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English 3 Lit and Comp - Intrigue and Illusion

Course Catalog ID:
4010
Subject Categories:
English Language Arts, Honors, Literature and Media, Writing and Composition
Description

The process of writing the analytical essay is the most important skill set every student needs for success in high school and college. Yet even well-read students who write proficiently still struggle with the analytical essay process. English 3 writing objectives focus on developing literary and rhetorical analysis and written expression skills in order to analyze stories, articles, and film. Students will learn to recognize God’s truth in a variety of settings and character circumstances, both fictional and real. The lively literature discussions include exploring complex relationships between society and technology in Bradbury’s profound novel Fahrenheit 451; uncovering sacrificial heroism in the novella Babette’s Feast; considering the complex cultural roles as portrayed in the Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the film Hidden Figures; and analyzing reality and illusion through one of the course’s “student choice” film options. In this course, students will learn to effectively research and critique sources, analyze textual evidence, form an effective thesis, outline sound arguments, and compose compelling academic essays with proper styling and formatting. Students systematically learn to develop every step of the analysis-thesis-essay process as well research techniques, organization methods, and writing style. Students will also engage in a constructive process of self-evaluation and editing. An English 3 course provides an essential foundation for any successive high school English courses at TPS. This course is also particularly good preparation for TPS English 4/5/6 Lit and Comp courses.

Prerequisites
Grade Levels*:
9, 10, 11
* Enrollment restricted based on Date of Birth and Grad Year (whichever is more limiting). Enrollment outside these levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.
Notes and Conditions

Standard vs. Honors: This course may be enrolled with an Honors option. The Honors option uses different assignments, requires more work, and is more difficult. It also has different Prerequisites and a different Readiness Assessment Test. If you want the Honors option, please follow the Prerequisites and Readiness Assessment process for that option, and please select the Honors option in your Cart when you enroll. The Honors option is not available for students assigned EFL tutoring.

“I have learned so much over the past school year. This excellent class teaches how to accurately analyze a piece of literature, develop an argument, find supporting evidence, and explain how that evidence proves the claim. I was introduced to several areas of literature, including nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, dystopian literature, research, and film. I learned how to write single paragraphs, whole essays, and a research paper. My teacher guided each and every student through the course, providing thorough information and answering all of our questions individually. When I had a pressing question between class times, I could email her, and she always answered promptly and clearly. My fellow classmates were always encouraging, respectful, and oftentimes humorous. The class often felt like a family. English 3 was an educational, engaging experience that I shall never forget.”

Camden W
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Student

“I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to write better, loves reading, and enjoys having a fun and lively teacher. This class has really helped my writing skills grow and introduced me to numerous awesome books and short stories I would never have known about or thought to read. Our teacher pushed us to write our best and gave very helpful and encouraging comments on our writing. At the beginning of class, I chose to become an honors student and never regretted it. Though being an honors student entailed a little bit more homework, it never felt overwhelming. If you do decide to take this English 3 course, you will have an epic and exciting school year.”

Daniel B
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Student

“This course completely changed the way I thought about writing. I used to dread writing entire essays and citing sources but after taking this class, I can do so with ease. I learned so much and would highly recommend to anybody looking to think more critically about books or strengthen their writing skills.”

Kylie A
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Student

“I loved this course because the teachers in this course are incredible people who are always so supportive. Every piece of feedback told me how to make my work better while at the same time congratulating me on what I did well. I also loved how the teachers were so present in classes: they were interacting with students, making jokes, and telling relevant stories. I have enjoyed English 3 Intrigue and Illusion so much and would recommend it to any students who are competent in writing and enjoy literature.”

Simeon B
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Student

“I would recommend this class to any student who would like to grow in their ability to write because each assignment pushes students a tiny bit more to improve their writing. This course stretches students outside of their box and broadens the types of literature they are able to write about. Although the assignments might feel overwhelming when looking at them at whole at first, this course breaks assignments into manageable steps that students can confidently do.”

Naomi B
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Student

“Intrigue and Illusion was my first English class taken with TPS. The teaching has greatly strengthened and refined my writing skills. Also, this course provided excellent instruction and training in literary analysis with interesting and engaging literature. The work is challenging but manageable and I have really appreciated TPS’s high academic standard. If you enjoy reading and want to write better, I would recommend this course!”

Anne T
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Student

“I would highly recommend this course as it goes into an in-depth study of literature and composition. The teacher gives great comments on papers that helped me to think more deeply about the topic of the essay, helping my writing to flow more logically. In class, we went into good guided discussions about the various pieces of literature and movies that helped me to see and dive deeper into the meanings and small nuances.”

Joie K
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Student

“This course has tremendously improved my writing skills and allowed me to further analyze sources in a way I have never done before. I now have a greater appreciation for classical literature due to the books chosen. I am very happy I chose to take this course since it has helped prepare me for upper-level English classes.”

Celia D
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Student

“English 3 Lit Analysis and Comp has grown my critical thinking and advanced my writing skills. The teacher always encouraged and pushed the class to think deeper about the subject, and the instructive feedback from classmates in breakout rooms helped reveal areas in my writing that I needed to improve. I would definitely recommend English 3 Lit Analysis and Comp for anyone looking to improve their writing and critical thinking skills, and also have a lot of fun!”

Sophia L
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Student

“English 3 Intrigue and Illusion was one of my favorite classes this school year. The literature was phenomenal and opened my eyes to the fact that analyzing stories and poems can help me understand what I read in a deeper sense. Now when I read books or watch movies in my spare time, I use those skills I have developed. It allows those tasks to become so much more meaningful. The poetry section in this class really helped me understand some of the complex passages in the Bible. Since the Bible is essentially one-third poetry, analyzing poetry sharpened my senses in what to look for when reading my Bible. Another area I feel I really grew in is my ability to prove a claim with evidence. That is a skill I will use all of my life, from college to even just having a friendly conversation or argument with someone. I definitely recommend this class if those are areas you want to strengthen.”

Hannah B
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Student
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