English III

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: The Crucible, Elements of Literature: Fifth Course, Novel(s)

Course Description:

The focus of this course is on skills which are most valuable in college English courses: clear and logical expository writing; analysis and interpretation of literature; and a basic understanding of historical and literary trends in American Literature. Students taking this course learn to refine their writing skills as the course progresses and expository writing from the development of the paragraph to the longer composition. The content of this course also includes the in depth study of select novels, authors, literary terms, and novels’ characteristics. Students will be assigned novels to analyze for complete understanding of the author’s purpose in writing the work. Students will also be required to use reference materials in completing essays of critical analysis.

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)


Semester 1


  • Unit 1: Voyages and Visions
    • William Bradford from “Of Plymouth Plantation” (textbook, p. 52)
    • Mary Rowlandson from “A Narrative of Captivity” (textbook, p. 62)
    • William Byrd from “The History of the Dividing Line” (textbook, p. 72)
    • Anne Bradstreet “Here Follows Some Verses…” (textbook)


  • Unit 1: Voyages and Visions (cont.)
    • Beck Weathers from “Left for Dead” (textbook)
    • Everest (film)
  • Unit 2: Narrative Writing
    • 2 papers (2-3 pages each)
  • Unit 3: Banned Books


  • Unit 3: Banned Books (cont.)
  • Unit 4: Gothic Literature
    • Notes and background
    • “The Lottery” (teacher supplied text)
    • “The Devil and Tom Walker” (textbook)
    • “The Minister’s Black Veil” (textbook)
    • “A Rose for Emily” (textbook)
    • “The Snow-Storm” (textbook)
    • “The First Snow” (textbook)
    • Mystery Mini-Research (Project)


  • Unit 5: American Romanticism
    • Transcendentalism
    • Civil Disobedience
      • “Self-Reliance” (textbook)
    • Leadership
      • “Letter to Birmingham Jail” (textbook)
      • “I Have a Dream” (teacher provided text)


  • Semester 1 Final Exams

*Subject to change

Semester 2


  • Unit 6: College and Career Research Project
    • Paper (4-6 pages)


  • Unit 6: Research Project (cont.)
    • Speech (5-7 minutes)
  • Unit 7: Allegories
    • Dr. Seuss allegorical stories (Presentation)


  • Unit 7: Allegories (cont.)
    • The Crucible (drama, textbook and film)


  • SAT Prep (Khan Academy and PrepFactory)
    • General Testing Strategies
    • English/Language Strategies
    • Reading Strategies
    • Writing Strategies
  • Unit 8: Up from Slavery (all selections from textbook)
    • Slave Narratives (notes and study)
    • from Narrative of Frederick Douglass
    • from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    • “Go Down, Moses”
    • “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
    • “Follow the Drinking Gourd”
    • “Ain’t I a Woman”
    • “at the cemetery, walnut grove plantation, south carolina, 1989”
    • Essay - Modern Day Slavery (3-4 pages)


  • Unit 9: Contemporary Fiction
    • “Speaking of Courage” (textbook)
    • “Teenage Wasteland” (textbook)
    • “The Sky Blue Ball” (textbook)
    • “Joyas Voladoras” and Calvin and Hobbes (textbook)
    • Literature Circles
  • Semester 2 Final Exams

Additional Yearly Components

  • ACT/SAT Prep - Timed Readings Plus
  • Articles of the Week
  • Reading Shares
  • Recap (Video Discussion Boards)