High School English 1

Joy Pope, Instructor

This course will be offered again in 2017-18

About this course:   This course is designed for students entering high school to receive intensive preparation for high school and college level writing and reading requirements.  They will write a series of full-length essays following process writing and the six trait model.  Students will gain practice in grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary development, as well as public speaking and presentation.  In addition, students will receive an introduction to American Literature and World Literature.  Instruction will include an in-depth use of the elements of fiction and literary analysis.  Students will write at least one full-length novel review.  They will be required to complete assigned reading and written homework assignments each week. Parents will need to provide oversight for their individual student’s daily progress on assignments. Students will need to plan for 45-60 minutes or more of homework four days a week.

Class is limited to 15 students.

Returning students must have completed Language Arts 2 or English Composition 1 with a score of 80% or above AND have  permission of the  instructor.
New students must have the permission of instructor based on reading, writing, and conventions assessment prior to registration.
Student’s family must have reliable internet service with e-mail access.
Visit Sound Learning’s general course requirements for more information.
Students will need to have at least a 70% grade for fall semester to continue into spring semester.

Materials and Texts:
-Dragon-Slayer: The Story of Beowulf, Rosemary Sutcliff – I will make a printable copy  available
-To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee — any unabridged version
-Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare — Folger Shakespearean Library, 2011.  ISBN# 978-0-7434-77116

-The Hobbit – JRR Tolkin
-English handbook, dictionary, and thesaurus – either online or hardcopy
-Additional World and/or American novels of the student’s choice from “Well-Read Student List” or other approved novel (I will provide the list)