This course will concentrate on three areas of study: literature, language, and writing. Our study of literature will include short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and drama. You will increase your language skills and polish your grammar skills with vocabulary lists and quizzes. These skills will go hand in hand with the writing lessons, as you work on improving your written communication.
· Literature: In semester one, we will concentrate on short fiction (including the short story and poetry) and short non-fiction. In semester two, we will enjoy a novel and a Shakespearean play (Romeo and Juliet).
· Language: In semester one, we will cover parts of speech and sentence elements and in semester two, mechanics of the language, phrases and clauses, and usage.
· Writing: We will be doing some creative writing in the first half of the year as well as an expository essay. In the spring, we'll do some persuasive writing and two projects.
Each week, students may have a reading often with an accompanying discussion, a vocabulary assignment, a writing assignment, and a grammar lesson and assignment. Individual projects/activities and group work will also be part of this class.