The study of our language is more than reading books or learning to write. It is learning to focus on reading and writing to think critically, to make informed decisions, and to express the ideas of self and of others. It is the exploration of the literature of America and of other cultures that has shaped the world we live in and that will continue to influence far into the future.

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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