This class is designed to ensure that students have a solid knowledge base in grammar, writing skills, and literature. We’ll learn to write proper sentences and paragraphs. Then we’ll combine paragraphs to create story sequences, essays, reports, and even some poetry. Students will learn to use creative words to “dress up” their writing and how to start sentences in different ways that make their writing more interesting. Students should expect 3 to 4 one-paragraph papers and 1 or 2 three to five-paragraph papers each quarter. Rubrics are used to evaluate all papers, and revisions are expected. No one can write properly without good grammar, so we’ll cover basic grammar concepts, including parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and punctuation. Lastly, we’ll read quality literature, about one novel a quarter with poems and short stories mixed in. Students will begin to identify the setting, characters, and plot sequence. Students should have access to the Internet and a word processing program. This class allows students the opportunity to attend three years in a row and not repeat books or assignments. The same basic categories of skills are taught, but different literature, assignments, and teaching methods are used each year. Students may also join in at any time in the rotation and not feel behind.
Textbooks: IEW's Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. ISBN: 978-1-62341-309-5 Fix-It! Grammar: Level 1, Nose Tree, Student book only ISBN:978-1-62341-357-6, Fourth Edition, January 2022 Novels are purchased by parents. TBD, 3-ring binder, dividers, sheet protectors, loose-leaf paper, pencils/pens
If students are NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED in a Math or English class at KEYS, we require Placement Evaluations to ensure they are placed at the best level to help them be successful in the coming year. Please contact the office to schedule an evaluation prior to class selection.
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