English Conversation

Why Has Speaking English Become a Vital Skill to Have?

Children and at times adults ask themselves "why should I learn English?" Firstly, we live in a competitive world where knowing English is a tool of advancement. We are a world of citizens who love to travel and explore the world. We are eager individuals with business ideas and ambitions. We are diverse people who want to understand each other. Learning English is vital to a successful life of travel, business, and education. It is the third most spoken language in the world and the second most utilized language in business after Mandarin. For all of the above reasons, Universities in Qatar are requiring a certain standard of English for newly incoming students. English is also used tremendously on their campuses.

Would it be enough to learn how to read and write English? No. reading and writing are very important for universal students such as the ones at Qatari Universities. However, speaking English is the key; it's a communicative tool that allows people from different parts of the world to engage in conversation. It allows us to interchange cultural and political views, to argue each other's perspectives, and to ultimately learn from each other.

At Eton, we cater to all grades of students, starting from the Kindergarteners to the University students. We have recently enhanced our program by including IELTS, SATS, GSCE, and IGSCE training. Thus, whatever your educational needs are, our program can help!

If you would like additional information about our various and diversely designed programs at ETON, please visit our helpful website for more details. If your child needs help with any subject or standardized test, we have a program to help. Our English Program was specifically designed to support children with their school curriculums and with the standards of International Education.

Kindergarten Learning Objectives

The major milestones in kindergarten are phonetics and beginners reading.

  • Memorizing the alphabet (capital and lowercase)
  • Recognizing and practicing the specific phonetics of the letters of the alphabet
  • Understanding the relationship of "letters to words" and "words to sentences"
  • Recognizing basic sight words in text

A foundation of beginner skills are taught through guided lessons, direct teaching, and the exploration of fundamentals with a specific focus on the alphabet and letter sounds. Phonemic awareness and rhyming words are also incorporated. Game-like activities and decodable stories are both used to teach phonological and phonemic awareness without loss of interest by the kids.

  • "Print Awareness"- Teaches the alphabet, parts of a book, and the fundamental concepts of print.
  • "Active Listening and Sound" - Develops active listening skills while teaching the concepts of rhyme, rhythm, pattern, and syllables.
  • Read first children's books - where children learn to read short sentences regarding I, you, me, and mine.

The KG program at Eton is tailored to help students learn and acquire language skills and fluency at their own efficient pace.

First Grade Learning Objectives

First grade is a time to put an emphasis on reading. Knowing the names and sounds of all the consonants and vowels is an important part of beginners reading. Understanding phonic concepts such as consonant combinations is also necessary. This can be taught through the practice of consistent reading. Some of the materials of the 1st grade include:

  • Consonants & Short.
  • Digraphs & Vowels
  • Digraphs & Long Vowels R-controlled Vowels,
  • Digraph & Soft C-
  • Soft G and R-controlled
  • Long, Variant & Vowel Long Vowels
  • Variant Vowels and Diphthongs

Variant Vowels, Diphthongs, Words Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary and Fluency in reading.

Children develop skills in the first year which shape their language and accents greatly. They learn how to listen and articulate, phonics play an important role in their first year reading skills.

They will also be learning their first taste of grammar and how to write short sentences using personal pronouns.

Second Grade Learning Objectives

Second grade is a year of supposed lingual progress in reading, writing, and most importantly, speaking.

The major milestones in second grade reading are writing, identifying text, and developing an extensive sight word vocabulary.

  • Applying more complex phonics strategies.
  • Writing competently for many purposes.
  • Using punctuation properly.
  • Experiencing a variety of literary genres.

The lessons are organized into a series of chapters that introduce and cover:

