How can the written language be changed according to context, audience, and purpose? In this course, students explore the evolution of language in fiction and nonfiction, assess rhetorical and narrative techniques, identify and refine claims and counterclaims, and ask and answer questions to aid in their research. Students also evaluate and employ vocabulary and comprehension strategies to determine the literal, figurative, and connotative meanings of technical and content-area words and phrases.
Nobel Peace Prize Lecture by the Dalai Lama
“Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King Jr.
“I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr.
“Declaration of Conscience” by Margaret Chase Smith
“Sonnet 141” by William Shakespeare
“Sonnet 97” by William Shakespeare
“A Conversation with Jeanne” by Czeslaw Milosz
Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by William Faulkner
State of the Union Address by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant
“Any Human to Another” by Countee Cullen
“Patterns” by Amy Lowell
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech by Mother Teresa
Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech by Nelson Mandela
“And We Shall Be Steeped” by Leopold S. Senghor
“Where Stories Come From” by an anonymous author
“Why the Cheetah’s Cheeks are Stained” by an anonymous author
“The Birth of Hawaii” by an anonymous author
Chinese Creation Myths by an anonymous author Animal Farm by George Orwell
“Just Lather, That’s All” by Hernando Téllez
“The Feather Pillow” by Horacio Quiroga
“The Rat Trap” by Selma Lagerlöf
“Fish Cheeks” by Amy Tan
“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez
Write a compare-and-contrast essay on two speeches.
Read a selection of speeches and analyze rhetorical elements.
Analyze literary devices in various readings. Write an essay that examines the causes or effects related to a topic.
Read and analyze Animal Farm.
Read and analyze literary devices in short stories.