College English Prep I

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Introduction

1 Course Introduction 07:25

Course overview includes unit descriptions, assessments, writing projects, and writing portfolio.

2 Lesson 1: Introduction to College English Prep I 15:06

Topics in this lesson:

  • Course overview, set-up, expectations
  • The syllabus and schedule
  • What are the free-writings and composition requirements
  • Assigned reading "The Great Automatic Grammatorizor"
  • Free writing prompt: What I think about writing...
  • Reading comprehension and course quiz

3 Lesson 1 Assignment Video 03:18

A short video explaining what your assignment is for Lesson 1.

4 Lesson 1 Activity Review 03:52

Answers for activity.

5 Lesson 2: Understanding Literary Terminology 25:30

Topics in this lesson:

  • Literary Terms
  • Telling a story --narration. 
  • Story action diagrammed.
  • Applying the terms to "The Great Automatic Grammatorizor"
  • Practice with the terms crossword puzzle
  • Free-writing prompt: The best book ever or favorite writer
  • Quiz on terms

6 Lesson 2 Assignment Video 03:15

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 2.

7 Lesson 2 Activity Review 04:51

Answers for activity.

Unit I: Narrative Writing

8 Lesson 3: Big and Little Pictures 21:53

Topics in this lesson:

  • Review literary terms
  • Vignettes
  • Assigned Reading: Amy Tan's "Two Kinds"
  • Vocabulary from the story, add words to Vocabulary list
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary quiz 

9 Lesson 3 Assignment Video 02:31

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 3

10 Lesson 3 Activity Review 06:01

Answers for activity.

11 Lesson 4: History of English 15:54

Topics in this lesson:

  • Jobs for Words: Parts of Speech
  • Not memes, phonemes
  • Brainstorming
  • Free writing: Important moments in my life
  • Quiz on Greek/Latin roots

12 Lesson 4 Assignment Video 03:49

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 4

13 Lesson 4 Activity Review 08:17

Answers for activity.

14 Lesson 5: This Could Be You Some Day 14:02

Topics in this lesson:

  • "Once More to the Lake" by E.B. White
  • Best parts and how you can do it, too
  • Reading comprehension and vocabulary quiz

15 Lesson 5 Assignment Video 01:20

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 5

16 Lesson 5 Activity Review 07:50

Answers for activity.

17 Lesson 6: Jobs for Words 23:36

This lecture will review the 8 parts of speech in terms of what they do for a sentence --their "jobs."

18 Lesson 6 Assignment Video 03:55

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 6

19 Lesson 6 Activity Review 13:47

Answers for activity.

20 Lesson 7 Analyzing Character 15:59

We'll be analyzing "A&P" and model periodic and loose sentences.

21 Lesson 7 Assignment Video 06:35

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 7

22 Lesson 7 Activity Review 08:01

Answers for activity.

23 Lesson 8: Subject Predicate Clubs 18:02

A look at classifying parts of sentences by their membership in the Subject or Predicate club. Adding sensory details and dialogue to narrative.

24 Lesson 8 Assignment Video 03:29

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 8

25 Lesson 8 Activity Review 04:30

Answers for activity.

26 Lesson 9: Twain, Frogs, Funny Sentences 25:20

In this lecture, we'll discuss Mark Twain and his humorous short story that's kind of about a frog. We'll also discuss elliptical and inverted sentences and model these forms.

27 Lesson 9 Assignment Video 02:40

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 9

28 Lesson 9 Activity Review 06:47

Answers for activity.

29 Lesson 10: Phrases & Clauses & More, Oh My! 15:47

Phrases, clauses explained.

30 Lesson 10 Assignment Video 02:10

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 10

31 Lesson 10 Activity Review 06:04

Answers for activity.

32 Lesson 11: Who Will Win the Lottery? 22:22

Video lecture on "The Lottery" and on modelling sentences.

33 Lesson 11 Assignment Video 01:41

A short video explaining Lesson 11 assignments.

34 Lesson 11 Activity Review 06:14

Answers for activity.

35 Lesson 12: Fragments & Run-ons 09:40

Phrases & Clauses Pt 2: Fragments and Run-ons

36 Lesson 12 Assignment Video 02:05

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 12

37 Activity 12 Activity Review 03:37

Answers for activity.

38 Lesson 13: Knock, Knock, Who's There? 18:58

"There Will Comes Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury and compound sentence modelling. 

