English Curriculum

This course includes study and skill development in core literature, language usage, vocabulary, writing, and reading skills, with a particular focus on written expression. By the end of grade 9, students will read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems.  Students will draw evidence from literary and/or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Additionally, students will present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective.

English 99 MC is the second course in the Middle College English curriculum. Students study literature with the intent of grasping the relationships between local concerns and universal questions. Units allow for a close study of literary works, as well as consideration of historical and cultural context. Building on English 89 MC, the course includes study and skill development in core literature, language usage, vocabulary, writing, and reading skills, with a particular focus on written expression. By the end of grade 10, students will read and comprehend literature, including fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry.  Students will draw evidence from literary and/or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. Additionally, students will present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective.

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This course provides training and practice in basic principles of effective
oral communication through participation in public speaking, group
discussion, and oral reading. It emphasizes being at ease in front of, and
with, a group, and developing constructive attitudes, organized thinking,
proper use of voice and body, and critical listening.

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This course provides development of skills in written expression,
especially expository themes, including training in research techniques
and preparation of a research paper. It is designed to develop critical
thinking, analytical, and rhetorical skills.

This course provides study of literature combined with instruction in
critical thinking and composition. The course emphasizes understanding
and writing about literature using principles of logical analysis, criticism,
advocacy of ideas, and inductive and deductive reasoning. Students will
examine assumptions upon which conclusions are based and recognize
common logical errors of language and thought. Instruction is offered in
advanced elements of style and organization. Application of critical thinking
skills and logical methodology to the various literary genres will achieve
a disciplined understanding of the materia.