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The English program focuses on improving student’s writing skills, grammar, and vocabulary. We help students practice skills to enable them to write and speak clearly. The literature ranges from poetry and short stories to the classics and modern novels, allowing students to participate in different types of literary analysis. Grammar is taught directly and indirectly through literature and writing. Compositions range from five-paragraph essays to literary analysis to informative research papers. Oral presentations are also an essential element of our curriculum. Additionally, students develop study and test-taking skills.


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Required Courses

English 6: 6th
English 6 will consist of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will be reading novels, short stories, and nonfiction, creating book projects, working on technical and creative writing assignments, completing journal entries, and proofreading. This class will also include spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing mechanics, as well as giving speeches and presenting skits. Reading assignments may include Touching Spirit Bear, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

English 7: 7th
English 7 includes the essential components of language arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Units of study focus on parts of speech, sentence structure, and paragraph development; elements of fiction and character analysis; myths, tales, and legends; non-fiction reading and informative writing; spelling and vocabulary. Texts include short story selections, Downriver, The Call of the Wild, and The Miracle Worker.

English 8: 8th
English 8 encompasses all areas of language arts. Students will read novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction. Students will spend time writing technical essays and a variety of other practical writing pieces. Throughout the year, students will study writing mechanics, usage, and grammar, as well as vocabulary. Students willalso give speeches and class presentations. Reading assignments include The Outsiders, The Diary of Anne Frank, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, The Giver, and Twelve Angry Men.

Literature and Composition: 9th
Students will be immersed in novels, short stories, and a play. They will be working on different writing styles: persuasive, compare/contrast, and creative-research. The study of grammar and vocabulary will also add to providing the students with the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills essential for today’s students. Reading assignments include: Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fahrenheit 451, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, and Speak.

World and British Literature: 10th
One semester of this course focuses on the literature of Great Britain is one of the oldest national literatures in the Western world. Many world famous masterpieces were written in Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England. Students will take a chronological walk through British literature. They will read Beowulf, Medieval literature, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, romantic poems, Golding’s Lord of the Flies, George Orwell’s 1984, and finally, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.
For the other semester, students will analyze representative masterpieces of world literature and make a comparative study of genres and themes as well as cultures and historical periods from Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America. This course gives students an opportunity to examine literary works such as drama, short stories, poetry, and novels in order to heighten the student’s awareness of the international and timeless themes in literature. Reading assignments include: Cyrano de Bergerac, Metamorphosis, Things Fall Apart, A Small Place, A Doll’s House, and Hamlet.

Composition: 10th – 12th
This course gives students practice with “real world” technical and business writing. Students will work on proofreading skills, ACT vocabulary skills, writing for a specific audience, and the three “C’s” of technical writing (clear, concise, complete). The writing will focus on: short clear, concise, and complete pieces of writing, business letters, college essays, professional emails, collaborative writing, presentations that effectively include text, graphics, images and sound with writing.

Research Writing: 10th – 12th
This course is designed to help students practice an effective research writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students will work on developing complex sentences with grammar exercises throughout the course; also, they will write four academic essays: a persuasive essay, a how-to research paper, a narrative research paper, and a multi-genre research paper. Each research paper will be written within a creative writing format.

American Literature: 11th – 12th
This year long course will trace the history and development of literature in America from the colonial days to the early twentieth century. Students will have a deeper understanding of the American experience after reading books that include The Crucible, Catcher in the Rye, The Grapes of Wrath, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Death of a Salesman, and The Things They Carried. Students will also be analyzing poetry from the Harlem Renaissance.

Elective Courses

Study Skills: 6th
Students will learn skills needed to be successful at the Math and Science Academy. The course will cover how to use a planner, how to take notes, how to read textbooks for maximum retention, how to study for a test, what sources to use in writing and research, the importance of making a schedule, and how to stay organized. The course will also cover other needs of students as these needs arise. Finally, study skills is also a time when the 6th graders get to meet with high school mentors, who make the new students feel welcome and help them navigate the various components of life at MSA.

Creative Writing: 7th – 8th
Using published pieces of writing as models, students write poems, stories, dramatic scenes, and essays. Student collaboration, evaluation, and revision are essential parts of this course. Theatre

Communications: 7th – 8th                                                                                                          This course introduces students to the exciting world of the stage. Students learn about performance and on-and-offstage support through a variety of activities including theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, script reading and writing, storytelling, and oral interpretation. Students learn voice and body control techniques and develop confidence and stage presence necessary for individual and group presentations.

AP Literature and Composition: 11th – 12th
The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.
Students will be expected to complete daily reading and writing assignments as well as take several AP practice tests.
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