Never been enrolled in an online course or want to take another one?
Have you always wanted to improve your skills in reading, writing, and grammar?
Do you feel that you would like to participate in an online course that allows you to work daily in an environment that allows you to spend more time in those areas that have been obstacles to achieving academic success?
Do you need to make up credit in 11th grade English so that you can move into the next English course with your peers?
Are you interested in exploring a new and exciting way to attend a class that introduces you to other students from high schools across the United States?
If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, then this is the course for you. This course will concentrate on three areas of study: literature, language, and writing. Our study of literature will concentrate on American Literature from the Colonial to the Post Modern periods and will include short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and one self-selected novel. You will increase your language skills with vocabulary lists and quizzes and by polishing up on your grammar skills. Vocabulary study will include words from the SAT most frequently used word lists. These skills will go hand in hand with the writing lessons, as you work on improving your written communication. We will be doing a course-long timeline project on American culture using 21st century tools.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to join other high school students in course discussions and activities. Also, you can discuss your thoughts and interests with classmates in a special place in the course that is devoted to nonacademic topics.
There is no media kit. All materials are online. There is a self-selected novel that students will find locally at their school or public library. Possible titles may include:
1. The Crucible
2. The Scarlet Letter
3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
4. The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
5. Black Boy (Wright)
6. Last of the Mohicans (Cooper)
7. Ethan Frome (Wharton)
8. To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
9. My Antonia
10. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. Beloved by Toni Morrison
12. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
13. A Farewell to Arms(Hemingway)
14. Native Son (Wright)
15. The Grapes of Wrath
16. Joy Luck Club (Tan)
17. Color Purple (Morrison)
18. House on Mango Street (Cisneros)
Please note if the student is taking this course for credit recovery, it is advised that you check with the student's school to confirm that the topics covered (see course syllabus) match those required by the local school. You may also want to confirm with the school the process for receiving credits, which may involve an assessment administered separately by the school.