  • Long vowels, punctuation, and story elements.
  • Long and r controlled vowels, punctuation, and story.
  • Digraphs, r controlled vowels, punctuation, and story elements Inflectional endings, plurals, and summarizing.
  • Varying consonant use, story elements, and writing.
  • Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms.
  • Suffixes, inferences, and cause and effect.
  • Prefixes, context clues, and authentic literature.
  • Suffixes, reading maps, and multisyllabic word.
  • Drafting: In drafting, second grade students strive to create clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea.
  • Revising: Students revise and refine the draft for clarity and effectiveness, with the goal of achieving a sense using precise word choices and vivid images.
  • Editing: Students edit and correct the draft for appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalizations, and other features of polished writing.
  • Sentence Structure Distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences. Use correct subject/verb and noun/pronoun agreement, as well as correct verb tenses in simple and compound sentences.
  • Grammar - Identify and correctly use various parts of speech, including nouns and verbs.
  • Punctuation - Use commas in the greeting and closure of a letter and with dates and items in a series. Use quotation marks correctly.
  • Capitalization. Learn what words must be capitalized (for example, nouns) and how to capitalize titles.
  • Spelling
  • Use resources to find correct spellings, synonyms, and replacement words.

Third Grade Learning Objectives

Third grade is the time where English becomes more challenging, especially since grammar is more advanced. For the student's convenience, we at Eton have organized lessons into a variety of chapters that introduce and cover:

  • Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms - Introduces new vocabulary in reading activities. Process Skills: Think Aloud
  • Comprehension - Teaches comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts. Third graders learn to identify and write about the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story
  • State Simulation Assessments - Mock assessment that uses simulated questions to teach students how to apply reading comprehension skills to high stakes tests.
  • Family - Independent Learning Activity (ILA) that builds vocabulary and comprehension skills. Third graders learn how to identify story elements, make inferences, and draw conclusions based on an original story.
  • Community - A series of activities that develop reading, writing, and thinking skills. Uses an integrated thematic chapter to build comprehension by reading literature with an emphasis on vocabulary.

Create readable documents with legible handwriting

  • Learn to write in cursive (longhand)
  • Write in paragraph form, using transitions and correct spacing
  • Use correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar (e.g., verb tenses must agree in sentences)
  • Use reference books, such as the thesaurus, to make more interesting word choices
  • Master the writing process: pre-write, outline, draft, revise, edit, and polish
  • Use outlines to write a story or book report that has a beginning, middle, and end
  • Write in a variety of styles, including informative, creative, and persuasive writing
  • Keep a journal to practice personal writing and handwriting skills
  • Understand written instructions and follow them independently

Fourth Grade Learning Objectives

By now, the students will have a good foundation in English and can look forward to a new and advanced program.

  • Read with a higher level of fluency and expression
  • Utilize root words, prefixes, suffixes, and context clues to analyze unfamiliar words
  • Apply comprehension strategies to literary.
  • Formulate multiple paragraph pieces that focus on a specific purpose.
  • Write chronological pieces, pieces focusing on cause and effect.
  • Comprehend & Respond - Students learn to use a variety of strategies to comprehend and respond to a variety of different texts.
  • Grammar - Students learn to apply what they have learned about grammar and mechanics as they write original compositions.
  • Literature - Students learn to respond and comprehend a variety of literature including fiction, nonfiction, biography, poetry folklore, and public documents.
  • Written Communication - Students learn to communicate ideas and information through creative writing for a variety of purposes such as: informing, persuading, influencing, responding, and creating.
  • Convention of Language - Students will learn the various conventions of language to aid in communicating ideas orally.
  • Vocabulary Skills - Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms and idioms are taught with new vocabulary using reading activities that build fluency
  • Comprehension - Teaches comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts. Fourth graders learn to identify and write about the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story.

Fifth Grade Learning Objectives

Fifth grade is a year of highly visible progress in reading and writing. By the end of fifth grade students should be able to:

  • Use grade appropriate vocabulary
  • Apply comprehension strategies to a variety of literary genres
  • Write and punctuate appropriately in research and composition assignments
  • Speak and listen with grade appropriate skill
  • Vocabulary skills - Teaches an application and expansion of grade level appropriate vocabulary incorporating the use of synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, idioms, and Greek and Latin roots.
  • Process Skills - Students are challenged to summarize, predict, visualize, clarify, and understand scaffolding to enhance reading comprehension.
  • Comprehension - Teaches the student how to apply comprehension strategies to literary and expository texts..
  • Reading Strategies - Teaches students competency in reading skills using text organizers, structure of words, text elements, and interpretation. Students are asked to summarize and paraphrase passage
  • Grammar - Teaches the punctuation rules, comma rules, and the use of quotation marks. In the grammar lessons, students are asked to determine the correct tense of verbs, identify linking verbs, identify indirect and direct objects, use predicate adjectives within a sentence, use comparative and superlative adverbs within a sentence, correctly identify homophones and homographs, and correctly write hyphenated words within a sentence.
  • Literature - Students will learn how to read and respond to various types of literature. Lessons will focus on the elements of a story such as plot, style, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and character development. Students will use traditional tales, historical fiction, fables, poetry,
  • Elements of Writing - Lessons focus on paragraph writing, letter writing, research reports, and composition writing. Students are asked to write a paragraph using topic and supporting sentences, create an outline to organize information, write a persuasive letter and cite sources in a research report. They will use story elements to write a composition in literal and figurative language and distinguish between first and third person point of view. Finally, they will be taught how to edit and revise their work.

