This free document outlines my 18-Week English 3 program, “English 3 – Identity, Resistance, and the American Dream.” This program focuses on developing strong critical reading skills, analytical writing, and an ability to reflect on the American literary tradition and its impact on young scholars today. This curriculum has been successfully implemented several times with significant academic gains.
The units in this course all focus on a series of thematic questions surrounding the topics of American identity, forms of resistance, and the American Dream. The course was originally designed for junior-level students in an alternative educational setting who have significant gaps in their education but who must be pushed to achieve at an entry level for college thinking, reading, and writing. That said, they may be used for all reading and writing levels with necessary modifications in quantity assigned, time for completion, and final outcome in unit writing assessments. The central questions and unit assessments are highly rigorous, but a significant effort is made to bridge major academic gaps in bringing students up to this level of critical thinking and writing. Students of all levels and backgrounds have proven capable of closing large gaps in the course of this short program, while advanced students have taken advantage of the course’s more rigorous elements and continued to grow as well.
Each unit includes five major components: A set of primary readings, a reading response packet, an analytical essay assignment, supplemental readings, and a pacing guide for all 88 days of the curriculum (paced for 60 minute periods, with 5 minutes of flex time for each class).