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Learning Recommendations:  None

General Description:  In this course, sophomores focus on refining analytical skills in reading, writing and thinking. With an emphasis in European literature, students examine a wide variety of themes. Students further develop skills in vocabulary, grammar, mechanics and usage, oral communication, presentation and research skills through analytical essays, poetry, narratives and debate.

Content:  Skills-based according to Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts. The skills include but are not limited to: reading comprehension; informational and complex narrative reading; analysis of story elements; use and understanding and literary devices; analysis of informational and expository text; making predictions and inferences and understanding for text organizational structures. Further writing skills include: analysis and selection strategies for planning writing; use of multiple drafts and editing; collaboration and group evaluation; writing to varied audiences, voices, forms and genres; and the use of organizational structures.

Strategies:  Students learn through a combination of large and small group discussion; peer evaluation; independently directed reading and analysis; multiple draft writing; and direct instruction, including lecture and note-taking.

Homework:  Varies (with novels, 20-25 pages of reading a night; with writing, approximately 2 essays a semester with class time provided when technology can be accessed).  Expect on average 15-30 minutes of homework per night.