Honors English Language Arts
On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year
Teacher: Melissa Dean
Tuition: $650 early bird/$675 after July 1
Length of Course: Friday, August 28, 2020 to Friday, May 14, 2021
Breaks: The official course schedule will be in the syllabus provided at the beginning of the year but will include breaks for all major U.S. holidays and Thanksgiving, a Winter Break, and a Spring Break.
Course Description: This course is designed to prepare high school students for AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition. It is designated as an Honors English Course.
*Students will analyze and respond to a variety of literature including fiction and nonfiction works, drama, poetry, essays, short stories, memoir, and short novels.
*Students will critically analyze short literary pieces in order to develop critical thinking and reading skills.
*Students will recognize, use, and understand a variety of poetic devices and forms.
*Students will develop sentence maturity by imitating the sentence styles of professional writers.
*Students will master the art of thesis and essay writing.
*Students will conduct, report, and properly present research utilizing current MLA style.
*Students will develop honor-driven persuasive skills utilizing ancient rhetorical devices.
*Students will develop, revise, edit, and submit an essay for the annual Profiles in Courage essay contest.
Prerequisites: This course is open to advanced 9thand 10thgrade students as well as 11thand 12thgrade students who do not wish to take AP English courses but still desire a rigorous, high school level English course. While there are no official prerequisites for the course, students who enroll should be able to write at an advanced high school level, be able to read and comprehend high school level literature and nonfiction texts, and have a solid grasp of grammar and the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing. This course is not intended for middle school students or students who need remedial work in reading or writing.
Interactions: This course is asynchronous, which means there is no live class session that students must attend. Work will be assigned daily, and students are expected to meet due dates; however, they will be free to complete their work at any time of day as long as they meet assigned deadlines. Extensions to deadlines will be granted with advance notice or in the case of illness or emergencies. Students will interact with one another and with the instructor in online discussion forums and groups as well as in occasional online book club meetings. Students will receive weekly feedback from the instructor and teaching assistants on their work as well as detailed feedback on major assignments. The instructor will provide an individual progress report at the end of each semester.
Workload: Approximately 6-8 hours per week
Technological Requirements: Students will be given access to a password-protected Canvas website where they will access all of their course materials. Each student will need full Internet and printer access as well as Microsoft Word. Students will need to be able to create and view PDF files and may need to utilize Skype or Google Hangouts for book club discussions or group projects. Google Drive may also be utilized throughout the year, so students should have access to a drive.
Instructor Qualifications: I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in English Education. After teaching in a variety of public school settings, I returned to school to pursue an MA in English and Literacy Education from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I then continued on to earn an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Curriculum Development, also from U-M, and am currently pursuing a doctorate in Special Education. I am a certified teacher in the State of the Virginia with endorsements in 6-12 English, K-12 Reading, K-12 Gifted Education, and ESL. During the past twenty-eight years, I have taught in public schools, an alternative high school, homeschool co-ops, and online. I have also edited and occasionally written for the Virginia Home Educator, a publication of the Home Educator’s Association of Virginia (HEAV), for the past thirteen years. I currently live in Chesapeake, Virginia with my family.
***This is the tentative book list; minor changes may be made. A final book list will be emailed to enrolled students in July.***
Required Course Materials:
Sentence Composing for High School by Don Killgallon (ISBN: 978-0867094282)
The Lively Art of Writing by Lucille Vaughan Payne (ISBN: 978-0451627124)
A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver (ISBN: 978-0156724005)
The Rhetoric Companion: A Student’s Guide to Power in Persuasion by N.D. Wilson & Douglas Wilson (ISBN: 978-1591280781)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (ISBN: 978-1439156810)
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (ISBN: 978-0385474542)
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (ISBN: 978-0743482752)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (ISBN: 978-0486282114)
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Stories by Charles Dickens (ISBN: 978-0451532022)
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose (ISBN: 978-0143104407)
**Links or PDF files for a variety of shorter texts will be provided throughout the course as well.
Application: If you wish to enroll in Honors English Language Arts for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete the application in the link below and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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