English 3B

Course Description

English 3 is designed to improve your ability to communicate, interpret, analyze, read, and write. Each unit blends the reading of rich, mentor texts with the opportunity for you to engage intimately with the process of writing. The ability to read analytically and to write expressively exists as the cornerstone for success in the work place, the military, and/or post high school collegiate work. Reading is the key that unlocks the world. Dive in and embrace all that language and literature have to offer.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • analyze various genres of literature and understand their significance to culture.
  • analyze the critical attributes of each genre to appreciate the artistry of the writer.
  • develop and use research-based word attack skills when encountering unknown vocabulary.
  • analyze media for messages, purpose, and audience.
  • compose various types of essays and narratives dependent on audience, purpose, and message.
  • incorporate standard grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling into all written work.
  • analyze written research studies, develop a worthy research question, gather credible sources, synthesize those sources, and construct a presentation mindful of audience, message and purpose.

Required Course Materials

  • Interactive Notebook – In the form of a small composition notebook, a spiral notebook, or loose-leaf paper kept in a binder.
  • Pencil or Pen – In order to do well in the course, you must take notes, sketch diagrams and graphs, and solve problems when instructed to do so.
  • Internet Access
  • Adobe Reader
  • Dictionary access (book or online)
  • Literature Texas: The American Experience
    Prentice Hall: Pearson
    ISBN-10: 0-13-368445-8
    ISBN-13: 978-0-13-368445-2
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Course Organization

Each semester contains 9 units and one final exam that must be taken in person.

Each Unit contains:

  • 3–6 lessons. Each lesson includes some or all of the following components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
  • Self-assessments to help you check your own understanding of the material covered in each lesson. You must complete these assessments in order to advance in the course.
  • 2 graded assignments

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all 8 units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: multiple-choice questions; essay
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, printed dictionary allowed

Semester Topics

Topic 10: Nuances of Words and To Kill A Mockingbird
Topic 11: Rhetorical Analysis Essay
Topic 12: Argument Essay
Topic 13: The Great Gatsby I
Topic 14: The Great Gatsby II and Research I
Topic 15: Research II
Topic 16: Procedural Texts
Topic 17: College Admissions Essay
Topic 18: Media Literacy