Honors English 1A

Course Description

Honors English IA is the first of a two-semester online course designed to improve students’ ability to communicate, interpret, analyze, read, and write. The course is aligned to the TEKS with products and processes differentiated from the on-level course in preparation for success in advanced pathways. 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 workplace, the military, and/or post high school collegiate work. Reading is the key that unlocks 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

Required Texts

  • Literature Texas: Language and Literacy
    Prentice Hall: Pearson (2011)   
    ISBN-13: 978013368443-8
    ISBN-10: 0133684431
  • Night by Elie Wiesel

Other 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 and work through organizers to build understanding of literary works.
  • Internet Access
  • Adobe Reader
  • Textbook and novels as listed in Course Materials of the Welcome Module

Course Organization

Each semester contains 9 units and one final exam.

Each Unit contains:

  • 3 – 7 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 and several practice quizzes

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all of the units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better.

Format: 30 multiple-choice questions, 2 essays
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: none

Semester Topics

Topic 1: Fiction Genre Part 1
Topic 2: Fiction Genre Part 2
Topic 3: Literary Nonfiction Genre Part 1
Topic 4: Literary Nonfiction Genre Part 2
Topic 5: Expository Genre Part 1
Topic 6: Expository Genre Part 2
Topic 7: Persuasion Genre
Topic 8: Poetry Genre
Topic 9: Drama Genre