In this class, students will build on what was learned in Level 1 of this course (or their current abilities if they’ve already taken writing courses that have covered concepts like the five-paragraph essay and literary analysis) and expand their ability to write papers and analyze literature. The books covered in this course change from one year to the next and students are given specific feedback to expand their writing abilities so that this course can be repeated to build skills and prepare for English 101.
This High School Literature and Composition course builds upon what students have learned in the Level 1 version of this class. This level of the course introduces students to great works of literature, allows them to deepen their understanding of the work and themselves through discussions, projects, and essay planning, and helps them to prepare for college-level writing and essays. For composition, students work on writing the essays, moving through pre-writing, drafting, and editing, and practicing this process through quickwrites, editing one another’s work, and writing research papers or papers that incorporate quotes from the books our information from outside sources. They will also learn to be more effective writers by continuing to expand on the traditional five-paragraph essay structure and become more comfortable with the basics and finer aspects of MLA format. Vocabulary and grammar are also covered in this course. The literature focus allows students to engage in discussions, activities, worksheets, and some games that deepen their ability to understand and engage with great literature, analyze literary elements and use them in their own writing, and more easily connect with the world as readers. Creative writing activities are also incorporated to help students expand their ability to write quickly and in a classroom setting, which will be necessary for other higher-level courses and exams that involve essay questions. This course fulfills high school A-G requirements with some homework.
High School Literature: Writing, Discussions, and Games:
Learning to analyze and discuss literature is an important skill for high school students, whether they are fans of reading or reluctant readers. This class is designed to help students deepen their abilities in this area, and have a good time doing it! It is for students who want to connect with what they read, and learn more about literature at the same time.
In this yearlong class, students will study high school English literature and poetry in an engaging and personal way. We will read, analyze, and discuss books that have been widely read and considered important from approved book lists for high schoolers covering World literature, American literature, and British literature as well as an engaging selection of short stories, poetry, essays, and even a couple of biographies or historical graphic novel. The list is still under construction and our final choices depend on student interest and what people have already read, but four to five of the following will likely be read in this class: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Axupery, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. We may read Maus, The Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass, or other biographies, at least one play, and several short stories, poems, and essays.
Students will write their own poetry, write essays about the works we study, engage in several creative writing exercises, and complete tests and study guides designed to deepen understanding of the material. In-class discussions will engage students’ interest and help them relate the ideas within the reading to their own lives and perspectives. Grammar, punctuation, and spelling will be regularly reinforced, and detailed feedback will be given to help students expand their abilities from whatever their current level. We will also study relevant vocabulary words through games and in-class activities, and complete some related projects. This class follows standards for A-G-approved coursework and common core standards so that students from charter schools may receive credit for high school literature (grades 9-11) if both semesters are taken and all assignments are completed.
Because this class requires reading, roughly 1-2 hours of homework per week are required.
Teacher: Lizzie Scott
Cost: $595 per semester for the 3 hour course (class is intended to be taken both semesters for full credit, but semesters are billed separately)
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