammar Study:   Initially, students practice grammar on traditional worksheets, but the lessons are reinforced on student's writing revisions.  With each new essay, we are layering additional grammar requirements as students review the skills and rules.

Vocabulary study is incorporated to encourage knowledge of a working bank of SAT ready words. Ten words per week are studied, including the use of graphic organizers and writing of original sentences. Students are given multiple opportunities to retake quizzes if they receive a failing grade.  We are also using a program called Vocabulary.com to reinforce the definitions and practical use of the words.  Words  are pulled from literary selections.

Films (mostly prior to 1968) paired with literary units to show similarities between the themes of the literature and movie genre. For example, I pair the film Cool Hand Luke with Modern literature to illustrate themes of alienation in society.

Self-Selected Reading - students self-select books to read and are given time to read in class (SSR). I often encourage them to choose a particular book based on their interests.