Literary Genres

Course Description

Literary Genres is a one-semester online course designed to improve your ability to understand and analyze motivations and techniques of writers in various genres. Each unit blends the reading of rich, mentor texts with the opportunity for you to engage intimately with the process of analysis. The ability to read analytically exists as the cornerstone for success in the work place, the military, and/or post-high school collegiate work. Understanding the function of genres is the gateway to understanding the world.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course you will understand and use:

  • 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.
  • compose various types of essays and narratives dependent on audience, purpose, and message.

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 (print or online)
  • Online copies can be found, but you can also purchase your own copy of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men.
    Paperback: 96 pages
    Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1 edition (August 29, 2006)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0143104403

Course Organization

This course is a single semester that contains 7 units and one final exam that must be taken in person.

Each Unit contains:

  • 2–4 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 7 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: 25 multiple-choice questions, essay
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: #2 pencils, printed dictionary allowed

Semester Topics

Topic 1: A Way of Reading
Topic 2: Communication Matters
Topic 3: Identity
Topic 4: The Love Culture
Topic 5: Justice
Topic 6: Loss
Topic 7: Final Project