Sixth Grade Learning Objectives

Sixth grade is a year of exciting progress in English, students are well versed by now. They are able to communicate fluently and read a variety of literary genres.

  • Successful application of comprehension strategies
  • Skillful composition development
  • Using punctuation appropriately
  • Ability to speak and listen proficiently
  • Vocabulary skills - Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, prefixes, suffixes, homophones, idioms, and Greek and Latin roots are taught through vocabulary skill exercises.
  • Comprehension - Teaches an application of comprehension strategies. Students are asked to develop summaries, paraphrase, and synthesize information from two or more texts; analyze plot, character, and setting; identify the main idea using supporting details; identifying fact and opinion; using charts and graphs; distinguishing between cause and effect; identifying the author's purpose; drawing conclusions with inferencing.
  • Grammar - Students will learn the appropriate conventions of written language. will focus on subject predicate agreement, punctuation, the four types of sentences, verb tenses, direct and indirect objects, transitive and intransitive verbs, predicate adjectives, interjections, conjunctions, adverbs, homophones, and compound words.
  • Reading Accurately - Students gain proficiency in reading skills through the development of vocabulary and fluency. Students increase their reading fluency by focusing on structure of words, how letters are combined within words, pronunciation of multisyllabic words, and correctly identifying the various affixes within words.
  • Literature - Students will learn how to read and respond to various types of literature and will begin to recognize literature as a record of human experience.
  • Speaking and Listening Skills - Students learn how to speak and listen proficiently. Students correctly use the skills of brainstorming, creating a persuasive speech, note taking, listening for a purpose, following instructions, and writing concise directions to demonstrate competence in different situations.
  • Sixth Grade Writing Standards
  • Drafting: In sixth grade, students develop drafts by categorizing ideas, organizing them into paragraphs, and blending paragraphs within larger units of text. Writing exhibits the students' awareness of the audience and purpose mood) to enhance the use of descriptive language and word choices.
  • Editing: Students edit their writing based on their knowledge of grammar and usage, spelling, punctuation, and other features of polished writing, such as clarity, varied sentence structure, and word choice (e.g., eliminating slang and selecting more precise verbs, nouns, and adjectives). Students also proofread using reference materials, word processor, and other resources.
  • Expository: Students write to describe, explain, compare, and problem solve. Essays should engage the interest of the reader and include a thesis statement, supporting details, and introductory, body, and concluding paragraphs
  • Research Reports: Students pose relevant questions with a scope narrow enough to be thoroughly covered. Writing supports the main idea or ideas with facts, details, examples, and explanations from multiple authoritative sources (e.g., speakers, periodicals, online information searches), and includes a bibliography.
  • Creative: Students write to entertain, using a variety of expressive forms (e.g., short play, song lyrics, historical fiction, limericks) that employ figurative language, rhythm, dialogue, characterization, plot, and/or appropriate format.
  • Responses to Literature: Sixth grade students develop an interpretation exhibiting careful reading, understanding, and insight. Writing shows organization around clear ideas, premises, or images, supported by examples and textual evidence.
  • GrammarCorrectly employ Standard English usage, including subject-verb agreement, pronoun referents, and the eight parts of speech (noun, pronoun, verb, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition, interjection). Ensure that verbs agree with compound subjects.Use verb tenses appropriately and consistently such as present, past, future, perfect, and progressive.Identify and properly use indefinite pronounsUse adjectives (comparative and superlative forms) and adverbs appropriately to make writing vivid or precise.Use prepositional phrases to elaborate written ideas.Use conjunctions to connect ideas meaningfully.Use regular and irregular plurals correctly.Spell frequently misspelled words correctly (e.g., their, they're, there).Write with accurate spelling of roots words such as drink, speak, read, or happy, inflections such as those that change tense or number, suffixes such as -able or -less, and prefixes such as re- or un.Write with accurate spelling of contractions and syllable constructions, including closed, open, consonant before -le, and syllable boundary patterns.

