Language Arts/Reading Concepts for High School

Language Arts/Reading Concepts for High School

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Course Details

Course Overview

The focus of Language Arts/Reading Concepts for High School is on filling in holes in reading and writing skills, with a special emphasis on how to read and respond in writing to a variety of texts. Course topics include:
  • Reading Strategies
  • Narrative Writing
  • Point of View and Figurative Language
  • Wonderful Words
  • Expository Essay
  • Power of Poetry
  • Drama
  • Speaking Your Words
  • Informational Texts
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Analyzing Text
Language Arts/Reading Concepts for High School is taught by Acellus Instructor Dawn Bates.
This course was developed by the International Academy of Science. Learn More

Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 In this unit students explore the Jack London novel, "The Call of the Wild." After discussing vocabulary words, they study early inference, followed by narrator, point of view, and character types. They also explore the correct usage of the pronouns who and whom. Unit 2 Continuing their study of Jack London's "The Call of the Wild," in this unit students investigate characters and dialogue, foreshadowing, symbols and metaphors, and plot structure. They also discover the impact of theme, theme evolution, and comparing and contrasting. In addition to reflexive pronouns, students explore modern comparisons. Unit 3 In this unit students discover the process of writing fictional narrative. They discuss pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing. They explore writing the introduction, using transitions and dialogue, paraphrasing, and writing the narrative. Focusing on political history, students read Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride." Unit 4 In this unit students discuss the correct usage of the words accept and except, along with intensive pronouns. Against the background of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds," they study vocabulary. They explore point of view and imagery, irony and personification. They discover the use of suspense. Unit 5 In this unit students learn the correct usage of the words to, two, and too, as well as root words, affixes, suffixes, and prefixes. They explore how to use similar words, antonyms, synonyms, and semicolons. They discover the use of puns in William Shakespeare's work. Unit 6 In this unit students explore the expository essay. They study the correct organization of an expository essay, beginning with the introductory paragraph. They discuss the topic sentence and the thesis statement. They investigate using varied transitions, supporting details, and analysis, and ending up with a powerful concluding paragraph. Unit 7 In this unit students explore using the words there, their, and they're correctly. They explore form in poetry, as well as the power poetry holds. They discuss sound devices, and figurative language, such as simile, imagery, personification, and analysis. They discover mood - a literary device - and interpretation. They compare the sonnet with haiku. Following this unit students are presented with the Mid-Term Review and Exam. Unit 8 In this unit students learn what narrative poetry is. They study the life of Ernest Lawrence Thayer, and discover his narrative poem, "Casey at the Bat." They discuss suspense, repetition, and rhyme. Students explore the correct usage of the words all ready and already, and of the colon. They investigate paraphrase and comprehension, and enjoy an excerpt from the Epic Poem "Beowulf." Unit 9 In this unit students explore active verbs, passive verbs, verb effects, and gerunds. They review Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." They discuss the background of the play, and read excerpts from all five acts. They discover personification and how it is used in the play. Unit 10 In this unit students study the correct usage of participles and of the words "a lot" and "ain't," as well as the word pairs can and may, sit and set, lay and lie. They discuss what public speaking is. They discover collaborative discussions, formal and informal speeches, and what makes a speech engaging. Unit 11 In this unit students investigate the correct usage of infinitives, appositives, and commas and appositives. They discuss what informational texts are. They study two examples, Filson Young's "Titanic," and Archbald Gracie's "The Truth About the Titanic." Through these examples, students practice analyzing text, and learn about impact, summary, theme, and inferences. They discover Thomas Jefferson's "Letter to the President of the United States," and use it to explore author point of view, story structure, and context clues. Unit 12 In this unit students learn the correct use of dashes, ellipses, commas, and commas in a list. They explore what persuasive writing is, and the process of persuasive writing. They learn to pre-write, draft, revise, and edit. They discover parallelism, analyzing evidence, and writing a good introduction. They practice comparing point of view by comparing two journal entry descriptions of the same event. They discover narrative writing. Unit 13 In this unit students explore how to use a dictionary and a thesaurus. They study the power of good research, including gathering information using the Internet, evaluating the results of the research, and finding good sources of evidence. They learn to use their research in informative writing, and to use related graphics to embellish their writing. Unit 14 In this unit students explore the life of O. Henry, and study his "A Retrieved Reformation." Through this piece, they study theme, situational irony, and symbolism. They investigate the comma splice. The Final Review and Exam follow this unit.