High School English 1
High School English
13-15 years, approximately ninth or tenth grade
Middle School English 2, or consent of the instructor based on student writing sample.
High School English 1 introduces students to a variety of writing types and purposes, as well as literary analysis elements and techniques. These include narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing, literary analysis, basic essay writing, and research and presentation skills.
High School English 1 is an introductory writing and composition course for the high school years. Students review basic grammar, punctuation, and composition through daily grammar practice exercises. Students are also introduced to sentence variety and complexity through a focused study of clauses and phrases and will build on previous vocabulary study by continuing work with vocabulary roots and derivatives. Writing instruction includes scaffolded instruction for a variety of writing purposes: narrative, descriptive, persuasive, informative, and creative writing, as well as building literary analysis skills.
Parents are responsible for helping students establish a routine that includes daily grammar and sentence writing practice and feedback as well as time to work on required homework and class preparation. Parents are responsible for grading anything with a key, which includes Vocabulary and Grammar, while teachers will grade all writing, compositions, and exams. It is highly recommended that parents review student writing and offer feedback before final drafts are turned in.
High School English 1 worktext, available from ODA bookstore.
Easy Grammar Ultimate Series, Teacher Edition-Grade 9, by Wanda Phillips
Parents should buy the teacher edition, rather than the student edition.
Sentence Composing for High School, by Don Killgallon
Who Said What? A Writer’s Guide to Finding, Evaluating, Quoting, and Documenting Sources (And Avoiding Plagiarism), by Kayla Myers (This book is also required for High School English 2)