Students in English courses are challenged to read, write, analyze, and explore key literary themes and techniques. They support their analysis of readings in the text, and are asked to show how they formed opinions about the text. While studying literature, students will also practice writing. Students will better understand both the “how” and “why” of the entire writing process. Students will be engaged in writing assignments and projects during each quarter that require higher level thinking skills, research, original and creative expression, and a personal commitment to improving language skills.
Course objectives include: Developing accurate, perceptive reading through close study of major texts representing various literary genres; deepening understanding and appreciation of literature; understanding the technique of poetry as it affects and enhances meaning in a poem; generating independent, thoughtful, and analytical discourse during class discussions; delivering oral reports and lead class discussions with poise and clarity; developing college-level writing abilities; and recognizing works for their literary merit. Classes focus on class discussion, some lecture, group and individual presentations, style and literary analysis of various works and writing/vocabulary/analytical skills.
READ 180is a rigorous reading intervention course that directly addresses individual needs through differentiated instruction, adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading, writing, and vocabulary skills. Each class session begins and ends with whole-group teacher-directed instruction. During the time between the whole-group meetings, students break into three small groups that rotate among three stations. At the Computer Instructional Reading Station students use software that independently provides them with intensive, individualized comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling skills practice.
Ninth Grade English promotes student understanding of literature’s major genres: narrative fiction, non-fictional prose, poetry, and drama. Students will understand and develop a working familiarity with the characteristics of each of these genres, as well as an understanding of universal themes (such as conflict and challenge). Students will learn about the literary devices inherent to good literature. This knowledge will serve as the groundwork for all subsequent high school English classes.
Writing Creative Nonfiction: Introduction to the Magazine Eleventh and twelfth-grade students enrolled in “Writing Creative Nonfiction: Introduction to the Magazine” will explore writing various styles of creative nonfiction including news reporting, arts criticism, feature writing and personal narrative. Through the incorporation of Socratic seminar, peer editing, visits by guests speakers, and field trips, students will develop an understanding of the various purposes of nonfiction writing.
Writing the College Essay
In this college-preparatory class, students will be expected to complete a variety of reading and writing assignments designed to culminate in the writing of essays that you will be using to apply to college. Through a series of class discussions and writing assignments, students will not only work on developing writing skills, but research colleges and plan their futures.
A.P. English Literature and Composition This is a rigorous college-level course. The reading and writing is frequent and challenging; the course requires independent thinking. We will function as a community of learners. If you are committed to the work as well as to listening and learning from each other, this class will ultimately become one in which we are all teachers and students. Each member of the class will have a voice. We will learn from each other and share our thoughts, ideas, and observations with each other. While the ultimate goal of the class is to pass the A.P. exam, know that if you actively engage yourself in this class and complete all of the work, you will have taken giant steps in preparing yourself for college.