This course falls into three distinct areas: grammar, literature and vocabulary. Literature selections included are To Kill a Mockingbird, excerpts of “The Odyssey,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Additional units comprise of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction. Composition and literary analysis are incorporated into these units. Higher level English is geared toward the high achieving student. A research paper as well as a class debate are included as part of the course requirements.
Concentration is on American Literature, speech, expository writing, and vocabulary. It will consist of an intensive survey of the development and progress of American Literature. Emphasis is on the major themes, which have occupied the writers of that literature. The organization, structure, research and delivery of the persuasive speech will also be stressed. Writing will deal with the structure of the expository essay, the use of concrete examples to effectively support opinions, and a study of the stylistic techniques, which would facilitate competency in that particular mode of expression. A concentrated study of vocabulary will also be emphasized.
This is a 9-week course designed to prepare students for the Keystone Literature state assessment. This course will focus on fiction, literary non-fiction, informational texts, and test-taking strategies. Students will read for meaning while learning to analyze and interpret literature. This does not replace 9th or 10th grade English, but is meant to further improve reading and analysis skills. This course will be scheduled for those students who are not ready (based on classroom and/or state assessments) to take the Keystone Literature state assessment.
This is a 9-week required course designed for 9th grade students to reinforce grammar and writing skills, in the anticipation of the Keystone Composition end-of-course assessment. This course will focus on the mechanics and use of the English language. Emphasis will be placed on grammar skills through oral and written drills, tests, and short writing assignments. Students will begin by writing well-constructed sentences, then well-developed paragraphs, and finally short, well written essays. This does not replace 9th or 10th grade English, but is meant to refine skills needed to improve written communication.