39 Lesson 13 Assignment Video 01:40

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 13

40 Lesson 13 Activity Review 05:56

Answers for activity.

41 Lesson 14: Sentence Forms Continued 19:30

Lesson 14 lecture covers sentences forms and functions and introductions to compositions. 

42 Lesson 14 Activity Review 06:39

Answers for activity.

43 Lesson 14 Assignment Video 01:58

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 14

44 Lesson 15 Video Lecture 22:39

Character analysis of "Everyday Use"

45 Lesson 15 Assignment Video 01:22

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 15

46 Lesson 15 Activity Review 06:37

Answers for activity.

47 Lesson 16: Conclusions and Dialogue 13:01

Lesson 16 covers key components of writing a conclusion and rules for using dialogue. 

48 Lesson 16 Assignment Video 03:36

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 16

49 Lesson 16 Activity Review 06:01

Answers for activity.

50 Lesson 17: Mean Girls in the Jazz Age 19:49

Lesson 17 "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

51 Lesson 17 Assignment Video 01:40

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 17

52 Lesson 17 Activity Review 06:34

Answers for activity.

53 Lesson 18 Video Lecture 29:34

Lesson 18 Video Lecture: Fresh Eyes

54 Lesson 18 Assignment Video 03:11

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 18

55 Lesson 18 Activity Review 05:29

Answers for activity.

56 Lesson 19 Video Lecture 20:17

Lesson 19 video lecture

57 Lesson 19 Assignment Video 02:16

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 19

58 Lesson 19 Activity Review 05:20

Answers for activity.

59 Lesson 20: Midterm Review 28:59

Review for Midterm Test

60 Lesson 20 Assignment Video 04:13

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 20

61 Lesson 20 Activity Review 02:33

Answers for activity.

Unit 2: Dramatic Writing

62 Lesson 21: Dramatic Literature 17:18

An introduction to dramatic literature and The Importance of Being Ernest.

63 Lesson 21 Assignment Video 02:57

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 21

64 Lesson 21 Activity Review 06:35

Answers for activity.

65 Lesson 22 Spell It! 19:24

Spelling, Writing Project 2, & raw writing.

66 Lesson 22 Assignment Video 03:47

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 22

67 Lesson 22 Activity Review 04:16

Answers for activity.

68 Lesson 23 Lecture: Ernest Act 2 16:51

Lesson 23 Lecture on Ernest Act 2 and modelling style.

69 Lesson 23 Assignment Video 01:58

A short video explaining your assignment for Lesson 23.

70 Lesson 23 Activity Review 05:21

Answers for activity.

71 Lesson 24 Comma, comma, comma, comma 26:59

Lesson 24 Lecture Video

72 Lesson 24 Assignment Video 03:16

A short video explaining homework for Lesson 24.

73 Lesson 24 Activity Review 02:34

Answers for activity.

74 Lesson 25 Will the Real Ernest Please Stand Up? 14:53

Lesson 25 Video Lecture

75 Lesson 25 Assignment Video 05:16

Lesson 25 Assignment Video

76 Lesson 25 Activity Review 04:32

Answers for activity.

77 Lesson 26 Tricky Apostrophes 16:05

Lesson 26 Video Lecture

77 Lesson 26 Assignment Video 03:53

A short video explaining the assignment for Lesson 26.

78 Lesson 26 Activity Review 07:13

Answers for activity.

80 Lesson 27 Intro to Will 20:25

Lesson 27 Video Lecture introduction to Shakespeare

81 Lesson 27 Assignment Video 06:25

A short video explaining the assignment for Lesson 27.

82 Lesson 27 Activity Review 05:37

Answers for activity.

83 Lesson 28 Punctuation Outliers 16:21

Lesson 28 Video Lecture

84 Lesson 28 Assignment Video 03:51

A short video describing the assignment for Lesson 28.

85 Lesson 28 Activity Review 05:39

Answers for activity.

86 Lesson 29 "Fair is Foul" 18:28

Lesson 29 Video Lecture

87 Lesson 29 Assignment Video 04:26

A short video explaining the assignment for Lesson 29.

88 Lesson 29 Activity Review 03:44

Answers for activity.

89 Lesson 30 Let's All Agree! 16:21

Lesson 30 Verb Agree

90 Lesson 30 Assignment Video 04:26

A short video with instructions for the assignment.

