Learning Recommendations: Students considering this course should be skilled at critically reading various text formats; critically thinking; able to fluently write a thesis-driven essay using critical analysis of multiple resources; able to share responses in a large and small group format; be willing to do independent research.

General Description: This year-long course integrates English and Social Studies disciplines. This English 10 course 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 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; 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 students: USB memory stick (thumb drive) recommended