English 12


Instructor: Mr. Allen Webb

Phone: 918-758-2075 ex: 3170

Email: awebb@okmulgeeps.com


Course Description:

This senior-level course is hands-on-learning for the students. Students will do critical reading on both fiction and nonfiction writing. Students will also submit short and extended writing assignments.


Major Course Objectives:

Students will write arguments, narratives, and informative/explanatory pieces throughout the year. Students will use vocabulary development and an understanding of text elements and structures to comprehend literary and informational grade-level text. Students will understand the process of seeking and giving information. Oklahoma has developed a Core Curriculum which outlines specific standards for student learning. The Core curriculum includes ideas, concepts, and skills which provide a foundation on which subsequent learning may be built.


Course Materials:

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 Meetings:

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.


Course Requirements:

• 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.


Cheating includes:

• 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.


Course Outline:

Module 1 Literary Elements and Devices 1

Module 2 Literary Elements and Devices 2

Module 3 English Fiction 1

Module 4 English Fiction 2

Module 5 English Fiction 3

Module 6 Writing Essays and Speeches

Module 7 Types of Writing 1

Module 8 Types of Writing 2

Module 9 Writing Research

Module 10 Reading Informational Texts

Module 11 Speaking, Listening, and Viewing

Module 12 Academic and Workplace Skills

Module 13 Grammar Basics

Module 14 Sentence Construction

Module 15 Phrases and Complements

Module 16 Mood, Voice and Case

Module 17 Agreement and Comparisons

Module 18 Punctuation

Module 19 Vocabulary and Spelling


Course Projects:

Shakespeare Project

Students read an excerpt from Act V of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, research facts about his life, consider his use of humor, and compare and contrast a scene from one of his works with a contemporary film version.


Literary Devices Project

Students read poetry by John Donne, identifying paradox and comparison, and "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift, identifying hyperbole, understatement, sarcasm, and irony. They analyze these writings, and create a comic strip or political cartoon.


The Narrative Project

Students analyze “The Monkey’s Paw” by W.W. Jacobs, including writing techniques, the plot elements, and vocabulary words in context. Then they write a narrative, choosing and narrowing a topic, and using effective writing techniques.


Researching Epidemics Project

Students conduct research on the Great London Plague of 1665, read an excerpt from "A Journal of the Plague Year" by Daniel Defoe, research Louis Pasteur, and write a research report a modern-day epidemic.


Exploring College Project

Students explore the purpose of education and their career interests. They view a video on managing a personal budget, create a college action plan, and write an essay and presentation on the value of a college education and other training.


Career Readiness Project

Students research careers and trends, view videos on finding job openings and creating résumés, create an action plan and job-search log, write an essay on personal branding, and create a résumé and cover letter, or an infographic or video résumé.


Course Writing Activities:

Persuasive Writing Activity

Students write a persuasive essay using digital media, style manual guidelines, and research to convey complex ideas and information with accuracy.


Short Story Writing Activity

In this lesson, students write a short story based on a real or imagined experience using digital media and effective narrative techniques such as plot development, dialogue, "showing" versus "telling," and imagery.


Personal Reflection Writing Activity

In this lesson, students write a personal reflection based on autobiographical events using digital media, effective techniques, choice of detail, and appropriately structured sequence of events.

Grading Procedures:

Students will receive multiple grades per module in English 12.  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 12.  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


Grading Scale:

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.