English I

Course Overview


Instructor: Mrs. Bethany McQuiston

Email: mcquistonb@fchs77.org

Phone: (618) 539-5533 Ext. 286

Website: https://sites.google.com/fchs77.org/mcquiston (located on Freeburg High School Website)

Texts: Catcher in the Rye, Elements of Literature: Third Course, Fahrenheit 451, The Odyssey, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet


Course Description:

This is the entrance level English class in which students will focus on the fundamental reading and writing skills for high school. They will explore different genres including short stories, nonfiction, drama, the epic, and multiple classic novels. In addition, the course focuses heavily on understanding and writing an academic essay, and the overall process of writing including editing and revision skills. The development of research skills and research writing is a component, as is the development of vocabulary. Students are placed in this class based upon their 8th grade teachers' recommendations, standardized tests scores, and advisement of the high school counselor.



Grading Scale:

A: 90-100 - 5

Superior - Independent learner; superior work; all work completed on time at an exceptional level of quality and effort


B: 80-89 - 4

Above Average - Semi-independent learner; above average work; all work completed on time with few flaws


C: 70-79 - 3

Average - Dependent learner; average work; most completed on time showing average effort


D: 60-69 = 2

Below Average - Work completed shows minimal effort; missing and late assignments; rarely made up missed work


F: 59 and below - 1

Failing - Work does not meet standards or expectations; many missing assignments/projects; rarely or did not participate in learning activities.


I: Incomplete - 0


Semester 1 Grade = 80% (Semester 1), 20% (final exam)

Semester 2 Grade = 80% (Semester 2), 20% (final exam)


Syllabus*

Semester 1


August

  • Unit 1: Dystopian Works
    • “The Pedestrian” (teacher provided text)
      • Thematic Writing
    • “By The Waters of Babylon” (teacher provided text)


September

  • Unit 1: Dystopian Works (cont.)
    • “The Golden Kite, The Silver Wind” (textbook)
      • Thematic Writing


October

  • Unit 1: Dystopian Works (cont.)
    • “Harrison Bergeron” (textbook)
      • Thematic Writing
    • “A Sound of Thunder” (textbook)
      • Thematic Writing


November

  • Unit 2: Novel Study (cont.)
    • Fahrenheit 451 (Novel)


December

  • Unit 2: Novel Study (cont.)
    • Fahrenheit 451 (Novel)
  • Semester 1 Final Exams



*Subject to change


Semester 2


January

  • Unit 3: Greek Mythology and The Odyssey
    • Greek Mythology (Notes and Study)
    • Trojan War (Notes and Study)
    • Odysseus: Curse of the Sea (Documentary)
    • Odysseus: Warrior's Revenge (Documentary)


February

  • Unit 3: Greek Mythology and The Odyssey (cont.)
    • The Odyssey (textbook)


March

  • Unit 4: Novel Study
    • Catcher in the Rye (Novel)
  • Unit 5: Renaissance Research
    • Research Project and Paper (3-4 pages)


April

  • Unit 5: Renaissance Research (cont.)
    • Research Project and Paper (3-4 pages)
  • Unit 6: Shakespeare and Elizabethan England
    • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (textbook)


May

  • Unit 6: Shakespeare and Elizabethan England
    • The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (textbook)
  • Semester 2 Final Exams



Additional Yearly Components

  • NoRedInk (Grammar Exercises)
  • Reading Shares
  • Recap (Video Discussion Boards)