Learning Recommendations: Successful completion of Literary Analysis & Composition I & II or equivalents

General Description: This year-long course integrates English and Social Studies disciplines. The English portion of the course will focus on refining analytical skills in reading, writing and thinking. Through a study of American literature, students will examine a wide variety of themes. Students will 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 Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) for reading and writing. The skills build from skills developed sophomore year and 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 will 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.

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