English I-SE

English I-SE

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Course Overview

The Acellus English I-SE course focuses on providing students with a deeper understanding of the most important Language Arts concepts needed to succeed in life.  It is particularly effective for students in special education programs. Course topics include:
  • Plot, Setting, Conflict, and Irony
  • Characterization and Theme
  • Point of View, Narrator and Voice
  • Cause and Effect
  • Autobiography, Memoirs, and Biography
  • Persuasive, Expository, and Descriptive Essays
  • Speech in Writing
  • Editorials
  • Elements of Poetry and Poetic Devices
  • Drama

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Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 – Plot, Setting This unit covers plot and conflict, and includes genres, vocabulary, story elements, conflict, summarizing, literary devices, and semicolons. Unit 2 – Conflict This unit covers conflict and also discusses how to evaluate and analyze irony, using verbs for description, using adverb clauses, etymology, vocabulary, and colons. Unit 3 – Irony This unit covers irony, and includes homonyms and homophones, flashback, characterization, dashes, using dialect in dialogue, paraphrasing, imagery, synonyms, and humor through irony. Unit 4 – Short Story - Point of View This unit discusses point of view, and includes vocabulary, setting, irony, characterization, imagery, simile, theme, transitional phrases, run-on-sentences, and misplaced modifiers. Unit 5 – Short Story - Narrator and Voice This unit covers narrator and voice, and also discusses using character foils, vocabulary, identifying sequence, comparing, contrasting, finding irony, how to use theme, comparative and superlative adjectives, and analogies. Unit 6 – Short Story - Cause and Effect This unit discusses cause and effect relationships, vocabulary and academic vocabulary, inferences, tips for using a dictionary, parts of words, words with multiple meanings, analogies, and how to use concrete details in writing. Unit 7 – Nonfiction This unit discusses the genre of nonfiction, including strategies for reading nonfiction and how vocabulary and angle are used in nonfiction, as well as how to use summarization, semicolons, synonyms, facts, opinion, and rhetorical devices. Unit 8 – Nonfiction – Autobiography, Memoirs This unit discusses sentence fragments, analogies, historical narrative, how to write a news story, parts of words, analogies, using commas in series, and academic vocabulary. Unit 9 – Nonfiction – Autobiography This unit discusses how to improve reading comprehension, how to decode vocabulary, and how to write autobiographical narratives, as well as jargon, characterization, imagery, adopted words, dialogue, speaker tags, and word usage. Unit 10 – Nonfiction – Biography This unit covers the genre of biography, as well as tone, author's purpose, anecdotes, character inferences, writing skills, preparing for and conducting an interview, transitioning from interview to report, decoding vocabulary through word parts, cause and effect relationships, and dangling modifiers. Unit 11 – Nonfiction – Persuasive, Expository Essays This unit introduces the essay, including persuasive, expository, and humorous essays. It discusses antithesis, analyzing argument, word usage and vocabulary, pronoun-antecedent agreement, paraphrasing, analyzing humor, rhetorical devices, and using context clues. Unit 12 – Nonfiction – Speech This unit discusses persuasion, argument, bias, rhetorical devices, common ground, word usage, infinitives, synonyms, comparing literature, differing views, sentence fragments, analogies, and editorials. Unit 13 – Nonfiction – Elements of Poetry This unit discusses the elements of poetry, including paraphrasing, rhyme scheme, metaphor, poetic form, free verse, comparison and contrast, symbolism, and personification. Unit 14 – Drama This unit discusses the elements of drama, tragedy and its elements, comedy, and satire, as well as tips for reading and writing drama, dramatic devices, Shakespearean drama, and strategies for reading Shakespeare. Also covered are using possessives and subject-verb order.

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