Learning Recommendations: Students considering this course should be skilled at analyzing various text formats; critical thinking; able to fluently write a thesis-driven essay; able to participate verbally in a large and small group format; be willing to do independent research.

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 extensive writing assignments. Students will be expected to work well both in groups and independently. Required summer reading will be assessed at the beginning of the course.

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