About the Course

Course Descriptions

  • Student Materials:

    Students are responsible for their school laptops and should bring them to class fully charged every day. Students should be sure to bring a pencil and pen along with a dedicated English binder with notebook paper or folder with a notebook, depending on their preference. Vocabulary books and class reading material will be provided. Independent reading books may be found in the class library, school library, public library, or brought from home. All independent reading books must be school, teacher, and parent approved. The teacher will indicate when students will need to choose their independent reading books; this is not a first day requirement. 

     

    ACADEMIC ENGLISH 10

    Students will develop critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills through reading, class discussion, writing, and engagement in all areas of English studies. Students will be asked to read, write, speak, listen, and respond appropriately to the works of others and their own. Units of study include Foundations of Literature (with a focus on literary elements and literary analysis of nonfiction and fiction), Rhetoric (with a focus on rhetorical techniques, rhetorical analysis of historic speeches, and propaganda techniques and logical fallacy identification and analysis), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and novel studies of Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Various reading material within each unit will be included, allowing students to develop skills of analysis in literary fiction and nonfiction throughout the year. Sophomore students take Keystone examinations; therefore, time in class will be spent reviewing material for said assessment. 

     

     

    HONORS ENGLISH 10

    The honors course requires a greater level of independent preparation in the areas of study to allow for more complex examination of topics. Coursework will emphasize a greater focus on outside assessment preparation. Writing assignments are evaluated on a pre-AP level with the expectation that the course work will prepare the student for success in subsequent AP courses. Summer reading books are required to be read. Students will develop critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills through reading, class discussion, writing, and engagement in all areas of English studies. Students will be asked to read, write, speak, listen, and respond appropriately to the works of others and their own. Units of study include Foundations of Literature (with a focus on literary elements and literary analysis of nonfiction and fiction), Rhetoric (with a focus on rhetorical techniques, rhetorical analysis of historic speeches, and propaganda techniques and logical fallacy identification and analysis), Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and novel studies of Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Various reading material within each unit will be included, allowing students to develop skills of analysis in literary fiction and nonfiction throughout the year. Sophomore students take Keystone examinations; therefore, time in class will be spent reviewing material for said assessment. 

     

    READING APPRENTICESHIP

    This class focuses on developing students’ academic literacy while building their knowledge of grammar, root words, reading comprehension, and writing strategies. This course builds collaborative skills, persistence, stamina, and confidence in reading.  In addition, this class will support the literature read in English classes within an encouraging, equipping, and empowering classroom community. Students’ progress will be monitored using MAP testing data, recording their achievement in vocabulary comprehension and reading informational and fictional texts.