English Language Arts

ELA Wordle

This 10 week mini-course is for students who are interested in improving their scores on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS by learning strategies for ELA multiple choice and long composition questions, understanding the scoring for the test, and developing a tool box for approaching various types of text. 

In ESL II, intermediate and advanced English Language Learners will expand their speaking listening, reading, and writing skills.  They will read fiction, poetry, drama, and informational texts and use this online forum to respond to and think critically about these texts.  They will write for a variety of purposes and build the vocabulary they need to access content area knowledge.  The students will learn these English skills in the classroom and online to allow them to acheive academic success in a 21st Century learning environment.

Tuesdays 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Do you want your students to think deeper, make connections, and want to write about it? This course will provide teachers from various disciplines background in rhetorical theory, a basis for analyzing texts, speeches, visuals and media. We will focus on how to teach students this framework and how to apply it to their own writing through in-class examples and activities. A culminating project will be required in order to receive PDPs.

Sophomore English ~ World Literature

This Moodle course will focus on Sophomore English and several literary selections, writing activities, and an emphasis on literary analysis and discussion. On the literary end, Sophomore English introduces the student to the literature of the Ancient World, Greece and Rome as well as traditions in Chinese and Japanese Literature. The second half of the year focuses on the cultural awareness of the individual with literature of the Middle East and Africa and wraps up with society’s imposition on individual identity with a focus on genocide and slavery in parts of Europe. The literature will include the representative works of key writers such as Homer, Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Elie Wiesel, Chinua Achebe as well as many others. Novels and dramas in this course may include Night, The Kite Runner, Memoirs of a Geisha, Julius Caesar, "Oedipus the King" and "A Doll’s House". A majority of the class work will be devoted to MCAS ELA preparation with practice on open-response and long composition writing. Also, this course requires students to be tested on one “Accelerated Reader” book (independent reading) each term.

The AP English Language and Composition Course is designed to provide students with advanced college level instruction in writing by examining a wide variety of texts and images across genres and literary periods. The course prepares students for the AP English Language and Composition test as well as for college-level readiness in writing and textual analysis.

Sophomore English World Literature

Students in this Sophomore English class will read and interpret various genres of World Literature including short stories, novels, drama, poetry, non-fiction and informational texts. Students will learn to annotate and interact with a text and reflect on the way in which universal themes reflect culture. Sophomore students will follow Common Core standards for writing and reading as they prepare for the MCAS. Students will learn to use MLA format and academic principles as they research topics to develop and expand their knowledge of world literature. Our objective is to learn about other cultures and customs on our literary journey to ancient Greece, Asia, Europe, Africa and beyond as we discover our place in the world around us. Students will learn to be responsible and responsive in an online academic setting and develop the skills necessary for 21st century learning as they prepare for career and college readiness.

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Freshman students will access various genres of fiction and nonfiction literature from different cultures using audio, visual and kinesthetic models.Students will read and write for meaning in a rigorous program designed to prepare learners for the MCAS and college and career readiness. Students will interact with the text and their peers in class and online formats to discover more about themselves and the world around them. Students will learn to be responsible and responsive in an online academic setting and develop the skills necessary to be successful in a 21st century world.