ISBN- 0669006459 -affordable used copies available on Amazon
Unabridged copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
(not needed until 2nd semester)
This course will be a study of the various genres of literature-
short story, poetry, non-fiction, drama, and novel.
It will also cover a through review of grammar and basic writing skills,
with an emphasis on preparing the student for high school English classes.
Course Class Time:
1/3 going over homework, quizzes and tests
1/3 discussion of the pre-read literature assignments and note-taking
1/3 reviewing the learned grammar concepts and introduction of new ones
Course Homework Requirements:
Every quarter I will provide the students with a detailed syllabus that includes
Homework will include reading the assigned literature selections and sometimes
completing a summary activity, usually a graphic organizer or comprehension questions.
It will also include reading passages in their texts and doing exercises and writing assignments to accompany it.
In quarters 2 - 4 they will be assigned a project that will go along with the literature material they are studying.
Time spent doing English will vary, depending upon how quickly the student reads.
An average student might expect roughly 1 hour per school day (estimating four days
per week) for reading and completing written assignments.
20% projects/quarter tests
Internet access is required for this course.
Most of the literature (short stories, poems, and non-fiction) that the students will be
reading will be provided as PDFs, so it is required that students have regular access
to a computer. The selections may be printed out as well, but some of the stories are
several pages long.