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LAE601: LA 12 (2014-2015)

CURRICULUM PROGRAM: English Language Arts
COURSE TITLE: Language Arts 12
CALENDAR YEAR: 2014-2015

Major Concepts/Content: This is a class that will prepare students for the skills they will need to be successful in college and in life. When they have completed the class, students will have acquired the reading and critical thinking skills necessary for understanding challenging new material, analyzing that material to deduce meaning, and applying what they have learned to our world. They will have the composition skills needed to communicate their understanding effectively to a variety of audiences. Students will read and analyze classic works of literature because these works contain literary qualities that merit study and provoke thinking, not because of a requirement to know a particular work or author. They will also look at modern and contemporary works as they examine all genres: plays, short stories, speeches, poetry, essays, and novels.

Students will learn to apply critical literary terms as tools for learning, understanding, and communication. Learning activities include close reading, paraphrasing, discussions, essays, short answer exams, research papers, reflective journals, web quests, and others. The unit structure below identifies the main headings of the units only.

Units will include a combination of genres and activities. The structure to the class is not based upon a sequence of chronology, national origin, or genres. It is instead based upon the sequence that best supports the learning needs of the student.

DoDEA English Languange Arts Standards

Course Objectives:

During the semester long course, Language Arts 12 course, students will:

  • Understand text structure to analyze and respond to literature.
  • Use text processing strategies "before", "during", and "after" reading to build a foundation for a text, make sense of reading as it occurs, and to synthesize, apply, evaluate, or bridge understanding.
  • Apply the Writing Process: prewriting, drafting, revision, editing, and publishing.
  • Practice timed writing.
  • Reflect, discuss, and evaluate writing assignments.
  • Engage in both formal and informal presentations.

Upon completion of the Language Arts 12 course, students should be able to use strategies to be:

  • A more effective reader.
  • A more confident writer.
  • A more articulate speaker.
  • An active listener.

Course Outline

  • Unit One: Introduction to the course
  • Unit Two: Utopia
  • Unit Three: Order and Chaos
  • Unit Four: War and Peace
  • Unit Five: Wealth and Poverty
  • Unit Six: Semester Conclusion

Essential Software:


  • Elements of Literature, Sixth Course
  • Student ISBN: 9780030926044
  • Publisher: Holt-McDougal; Houghton-Mifflin