Core Course Content

CORE COURSE CONTENT
SOUTH KINGSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH DEPARTMENT


GRADE 9
ESSENTIAL QUESTION: WHO AM I?
Comprehensive Course Assessment: LITERARY ANALYSIS ESSAY (on Night by Elie Wiesel)

_____Elements of fiction:  plot, points of view, setting, conflict, characterization, theme

_____Literarydevices:  symbolism, foreshadowing, flashback, allusion (literary andhistorical), voice, tone, irony, satire, hyperbole, and understatement

_____Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, imagery, and onomatopoeia

_____Vocabulary enrichment from the novels, plays, and poetry

_____Grammar:subject, predicate, action verb, helping verb, state-of-being verbs,prepositions, prepositional phrases, conjunctions, adjectives, adverbs,direct and indirect objects,  predicate nouns and adjectives

_____Punctuation/GrammarConcepts:  introductory words, adverb clauses, and participial phrases;comma in a compound sentence; semicolon; appositive; possessives; commain a series; pronoun agreement with its antecedent; parentheticalexpression

_____Spelling rules: forming plurals, homonyms

_____Capitalization rules

_____Analysis of literature using the expanded essayform, including elements of MLA format (headers, heading, and citations)

_____Short stories: Selections from Characters in Conflict (including multicultural content)

_____Novel: either Fahrenheit 451 or A Separate Peace

_____Novel: The Old Man and the Sea

_____Shakespearean drama: Romeo and Juliet

_____Modern drama: either The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-and-the-Moon Marigolds or The Member of the Wedding

_____Interview speech

_____Poetry unit


GRADE 10
ESSENTIAL QUESTION:  WHAT IS AN AMERICAN?
Comprehensive Course Assessment = LITERATURE-BASED PERSUASIVE ESSAY

_____Native American literature unit

_____Expanded, five-paragraph, literary analysis essay

_____Shakespearean drama: either Julius Caesar or A Midsummer Night’s Dream

_____Modern narrative: either Into the Wild or To Kill a Mockingbird

_____Short fiction: a minimum of ten short stories from the American Short Stories anthology

_____Modern novel: Of Mice and Men

_____Modern drama: At least one of the following: Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, A Raisin in the Sun, The Crucible

_____Vocabulary enrichment from the novels/Word Wealth

_____Speechunit: Two MLA-formatted research papers (one informative speech, onepersuasive speech), including use of note cards; outline; Works Cited;etc.

_____Speech unit: Oral delivery of informative and persuasive speeches

_____Review of spelling, punctuation, grammar and capitalization rules found in the purple Grammar for Writing: entire chapters or portions of 6, 7, 9, 10, 12,13, 14, and 15.

_____Review of elements of fiction: plot, setting, theme, conflict, characterization, antagonist, protagonist, points of view

_____Reviewof literary devices: voice, tone, symbolism, flashback, foreshadowing,satire, irony, allusion (historical and literary), hyperbole, andunderstatement

_____Figurative language: simile, metaphor, personification, alliteration, imagery, and onomatopoeia



GRADE 11
ESSENTIAL QUESTION:  WHAT IS CULTURE?
COMMON TASK = 3-5 PAGE RESEARCH PAPER (MLA FORMAT)

Motif = The Journey
_____Research paper using MLA format: note cards, outline, in-text citations, Works Cited, submission to turnitin.com, etc.
_____Vocabulary enrichment from the reading materials

_____Greek: Theme = Order and Balance
        _____The Odyssey (or excerpts/abridgements)
        _____"Ithaka" (C.P. Cavafy)
        _____Either Oedipus the King or Antigone
        _____"The Allegory of the Cave" from The Republic, and Crito
        _____Personal narrative
        _____Ancient Greek art and architecture

_____Roman: Theme = Order and Authority
        _____Excerpts from The Aeneid
        _____Excerpts from The Metamorphoses ("Pyramus and Thisbe," "Daedalus and Icarus")
        _____Ancient Roman art and architecture

_____Medieval: Theme = Faith
        _____Beowulf Parts I and II (Part III is optional)
        _____Inferno (Cantos 1, 3, 5, and 34) from The Divine Comedy
        _____The Decameron: "Federigo's Falcon" and "One-Legged Crane"
        _____The Canterbury Tales: General Prologue
        _____The Canterbury Tales: "The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale" and/or "The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale"
        _____Medieval art and architecture (Gothic and Romanesque)
        _____Medieval music (Gregorian chant)

_____Renaissance: Theme = Humanism
        _____Excerpts from The Prince
        _____Excerpts from Utopia       
        _____Elizabethan sonnets
        _____Renaissance art and architecture
        _____Renaissance music (madrigals, motets)

_____Baroque: Theme = Passion
        _____Macbeth
        _____Metaphysical poetry: “To His Coy Mistress,” "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," and/or “Holy Sonnet 10”
        _____Baroque art
        _____Baroque music (Handel, Bach)

_____Neoclassical: Theme = Reason
        _____"A Modest Proposal"
        _____Excerpts from "An Essay on Man" or "The Rape of the Lock"
        _____Neoclassical art and architecture
        _____Neoclassical music (Mozart)

_____Romantic: Themes = Nature and Revolution
        _____Selectedpoetry (two or more of the following: "The Tyger," "My Heart Leaps Up,""...Tintern Abbey," "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kublai Khan,""Ozymandias," "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," "TheLady of Shalott," "The Lorelei," "The Elf-King," etc.)
        _____Excerpts from Walden
        _____Romantic art and architecture
        _____Romantic music (Beethoven, Tchaikovsky)

_____Realism/Modern: Theme = Change
        _____Short fiction by one or more of the following: Chekhov, Maupassant, Colette, Lawrence, Woolf, Joyce, Borges
        _____Modern novel: either Catcher in the Rye, Nineteen Eighty-Four, or Animal Farm
        _____Selected poetry by one or more of the following: Browning, Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden
        _____Modern art and architecture
        _____Modern music (Debussy, Stravinsky, Copland)



GRADE 12
ESSENTIAL QUESTION:  WHAT WILL I BECOME?
COMMON TASK = 3-5 PAGE RESEARCH PAPER (MLA FORMAT)