Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Julia Follendore
Welcome To English and Film Analysis at FHS 

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MATERIALS

You will need to purchase the following materials and bring them to class every day:

  • Three-hole-punched loose-leaf paper
  • Pencils (extra lead if mechanical) and blue or black ink pens (no gel or colored)
  • Highlighters
  • Google Drive account:  Other opions are DropBox or USB flash drive device
  • FHS Agenda

OPTIONAL (But really needed) 

  •  Box of tissues for the class

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  Overview:   English 9

This year will be an introduction into the world of our English language.  My belief is that once we learn to read and interpret as well as write so that others can read and interpret, we can absorb any material and become "educated" according to our own choices.

We will be studying some very famous pieces of literature that bring all people to common understandings and emotional empathies.  Here are a few that we will be studying this year.

 

Shakespeare's very famous romantic tragedy:   Romeo and Juliet

Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird
Homer's The Odyssey

Richard Connell’s The Most Dangerous Game

 

Textbook:    

 

Prentice Hall Literature, Penguin Edition Grade 9

Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop 

 

 All through the semester, we will be building the writing skills that will be required for your entire high school writing career.

 

Please see the link to Angel for further course information. 


 Overview: English 10

This year is a study of literary genres: plays, poetry, short stories, novels and non-fiction.  This survey emphasizes our literary heritage through the reading of classical and modern selections.  Emphasis will be placed on oral and written communication skills (i.e., public speaking, role-playing, writing processes, vocabulary, and grammar skills), research skills, a technology project, and word processing as a tool for writing. 

It is my belief that once we learn to read and interpret as well as write so that others can read and interpret, we can absorb any material and become "educated" according to our own choices. 

We will be studying some very famous pieces of literature that bring all people to common understandings and emotional empathies.  Here are a few that we will be studying this year.

Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare  
Antigone, Sophocles
Lord of the Flies, William Golding  

12 Angry Men, Reginald Rose
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card 

 Textbook:  

Prentice Hall Literature, Penguin Edition Grade 10

Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop

 

All through the semester, we will continue building writing skills that will substantiate the student's progress.

 

Please see the link to Blackboard for further course information.


Overview:   English 11

This year is a chronological or thematic study of American literature, with an emphasis on its genres and literary philosophy.  The course surveys the colonial period to the modern era to stress the development of our culture.  The course of study includes a continued emphasis on the writing process, language and vocabulary skills as well as a variety of writing types, including academic and technical writing.  English 11 also emphasizes research, literary analysis, and close reading of novels and plays.

Eleventh grade English students must take two sets of English SOLs:  These are the tests that students must pass in order to graduate. 

  1. After the first 4 – 5 weeks of the term, the Writing Test (Part 1: a persuasive essay, Part2: grammar and editing)
  2. About 5 weeks before the end of term, the Reading-Literature-Research Test

Textbook:      

Prentice Hall Literature, Penguin Edition Grade 11

Sadlier Vocabulary Workshop 

 

A tentative list of books and plays from which we will choose this year:

The Crucible, Arthur Miller

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury

 

Other reading materials:

Selected Short Stories

News (Internet)

 

Tentative Writing Assignments/Major projects:

College essay/Resumé

Literary analysis paper

Research paper

Narrative paper

Persuasive paper (3/5 essay)—many of these

Journal writings:  personal responses correlating to texts examined.

Expository writings: job applications, scholarship applications, college applications

 

Please see the link to Blackboard for further course information. 

 


 

 Overview:   Film Analysis

Film analysis is the process in which a film is analyzed in terms of mise-en-scène,  cinematography, sound, and editing. Different authors suggest various approaches to film analysis. There is no universal method of film analysis, and film analysis can never be concluded as there will always be something more to explore.  It is necessary for a student to gain knowledge about film history in order to perform a film analysis. During this class I will use several recognized approaches: (1) Text-based film analysis (structural approach), (2) topic based analysis (narrative approach), (3) picture and sound approach (iconic analysis), (4) psychoanalytical approach and (5) historical approach. 

But above all else, this class is a journey in understanding of our cultural heritage in the world of film.

 Potential Studies

  •  The Beginning –an introduction to film genre
  • The Silent Era – the early years of cinema
  • The Classic –what makes a film a classic
  •    Film as Social Commentary or Propaganda – a look at how film treat societal and historical issues.
  •    The Musical – as a genre
  •    The Director – a look at selected directors, their style, and their effect on the industry
  •    The Actors– a look at the some of the greats and their effect on the industry.
  •    The Comedy – a focus on development of the comedy genre
  •    The Animated Film –the development of animation to computer graphics
  •    The Foreign Film – an examination of film from around the world

 Course Requirements

This course requires extensive reading, writing, research, and class discussion.

A project related to the study of film will be required during the first 2 week of the 4th marking period.  This project a comprehensive presentation based upon the student’s area of interest. The Choice of Focus for the Film Project must be approved.  Requirement: must contain MLA source citations and must be creative. 

  • The following are some suggestions for the Choice of Focus for the Film Project:
  • Make a movie (limit 10 minutes) and explain the process as implemented in the project, include credits
  • Create a Podcast and explain the process as implemented in the project.
  • Produce a short class on a film subject, genre, etc. 
  • Create a Socratic discussion panel concerning a specific film aspect and execute with a group.
  • PPT presentation on a selected film subject with additional question and answer session at the end.
  • Note: if a specific actor is selected, then he/she must have a large enough body of work to analyze and discuss.
  • Art work, story board presentation about a selected film subject.
  • Other approved project

 

 Please see the link to Blackboard for further course information.