Learning Recommendations: Students should be prepared to critically read and effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, about world literature.

General Description: This year-long course integrates English and Social Studies curriculums. The English portion of the course will include the student’s development of analytical reading, academic writing, and critical thinking and presentation skills. Course content includes short story, poetry, drama, and district-wide required readings. Writing instruction will extend various modes of writing; narrative, compare and contrast, and persuasion. In addition, instruction will include vocabulary building, grammar and spelling.

Content: Skills-based according to Washington State Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) for reading and writing. 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.

Equipment to be provided by student: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended