Learning Recommendations:  It is strongly recommended that students considering this course have at least a B+ in his/her current English class.

General Description: 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. Summer assignments may be required.

Content:  Skills-based according to Washington State Learning Standards for English Language Arts. 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 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.

Homework:  This rigorous Honors course prepares students for AP courses in English. As such, students work both in and out of class to strengthen their understanding of course content. The units of study are often divided into smaller content chunks with due dates, and students complete the homework over time. Students who already possess strong time management skills and relative strength in language arts will likely complete outside work within 2-3 hours a week, though there are individual variances. There will also be times when daily homework expectations must be managed. Weekend homework can occur, but as a rule, students will be given time off from homework during scheduled school breaks.

Course Fee / Materials:  Composition notebooks: college ruled, 100 sheets