Course Descriptions

English Course Descriptions

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    9th Grade Literature

    This course focuses on a study of literary genres; the students develop an initial understanding of the both the structure and the meaning of a literary work.  The students explore the effect of the literary form in regards to interpretation.  The students will read across the curriculum to develop academic and personal interests in different subjects.  While the focus is technical writing in ninth grade literature, the student will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres:  narrative, expository, argumentative and technical.  The students will engage in research, timed writings and the writing process.  Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes.

     

    10th Grade Literature

    This course focuse on a stude of literary genres; the student develops understanding that theme is what relates literature to life and that themes are recurring in the literary world.  The students explore the effect of themes in regard to interpretation.  The students will read across the curriculum to develop academic and personal interests in diffeent subjects.  While the focus is argumentative writing in tenth grade literature, the student will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres:  narrative, expository, and technical.  The students will engage in research, timed writings and the writing process.  Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes.

     

    American Literature

    This course focuses on the study of American Literature, writing modes and genres, and essentia conventionsl for reading, writing, and speaking.  The student develops an understanding of chronological context and the relevence of period structures in American Literature.  The students develop an understanding of the ways the period of literature affects its structure and how the chronology of a work affects it meaning.  The students read a variety of informational and literary texts in all genres and modes of discourse.  Reading across the curriculum develops students' academic and personal interests in different subjects.  While expository writing is the focus in American Literature, students will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres: narrative, argumentative and technical.  Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes.

     

    British Literature

    This course focuses on the study of British Literature, writing modes and genres, and essential conventions for reading, writing and speaking.  The student develops an understanding chronological context and the relevance of period structures in British Literature.  The students develop an understanding of the ways the period of literature affects its structure and how the chronology og a work affects it meaning.  The students encounter a variety of informational and literary texts in all genres and modes of discourse.  Reading across the curriculum develops students' academic and personal interests in different subjects.  While the continued focus is expository writing in British Literature, students will also demonstrate competency in a variety of writing genres: narrative, argumentative and technical.  Instruction in language conventions will occur within the context of reading, writing and speaking, rather than in isolation.  The students demonstrate an understanding of listening, speaking, and viewing skills for a variety of purposes.