Seventh Grade Learning Objectives

By now the Student has learned how read, write, and comprehend. Due to their sufficient practice, this is where we go deeper into the vast categories of the English language.

  • Vocabulary Skills - Students will be able to identify and select the appropriate synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, idioms, and Latin and Greek roots. Students build a working understanding of suffixes, prefixes, and reading skills through interactive guided instruction. Students are asked to identify, interpret and analyze literary passages.
  • Process Skills: Think Aloud - Teaches the reading comprehension processes of summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying through think aloud prompts. Students are encouraged to independently read and critically analyze texts with minimal support.
  • Comprehension - Students gain comprehension skill through identifying the characters, setting, plot, main idea and supporting details of a story. They learn about sequential order, fact and opinion, cause and effect, author's purpose, inferences, and comparing story elements to make inferences about varied types of literature.
  • Determining Word Meaning - Teaches different strategies to build reading comprehension skills. Students incorporate the use of context clues, compare, multiple meaning words, vocabulary strategies, and figurative language to understand the text. Students will compare vivid writing with plain text.
  • Summarize Written Text - Students will summarize written text using main ideas, recall of details, and analyzing paragraphs
  • Recognizing Relationships - Teaches students how to recognize the cause and effect relationships inherent in each passage. Students learn the skills of analysis through use of cause and effect and organizational patterns enabling them to complete an assignment on following directions.
  • Analyze Text - Teaches skills of analyzing literary texts. Students learn how to use inferences, draw conclusions, find the author's purpose, understand themes, and discover the development of the plot in order to facilitate complex comprehension skills.
  • Evaluate Point of View - Teaches students how to evaluate the point of view in a story through the discrimination of fact and opinion, comparing and contrasting character changes, determining the author's point of view and by recognizing the author's bias. Students identify how testimonials, bandwagon techniques, and loaded words promote bias in a text.
  • Parts of Speech - Students will apply various spelling conventions while learning the plural noun endings, possessive nouns with apostrophes, the "perfect" verb tense, subject and verb agreement, pronoun and antecedent agreement, the comparison of adjectives and adverbs, the use of double negatives, the placement and use of prepositional phrases, and the correct use of conjunctions to connect ideas.
  • Capitalization - Lessons encourage students to identify specific words that should be capitalized such as: proper nouns, proper adjectives, titles, first words, and direct quotes.
  • Punctuation - Students will use the rules of punctuation to place commas in a series, in quotations, in a formal letter, in compound sentences, with appositives, with introductory words and phrases, with end marks, with colons and semicolons, with apostrophes, and with quotation marks.

In seventh grade language arts extensions, students learn about words with multiple meanings

Eight Grade Learning Objectives

Eighth grade is a year of highly visible progress in all categories of language. It is especially the year of self-expression in writing and advancement in reading

