Pacing Guide

2016-2017 Pacing Guide – Pre-AP English – MNHHS

YEAR-LONG INSTRUCTION:  Vocabulary and Allusions

August – November – Independent Reading Assignment #1

Unit 1 – August

  • Introduction to Reading Strategies/Close Reading
  • Grammar Level 1 (Review of Parts of Speech, Sentence Purposes)
  • Literary Elements Level 1  (Archetype, Character, Diction, Imagery, Mood, Plot, Setting, Style, Theme, Tone)
  • Literary Techniques Level 1 (Allusion, Characterization, Symbolism)
  • Introduction to Socratic Seminar & Reading-based Assessment (using summer reading novel, Dracula)

Unit 2 – September

  • Focal novel – The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (abridged)
  • Grammar Level 2 (Phrases/Clauses, Sentence Structure)
  • Composition – Informative Writing (researched feature article relating to Monte Cristo)
  • Introduction to Research (techniques, evaluation of sources, MLA citation)

Unit 3 – October

  • Focal text – various poetry
  • Grammar Level 3 (Syntax Techniques)
  • Literary Elements Level 2 (Figurative Language & Sound Devices)

Unit 4 – November

  • Focal text – Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë
  • Composition – Argumentative Writing (researched argumentative essay)
  • Literary Techniques 2 (Antithesis, Argumentation)

Unit 5 – December

  • Focal text – Antigone, by Sophocles
  • Literary Forms:  Drama (Aristotle’s Elements of Tragedy)

January – April – Independent Reading Assignment #2

Unit 6 – January

  • Focal text – Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  • Composition – Narrative Writing (short story)
  • Grammar Level 4 (Sentence variation, mechanics, rhetorical analysis of syntax)

Unit 7 – February

  • Focal text – various nonfiction writings
  • Composition – On-demand writing (various on-demand prompts)

Unit 8 – March

  • Focal text – Tess of the d’Urbervilles, by Thomas Hardy
  • Composition – Timed Literary Analysis essay

Unit 9 – April

  • Focal text – Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare
  • Content review

Unit 10 – May

  • EOC Exam
  • Focal text – real-world reading (credit card agreement, rental agreement, cell phone contract)
  • Composition – real-world writing (résumé, cover letter, request for recommendation)