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TVHS LIBRARY: 12th Grade Academic English

12th Grade English

12th Grade Academic English

The goal of this class is to make you more sophisticated readers, writers, thinkers, speakers, and researchers. Much of our coursework will focus on the theme of media literacy, and the electronic resources below will supplement that learning. You will be encouraged to think critically about your role as both a creator and consumer of information. The units of study will include, but are not limited to, the following:


Dystopian Fiction (Focus on George Orwell’s 1984  and modern connections)

Contemporary Media (Exploring how to create and interpret current media responsibly)

Independent Reading (Focus on treatment of a specific societal issue)

Term Paper (Examine how a societal issue is portrayed in different mediums)

Fictional Heroes Past and Present (Focus on Beowulf and the hero’s journey) 

Contemporary Media

Advertising: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos in Advertising


Advertising: Logos (Mercedes) Sample Commercial

Advertising: Ethos (Gatorade) Sample Commercial

Advertising: Pathos (Drink Driving PSA) Sample Commerical

Advertising: Data Mining

Advertising: War of Worlds


Bias in Journalism: Dennis Rodman Articles

Bias in Journalism: CBS Evening News Archive

Bias in Journalism: Gaffe Seekers (Rock Centers)

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Bias in Journalism: Meet the Press

Rhetoric:  Martin Luther King Jr. "I Have a Dream" Speech

Rhetoric: Top 100 Political Speeches

Media Influencers

Dystopian Literature

TED Ed: Orwellian

 "Big Brother" Pizza Shop Parody

"2 Minutes Hate" 

"Physical Jerks"

"Room 101"

1984 Audio Book:  Book One

1984 Audio Book:  Book Two

1984 Audio Book:  Book Three

Fictional Heroes

Hero Characteristics


The Anti-Hero in Literature

Common and Present Heroes