11 English At a Glance
This course is a survey of American life viewed through the experiences of numerous diverse literary and historic characters. Students will be expected to discuss and write about these experiences and characters as well as their own experiences, opinions, and character. Print knowledge, phonological awareness, and word analysis are all concepts assumed to be mastered at earlier levels per State of Nebraska guidelines. We will be working to enhance vocabulary, writing techniques, and critical thinking skills. To aid in this exploration the class will include grammar review, vocabulary, and the use of literary terms, essays, and daily classroom discussions. Assigned essay formats will include persuasive, critical thinking, informative, reaction, response to literature and others. The use of correct essay forms will be emphasized as well as MLA documentation. By the end of first semester students will have written a minimum of 20 typed publishable pages and read three major works of literature as well as several shorter works. By the end of the second semester students will have written a minimum of 30 typed publishable pages and five major works of literature as well as several poetic works. There will be at least one major non-writing project requiring some form of presentation per semester.