Students study various forms of literature that deal with the universal problems of human nature. Students develop skills in reading, writing, analysis, critical thinking, communication, and organization while building understanding of vocabulary and literary terminology. The course introduces students to the requirements and expectations of essay writing and offers the opportunity to write in various text types and for a variety of purposes.
This course emphasizes the development of the core language arts components of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students analyze classic works of literature including plays, non-fiction, poetry, and short stories to understand the contexts in which the works were written. Class activities are designed to help students master the skills needed to meet state standards as well as to be successful in their future endeavors.
In English 11 students will analyze works of poetry, short stories, drama, and speech from pre-colonial period to the present, emphasizing the philosophical, historical, political, and cultural movements of those eras. Students will study literary terminology as well as conventions of fiction and nonfiction and produce MLA-formatted works using research skills gained in this course.
This course is broken into four units of thematic study. Each unit allows students to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of the time as well as the relevance of the literary works to the world students live in today. As they read, students consider the work’s structure, style, and themes as well as the use of elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students will write in several forms about a variety of subjects in contexts designed to help them become increasingly aware of themselves as writers and of the techniques employed by the writers they read. Students will gain research skills, and in particular, the ability to evaluate, use, and cite primary and secondary sources. Students will cite sources using MLA Format.
In the one-semester Oral Communication course, students will gather an understanding of effective communication while speaking, listening, and responding. Students will practice communication competencies, effective intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, as well as deliver a variety of speeches. Students will also learn concepts related to responsible social media usage, communication barriers, mass media, conflict resolution, leadership styles, business etiquette, and interviews. Students will participate in debate and perform oral readings.
Understanding the role of the free press in America helps us to be better informed and more able to analyze media. In this course, students will explore the history of journalism in the United States from its inception in the colonies and its key role in the first amendment, all the way up to present day issues regarding “right to know” and the changing landscape of journalistic media in the 21st century. Students will acquire the skills and information needed to actively participate in the consumption, analysis, and creation of news media and will have the opportunity to investigate the constantly evolving career opportunities within the field of journalism.
511020 ENGLISH 10 WITH EMBEDDED ORAL COMMUNICATION TERM: YEAR CREDIT: 1
This course emphasizes active reading and critical thinking of literary and informational texts. Students will participate in a variety of reading, writing, speaking and listening activities designed to develop and extend their comprehension of vocabulary, grammar, mechanics, literal and symbolic meaning of texts; and gain an understanding of the relationships of these texts and the world around them. Students will learn the dynamics of effective communication when speaking, listening, and responding. Students will
express ideas and present information in a variety of communication tasks including small group discussion, formal and informal presentations, and oral interpretation of literature. This course is aligned to the ELA CCSS and Oral Communication Frameworks and fulfills 1 unit of ELA and .5 unit of Oral Communication.