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English 1: Intro to Literature & Composition Sem A - FLEX

Heroes, Rogues, & Madmen: High School English Literature/ELA (Full Semester)

"Mr. J." (Jeremy Ballard)
Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
Modeled after my AP English course, this class will emphasize literary analysis, essay writing, & creative writing. Students will develop the skills they need for college & beyond. (Literature, prose, poetry & film) Homework/Grade included.

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
This course provides opportunities to for students to develop the following skills:
1.Explain the function of character.
2.Explain the function of setting.
3.Explain the function of plot and structure.
4.Explain the function of the narrator or speaker.
5.Explain the function of word choice, imagery, and symbolism.
6.Explain the function of comparison.
7.Develop textually substantiated arguments about interpretations of a portion or whole text.

The course provides opportunities for students to write essays that proceed through multiple stages or drafts, including opportunities for conferring and collaborating with teacher and/or peers.
I have been a high school English teacher for ten years, working in both the United States and China. I have taught both AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition. I have worked in education for nearly 20 years, including 15 years coaching speech and debate.  I specialize in writing instruction and literary analysis.
Homework Offered
Weekly homework time will vary based on individual student reading and writing speed. Times listed are estimated per week. Students are always welcome to work ahead, reading or watching films in advance. -Complete 5 M.A.D.E.s (5-10 minutes a day, five days a week) -Read novel, complete annotation and analysis worksheet (reading times vary, about 100-150 pages per week, +30 minutes for annotation and analysis worksheet) -Watch Movie and complete film analysis worksheet (2-3 hours viewing time, 15-30 minutes for the worksheet) -Watch or read designated poems and complete poetry chart (30-45 minutes) -Complete designated prose or poetry writing and mini-project (1-2 hours) -Complete essay every two weeks (30-45 minutes, every other week )
4+ hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Students will be assessed throughout the course, based on active participation during class discussion, proof of understanding concept in mini-projects, and through their essays, in terms of writing and analytical content. Essays will be evaluated using the AP scale. The final project will also serve as the major assessment, as students will have to use all of the skills and knowledge learned in this course.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students will need to purchase and acquire all of their own books. Students will need to acquire their own viewing access to films. No links will be provided to any of the films or viewing platforms.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Please be aware that this course is for mature students as many of the works covered contain mature content.  Parents should be aware of the content of all sources and comfortable with their students reading these books and viewing these films. Some films are rated R and are noted under sources. These films are rated R for mature content, language, and violence. Parents should screen all films prior to student viewing. 

Some poetry shown or shared via YouTube also contains mature language and content.  A list of poems can be found under sources.

Book Warnings
"Haroun and the Sea of Stories"
This book is written as a children's story, and the book itself is appropriate for children; however, some individuals may have issues with the author. This novel is a story about telling stories with underlying issues of free speech. It was written in response to reaction Rushdie received for his previous novel, which also resulted in a price being put on his head.  

"The Killing Joke"
Contains violence and graphic scenes.

Contains mature themes, sexuality, and sexual situations. Also note, that while this is widely respected as one of the world's greatest novels, it does tell the story of a middle-aged man and his two-year love affair with a girl starting when she was only 12.

"The Watchmen"
Mature language and themes, sexual content, and some graphic imagery.

"A Dirty Job"
Mature themes and language, mild sexual content.
In addition to the sources listed below, as a literary analysis course, we will often reference other sources. These sources include Greek and Roman mythology, the Bible, and Dante's Inferno. These sources are taught from a literary perspective only as they relate to specific texts. 

Major works:
Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Salman Rushdie
Superman: Birthright, Mark Waid
The Killing Joke, Alan Moore
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Lolita, Vladamir Nabokov
The Watchmen, Alan Moore
A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore

Dead Poets Society
The Princess Bride
Life is Beautiful
It’s a Wonderful Life
12 Angry Men
Silence of the Lambs (R)
The Shining (R)
Seven (R)
Fight Club (R)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (R)
The Shawshank Redemption (R)

Poem List
Students may omit poems at personal or parental discretion. Additional poems may be added at discretion of teacher.

“I Wanna Hear a Poem” Steve Colman
“Introduction to Poetry” Billy Collins
“Touchscreen” Marshall Jones
“Spelling Father” Marshall Jones
“To the Boy That May One Day Date My Daughter” Jesse Parent
“To This Day” Shane Koyczan
“Penny For your Thoughts” Gemini
“Like Totally Whatever” Melissa Lozada-Oliva
“10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy” Rachel Wiley

Taylor Mali
“What Teachers Make”
“Miracle Worker”
“Like Lily, Like Wilson”
“Like Totally Whatever”

Rudy Francisco
“To the Girl that Works at Starbucks…”
“A Lot Like You”
“My Honest Poem”
“To the Complainers”
“Love Poem Medley”

Sarah Kay
“If I should Have a Daughter”

Phil Kaye

Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye
“Origin Story”
“When Love Arrives”

“Sign Language”
“If I Controlled the Internet”

Meet the teacher

Average rating:4.8Number of reviews:(75)
"I am not the teacher that you are looking for," as I wave my hand ever so slightly.

I will not fill your students with rainbows and sunshine. I am not super high tech in the computer age. I don't offer fluff and I have no gimmicks. No puppies,... 
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for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
80 min

Live video meetings
Ages 15-18
3-8 learners per class

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