English 1

Credits: 1
Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments/32-36 weeks
Earliest Start Date: October 2018


Recommended: MJ Language Arts 3


Join us in English I for a series of journeys. In each unit of the course, we embark on a new journey. Through the study of literature, nonfiction, and life, we will explore the unknown, search for identity and equality, and seek achievement, opportunity, and understanding. You will read to analyze the way language is used to express human motivation and will research to examine the results of actions in the real world. The lessons in each unit will give you the tools you need to gain insights from what you read and to use your knowledge in creative and analytical writing.

Follow the link below for the Department of Education description for this course:

Regular course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13250

Honors course description: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewCourse/Preview/13192

Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

Unit 1: Journey to the Unknown


  • “Cold Equations”
  • Excerpt War of the Worlds
  • Orson Wells’ radio drama


  • Theme
  • Thematic Analysis
  • Thesis Statement
  • Idea Development
  • Proper Use of Conventions


  • Reading strategies
  • Conducting literary analysis
  • Using evidence to support ideas
  • Writing to address multiple texts
  • Incorporating direct quotes

Unit 2: Journey to Identity

Readings – Students choose one of the following novels*:

  • Of Beetles and Angels
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • The Red Umbrella
  • The Boy in Striped Pajamas
  • Tasting the Sky
  • Now Is the Time for Running
  • I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
  • In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Incidents in the Live of a Slave Girl
  • The Boy from Baby House 10

*Students should make a novel selection with the guidance of a parent or guardian.


  • Characterization
  • Plot Analysis
  • Six Traits of Writing
  • Narrative Writing Process
  • Proper Use of Conventions
  • Text Structures
  • Theme
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Tone and Mood
  • Point of View


  • Analyzing Narratives
  • Researching Historical Context
  • Writing a Narrative
  • Creating Suspense, Mystery, Tension, etc.
  • Speaking and Listening Techniques

Unit 3: Journey to Equality


  • Selected Protest Songs
  • Excerpt of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Excerpt of “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”


  • Figurative language
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Diction
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Structure


  • Analyzing Literary Non-fiction
  • Outlining an Informative/Explanatory Essay
  • Incorporating Textual Evidence

Honors Lessons: Segment One


  • Excerpts of Romeo and Juliet Acts I & II


  • Universal Themes and Language
  • Diction
  • Characterization
  • Historical Context


  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Analyzing Shakespearean-inspired Art
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Synthesis

Segment Two

Unit 4: Journey to Achievement


  • Selected articles about Achievement
  • “The Boy of Unusual Vision”


  • Informational Texts
  • Text Features
  • Context
  • Connotation
  • Compare and Contrast


  • Analyzing Non-fiction/Informational Texts
  • Using Text Features
  • Reading and Analyzing Informational Texts
  • Conducting Research

Unit 5: Journey to Opportunity


  • Excerpts of various political speeches from Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Obama
  • Research articles on one of the following topics: college athletics or banned books


  • Argument Analysis
  • Characteristics of an Effective Claim
  • Counterclaim
  • Appeals to Logic, Emotion, and Ethics
  • Logical Fallacies
  • Research Skills
  • Ethical Researching and Writing Practices
  • Six Traits of Writing
  • Argument Writing Process
  • Precise Language
  • Proper Use of Conventions


  • Analyzing Arguments
  • Identifying Appeals to Logos, Pathos, and Ethos
  • Researching Multiple Sides of an Issue
  • Stating a Claim
  • Writing an Argument
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Presenting an Argument

Unit 6: Journey to Understanding


  • “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud”
  • “The Calypso Borealis”


  • Naturalism
  • Dialect
  • Structure
  • Figurative Language
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Diction
  • Connotation and Denotation
  • Syntax
  • Conventions


  • Analyzing Poetry
  • Analyzing an Essay
  • Writing a Compare/Contrast Essay
  • Revision
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Honors Lessons: Segment Two


  • Excerpts of Romeo and Juliet Acts III, IV, and V
  • Excerpt from Huckleberry Finn


  • Conflict
  • Foreshadowing
  • Theme
  • Inference


  • Reading Shakespeare
  • Understanding Universality of Literature
  • Comparing and Contrasting Characters
  • Interpreting an Author’s Message

Required Materials

Students can obtain all materials within the course pages. The novel for Unit 2 Journey to Identity can be obtained from the library or purchased from a bookstore.

Course Grading

Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, the course guides students to reflect on their learning and evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, oral assessments, and discussions. This course will use the state-approved grading scale. Each course contains a mandatory final exam or culminating project that will be weighted at 20% of the student’s overall grade.***

***Proctored exams can be requested by FLVS at any time and for any reason in an effort to ensure academic integrity. When taking the exam to assess a student’s integrity, the exam must be passed with at least a 59.5% in order to earn credit for the course.

Communication Policy

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers; the minimum requirement is monthly. When teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

November 6 @ 22:00
22:00 — 23:00 (1h)


Coli McGhee, Jacob Denbrook, Nick Osborn