  • Developed age appropriate writing skills
  • Accurately apply punctuation, grammar, and syntax skills
  • Develop complex grade appropriate vocabulary
  • Read with fluency while applying comprehension strategies
  • Vocabulary Skills - Introduce new vocabulary in reading activities that teach synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, and idioms. Lessons build a working understanding of suffixes, prefixes, and reading skills. Students are asked to identify, interpret and analyze passages.
  • Process Skills: Think Aloud - Think aloud prompts encourage student's use of comprehension skills such as summarizing, predicting, visualizing, questioning, and clarifying.
  • Comprehension - Teaches students how to apply comprehension skills to literary and expository texts by using summary, paraphrase, and synthesis. Other concepts such as main idea, supporting details, using charts and graphs, cause and effect, author's purpose, and making inferences help the students to gain maximum comprehension for literary texts.
  • How-to-Articles - Teaches students different strategies that build writing skills. Students will use prewriting strategies and using words in context to apply comprehension and practical activities to fun projects.
  • Informational Articles - Teaches students how to use informational articles. Activities enable students to see how word choice is connected to the outcome of the composition. Students will identify the main idea, supporting details, interpret graphs, and write a descriptive paragraph.
  • Events in the News - Students explore current events and complete writing assignments about these events. Encourages students to apply reading comprehension and writing skills to design a monument or write about the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Short Stories - Teaches students about the various elements of a story, and how to use literary devices to develop a quality short story. Students cover 3 pieces of literature with writing assignments that correspond to each.
  • Poetry - Students learn about the various types of poetry such as lyrical poetry and free verse poetry. Students will have writing assignments that enable them to practice what they have learned about poetry. Assignments include a poetry writing, and narrative writing.
  • Persuasive Readings - Students will study famous examples of persuasive speeches to develop a greater understanding of speech writing. Students will write their own persuasive speech.
  • The Accurate Use of Apostrophes - Teaches the students how to recognize possessive nouns, learn the rules for apostrophes, identify words that need apostrophes, and place the apostrophes correctly.
  • Apply Spelling Conventions - Teaches students about the various verb forms, adverbs, colons, and semicolons. Students are introduced to infinitives, confusing words, and modifiers and are asked to identify and correct misspelling and usage errors. Teaches the rules associated with comparative and superlative adjective usage, vowel and consonant rules, structural units within words, and exceptions to spelling rules.
  • Strategies to Edit Written Work - Students learn the use of common editing strategies such as subject verb agreement, parallel structure, capitalization, end punctuation, quotation marks, fragments, and run-ons. Students are given proofreading assignments throughout.
  • Use infinitives and participles - Teaches students the proper use of infinitives and participles through interactive exercises. Students will learn how to differentiate between infinitive phrases and prepositional phrases, and then can use infinitive phrases correctly.
  • Use parts of speech correctly - Students learn the rules for demonstrative adjectives, pronouns, and modifiers. Lessons teach the students how to identify the correct verb tense, progressive verbs, adverbs that are used as intensifiers, indefinite pronouns, and the perfect verb tense.
  • Variety of sentence types - Teaches students about complex sentences and the various punctuation, subject verb agreement, and parallel structure that is needed to form these sentences correctly.
Each High School English course includes writing practice, vocabulary development, reading comprehension and communication skills

The courses are presented within an automated, student-paced system that teaches the multimedia lessons, reinforces concepts, tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that parents can turn into student transcripts or include with homeschool portfolios.

Students learn to read and analyze a variety of types of literature from short stories and novels to manuals and instructions. Drama, poetry, and speeches are also a part of the curriculum. In addition, students will learn communication skills necessary in both class and in the workplace. Especially chosen vocabulary lessons will help build students' individual word knowledge as well as their understanding of nuances of meaning, idioms, and other types of figurative language. As for writing, students learn to develop their writing skills through both short- and long-term projects. Writing, editing, and proof reading are all skills that are ubiquitously taught in each of our High School English courses to help prepare students for writing in college.

English I Learning Objectives

English I lessons are organized into 11 chapters that introduce and cover:

