This one-year course will strengthen and expand skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research. The focus will be on increasingly sophisticated language skills such as complex sentence structures and word choice. Included in this course will be weekly SAT/ACT vocabulary study and standardized test preparation. Writing andreading assignments will incorporate higher level thinking skills such as synthesis and analysis. Literature and non-fiction will focus primarily on American authors and will complement themes and activities taught in U.S. History. Astrong research component is also included utilizing library reference materials. The course will be taught using a variety of teaching techniques from direct instruction to small groupwork.
To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.