John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address

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         Grammar Tidbits:



                     Claims, Counterclaims, and Rebuttals

                     Using evidence to back up claims

                     How to choose the best evidence 

    THIS WEEK: Finish JFK, Counterclaims, Essay Unscramble 

    Essential Question(s):

    What strategies can solve a puzzle?

    How do I win arguments?

    How do authors create suspense and tension within a story?

    What are phrases and clauses, and how do I use them?

    How is tone, pace, and word choice related to suspense?

    What is a thesis statment, and why is it essential to writing?

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    Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.

    In short: we will be engaged in the study of effective communication.

    “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.”

    –Lee Trevino



             Quarter 1: Informative Writing

                               Thesis Statments

                              Text-based writing

                              Citing text evidence

                              CRL #1


                              Informative Brochures

                              "The Wife's Story, "The Lottery," "Texas vs. Johnson," "The American Flag Stands for Tolerance" 


             Quarter 2: Argumentative Writing



                             Ethos, pathos, and logos (rhetorical appeals)

                             Logical fallacies


                             "Letter from Birmingham Jail," various historical speeches


            Quarter 3: Literary Analysis




                              CRL #3



            Quarter 4: Narrative

                               Personal narratives

                              Fiction, non-fiction, and literary non-fiction

                              ~*Super-secret special PODCAST study!*~

                              FSA (April/May 2019)


    Course Content:


    • Writing in various styles/for various purposes and audiences.
    • Analysis of written texts.
    • Listening, speaking, and viewing strategies.
    • Peer collaboration




    Grade distribution will be based on four categories:

    Standard 1: Reading Comprehension 35%

    • Independent Readings
    • Reading Comprehension Activities
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments

    Standard 2: Writing 35% 

    • Independent Reading Essays
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments 
    • Class Writing Assignments

    Standard 3: Language 20% 

    • Vocabulary Assignments and Quizzes
    • Grammar Assignments and Quizzes

    Standard 4: Speaking and Listening 10% 

    • Class Discussion and Oral Activities
    • Presentations/Speeches
    • Academic Participation


    Averages are based on Marion County Public School's Grading Scale: 





    F=59% and below