Freshman English (English 1)

Prerequisites: None

Grades: 9th

Credit: 10 Credits

This course will provide a foundation and a launching pad for the student’s high school career. Skills taught include grammar, punctuation, vocabulary development, sentence structure, paragraph structure and development, essay and memoir writing, public speaking, in depth analysis and discussion of various literary works and through researching informational materials, and reading comprehension, preparing students for a variety of academic challenges. In-depth vocabulary study in preparation for SAT will begin. Literature will include poetry, memoir, drama, short stories, and novels. Students will understand the use of figurative language and complex literary devices; and elements of voice, character, conflict, tone, and theme. Students will write coherent and focused essays that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument, using clear, precise language.