High School Literature and Composition - 9-12 taught to the CA ELA standards for 9th grade - 12th grade*
TThis course is designed with the intent of maturing a student's writing skills. Through the analysis of literature, students will learn how to identify major parts of a story, the key ingredients to proper writing and grammar, and demonstrate their learning through various writing assignments. In addition to the weekly writing, reading, and ELA assignments, there will be short and longer research projects, delivery of an informative presentation, recitation of a piece of literature or portion of speech, multiple one-page responses to demonstrate the writing techniques we're learning, and two - three, three- page (minimum) report/paper for this grade level, over the course of the year.
Class instruction (for Fall and Spring) includes: * Interpreting figures of speech in context * Analyzing U.S. historical and literary documents including themes and concepts addressed within * Citing strong, applicable text evidence when writing * Describing how an author's point of view is advanced through rhetoric * Using technology to produce and publish writing products * Analyzing a theme or central idea and its development over the course of the text, both fiction and non-fiction * Strengthen composition through the stages of writing (planning, drafting, revising/editing, final product) * Writing arguments to support claims with relevant evidence from text * Writing explanatory texts to examine complex ideas and concepts, creating a developed thesis statement * Creating short and long research projects to answer a question, especially a self-generated question with citation * Planning and delivering an informative presentation that presents support of a thesis and uses digital media * Reviewing steps to avoid plagiarism * Planning, memorizing and presenting a recitation that conveys the meaning of the selection through voice, tone, pace * Engaging in collaborative discussions in class about the stories we read, information we learn, etc. * Using verbals correctly and be able to explain their function * Using a semi-colon and a colon correctly * Applying knowledge of MLA format and citation in papers * Discovering new vocabulary each week through word studies from our text and Greek/Latin root words
This is a year-long class and it is assumed a fall student will continue through the spring. This design allows continuity in learning and skills acquired for the student; allowing the topics to build upon one another, from one semester into the next. However, students are welcome to join after the semester begins or mid-year with instructor permission. Required Equipment: * Headphones with mic ability * Gmail account * Internet/Wifi connection * Google docs access (free and only requires a gmail account) * Ability to complete digital assignments * Printer ability for weekly homework FALL NOVELS: * Night by Elie Wiesel * The Crucible by Arthur Miller
SPRING NOVELS: * No Fear Shakespeare: Macbeth by William Shakespeare * Just Mercy (Young Reader's Edition) by Bryan Stevenson
Weekly Class Time: Thursdays, 11:45 am - 12:45 am Assigned Work for the week: approximately 3-4 assignments per week Cost: $60/month
15 students max per class. Vouchers are due by the first day of class. Private pay options are available. Please email to request this option.