Length/Credits: 2 semesters – 2 credits
Open to: Grades 10, 11, 12
Literature instruction focuses on opportunities to respond critically, reflectively and imaginatively to World Literature, including major authors and cultures from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Greece and Rome, India, the Orient and other world civilizations. Students will read and experience various literary genres, such as short stories, drama, poetry, novels and essays. Students will distinguish between the different types of content and purposes language can hold, for example, logic, opinion, ideology, point-of-view and suggestion.
The composition component of language arts provides students with opportunities to write for various audiences and purposes. Students identify and employ various elements of good writing in well-organized descriptive, expository and narrative writings. The study of grammar, usage and language mechanics is integrated into the study of writing. Using technology, students receive instruction and practice in the writing process including prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. Students are encouraged to use Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines in their compositions.
While students will study some of the same works as students taking English 10 1-2, this course provides a more rigorous, in-depth analysis of those works. In addition, students will read additional works of American literature.