91 Lesson 30 Activity Review 09:11

Answers for activity.

92 Lesson 31: Dagger What Dagger? 19:52

Lesson 31 Video Lecture

93 Lesson 31 Assignment Video 05:12

Lesson 31 Assignment Video

94 Lesson 31 Activity Review 04:38

Answers for activity.

95 Lesson 32 Dangling & Indefinite 14:42

Lesson 32 video lecture

96 Lesson 32 Assignment Video 04:48

Lesson 32 Assignment Video

97 Lesson 32 Activity Review 02:52

Answers for activity.

98 Lesson 33 Macbeth Finale 20:27

Lesson 33 Lecture Acts 4-5 Macbeth, Aristotle's Tragic Hero

99 Lesson 33 Assignment Video 02:14

Lesson 33 Assignment Video

100 Lesson 33 Activity Review 05:07

Answers for activity.

Unit 3: Great Speeches & Poetry

101 Lesson 34 Words Matter 17:19

Lesson 34: Usage Errors Pt. 3

102 Lesson 34 Activity Review 04:10

Answers for activity.

103 Lesson 34 Assignment Video 11:17

A short video explaining the assignment for Lesson 34.

104 Lesson 35 Great Speeches 14:34

Lesson 35 Gettysburg Address and "I Have a Dream"

105 Lesson 35 Assignment Video 02:24

Lesson 35 Assignment Video

106 Lesson 35 Activity Review 06:11

Answers for activity.

107 Lesson 36 I Have a Speech 20:48

Lesson 36

108 Lesson 36 Assignment Video 06:03

A short video explaining the homework for Lesson 36

109 Lesson 36 Activity Review 04:29

Answers for activity.

110 Lesson 37 Nothing Like the Sun 20:47

Lesson 37 Shakespeare's Sonnets

111 Lesson 37 Assignment Video 02:55

A short video explaining the homework for Lesson 37

112 Lesson 37 Activity Review 04:22

Answers for activity.

113 Lesson 38 Take a Ride 25:18

Lesson 38 Poetry by Dickenson & Frost

114 Lesson 38 Assignment Video 02:29

A short video explaining the homework for Lesson 38.

115 Lesson 38 Activity Review 04:33

Answers for activity.

116 Lesson 39 Frost, Hughes, and Perry 21:48

Robert Frost and Langston Hughes poems.

117 Lesson 39 Assignment Video 03:52

A short video explaining the homework for Lesson 39

118 Lesson 39 Activity Review 05:34

Answers for activity.

119 Lesson 40 Final Exam with Review 25:27

FINAL review and Final Final!

120 Lesson 40 Assignment Video 01:46

A short video explaining the homework for Lesson 40.

121 Lesson 40 Activity Review 03:07

Answers for activity.

Course Description

Taught by a 20+ year experienced college English instructor as well as homeschool leader, the College English Prep I video course covers all of the content students need to successfully complete 9th -10th grade language arts, an equivalent of 1 high school ELA transcript credit or 1 Carnegie Unit.  The course has an emphasis on continuing to develop critical thinking, reading, and analytical skills, and all stages of process writing, and stresses self-evaluation and reflection. It covers the requirements of Common Core and goes beyond Common Core by preparing students for reading, writing, and speaking skills that will be used in college-level English composition and literature courses. This is a full year’s 9th-10th  grade English Language Arts course. No other materials other than internet access and a word processing program are required.

Course Requirements

Students taking this course will need to have completed ELA coursework for reading, writing, and speaking middle-school skills. It is primarily meant for students planning to take a college-level English courses either during or after completing high school.

This course includes:

  •     40 video lessons!
  •     38 lesson activities with answer keys
  •     38 follow-along activity review videos (I correct and explain each activity answer one by one)
  •     2 review lessons
  •     38 quizzes with answer keys
  •     1 midterm exam with answer keys
  •     1 final exam with answer keys
  •     3 independent writing projects with grading rubrics
  •     2 speaking assignments with grading rubrics
  •     3 units covering short stories, essays, plays, speeches, poetry
  •     20 writing modeling assignments with examples
  •     18 lessons covering writing mechanics, sentence structures, usage, punctuation
  •     OVER 20 HOURS OF VIDEO-LESSONS !

