2010/ ENGLISH I: Coming of Age 
Grade 9                                               Level III
Prerequisites:none                                                1 credit

This course has three focus areas: literature, language fundamentals, and writing. In the literature component, students read from a wide variety of texts including To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men. Literary study is focused on coming of age themes: adolescence, friendship and betrayal, prejudice, and courage. The language component consists of vocabulary development and a thorough review of G.U.M. (grammar, usage, and mechanics). The writing component includes journal writing and the five-paragraph essay. Formal papers focus on responses to literature, narratives, persuasive essays, and library research skills. 
Reading/writing level: All abilities.





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