Instructor: Mr. Allen Webb
Phone: 918-758-2075 ex: 3170
This junior-level course covers American literature written from Early American to the present. The selection of literature ranges from fiction and poetry to speeches, sermons, letters, and journals. Students will see where this literature fits in relation to the events and culture of the time period.
Major Course Objectives:
After completing the course, students will understand and be able to gain an appreciation of American Literature from Native American literature to the Modern American literature; use literary knowledge to demonstrate creative thinking and problem-solving skills; understand how American literature reflects the time period during which it was written; understand how their responses to a text may be shaped by their age, gender, class, or personal experiences; make connections between the text, their own lives, and a variety of media; apply knowledge of literary terms and techniques; write effective analytical essays with a clear focus, coherent organization, and detail in support of insights and conclusions; develop and apply their knowledge of standard English conventions in their speaking, writing, revising, and editing; pose questions, listen actively to the ideas of others, contribute their own information or ideas in discussions or in oral presentations; and develop contextual vocabulary skills and applications. Oklahoma has developed a Core Curriculum that outlines specific standards for student learning. The Core curriculum includes ideas, concepts, and skills that provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built.
Students need to come prepared to class so they do not fall behind. Each day, students are expected to bring the necessary items to school to allow them to complete their work. This will vary depending on the activities the student is planning to work on. Students should plan ahead for what they will need. Students may bring their own laptop. Students will need a notebook for module notes which are available to use on all activities, projects, tests, and quizzes. Students may also find headphones helpful during the audio portions of the course.
Format and Procedure:
All courses will be delivered through the digital curriculum. Students will be required to attend Okmulgee A.C.E. for a minimum of six and a half (6.5) hours per day. Students may also be required to attend class during specific times to receive direct instruction or participate in discussions. Time will be made in the morning and afternoon to meet the needs of students.
Class meeting will be held to go over lessons and provide additional support daily. Please reference the master schedule for times. Students will be required to attend meetings unless they are moving at an accelerated pace in the class.
• Students are expected to maintain a steady pace to complete coursework on time. Students must be on time and come prepared to learn.
• Students will be engaged in reading and writing assignments through the digital curriculum. Students will also be participating in group discussions and student-teacher conferences to ensure student understanding and completion.
• Computer labs and laptops will be available to students at Okmulgee A.C.E.. Due to the unique nature of our school, students must show respect for other students and the resources available to them. Coursework may be completed on or off campus. Students must complete their own coursework.
• Completing another student’s coursework or having another complete your coursework
• Sharing assignments and test answers with another student
• Using the internet to locate answers to an assignment or test, unless specifically directed to do so.
• Plagiarism includes using someone else’s work as your own.
• This also includes not using correct citation and/or not correctly giving credit to the original source.
• Cheating and plagiarism will be grounds for disciplinary actions and/or removal from Okmulgee High School.
Module 1 Literary Elements and Devices 1
Module 2 Literary Elements and Devices 2
Module 3 American Fiction
Module 4 The Writing Process
Module 5 Writing Essays
Module 6 Types of Writing 1
Module 7 Types of Writing 2
Module 8 Writing Research
Module 9 Reading Informational Texts
Module 10 American Nonfiction 1
Module 11 American Nonfiction 2
Module 12 Speaking, Listening, and Viewing
Module 13 Academic and Workplace Skills
Module 14 Grammar Basics
Module 15 Sentence Construction
Module 16 Phrases and Complements
Module 17 Mood, Voice, and Case
Module 18 Agreement and Comparisons
Module 19 Punctuation
Module 20 Vocabulary and Spelling
Wizard of Oz Project
Students will read The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum and complete a worksheet; write a personal response; view the classic film with Judy Garland; write an essay; and either write a final essay or an alternative ending, or create a video.
Mark Twain Project
Students will read “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” by Mark Twain, read about his life and create timelines, create vocabulary lists, write expository essays, and learn about hyperbole and social commentary.
Media Influence Project
Students will analyze messages found in media by reading an informational article about media influences; evaluate media images for hidden messages and propaganda; write a summary, an essay, and a personal reflection; and create a presentation.
Writing a Narrative Projec
Students will read an excerpt from an autobiographical narrative of the life of either Frederick Douglass or Elizabeth Keckley; conduct Internet research or watch a video; and write a short story, narrative poem, or epistolary work.
Analyzing Court Cases Project
Students will read, investigate, and summarize landmark Supreme Court cases; and respond by either writing a persuasive essay or completing worksheets, and by presenting a persuasive oral presentation.
This Autistic Life Project
Students will conduct online searches about autism; complete worksheets; watch a video; conduct an optional group discussion; and either write an article or conduct an interview, reporting findings in writing or by creating a video.
Course Writing Activities:
Cause and Effect Writing Activity
Students will write a cause-and-effect essay using digital media, style manual guidelines, and research to convey complex ideas and information with accuracy.
Short Story Writing Activity
Students will write a narrative about real or imagined experiences using effective narrative techniques, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Personal Reflection Writing Activity
Students will write a personal reflection essay based on autobiographical events using digital media, effective narrative technique, careful choice of detail, and well-structured sequences of events.
Students will receive multiple grades per module in English 11. Those grades include all assignments completed on the digital curriculum, a module checkpoint activity given in-class, and module notes taken by the student. Students will also receive a grade for each project completed and presented in English 11. All assignments need to be completed by the student to receive a passing grade for the class. Students must have teacher approval to begin a new module in the course
A 90- 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 - 79%
D 60 - 69%
F below 60%
Tentative Course Schedule:
Students are permitted to complete coursework at their own pace. However, all coursework must be completed by the end of the year. Students can adjust their own end date online to help manage time.