Sometimes students have considerably more than one year of English to complete. It is possible to address many of the missing 12th grade English competencies by writing three papers. Earning a 2.0 or higher (for 12th grade level) will also earn you a pass on the same competencies for lower grades.
There are detailed examples of projects on Schoology.
1. Compare and Contrast paper
Compare and contrast two works of fiction. At least one of the works should be a book, and the other can be another book, a poem, short story, movie, or other work. You might compare a contemporary work of fiction with an historical work, or compare a book with a movie based on the book. This should be a minimum 5-page paper that addresses the 12th grade competencies you require (see 12th Grade English Competencies).
- Read Life of Pi and watch the movie.
- Read Hunger Games and watch the movie.
- Read The Odyssey and watch the movie O Brother where art thou?
- Read The Outsiders
and watch the movie
The examples above can address competencies 1, 3, 10, and 11, and when combined with other readings, can include competency 4.
2. Persuasive essay
Consider Mrs. Davis's Power of Persuasion essay project.
3. Research paper
Gaining other competencies
The research paper is a particularly good opportunity to complete competencies in other subjects. Here is an example:
- Research Paper - Music in Revolution and Culture (ELA12 comps 5,10,11,12 + recovery AND Music App comps 3,4 AND US #7 AND Film #3). Answer the following:
- How has music been represented in revolution?
- How has music affected revolution?
- How does music influence culture?
- Explain the Civil Rights Movement.
- How did musicians affect revolutionary change during the Civil Rights movement? Things to look at:
- Bob Marley’s story.
- Protest Songs from the 50’s and 60’s
- Ohio by CSNY
- Revolution by The Beatles
- Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon
- What’s Going On? by Marvin Gaye
- Change is Going to Come by Sam Cooke
- Or any others you might feel appropriate.