Excel High School and Northgate Academy

Curriculum Maps


Unit Learning Objectives Assessments
Months 1-12

Module 1: Foundations of a New Nation

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify the cultural characteristics and historical context of the United States during its foundation.
  • Analyze historically significant United States primary sources.
  • Identify characteristics of myth, trickster tale, memoir, historical narrative, drama, and autobiography.
  • Identify and analyze the author's purpose.
  • Analyze third-person point of view: limited and omniscient.
  • Evaluate an argument including appeals to emotion and authority.
  • Analyze theme.
  • Analyze character development.
  • Identify historical diction.
  • Analyze tone.
  • Identify and interpret figurative language.
  • Identify and evaluate persuasive techniques and rhetorical devices.
  • Summarize and paraphrase.
  • Make inferences.
  • Cite evidence.

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Months 1-12

Module 2: American Romanticism

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify characteristics of the American Romanticism literary period.
  • Identify characteristics of transcendentalism.
  • Analyze blank verse.
  • Evaluate stanzas and rhyme scheme.
  • Identify and analyze sound devices including repetition, internal rhyme, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.
  • Identify and analyze imagery and mood.
  • Identify the author's point of view.
  • Evaluate symbols and satire.
  • Analyze theme.
  • Summarize and paraphrase.
  • Make inferences.
  • Cite evidence.

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Months 1-12

Module 3: Civil War Era

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify the cultural characteristics and historical context of the United States during the Civil War era.
  • Identify characteristics of literary realism.
  • Identify characteristics of free verse.
  • Analyze author's purpose.
  • Identify and analyze Whitman's and Dickinson's unique styles including: cataloging, repetition, parallelism, quatrains, slant rhyme, and punctuation.
  • Analyze primary sources.
  • Identify elements of narrative writing: conflict, characterization, theme, structure, tone, dialogue.
  • Cite evidence.
  • Produce a literary analysis.

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Midterm Exam

Months 1-12

Module 4: Regionalism and Naturalism

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify the cultural characteristics and historical context of the United States during the post-Civil War years.
  • Analyze characteristics of regionalism including local color and dialect.
  • Analyze characteristics of naturalism.
  • Identify and evaluate setting, plot, character development, conflict, and theme.
  • Determine the author's perspective and tone.
  • Evaluate descriptive langue and imagery.
  • Identify and analyze examples of irony, hyperbole, understatement, and diction.

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Months 1-12

Module 5: The Rise of Modern Literature

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify historical context and cultural characteristics during the turn of the 20th Century.
  • Identify characteristics of Harlem Renaissance poetry including rhythm, and refrain.
  • Identify and analyze tone, diction, mood, and imagery.
  • Analyze setting, character development, and theme.
  • Analyze an author's style, purpose, and point of view.
  • Summarize and paraphrase.
  • Make inferences.
  • Write an expository essay.

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Essay

Months 1-12

Module 6: Modern Points of View

(updated 10/11/22)
  • Identify the cultural characteristics and historical context of the United States during contemporary times.
  • Analyze themes in drama pertaining to American culture and history.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources.
  • Evaluate rhetorical devices.
  • Identify and analyze deductive reasoning.
  • Evaluate main ideas, claims, and evidence.
  • Identify and interpret allusions and anecdotes.
  • Evaluate tone, imagery, and voice.
  • Summarize and paraphrase.
  • Make inferences.
  • Cite evidence.
  • Write a persuasive letter.

 

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Essay

Final Exam