Learning Recommendations: None

General Description:  In this year-long course, freshmen will develop 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 Learning Standards for English Language Arts. 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.

Homework:  An average of 15-20 minutes a night of reading or writing depending on upcoming due dates and content covered in class. Class time is generally provided by the instructor for students to complete most necessary work in class, and therefore homework is intended to be very minimal in this course for students who use their class time productively.