  • Plot and Setting - Students read and analyze short stories and non-fiction selections in terms of plot and setting. Students identify the inciting incident, conflict, rising action, climax, resolution, setting and the effect setting has on the plot. Short stories and nonfiction selections used in the lessons include: "Gift of the Magi", "The Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge", "Rules of the Game", "Women in Chinatown" and Special Report: "Asia's Angels", "To Build a Fire", and "The White Heron". Lessons on communication and the writing process allow students to build skills and compare the stories they have read in the chapter.
  • Character - Students analyze character development by reading short stories and nonfiction selections. Students examine characters through dialog, physical descriptions, character actions and reactions. Short stories and nonfiction selections include: "The Open Window", "Thank You Ma'am", "The Necklace", and a Shirley Chisholm Biography and Speech. Students learn communication techniques by analyzing a speech. They practice writing through writing a personal narrative.
  • Theme and Conflict - Students examine theme and conflict by identifying universal themes, distinguishing internal and external conflicts and evaluating conflict between characters in several short stories and nonfiction selections. Selections include: "The Most Dangerous Game", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Lines of Scrimmage", "The Sniper", and "Prime Minister Koisumi Address". The communication lesson focuses on oral response to literature, and the corresponding writing exercise covers literary criticism.
  • Narrator and Voice - Students examine aspects of narrator and voice. Students learn different types of narration, including first and third person point of view. Students discuss voice, how a clear voice is established, and how to express and defend viewpoints.
  • Novel- The Old Man and the Sea - Students read and analyze The Old Man and the Sea. Students discuss the choices the author made in portraying each of the elements of story: voice in journalistic writing style, impact of setting, omniscient narration, character motivation, conflict, theme and motif. Students write a biography.
  • Poetry - Students analyze several poem types including: cinquain and diamante structures, lyric poetry, free verse, and sonnets. Students identify and explore the use of figurative language and poetic devices. Poems in the chapter include: "Chicago", "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", Shakespeare's Sonnet #2. In addition, students read both a speech and a poem by Nikki Giovanni. Students practice reading poetry for oral performance. Students write poetry analysis.
  • Nonfiction - Students examine nonfiction through analysis and comparison of media presentations, memoir and position papers, and public speeches. Lessons include examining the writings and speeches of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Students learn the purpose and process of an interview and write a business letter.
  • Epic, Legend, Myth - Students examine the structure and style of epic, legend, and myth by reading The Odyssey and Greek mythology. Students apply what they have learned about the elements of story and learn how they relate to the genre of Greek mythology and the story of the hero.
  • Drama - Students explore drama through reading and analyzing Romeo and Juliet. Lessons cover concepts of comedy and tragedy, conflict (man vs. man), dialog as a revealer of character traits, irony, falling action, climax and conclusion. Students complete a lesson on functional literature and read a manual as a form of expository text. Students examine verbal and nonverbal modes of communication as communication strategies.
  • Research - Students analyze the research process as they complete the steps of completing a research paper. Students generate a question, explore primary and secondary sources, synthesize information, organize notes, outline their paper, write a thesis statement, and analyze bias. The communications lesson focuses on analyzing bias and propaganda.

English II Learning Objectives

English II lessons are organized into 11 chapters that introduce and cover:

  • Plot and Setting - Students analyze several short stories and nonfiction selections paying attention to how the setting impacts the plot. Students examine suspense, sensory details and imagery in the story and their effect on the mood and plot of the tale. Literature used in this chapter includes: "Horseman in the Sky", "The Monkey's Paw", the Nobel Prize in Literature Press Release, "Niña", "The Californian's Tale", "Nevado del Ruiz Volcano", and "The Bet". Lessons also identify communication strategies and the six traits of writing.
  • Character - Students examine character through the techniques of characterization. They look at physical description, dialog, static and dynamic characters and other techniques. Literature for this chapter includes: "A Problem", functional text: a cover letter and job application, "Daedalus and Icarus", "The Ransom of Red Chief". Communication and writing lessons help students prepare for a job interviews and complete a short story or an autobiography.
  • Theme and Conflict - Students analyze several short stories and nonfiction pieces for their use of theme and conflict. Students consider universal themes and examine the relationship between plot and theme. Literature for this chapter includes: "The Interlopers", "Lininger vs. the Ants", "By the Waters of Babylon", "Hurricane Threat to Florida", and "Like the Sun". Students analyze functional text in the form of directions and a map and write an analytical essay.
  • Narrator and Voice - Students consider the narrator and voice in short stories and nonfiction literature. Students analyze different works to determine point of view, evaluate symbolism, make predictions, and consider objective and subjective viewpoints. Literature for this chapter includes: "Story of an Hour", "Beware of the Dog", "Tell-Tale Heart", "Three Poems About America", "What War Looks Like". Students write a reflective essay.
  • Novel Study: Of Mice and Men - Students look at all the elements of story by reading and analyzing Of Mice and Men. To understand the plot and character motivations, students learn about historical time period of novel. Students look at devices and techniques that increase tension and suspense in the story. Students analyze and learn about oral response to literature. Students also write a chronological essay.
  • Poetry - Students learn about and analyze poems of different forms: Tanka and haiku, English and Italian sonnets, lyric poems, rhyme pattern, meter, visualization, rhythm without rhyme, alliteration, repetition and sensory language. Poems studied will include "The Birches" and "The Children's Hour". The communication lesson focuses on storytelling, its art and form. At the end of the chapter, students compose, revise, and proofread a descriptive essay.
  • Nonfiction - Students examine nonfiction selections including: persuasive speeches, historical speeches, formal and informal letters, news articles and eyewitness accounts, and memoirs. Students learn how to plan and deliver a speech and read and analyze writing by Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Sandra Day O'Connor. Students write an expository essay.
  • Epic, Legend, Myth - Students examine epic, legend, and myth by learning about modern and mythological heroes. Heroes include Hercules, Christopher Reeve, Echo and Narcissus. Students will explore Greek, Roman and Anglo Saxon word roots. Students will write a technical document.
  • Drama - Students will examine drama through the study of the Moscow Art Theater, the Globe Theater, and examples of farce and tragedy. Students will consider how the physical theater impacts the drama being performed and the use of monologue and soliloquy in dramas. In the functional text lesson, students learn to prepare an advertisement. In the writing segment, students write a compare essay.
  • Research - Students prepare and write a research paper. Special emphasis is placed on generating questions and narrowing the topic, evaluating primary and secondary sources, taking notes and synthesizing information, outlining, writing thesis statements, making a bibliography, drafting and editing the paper. Student's editorial focus will be on using complete and complex sentences.
  • Novel: The House on Mango Street - Students will apply what they have learned about the elements of story as they read and analyze The House on Mango Street. Students examine the author's background and style as they examine this coming of age story. Students learn about, prepare, and deliver a narrative presentation.

