Learning Recommendations: It is strongly recommended that students considering this course have at least a B+ in their current English class.
General Description: This year-long course is based on the curriculum for English 9, but is designed for students seeking further challenges, who are willing to read additional and more complex literature, and to undertake complex and extensive writing assignments. Students will be expected to work well both in groups and independently.
Content: Skills-based according to Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts. The skills include but are not limited to: Reading comprehension, vocabulary building, informational/expository reading, understanding author’s purpose and literary devices. Writing skills include the use of multiple drafts, editing, collaborative scoring, and the use of varied audiences and voices. Forms, genres and organizational structures will also be included.
Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of: collaborative/cooperative learning; inquiry-based instruction; project-based learning experiences and direct instruction formats such as lecture and guided discussion.
Homework: Students can expect an average of 30 to 45 minutes of homework per night which will vary based on class content and due dates.