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Engelska 5

Engelska 5: centralt innehåll (från Skolverket)
Engelska 5: kunskapskrav (från Skolverket)
Engelska 5: kunskapskrav i tabellform (från Skolverket)
Planering: 2015–2016

Engelska 6

Engelska 6: kunskapskrav (från Skolverket)
Engelska 6: kunskapskrav i tabellform (från Skolverket)
Planering: 2014–2015

Engelska 7

Engelska 7: kunskapskrav i tabellform (från Skolverket)
Engelska 7: kunskapskrav(från Skolverket)
Planering: 2015–2016
Planering: 2014–2015

Source criticism (källkritik)

Keynote slides, including a checklist
Are Octopuses Aliens? (Assignment)
Snopes' Field Guide to Fake News Sites and Hoax Purveyors


IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive). This is a fantastic resource for English accents and dialects from all over the world. Most of the examples use a sample text, "Comma Gets A Cure", which you can read here. Some examples use another sample text, "The Rainbow Passage", found here.

How to do an American accent
Part 1 (vowel sounds):
Part 2 (consonants and letter combinations):
Part 3 (melody):
Part 4 (rhythm):

Three minutes to a British accent: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldAKIzq7bvs


Reading and writing formal English:
Linking Words and Phrases
Reading Academic Writing: advice, pointers and cheats
Writing the National Test: Last minute advice (pdf)
The Five Paragraph Essay: instruction and sample essay.
The Five Paragraph Essay: Peer Response Model

The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth
How to Write a (Barely) Passing College Paper
Vary your sentence structure (varierad meningsbyggnad)
Another text on varied sentence structure (with more grammar)
Vary your writing: conjunctions

How to write an abstract:
There's a wikihow on the subject

Formal English

Formal English (video, LH. 2:45)
A list of informal and formal words.
A detailed and thorough guide to formal English written by a Vietnamese student (58 pages).
The Top 60 most common academic words
The Top 1000 common but difficult words (not necessarily formal).


A or An: a video (LH, 2:50)

Adjective or adverb? (Instruction and quiz)

Genitives: the genitive apostrophe (LH, 3:00)
Genitives: the of-genitive (LH, 4:20)

Irregular verbs: the 50 most common irregular verbs
Irregular verbs: 370 irregular verbs
Irregular: an extensive list with 470 irregular verbs

Subject-Verb Agreement (kongruens) (LH, 5:00, the slides to the video are here)
A good Subject-Verb Agreement quiz to begin with.
Subject-Verb Agreement (worksheet)
An explanation of Subject-Verb Agreement followed by three quizzes.

Verb tense: lots of exercises here and here.

The passive voice/passivformen:
text 1
text 2
text 3 (wiki)
Grammar Girl explains the passive voice (read or listen to the podcast episode, around 5.00 minutes long)

Tag questions (instructions and worksheet)

Who/whom (explanation and worksheet)
Who/whom (worksheet)

Who, which or that? Here's a link to an explanation.
Which or That (LH, 4:00)

Run on sentences (satsradning): instructions and worksheet

How to use semi-colons correctly: a comic


Literary terms (pdf)
Literary terms: theme, style, ideology and style
Elements of Fiction (litteraturtermer)
Poetry terminology (pdf)
Clarification of fiction: Orson Scott Card's Mice Quotient

"Hills Like White Elephants", Ernest Hemingway
"The Sea Change", Ernest Hemingway
"Indian Camp", Ernest Hemingway
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen", Ernest Hemingway
Audio versions of Hemingway's short stories, here.
"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1948). Audio version here.
Readers reactions to "The Lottery" (from The New Yorker)
"Passion", Alice Munro
Edgar Allan Poe, poems
Edgar Allan Poe, short stories
"The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1892). Want to see what it originally looked like? Look here.
"Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1913). Want to see what it originally looked like? Look here. Audio version on Youtube.
A short excerpt from The Madwoman in the Attic
A short excerpt from American Gothic
"The Call of Cthulhu", by H. P. Lovecraft (1928)

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley (1818)
How to find a copy to read
–Why Frankenstein is interesting to read (video from Cornell University)
–The enduring appeal of Frankenstein (video from Australian TV channel ABC)
–Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), trailer.
–Frankenstein: Introductory Keynote
–Author John Green's Crash Course on Frankenstein (Part I, Part II)
–Mary Shelley, Introduction to Frankenstein (1831)
George Levine, Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism (start reading at “Frankenstein is one of the first” and read to “ultimate peace in extinction”)
–Ellen Moers, “Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother”
–Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar: “Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve”. Abridged version.
Anne K Mellor, “Possessing Nature: The Female in Frankenstein”
–Frankenstein: quotes to discuss
Frankenstein: Rubrics (2015, 2014)

Romanticism, a brief introduction (mostly to Romantic art)
Gothic literature, a 9.00 minute video with transcript (mostly to British gothic)
Modernism, a brief introduction


Argumentative Speech: Peer Response Model
Argumentative Speech: A list of 664 speech topics


Examples of debates
-The Fry/Widdecombe debate (10 min animated video)
-“Motion: The Catholic church is a force for good in the world” (2 hour version here, 46 min version here (with many good arguments edited out), this is where the Fry/Widdecombe debate comes from!)
–"Send them back: The Parthenon Marbles should be sent back" (video, 46 min)