English III Learning Objectives

English III lessons are organized into 10 chapters that introduce and cover:

  • New World: 1400-1800 - Students read an historical overview of the period as well as informational period text. Examples of expository text help students understand the viewpoints and ideologies of the times. Authors represented in this chapter include Cabeza de Vaca, Anne Bradstreet, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Phillis Wheatley. Students also study synonyms and nuances of word meaning.
  • Realism, Frontier: 1865-1915 - Students analyze the events and ideals of the period and their effect on fiction. Students examine the author's use of language and in addition, study the use of multiple word meanings and idioms in fiction. Literary texts include "A Dog's Tale", "The Outcasts of Poker Flat", "A Wagner Matinee", "The Gray Man", "The Little Regiment", and "Andrew Carnegie, Philanthropist". Students read functional text, including instructions for obtaining a passport.
  • Depression, Reform: 1915-1935 - Students consider the Great Depression and its effect on literature. Students analyze a chronological text structure and the use of flashbacks. They compare theme, structure, and clarity in paired passages from different works Literary texts for the chapter include "A Rose for Emily", "In Another Country", "The Four Fists", and a Fireside Chat from Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Poetry includes works written by: Ezra Pound, e. e. Cummings, Cullen, McKay, and Hughes. Students analyze an expository text on careers and compensation and build vocabulary through analogies.
  • Modern Age 1935-1960 - Students analyze imagery and symbolism in the modern age. Students discuss media in the modern age and compare information presented using different types of media. This chapter includes John Steinbeck's "The Chrysanthemums" and poetry by Carl Sandburg.
  • Experiment and Conflict: 1960-1975 - Students read about the events and culture of this volatile period. Students examine story structure, epiphany as a literary device, and the characteristics of allegory. Students consider bias in media. Literary texts for the chapter include "The First Seven Years", "Son", "The Trip Back", "Raymond's Run", an excerpt from a biography of Hank Aaron, and "Journey". Vocabulary study includes categorization and salient features.
  • Novel Study - Students read The Bean Trees. Students explore character development, subplots, recurring motif, climax, and resolution in the novel. Students write an analytical essay in response to what they have read and learned.
  • Writing - Students write a college application essay. Students work through different stages of the writing process as they complete their essay prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students also consider and practice different types of writing: persuasive, descriptive, narrative, reflective, analytical, and response to literature.
  • Research - Students complete a research paper. Legal and ethical research practices regarding plagiarism and copyright are discussed in depth. Lessons focus on the steps involved in completing a research project including: topic and plan, finding sources, note taking and organizing, evaluating and synthesizing, and citations and documentation.

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