This course is designed to help students grow as readers and writers of English by introducing them to fundamental literary features. We will begin the course by exploring the rhetorical situation, an essential concept for every writer to understand. From there, we will discuss foundational literary elements such as narrative, plot, diction, and more. Through these discussions, students will learn how to analyze and evaluate literary works, gaining a better understanding of how language is used to convey meaning and emotion.
Students will also have the opportunity to write biweekly assignments, reflecting on what they have read and expressing their own perspectives. Through these assignments, students will develop their writing skills, expressing their ideas in clear, concise, and effective prose. Finally, students will engage in thoughtful and insightful discussions with their peers and their teacher, sharing their thoughts and ideas about what they have read. These discussions will help students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills, gaining a deeper appreciation for the power and impact of literature. By the end of this course, students will have a better understanding of the fundamental features of literature and the tools they need to grow as readers and writers of English.
- Expand rhetoric and writing skills, including analysis and annotation of expository and literary texts
- Gain experience in critical thinking and reading strategies, as well as the ability to analyze and analyze articles
- Bring skills to practice through take-home assignments
- At the end of the course, students will work independently to complete a paper
Students and their parents will receive brief feedback after each class regarding the student’s general participation in class. Students will also receive feedback on graded assignments via email.