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    ARGUMENT

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         Readings: 

                 John F. Kennedy's Inagural Address

                 School Choice argumentative essays

                 Wear Sunscreen Graduation Speech

                 Disney World's Guest Assistant Card Program

         Grammar Tidbits:

                  Semicolons

           Writing:

                     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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    ENGLISH II

     

    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

     

    Year-At-A-Glance:

             Quarter 1: Informative Writing

                               Thesis Statments

                              Text-based writing

                              Citing text evidence

                              CRL #1

                              QSMA

                              Informative Brochures

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

     

             Quarter 2: Argumentative Writing

                             Counterclaims

                             Rhetoric

                             Ethos, pathos, and logos (rhetorical appeals)

                             Logical fallacies

                             QSMA

                             "Letter from Birmingham Jail," various historical speeches

     

            Quarter 3: Literary Analysis

                              Theme

                              Symbolism

                              Characterization

                              CRL #3

                              "Macbeth"

     

            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

     

     

     Grading:

    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: 

    A=90%-100%

    B=80%-89%

    C=70%-79%

    D=60%-69%

    F=59% and below