English III

English III Pre-AP

**Summer Reading - The class will review and discuss the summer reading books. Assignments and due dates are in the Language Arts tab under Academics.

Unit 1 - The American Dream

Students will develop a working definition of "The American Dream" through primary and secondary sources. We will explore the foundations of The American Dream through literary movements and a myriad of American voices.

Unit 2 - American Forums

Students will analyze the importance of media in different modes in print and non-print. In this unit, students will recognize how writers use different methods in order to attract an audience.

Unit 3 - The Power of Persuasion

Students will be introduced on the different rhetorical elements and strategies used in delivering powerful speeches. We will focus on Persuasive and Argumentative Writing.

Unit 4 - An American Journey

In this unit, Students will read an American classic novel that focuses on the theme of 'journey'. We will focus on the analytical essay using said novel. (teacher choice of novel)

                                                                                                                                                                                            

ENGLISH  III CP

Unit 1: Puritanism (1620-1700)

 The Puritan definition of good writing was that which brought home a full awareness of the importance of worshipping God and the spiritual dangers the soul faced on Earth. Puritan style varied enormously - from complex metaphysical poetry to homely journals and crushing obscure religious history.

-  Edwards, Jonathan

                                  from "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" (sermon)

- Miller, Arthur

           The Crucible (drama)          

Unit 2: Colonialism (1700-1800)

 The triumph over British rule by American colonists created a sense in the American people that they were bound for greatness. They had conquered the most powerful empire in the world with little resources and little international help. This victory fanned nationalistic hopes for the development of new literature. However, with the exception of outstanding political writing, few works of note appeared during or soon after the revolution.

- Henry, Patrick

                                 "Speech at the Virginia Convention" (speech)

- Jefferson, Thomas

  Declaration of Independence (document)

Unit 3: Romanticism (1800-1856)

 The Romantic tradition in the United States  developed during the nineteenth century as a reaction against the classical approach of the eighteenth century. The Romantics sought new ways to express themselves in literature emphasizing the unique, the individual, and the specific. To them, intuition was more important than reason. Common people, their lives emotions, and experiences, became a major focus.

- Poe, Edgar Allan

                                 The Raven (poem) & The Fall of the House of Usher (short story)

 

 

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Unit 4: Realism (1840-1910)

 Realism was partly a reaction against Romanticism, for the proponents of Realism felt that romantic fiction was too idealized, too grandly tragic and heroic to reflect real life. Realists were concerned with the immediate ethical consequences of everyday actions. They attempted to recreate everyday reality, for they believed the truth of experience was to be found in events described accurately and objectively, undistorted by the writer's imagination.

- Bierce, Ambrose

                                An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (short story)

Unit 5: Modernism (1910-1950)

 Modernism is difficult to define because of the broad range of styles and material it represents. Stylistic innovations in this mode are marked by a disruption of traditional syntax and form and the artist's self-consciousness about questions of form and structure. Most of the works represent an international perspective on cultural matters.

- Fitzgerald, F. Scott

                                  The Great Gatsby (novel)

Unit 6: Research

 Students are taken through the research process, step-by-step.

- Ask open-ended questions and develop a plan to answering them.

- Determine, locate, and explore a full range of relevant sources.

- Evaluate and synthesize information collected.

- Organize and present ideas according to the purpose of the research and their audience.