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English I

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  

2nd six-weeks goals:

  • Analyze speaker's diction to determine tone.
  • Determine the tone of the selection and explain any changes.
  • Analyze author's style to determine mental images created by figurative language
  • Identify metaphor, simile, imagery, personification in a text and analyze author's purpose for the figurative language.
  • Analyze the effect of point of view

Outside Reading:

Students will be required to read one novel a six-weeks during the 2016-2017 school year.  While time will be provided in the classroom for sustained silent reading (SSR), students are highly encouraged to read at home, too.  


English 9 GT

Unit 2 Topic:  Assorted Short Fiction and Poe

This six-weeks the focus will be on the elements of short fiction, including plot, conflict, and non-linear plot development such as flashbacks.  The students will read from the collected works of Poe and study his style; the focus will be on analyzing how Poe develops mood and theme through his specific stylistic choices including point of view, diction, repetition, and figurative language.

Outside Reading:

GT students are expected to read a minimum of 4 stories in the Poe collection and 2 poems.  The outside reading assignment will be a 1-pager project in which the students creatively represent one of their favorite stories in the collection.  The assignment will be issued at the beginning of the six-weeks.


English 8 GT

Unit 2 Topic:  Challenges and Choices

This six-weeks the students will be reading "Wish You Well" by David Baldacci and various other texts that align with the unit theme.