Appropriate Grade Level: Grade 10
Content Area: Communication Arts
Prerequisites: (First Semester) Successful completion of English I, Semester 1 and English I, Semester 2; (Second Semester) Successful completion of English II, Semester 1
Interaction: Teacher/Student and Student/Student
Course Fees: *$300 + Textbooks
This course focuses on writing and syntax techniques and literature in a variety of genres including speculative fiction (e.g., science fiction). First semester topics include analyzing and applying various writing techniques such as creative writing; and improving vocabulary, grammatical skills and reading comprehension.
- Things Fall Apart (Any edition is acceptable.)
- Your choice of book from list of speculative fiction titles. (Any edition of these books are acceptable.)
- Your choice of book that is set in another country. (For example, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is set in China, The Poisonwood Bible is set in the Congo, and Crime and Punishment is set in Russia—so any of these would be appropriate selections.)
The second semester expands on topics taught in the first semester by further examining elements of fiction, figurative language and symbolism in literature; using advanced reading comprehension strategies; understanding technical non-fiction writing; and communicating orally (e.g., delivering an original piece of creative writing via a podcast).
- There are no required textbooks for the second semester.
- Course readings are available online (e.g., Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and Shakespeare’s “Othello”).
- speakers or a pair of headphones (headphones preferred)
- a way to record yourself speaking (e.g., plug-in microphone, headset with mic, laptop with built-in mic)
* Domestic pricing only; please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for international pricing.