English III Fundamentals

Students will continue to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will strengthen an increasingly advanced understanding of the structure of language and grammar, and use this knowledge to write literary analyses, professional career documents, poetry, advanced essays, and a focused research project. In addition, students will read and comprehend a variety of literature, including drama, literary fiction, poetry, and foundational American documents. As a result of the reading, writing, speaking, and listening students will do in this course, they will grow their vocabulary and their understanding of how to communicate effectively bymaking skillful choices when expressing themselves with language. 

  • Unit 1: The Uses and Varieties of English:Students will complete an in-depth study of the nuances of the English language, including standard and nonstandard English, professional language, colloquialisms, and legal and business English, utilizing both this knowledge and reference tools to complete projects involving topics such as language analysis and etymology. 
  • Unit 2: Writing Effective Sentences:Students will advance their understanding of the parts of speech, correctly recognizing the purpose and use of various types of clauses, conjunctions, and verbal’s. 
  • Unit 3: Sentence Workshop:Students will understand the relationships among sentence parts in the English language, working with elements such as pronouns, adverbs, infinitives, and parallelism to improve sentence structure.
  • Unit 4: Why Study Reading?Students will dissect specific elements of the English language with the purpose of advancing their reading comprehension skills; these elements include Latin and Green prefixes and roots, pronunciation, and context clues. 
  • Unit 5: Poetry:Students will analyze poetic meter, rhyme, and form, as well as poetic elements such as imagery and connotation in a variety of poetry, demonstrating mastery of the content through the composition of original poetry, poetic analyses, and a prose paraphrase of a classic poem. 
  • Unit 7: Nonfiction:Students will examine the elements of nonfiction, looking closely at expository works such as essays, speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, and editorials; students will create their own expository texts, including developing a survey and graphing the results.
  • Unit 8: American Drama:Students will complete an analytical reading of Thornton Wilder’s play,Our Town, interpreting the elements of drama such as stage devices, structure, theme, conflict, and character. 
  • Unit 9: Studies in the American Novel:Students will examine the history and structure of the American novel, using a critical lens to read, interpret, and analyze Ernest Hemingway’sThe Old Man and the Sea.
  • Unit 10: Research:Students will build mastery in the skills required for academic research, including the utilization of various reference sources, documentation, citation; culminating in the development of an outline, thesis, and final research project.
  • Unit 11: Reviewing Communication Skills and Literature:Students will review the major skills mastered in the course, including effective reading and writing, as well as the process of composing advanced academic texts, such as research projects, expository essays, and critical analyses.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: English Language Arts
Course Length: Year