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English III: American Literature and Composition Semester 1A

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Angelia Derrick (she/her)
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In this 8-week ELA course, students will analyze The Princess Bride(novel), The House on Mango Street(novella), and short stories; write essays in MLA format; write stories; and study grammar concepts.

Class experience

US Grade 11
Students will learn how to analyze literature, identify elements of literature, and become stronger writers. 
I studied literature throughout my bachelor's program as part of the creative writing emphasis. I have been teaching middle and high school level students for several years how to analyze texts (movies and books) as well as writing essays. 
Published writer in nonfiction (articles and books) and fiction (short stories, novellas, and novels).
Writing young adult fantasy and space opera under the pen name Angelia Almos. 
Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts: Creative Writing
Certificates from Institute of Children's Literature
Certificates from Institute for Writers
Homework Offered
Students will need to read and study the texts, do the weekly activity pages, do short written responses outside of class, and research and write papers/essays. This is considered to be an academically rigorous class.
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
Students will need a word processor to write paper assignments, a journal/notebook/google doc is recommended for journaling thoughts and extra/non-workbook assignments, a printer to print up the workbook pages or pdf editor to do them on their computer, and a cell phone with a camera/scanner to turn in workbook pages. 

Students will be provided workbook pages for each unit to print up in pdf format before class starts published by Prestwick House.  

The following texts/books will be used throughout the class. Families may purchase (print, ebook, or audio) or borrow from their local library. Prices listed below were found on Amazon. 

Semester 1A
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. $11.99
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. $10.49

Semester 1B
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. $9.29.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. $9.21. 

Students will need to rent/stream/borrow: The Princess Bride (1987) PG [Semester 1A] and Into the Wild (2007) R [Semester 1B]. 

Some additional art supplies such as glue, markers/crayons/colored pencil, paper, etc. will be needed for certain assignments. 
Google classroom will be used to assign, organize, and turn in homework and reading assignments. Students will need a gmail email address to join the classroom. 

Students will research some topics online, read articles on websites, and occasional watch an informational YouTube video to complete homework assignments. 

Students will read and discuss in a matter-of-fact way the following texts which tackle some sensitive topics. Some of the topics tackled will be racism/prejudice, foul language, sexism, sexual references, bodily functions, murder, vengeance, starvation, religion, and torture. The books tell stories that include these elements and the students will discuss these issues in a matter-of-fact way in context to when/where it happened or is depicted as happening. It is important for learners to know that these issues exist even if they don't have a personal connection to one or any of the topics. These books are taught to high school/secondary school aged children all over the world and are considered to be age appropriate with the knowledge of the sensitive issues that will be covered. 

Semester 1A
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (book and film)
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 

Semester 1B
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (book and film)
*Special Note: The Into the Wild movie has some disturbing imagery of starvation and death at the end of the film. 
This class uses literature teaching units and activity guides from Prestwick House. English and Language Arts resources and teaching units from Lit & More, Powerpoint Guru and The Crazy English Teacher. We will be utilizing a google classroom to organize homework assignments. 
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NOTE: If you were looking at one of my flexible schedule classes and they are suddenly gone, yes, I still have them, and I am currently figuring out which classes will be able to go into the new self-paced designation that... 
Group Class

$288

for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
55 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 15-17
3-10 learners per class

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