Subject: English I
Number of Credits: 1
Texts Needed: Wordsmith Craftsman, Janie B. Cheaney, DGC Inc., 2003 edition
Animal Farm, George Orwell, unabridged
The Yearling, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, unabridged
Summary of Course: This course will focus on what might be called personal writing skills. Note-taking, outlines, summaries, letters (both friendly and business), and “tons” of suggestions to help you to finely hone style in your writing help make the material for this year exceedingly practical. It is assumed that by high school students have received adequate instruction in basic grammar and writing mechanics, so they will not see much here about writing simple sentences or parts of speech. The emphasis is on taking writing to a level that will prepare them for further schooling or to write easily when the occasion arises in the work world. Students will also study two novels, Animal Farm and The Yearling, as a way to stretch reading and thinking skills, and also to offer opportunities to practice some of what they are learning in Wordsmith Craftsman. Units on poetry and short stories are also included to introduce students to the fundamentals of these genres and guide them in exploration of different forms and figures of speech.
Average Number of Hours: 45 minutes daily
This course is set up on a 140 day lesson plan schedule.
Evaluation: Several writing assignments, essays, two tests and a final exam will be used to evaluate student progress.