How to debate well
-A good wikihow article describing both formal and informal debates (but is the article biased in any way?)
-Advice from students on how to debate (link)
-Advice on debating from Zinnia Jones (a video blogger who debates secularism, feminism and LGBT issues) (6 min video)
Debate styles:
–The Middle School Public Debate Program
-example of debate (video, 28 min)
-teacher’s guide (pdf including debate rules, read pp 5–7, 12–13, 15–18)
-The Oxford Union Style Debate Rules (link)
- Wikipedia article on different debate forms (link)
Debate topics:
-60 high school debate topics (link)
Different kinds of arguments and argumentative fallacies
-Ethos, pathos and logos (article with good examples here)
-A short but good list of logical fallacies (link)
-An even shorter list of fallacies in arguments (link)
-A longer introduction to logical fallacies (link)
-Wikipedias list of fallacies (link)


False friends
Science, Reason and Critical Thinking:
Florence Nightingale, The Passionate Statistician
Correlation and Causality (Keynote by LH)
Freakonomics: Correlation and Causality (video)
The Appeal to Nature Fallacy (Keynote by LH)
Short article: The Appeal to Nature Fallacy
Hans Rosling: The Magic Washing Machine (video)
Presentation: Seeing Patterns or Pareidolia
Article: "Faces, Faces Everywhere", The New York Times
Article: "Pareidolia: Seeing Faces in Unusual Places"
Article: "Faces And Animals On Mars? Pure Pareidolia!"
TED Talk: "Why People Believe Weird Things"
"Spooky coincidences", a film by Youtuber Vsauce.
BBC: "Coincidences? What are the chances of them happening?"
The Cambridge Coincidences Collection
"Methods for Studying Coincidences", Journal of the American Statistical Association
New York Times: 1-in-a-Trillion Coincidence, You Say? Not Really, Experts Find
Derren Brown: How To Create A "Coincidence" (video)
How do we know what works? Evidence
You don't believe in unicorns? Prove they don't exist!

Do our languages affect how we think?
–The Himba: how words for colors change what colors we see (video (the video does not work on tablets or smartphones) and text)
–"5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think" (blog post by Jessica Gross at TED.com)
–"How does our language shape the way we think?" (blog post by Lera Bereditsky at edge.org)
–"Does language shape what we think?" (article by Joshua Hartshorne in Scientific American)
Tools for thinking
–Philosopher Daniel Dennett's Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (2013, short excerpt).
–A short video interview with Daniel Dennett.
–An hour long Google Talk by Daniel Dennett
–A New York Times interview with Daniel Dennett
–They wore what? How linguistics can explain why people wore ugly clothes but thought they were beautiful (presentation)

Society and history:

Presentation: US Constitution and History (the basics)
Language History presentation 2015/2016
Language History
Native Americans: Rubrics Native Americans
Mission to Mars (assignment)

Political issues, the Supreme Court and the states

The US Constitution
The Bill of Rights
Checks and balances. (Image)
The US Court system: video
Three interesting issues:
-Gun Politics
-Abortion in the United States
-Same-sex Marriage in the United States
Answer the following questions for the issue you are studying:
-Does the constitution (or its amendments) explicitly say anything about the issue?
-What has the Supreme Court decided about the issue? How did they interpret the constitution (or its amendments)? Are there other interpretations?
-Do the states treat the issue differently?
-What are the opinions of the Democrats and the Republicans?
-Are there any Gallups (opinion polls) that say what the opinion of the American people is?

American Indians

The Native American Name Controversy: make sure you know what word to use and why. Don't miss the results of the 1995 Census (especially table 4 at the end of the document).
History of American Indians (watch all four parts, total 40 mins)
Trails of Tears short documentary. 10 mins.
American Indian Genocide. 15 mins.
Who is a Sami? This is an interesting comparison to keep in mind when we look at questions of Indian identity.

Indian Casinos:
Bryan v. Itasca. The tax property court case that started it all and also an interesting insight into the US legal system.
Native American Gaming. Answer the following questions: Who is allowed to have casinos? What government agencies regulate the casinos? Who makes money and how much?
"I Know I Am, But What Are You?". The Chukchansi tribe and their fight over who should be a member. (From This American Life, 22 mins)

The Eagle Feather Law:
The Eagle Feather Law. This article is problematic. Links are broken and not all views are presented. You will need to find better sources.

Word creation:

Most common prefixes
Can you figure out what the following words mean?
How to increase your vocabulary
Roots, prefixes and suffixes
Vocabulary improvement through roots, prefixes and suffixes

Preparation for the National Test: Writing

Writing the National Test: Last minute advice (pdf)
Formal English (video, LH. 2:45)
A list of informal and formal words.
Linking Words and Phrases
The Short Sentence as Gospel Truth
How to Write a (Barely) Passing College Paper
Vary your sentence structure (varierad meningsbyggnad)
Another text on varied sentence structure (with more grammar)
Vary your writing: conjunctions

Rubrics etc:
American Literature
Instructive Speech
Autumn Paper
Seminar questions: "The Yellow Wallpaper"
Native Americans: Rubrics Native Americans
En 7 Short Story Reading (rubrics)
Rubrics: short story reading
Rubrics: debate analysis essay/Five Paragraph essay
Rubrics Hemingway-moment
Rubrics Novel Presentation Eng 7
Rubrics Modernist novel
Frankenstein: Rubrics (2015, 2014)