Description of Skills Taught:
This course is designed to teach students the basics of English and how to apply such skills in the world outside of school. This course is better suited for students who are planning to pursue technical training at the CTC or plan to head straight into the workforce after school since this course teaches only the basics and not the skills needed for college preparation. Students will learn to think critically about what they read and write, make connections between literature and the world around them, understand literary techniques, and use some of the same skills in their own writing, whether for informative, persuasive, or narrative purposes. Writing will be required to meet the demands of the end-of-course exam for English II. This class will also teach the basic grammatical essentials as well as polish previously acquired skills through the student’s own writing and classroom practice.
Description of Literature:
We will begin the year reading William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. We will also study several shorter fiction and nonfiction texts along with a brief study of poetry. With time permitting, we will read a novel. We will read, analyze, critique, and evaluate some of the most influential literary works that helped shape the literary canon. In addition to written works, we will also deconstruct multi-media productions.