English 12, Part 2 - Silicon Valley High School


Price: $125 | Credits: One Semester | Department: English | Course ID# 212-2

This course is the equivalent of the second semester of English 12 and its focus is modern British literature. Topics include sequencing events, diction, the plot diagram, analyzing allegories, using dialogue, reading classic literature, dystopian literature, Horatian vs. Juvenalian satire, propaganda, discovering the paradox, hyperbole, the rhetorical triangle, the role of technology, ethical and privacy issues, resume writing. English 12 is approved by the University of California A-G as English (category B).

Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students will:

  • Identify elements of a well-crafted plot in narrative writing.
  • Identify authorial choices in conveying a theme, point of view, and structure.
  • Improve sentence variety and structure.
  • Write a quality personal narrative essay.
  • Apply reading comprehension and critical thinking skills to analyze short fiction.
  • Identify and analyze allegory and symbolism in narratives.
  • Identify elements of author’s style and how it contributes to the overall work of literature.
  • Analyze an authorial technique and its use within a literary text.
  • Analyze rhetorical strategies such as verbal irony and types of logical fallacies in propaganda.
  • Read, analyze, and discuss the author’s techniques from a dystopian novel and political satire.
  • Distinguish and recognize the usefulness of two types of satire.
  • Compose, organize, and connect a controlling idea with textual evidence as support.
  • Analyze rhetorical elements of paradox and hyperbole in writing.
  • Consider the purpose of rhetoric and the roles of the speaker, audience, and textual conventions.
  • Understand an author’s appeals to an audience to achieve a rhetorical purpose.
  • Write an analysis essay that examines an author’s choices. 
  • Analyze informational texts.
  • Apply critical thinking to examine issues related to privacy, safety, and ethical uses of science and technology.
  • Create a technology autobiography using their own style and experience.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Narrative Structure
  • Short Stories of the Modern Era
  • The Dystopian Novel
  • Rhetoric
  • Contemporary Issues – Technology
  • Assigned books: Charles Dickens- “Great Expectations”, and George Orwell-”1984”