If you enjoy writing about your life, then this is the course for you!
We'll spend the semester creating numerous poems, three short stories, and one essay - all based on your opinions, experiences, and viewpoints. You will have the opportunity to improve writing skills in a setting that welcomes everyone.
Writing assignments will be inspired by selections from contemporary American authors such as Maya Angelou, O'Henry, Gary Soto, Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Martin Luther King Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as poetry written by other high school students.
To enhance and inspire the writing process, students will complete weekly journal writing, and participate in a readers' forum where we will share writing and opinions in a friendly atmosphere. Together we will build a reference section where students can develop skills in the mechanics, usage, and grammar of the English language. You will have the opportunity to seek publication for your work.
The purpose of this class is to learn core English skills based on Washington State's Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Its theme is the celebration of diversity. Students at all levels will have the opportunity to improve their skills while writing about a topic that they know best: themselves.
*This course may be appropriate for Gifted and Talented middle school students that meet all course prerequisites.*