Enroll in English 6 with Dolphin STEM Academy
English is the study of the creation and analysis of literature written in the English
language. In English 6B, you will begin with analyzing the element of conflict in literary
nonfiction texts and examine examples of cause and effect. You will also investigate
different genres of literature to analyze the element of conflict. Next, you will explore
methods for developing multimedia presentations. In the latter part of the course, you
will analyze elements of poetry such as theme, structure, meter, language, and sound.
You will also examine different types of poetry. Finally, you will identify techniques for
developing a research paper.
This course will help you meet these goals:
Explore conflict in literary nonfiction.
Investigate examples of cause and effect in literary nonfiction.
Identify and examine the element of conflict in different genres of literature.
Investigate elements of essays that analyze literature.
Explore methods for developing multimedia presentations.
Explain the different structures, metrical patterns, and sound patterns in poetry.
Examine different types of poems and their parts.
Examine the elements of language, theme, and purpose in poetry.
Explore methods for writing and revising poetry.
Analyze how a topic is communicated through different forms of media.
Identify techniques for developing a research paper.
To participate in this course, you should be able to do the following:
Complete basic operations with word processing software, such as Microsoft Word or
Complete basic operations with presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint or
Google Docs Presentation.
Perform online research using various search engines and library databases.
Communicate through email and participate in discussion boards.
For a complete list of general skills that are required for participation in online courses,
refer to the Prerequisites section of the Plato Student Orientation document, found at
the beginning of this course.
English 6B is a 0.5-credit course.
Pencil or pen
Computer with Internet connection and speakers or headphones
Microsoft Word or equivalent
Microsoft PowerPoint or equivalent
Course Pacing Guide
The following course description and pacing guide is intended to help you stay on
schedule with your work. Note that your course instructor may modify the schedule to
meet the specific needs of your class.
Unit 1: How Does Conflict Affect Us?
This unit focuses on the element of conflict in literary nonfiction. In the first lesson, you
will identify external conflict in an excerpt from Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive
Gilbert. Then you’ll explore internal conflict through personal letters. You’ll read The
Letters of Robert Burns by Robert Burns and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Letter to Scottie.
Later, you will investigate examples of cause and effect in literary nonfiction. Finally,
you’ll develop skills for writing an informative essay.
Unit 2: How Does Society Create Conflict?
This unit focuses on exploring the element of conflict across different genres of
literature. In the opening lesson, you will examine conflict in Rudyard Kipling’s short
story Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Next, you will identify conflict in the poem Barbara Frietchie by
John Greenleaf Whittier. Later, you will investigate Theodore A. Cutting’s story Saved
by a Seal and the conflicts that arise between people and the animals that people try to
control. Finally, you will explore methods for developing multimedia presentations.
Unit 3: How Do We Communicate with Others?
This unit explores the literary genre of poetry. In the first lesson, you will analyze literary
and figurative language in the poems Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer Lawrence and
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe. Next, you will examine types of poems and their parts
through Casey at the Bat as well as in The Duck and the Kangaroo by Edward Lear and
The Exposed Nest by Robert Frost. Then you will revisit The Raven to explore pattern
and sound in poetry. You will also investigate theme and purpose by analyzing Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Arrow and the Song and William Blake’s A Poison Tree.
Finally, you will explore methods for writing and revising poetry.
Unit 4: How Does a Society Use Communication?
This unit focuses on the research process. You will analyze how a topic is
communicated through different types of media. Then, you will consider topics, develop
appropriate research questions, and evaluate sources. Next, you will explore methods
for organizing research information. In the final lesson of this unit, you will practice
methods for writing a research paper. You will revise and edit your research paper in
the unit activity.