In Language Arts, students read a variety of fiction and non-fiction to develop and enrich reading and literacy skills and enhance vocabulary. Further, readings will be combined with a culmination of activities that will allow students to grow as a speaker, listener, and writer. Thus, students will write essays and complete other assignments in which they will explain, analyze, evaluate, and respond to selected short stories, poems, non-fiction, novels, and plays. Students will use the writing process, which includes pre-writing, writing, revising, editing, and proofreading. They will develop competency in spelling, punctuation, grammar, and usage.
To complete this course successfully, students must demonstrate ability to:
· Use comprehension and critical thinking skills to read and evaluate materials, including literature representing diverse points of view.
· Correctly define vocabulary through the use of context clues, dictionary use, root word and origins.
· Work through a writing process that moves from pre-writing and invention to organizing, drafting, revising, and editing.
· Correctly use punctuation, grammar, and spelling
· Participate productively in collaborative groups.
Outline of Major Content Areas
Reading and Literature
· Reading strategies
· Interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of literature
· Historical events affecting the literature
Spelling and Vocabulary
· Terms and concepts studied within the course curriculum
Grammar and Usage
- Rules and implementation (meaning and form)
- Academic Writing
· Prewriting and invention techniques
· Audience analysis
· Thesis statements
· Methods of development
· Topic sentences and paragraph structure
· Research strategies, analysis, and implementation of evidence
· Unity and coherence, including transitions
· Diction, tone, and voice
· Peer conferencing techniques
· MLA documentation
- Creative Writing
All evaluation is done on a points system subject to the significance of the assignment.
· Daily Assignments
· Medium sized binder with dividers and lined paper
· Sticky notes. Highlighters (multiple colors)
· Writing utensil
· Flash drive