Unit 1

  • Literary terms
  • Greek/Latin roots
  • Jobs for Words/ Parts of Speech
  • Subject/predicates
  • Run-ons/fragments
  • Sentence forms
  • Revision practices
  • “G.A.G.,” Roald Dahl
  • “Two Kinds,” Amy Tan
  • “Once More to the Lake,” E.B. White
  • “A&P,” John Updike
  • “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County,” Mark Twain
  • “The Lottery,” Shirley Jackson
  • “There Will Come Soft Rains,” Ray Bradbury
  • “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker
  • “Bernice Bobs Her Hair,” F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner
  • Midterm Exam

Unit 2

  • Spelling—Most common errors
  • Commas
  • Apostrophes
  • Ellipsis, parenthesis
  • Usage errors, pts. 1, 2, 3
  • Writing a review
  • Dramatic form
  • The Importance of Being Ernest, Oscar Wilde
  • Macbeth, Shakespeare

Unit 3

  • Speech analysis basics
  • Speech recitation
  • The comparison/contrast paper
  • Writing a short speech
  • Shakespeare Sonnets
  • Writing a sonnet
  • Poems by Emily Dickinson
  • Poems by Robert Frost
  • Poems by Langston Hughes
  • Final Exam

Course Format

The course schedule outlines how the lessons are divided within each unit (narrative, drama, poetry) to include analyzing classic readings and other texts alternating with the other composition focused topics, starting with words, then advancing to sentences, and then to paragraphs. Odd numbered lessons include texts, discussion questions, vocabulary, with additional resources for futher study. Even numbered lessons focus on grammar rules and writing activities. By focusing on these elements of composition and modeling writing samples, students will be able to adhere these skills to more advanced compositions and texts in College English Prep 2, standardized tests, and beyond. 

Objectives

  •   Increase Proficiency and Introduction of New Language Rules—the nuts & bolts of language: Grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, sentence structures. Increase confidence and self-reliance in writing basics.
  •   Increase Proficiency and Introduction of New Composition Skills –how to use language for effective communication: Putting thoughts together in cohesive units, honing and polishing writing with revision and editing, increasing complexity and variety in writing through analyzing, modeling, and creating original compositions. Increase confidence in all stages of the writing process.
  •   Increase Proficiency and Introduction of Methods for Reading Comprehension—how to be a critical reader: enjoying reading, recognizing literary elements, analyzing composition methods. Increase exposure to genres, styles, purposes of texts.

Course Expectations

  • Watch and take notes ("annotate") for all video lesson presentations
  • Complete all lesson activities, worksheets, and writing assignments, including revisions and modelling writing exercises.
  • Read each assigned text. Annotate the text and compile vocabulary list.
  • Successfully complete each lesson quiz, midterm, and final exam.
  • Teacher: Laura
  • Areas of expertise: English Composition & Literature
  • Education: M.A. English, BA Composition, TEOSL and Tutoring certified
  • Interests: My family and my dogs & cats, kayaking, camping, gardening, art, reading, playing cards
  • Skills: Free-lance writer, tutoring for ACT/SAT, editing
  • Associations: Alternative State Educators Licensure (pending), State Teachers Retirement System, Classical Conversations, Homeschool School Legal Defense Association, National Tutors Association, Home on the Rock, Teachers Paying Teachers
  • Issues I care about: Literacy, education, the environment (water), women's rights, particularly girls' opportunities for education.

Words are important! Helping others learn how they can use language for effectively communicating and also how others use language to communicate with them is at the core of my instruction philosophy. It is important to me for every student to realize their own ability to be understood and to persuade. Words are important AND powerful!

Course Information for Parents

Course syllabus, schedule, master forms with key for reading comprehension/discussion questions

Introduction Letter for Parents-Teachers

Introduction Letter

Writing Projects

Writing Project descriptions.

Resources, Links for Shakespeare +

Resources and helpful links to youtube videos and more.

Modeling Sentences & Paragraphs

Selections used for the modeling assignments, Copy & Compose.

Writing Portfolio List & Rubric

Assessment rubric for the end of class Writing Portfolio with list.

Literary Terms Activity Key

Answers to the literary terms puzzle for Lesson 2.

Writing Projects Grading Rubrics

Rubrics for writing projects 1-3.

Answer Key to Quizzes, Midterm, Final Exam

Answers to tests

Answer Key to Quizzes, Midterm, Final

Answers to tests.
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