Learning Recommendations: None

General Description: In this course, sophomores will focus on refining analytical skills in reading, writing and thinking. With an emphasis in European literature, students examine a wide variety of themes. Students 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 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; and 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 organization structures.

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Large and small group discussion
  • Peer evaluation
  • Independently directed reading and analysis
  • Multiple draft writing
  • Direct instruction, including lecture and note-taking

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