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American Experience: Course Overview


 

Course Description 

This course is a tech-integrated Junior English course. In this course, we will continue to develop our reading comprehension skills as we encounter works from each of the following periods and movements in American literature: Colonialism, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary. Our skills in writing will continue to be developed through the writing of a variety of expositional and creative papers with a special focus on the research process and the thesis-based research paper. Critical analysis of film, student presentations, and academic discourse activities will provide us with opportunities to further develop literacy in a variety of media beyond print. Individual needs and interests will receive special attention.

Competency-Based Education Pilot Program

Throughout each semester, students will demonstrate performance of academic standards and competencies specific to their course. The five competencies for Junior English and the performance standards for American Experience are:

 

Competency # 1: Reading

Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, analyze and critique increasingly complex literature in a wide range of formats (print, non-print and digital) and multiple genres (fiction, nonfiction, prose, poetry, and drama) to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience. *

*As specified in course specific criteria for each semester.

 

Performance tasks for this competency will demonstrate that the learner has authentically and independently:

·         read and comprehended increasingly complex literary texts across multiple genres and formats.

·         determined explicit and implicit meanings of literature.

·         cited and placed in context passages to support conclusions.

·         created an analysis and critique American literature texts.

 

Course-specific criteria which must be met for this competency within each semester:

Over the course of the Fall semester, reading must include a minimum of:

·         two independent reading selections

·         a short story from the Realist period

·         poetry from each of the following periods/movements: Colonial and Romantic

·         nonfiction (such as:  essay, rhetoric, memoir, autobiography etc. ) from each of the following periods/movements: Neoclassical and Romantic

·         drama

 

Over the course of the Spring semester, reading must include a minimum of:

·         two independent reading selections

·         short stories from each of the following periods/movements: Naturalist, Modernist and Contemporary

·         poetry from each of the following periods/movements: Harlem Renaissance and Contemporary

·         nonfiction (such as:  essay, rhetoric, memoir, autobiography etc. ) from the Romantic period

·         drama

 

Competency # 2: Writing

Demonstrate the ability to employ a wide range of strategies and use different writing process elements to appropriately and effectively communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes. *

*As specified in course specific criteria for each semester.

 

Performance tasks for this competency will demonstrate that the learner has authentically and independently:

 

·         created and produced clear, coherent writing which effectively conveys a complex argument, analysis or reflection appropriate to the task, purpose and audience.

·         continued to develop and apply knowledge of conventions, idea development, organization, word choice, voice, tone and sentence fluency to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

·         routinely developed and strengthened writing by engaging in the full writing process: planning, revising, editing, rewriting, and conferencing.

·         routinely and intentionally developed vocabulary to more effectively communicate ideas to a variety of audiences and for different purposes.

 

Course-specific criteria which must be met for this competency within each semester:

Over the course of the academic year, writing performance tasks must include at least one thesis-based research paper.

 

Over the course of the Fall semester, writing must be related to readings from the following literary periods/movements: Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary. Writing must include at least one of each of the following performance tasks:

·         Reflection Paper

·         Essay Test Response

·         Writing may also include the option of a multi-genre research paper.

 

Over the course of the Spring semester, writing performance tasks must be related to readings from the following literary periods/movements: Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary. Writing must include at least one of each of the following performance tasks:

·         Reflection Paper

·         Essay Test Response

·         Writing may also include the option of a multi-genre research paper. 

 

 

Competency # 3: Research

Demonstrate the ability to effectively engage in ethical inquiry and research practices -  managing multiple streams of information, evaluating sources, analyzing information, and presenting results. *

*As specified in course specific criteria for each semester.

 

Performance tasks for this competency will demonstrate that the learner has authentically and independently:

·         gathered, evaluated, and synthesized data from a variety of relevant sources to establish connection to American literature.

·         identified and drawn evidence from credible print and digital sources to support analysis, reflection, and research.

·         integrate information while avoiding plagiarism.

·         conducted short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.

  

Course-specific criteria which must be met for this competency within each semester:

Over the course of the Fall semester, research performance tasks must be related to readings from the following literary periods/movements: Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary.

 

Over the course of the Spring semester, research performance tasks must be related to readings from the following literary periods/movements: Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary.

 

 

 

Competency # 4: Listening/Speaking/Viewing

Demonstrate the ability to listen and view critically as well as participate effectively in academic discourse – speaking purposefully and responding thoughtfully while demonstrating respect for diverse perspectives and making strategic decisions about content, language use and discourse style. *

*As specified in course specific criteria for each semester.

 

Performance tasks for this competency will demonstrate that the learner has authentically and independently:

·         engaged in respectful and meaningful academic discourse to collaborate, build on others’ ideas and persuasively expressed his/her own.

·         adapted speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions and social roles.

·         viewed and listened to multimedia recording to analyze, critique and discuss texts from /movements of American literature.

·         created and made strategic use of digital and visual media to effectively communicate.

 

Course-specific criteria which must be met for this competency within each semester:

Over the course of the Fall semester, listening/speaking/viewing performance tasks must be related to readings from the Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary literary periods/movements and include:

formal academic discourse in person as well as discussion boards

interpretation of multimedia recordings (film, audio etc. )

creation of at least one of the following: kiosk presentation, digital story performance, podcast performance

 

Over the course of the Spring semester, listening/speaking/viewing performance tasks must be related to readings from the Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary literary periods/movements and include:

·         formal academic discourse in person as well as discussion boards

·         interpretation of multimedia recordings (film, audio etc. )

·         creation of at least one of the following: kiosk presentation, digital story performance, podcast performance

 

 

 

Competency # 5: Technology

Students will demonstrate the ability to use the tools of technology (including digital media and the Internet) to ethically and responsibly gather, interpret, analyze information, create shareable products and reflect on individual performance. *

*As specified in course specific criteria for each semester.

 

Performance tasks for this competency will demonstrate that the learner has authentically and independently:

·         used digital media to support individual learning and/or contribute to the learning of others.

·         applied digital tools to gather, evaluate, analyze, and present information related to American literature.

·         used a variety of digital media to create and publish original works.

·         discovered and reflected on personal, academic growth.

 

Course-specific criteria which must be met for this competency within each semester:

Over the course of the Fall semester, technology performance tasks must be related to readings from the Colonial, Neoclassical, Romantic, Realist, and Contemporary literary periods/movements and include:

·         digital semester portfolio

·         effectively using digital learning tools and systems encountered in tech-rich curriculum (including but not limited to Google Classroom, Google Drive, Edmodo, X2, MS Office, library media resources, and district information publicly available via the Internet).

 

Over the course of the Spring semester, technology performance tasks must be related to readings from the Romantic, Naturalist, Modernist, Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary literary periods/movements and include:

·         digital semester portfolio

·         effectively using digital learning tools and systems encountered in tech-rich curriculum (including but not limited to Google Classroom, Google Drive, Edmodo, X2, MS Office, library media resources, and district information publicly available via the Internet).

 

 

 

 

If/when absent from class, the student should:

·         refer to the LHS student handbook for the make-up work policy

·         see Mrs. Juster outside of class as soon as possible to develop a plan to get back on track

 

Note:

This is a tech-rich course. All student work will be completed digitally with the exception of reading. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the school’s computer resources in the library-media center during study hall, lunch or after school. Students with limited access to computers outside of class are reminded to use class time wisely.