Emerald High School
English I, IV Course Syllabi
2017-2018 Academic Year
Instructor: Mrs. Brandi Tupper
Phone: (864) 941-5730
This course is designed to prepare students for College and Career readiness as required by the SC CCR State Standard. English I is a survey course in world literature, which is broken down into major genres: drama, poetry, fiction, and informational texts. English IV is a survey course in British literature, from the Anglo-Saxons to modern, broken down chronologically.
The English Language Arts sequence is also a survey in writing. Over the course of the year, you will write in different styles and genres for different purposes and audiences. You will write narrative, informative, argumentative, analytical, and research essays alongside blog posts, digital presentations, and even Facebook exchanges between literary characters.
Required TextbooksWe will be using the following textbooks in this class:Pearson Literature: Grade 9 (2015, online copy provided)
Pearson Literature: Grade 12 (2015, hard copy assigned)Pearson Writing Coach: Grade 9 (2015, online copy provided)Throughout the semester, you will also read supplemental works to be determined by the instructor.
SuppliesYou will need the following supplies for class:
- Black or blue ink pens
- Two red ink pens
- Two No. 2 Pencils
- Highlighters (multi-color pack)
- Wide ruled loose leaf paper (1 pack per semester)
- A fully charged Chromebook
Learning OutcomesIn the English Language Arts course sequence:
Throughout the semester, you will:
- Encounter a variety of challenging texts representing a range of literary and non-literary genres presented in multiple media.
- Learn and practice strategies for reading carefully, reading closely, and for analyzing texts critically.
- Work through a range of writing processes—planning, pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing.
- Develop, organize, and produce effective English 1 level essays.
- Learn to summarize, paraphrase, and document reading material in accordance with MLA guidelines.
- Begin developing a clear, effective writing style that is free of major errors.
- Take class notes using the Cornell Method.
- Develop 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration, and communication.
- Write frequent short pieces that reinforce close, critical reading processes and thoughtful composing processes. Short assignments will give you a range of opportunities to compose both informal and formal documents and to write during and outside of class.
- Write longer works that include narrative, argumentative, analytical, and research essays.
- Participate in peer revision activities and incorporate peer feedback before submitting final versions of the essays.
Strategies for Success
- Complete all outside reading and come prepared to discuss it. This includes taking notes as you read.
- Take thorough notes in class.
- Bring something to read in case you finish your in-class work early. You are required to complete additional outside reading for class, so this is an opportunity to work on it.
- Participate regularly.
- Take chances when participating in discussion. This includes putting forth ideas you are unsure about and not being afraid to ask questions.