Our English class will focus on preparing students for high school and beyond. Below you will find the major themes and associated texts. We will be addressing the Common Core Learning Standards through the adaptation of the Modules found on engageny.org. Through each unit, we will focus on specific skills (reading closely, evidence-based claims, argument writing, and critical thinking) while we explore the world, and our place in it, through the characters.Themes and Major TextsSociety and Class, Loyalty, Isolation, Self WorthThe Outsiders- S.E. HintonWonder- R.J. PalacioMonster- Walter Dean MyersThe Seventh Most Important Thing-Shelley PearsallHome, Belonging, Sense of Self, FamilyCoraline- Neil GaimanStargirl- Jerry SpinelliOut of My Mind- Sharon DraperPoetryCollections of Poems - Various AuthorsInside Out and Back Again - Thanhha LaiDystopian versus UtopianTechnology, Societal Belief, Power of ChoiceThe Giver - Lois LowryHumanity and Inhumanity During WWIINight - Elie WeiselThe Book Thief- Markus ZusakIntroduction to ShakespeareMuch Ado About NothingShort StoriesThe Tell-Tale HeartThe HitchhikerThe Lottery**In addition to the major units we are completing, we will be focusing on vocabulary, grammar, figurative language, elements of fiction/non-fiction, and punctuation (daily); in addition to, journaling about personal interests (weekly). The topics covered are important to success throughout and across the curriculum. They will be designed to continuously challenge the students to improve their writing and communication skills.
Language Arts Lab (LAL)
This is a 10-week mini-course that focuses on the art of persuasive speaking and writing. Students will be guided through the process of persuasive speaking and writing by discussing and viewing the proper technique, vocabulary, and rhetorical devices. The final project for this class will be a student version of Shark Tank. This class is the culmination of the skills that the students have learned up until this point, and will prepare them for the high demands of public speaking and writing in high school and beyond.