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Updated January 2015

 

TITLE:             English 7

PREREQUISITES:      Required for Grade 7

DESCRIPTION:  Students will cover the following areas of language arts:  literature (short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and fictional novel units will be included in this area), eight parts of speech, writing, incorporating the six traits of writing, spelling/vocabulary and independent reading.  Particular emphasis will be given to plot prediction and comprehension.  Students will also work on oral reading and presentations.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:             English 8

PREREQUISITES:      Required for Grade 8

DESCRIPTION:  Students will work on the core English standards of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They will be exposed to many types of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, class novels, and independent reading.  Students will also develop their writing skills, using both the 6+1 Traits of Writing and the writing process in all writing assignments, as well as spelling/vocabulary instruction. Writing assignments will include creative writing, fiction writing, technical and research writing,and responding to class literature.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:             English 9

PREREQUISITES:      Required for Grade 9

DESCRIPTION:  Students will cover the following areas of language arts:  literature (short stories, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and fictional novel units will be included in this area), eight parts of speech, creative short story writing, spelling/vocabulary, performance and independent reading.  Particular emphasis will be given to prep for the Basic Skills Writing Test using the six traits of writing.  Students will also practice working effectively with their peers.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:             English 10

PREREQUISITES:      Required for Grade 10

DESCRIPTION:  Students will strengthen skills in reading, writing, and speaking as they prepare for their final years of high school. Public speaking and the research process will both be emphasized. Additionally, students will continue to work on composition, grammar, spelling/vocabulary, and a variety of literature (short stories, drama, novels, poetry, nonfiction).

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE: American Literature and Advanced Composition

PREREQUISITES:      Required for Grade 11, unless the student takes College English

DESCRIPTION:  Each student will concentrate on the following: Transcendentalism (Early American Literature), Modern American Literature, and Researching/Writing Research Papers. Included through the year will be lessons and writings in response to what is being covered, as well as independent reading.

ORGANIZATION:      Year long

 

TITLE:                 Technical Writing and World Literature

PREREQUISITES:      English 10

DESCRIPTION: Students will gain experience in technical writing by writing letters of inquiry, cover letters and resumes for an authentic audience.  Students will explore world literature and poetry. Students will gain experience in advanced communications (written and oral expression). 

ORGANIZATION:  Year long

TITLE: College Writing I (Fall 2008)

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grade 11 or 12. Juniors must have a non-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0. Seniors must have a 2.8. For college credit, students must meet the GPA requirement and pass the Accuplacer test.

DESCRIPTION: College Writing I is a concurrent enrollment  introductory writing course designed to develop students' written communication skills. It will also help students prepare for the written and rhetorical demands of further academic and career writing. We will focus on different types of writing, including narrative, exposition, and argumentation. The last half of the course will be dedicated to a larger research project.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from M State-Fergus Falls)


ORGANIZATIONS: Semester

 

TITLE: Introduction to Literature: World Drama (Fall 2008)

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grade 12. Students must have completed College Writing I and II and have a non-weighted cumulative GPA of 2.8.

DESCRIPTION: This concurrent enrollment literature course will introduce students to drama written by various writers around the world. It will cover the basic elements and concepts of drama, as well as help students gain an understanding and appreciation for the human condition and culture.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from the MState - Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATIONS: Semester

TITLE: College Writing II (Spring 2009)

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grades 11 or 12. Students must have completed College Writing I and have a non-weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0.

DESCRIPTION: This concurrent enrollment course offers students additional opportunities to refine their essay writing skills. They will continue to develop fluency through rewriting and edition. Students will read critically from a variety of genres interacting with the literature via discussion, writing, and presentations. Coursework will include argumentative writing, writing from sources, and a research component.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from M State-Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATIONS: Semester Spring


TITLE: Introduction to Literature:  Novels 

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grade 12. Students must have completed College Writing I and II and have a non-weighted cumulative GPA of 2.8.

DESCRIPTION: This course will involve students in a close reading and critical appreciation of selected novels. Works chosen will explore various themes, social contexts, traditions, and values of the writers. Students will compare and contrast concepts of the roles and techniques of the novel, and create literary analysis essays for the works. Basic concepts and elements of the novel will also be studied, as well as an understanding of literary criticism.


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