Students in this course will continue to develop skills as readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers, and prepare for upper level English classes. Students will read short stories, novels, poetry, and drama, as well as selected non-fiction works. Students will be expected to read independently in and outside of class. Students will also write and talk about what we are reading. To prepare students for the MCA Reading Test (spring 2018) and the ACT test (junior year), we will also work on vocabulary and review grammar and mechanics. This course is co-taught with Special Education teacher Mr. Ian Zangs.
Course Readings: Class readings are selected to expose students to fiction and nonfiction texts from a wide variety of authors and historical contexts. Students will read and analyze novels, poetry, drama, short stories, essays, speeches, and visual texts (images, films). Our focus is on developing close reading and analysis skills that allow students to identify what a text says, how those ideas are developed, and why the writer may have made specific choices. Students will also identify literary and rhetorical devices used by the writer, and discuss how those devices develop meaning.
Independent Reading: Students are expected to read independently outside of class. Independent reading helps to build vocabulary and exposes students to a variety of writing styles. Students should select books that are at the appropriate reading level and subjects that are of interest to them.
This class incorporates both formal and informal writing assignments to help students develop the writing skills required for upper-level English classes.
Formal Writing Assignments: Formal writing assignments include multi-draft essays. Multi-draft essays allow students to revise and improve their work before it is graded.
Informal Writing Assignments: Students will build writing and analysis skills through response journals, text annotation, online discussion forums, and on-demand (timed) essays. On-demand essays require students to write an essay under timed conditions, which prepares them for standardized testing conditions such as Advanced Placement or college-entrance exams.
Grammar and Sentence Combining: Students will complete a variety of grammar exercises that will help them to develop a more mature writing style.
Students will participate in large and small group discussions, including Socratic Seminars, think-pair-share, and fishbowl. Students are expected to actively participate in all discussions, as both a listener and a speaker. Students will also be required to deliver formal oral presentations as an individual or in a group.
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