English I introduces students to the language arts skills essential for success at the high school level. In literature, the course stresses techniques necessary to be a discerning reader of fiction and non-fiction. In composition, students learn skills used in writing effective expository essays. In addition, students practice effective speaking and listening techniques through a variety of activities.
English I, as the final general language arts course in the English curriculum, is structured to hone the students' basic skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking.
English I will center on offering practice with the following:
WRITING: One analytical expository essay each quarter
Creative writing assignments
READING: Daily readings
Small group seminar readings
SPEAKING: Large group and small group discussions
Group and individual oral presentations
It is expected that the incoming English I student is an individual who:
- exhibits basic language skills (readng, writing, listening, and speaking) and desires to improve those skills
- exhibits a basic understanding of literary analysis and critique of ideas, structure, style of academic writing
- displays a positive attitude toward study and classroom activities
- is movtivated and able to take the initiative in the learning process
Our goals for the study of literature:
- To identify and analyze ways an author reveals his purposes and theme
- To become aware of some of the universal themes foundin fiction, poetry, plays, and non-fiction
- To become aware of how a writer can share his attitudes and reflections about life with the reader
- To recognize cause and effect relationships
- To adjust reading for different purposes
- To become more critically aware of emotional appeals, evidence, and logic in reading
- To add a minimum of fifty new words to our vocabulary each semester
Our goals for the study of writing:
- To view writing as a process
- To use effectively the following forms of written expression: literary analysis, expository forms, journal responses, and character sketches
- To become more critical of the ways language and other forms of data may be used to influence others.
- To develop a thesis statement and support it with specific detailTo expand sentence patterns effectively
- To practice note taking from a variety of sources
Our goals for the study of speaking and listening skills:
- To share actively in class discussions and to encourage others to do so by listening actively
- To gain experience in small group discussions and presentations
- To gain experience in presentation of an informative speech and oral interpretation
Our goals for the development of good study skills:
- To learn to budget time and meet deadlines
- To learn to follow written and oral direction
- To develop ease and competency in note taking
- To develop skills in preparing for essay exam
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