Last of our short stories.
    Link to NCDPI Practice Test for English I Final Exam
    Welcome to Mr. Mullis's English I Honors Class! 
    Please check out the important links below at the bottom of this page

    Mr. Mullis – (Tentative) English 1 Honors Course Outline


    Composition skills and Grammar; (addressed daily) Concepts:  parallel structure, avoidance of double negatives, tense consistency, recognition of subject and verb, subject-verb agreement, spelling, possessives, parts of speech, complete sentences/fragments, sentence combining, active/passive voice, pronoun usage, pronoun antecedent, capitalization, commas, semicolons, quotes, colons, punctuation of titles, phrases/clauses, etc.


    First Quarter

    (Weeks 1-2) Article: Rhinoceros Success (text structure and class discussion), assign textbooks, intro letters, persuasive writing, goal setting, honor code presentation, story elements and short stories, writing prompt, grammar warm-ups, and SAT vocabulary study (first vocabulary text on Friday 1/31/14).

    Write a persuasive letter to your best cow buddy and convince them to leave the pasture for good.  Include the following:

                                                               i.      Intro Paragraph w/hook and thesis sentence

                                                            ii.      Body Paragraphs w/ at least three paragraphs that contain elaboration on at least three reasons mentioned in your thesis sentence.

                                                        iii.      Counter Argument contained somewhere in the body of your letter

                                                         iv.      Strong Concluding Paragraph that makes an emotional appeal and/or makes your friend want to get up and charge!

     Homework:    Finish and type letter.  Due 9/1/15   Also, must be turned into turnitin.com


    (Weeks 2-4) Short Story Unit – (“The Sniper” (point-of-view), “The Necklace,” “To Serve Man,” and “The Most Dangerous Game.” 

    Story Elements Terms to Know: 

    Plot, Narrator, Setting, Internal Conflict, External Conflict, Antagonist, Protagonist, Round Character, Flat Character, Dynamic Character, Static Character, Mood, Inference, Symbolism, Imagery, Characterization, Tone, Verbal Irony, Dramatic Irony, Situational Irony, Point-of-View (First Person, Third Person Omnicient, Third Person Limited, Foreshadowing, Flashback, Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Imagery, Suspense, Theme, Dialect, Style, Sarcasm, Epigram, Paradox, Allusion, Idiom, Motif, Dialogue, Oxymoron


    Summer Reading Test and Project Assignment Made- Ender's Game 8/28/15  Project Choices (due 9/15/15)
    Have your Ender's Game Companion Guide ready to turn in on or before 9/15/15
    First Vocabulary test on 20 SAT words given during class.  Practice using them in your day-to-day conversations

    Story/Literary Elements Test tba


    (Weeks 5-6) Autobiography Unit – Narrative writing, memoirs, and writing an autobiographical essay, 

    (Weeks 6-7) Anthem/Animal Farm Unit – Ayn Rand and Objectivism: Novella connected writing assignment and test, and assign outside reading (challenged books) research project.  Have your parents’ written permission to read a previously challenged book.  You will be provided with a rubric for the research project which will culminate with an argumentative essay. Concepts:  satire, allegory, irony, dialogue, symbolism, fable, personification, allusion, archetype, audience, theme and tone
    Socratic Seminars tba
    Second Vocabulary Test tba
    Animal Farm Test - Friday tba (along with mini Grammar Quiz)
    (Weeks 7-8)  Animal Farm and Research and Argumentative Writing for Challenged Book Project
    - Media Center Banned Book Research and Notes
    - Banned Book Argumentative/Research Essay Due (hardcopy in class and turnitin.com)           

    Argumentative Essay Writing links:
    (Weeks 8-9)  Epic Poetry Unit - Greek Mythology/The Odyssey (Literature Book) - Concepts:  epic, epic hero, epic simile, epithet, extended metaphor, Homeric simile, archetype, myth, and invocation.  Challenged Book Project due                 


    Second Quarter  

    (Weeks 1-3) The Odyssey Test, epic hero essay, compare/contrast essay with either: The Princess Bride, O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?, Clash of the Titans (either version), Ulysses (1954), Jason and the Argonauts (either version), or other movie with a obviously similar plot as The Odyssey


    (Weeks 4-5) Poetry/Figurative Language (Edgar Allan Poe) Unit   Poetry/Figurative Language Test 
    Vocabulary Test on 5/6 (20 words)

    Figurative Language/Poetic Terms to Know:   

    Simile, Symbolism, Denotation, Connotation, Onomatopoeia, Repetition, Alliteration, Assonance, Quatrain, Couplet, Triplet, Meter, Lyric Poetry, Narrative Poetry, Refrain, Sonnet, Line, Stanza, Metaphor, Personification, Style, Blank Verse, Free Verse, Extended Metaphor, Ballad, Haiku, Cinquain, Concrete, Limerick, Acrostic, Recipe


    Study various Poe poems and short stories from the student textbook


    (Weeks 5-6) Novel/American Documents Unit – A Separate Peace – Socratic seminars, literature circles, and connected non-fiction documents


    (Weeks 6-7) Drama (Romeo & Juliet) Unit – Introduction to Shakespeare

    Drama Terms to Know:

    Tragedy, Comedy, Comic Relief, Stage Directions, Script, Props, Tragic Flaw, Tragic Hero, Monologue, Soliloquy, Foreshadowing, Dramatic Irony, Conflict, Foil, Suspense, Pun, Iambic Pentameter, Aside, Tone
    (Weeks 8-10) To Kill a Mockingbird, American Documents, Socratic seminars, 3 new vocabulary words each day

    * Units may be changed or omitted to accommodate various classroom scenarios


    Essay Submission

    Although some essays will be submitted in class, the majority of substantial writing assignments will be submitted through turnitin.com. 

    Class ID –                                              Password -    

    MTHS Honor Code Read and abide by our honor code.
    Annotation 101  A must learn for students in English classes.
    How to Become a Rhino  This a 10-page document that my English I students are required to read.  However, I strongly encourage all of my students and parents to read this.  If you have an additional information fit well with this success guide, please email it to me.