Course Length: 2 semesters
Course Credit: 1
High School Grade: 9th (Early qualified 8th grade)
Accredited: Cognia-SACS/CASI, Middle States, FACCS
Traditionally taught in 9th grade, this comprehensive online course emphasizes the importance of word usage, sentence construction, and paragraph structure to communicate effectively. Students enrolled in this course will investigate a number of literary genres including poetry, short stories, and the novel, and will practice their own skills through writing for a variety of purposes and through the study of oral reading and speech. Students enrolled in this course will take a course that supports powerful written and oral communication skills as well as reading comprehension. With lessons devoted to proper usage of the parts of speech, the fundamentals of writing, and effective communication in a variety of forms, the course helps students to build their skills for higher level communication. Students will also investigate library resources and visual aids. Required reading for this course includes The Miracle Worker and Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.
English I continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students how to understand and appreciate poetry, drama, informative nonfiction, and fiction; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative prose; guides students through readings of drama, a novel, and selections from well-known poetry, and short stories. Writing–furthers students’ understanding of sentence structures; reviews parts of speech and their types, including in-depth studies on verbs (transitive, intransitive, conjugation, tense, voice, mood); develops students’ understanding of the types and functions of phrases and clauses; teaches language history and etymology to help students build on knowledge of word structures, including prefixes, roots, and suffixes; expands on students’ vocabulary skills; reviews spelling skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing speeches, short essays, poetry, friendly/business letters, and short stories. Speaking–offers students experience in delivering a speech; teaches skills that enable students to become effective speakers and communicators, weaving these skills together throughout the course. Listening–teaches effective listening comprehension skills, weaving these together throughout the lessons.
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