Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language for college and career preparation and readiness.


    In short: we will be engaged in the study of effective communication.

    “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere.”

    –Lee Trevino


    Course Content:


    • Writing in various styles/for various purposes and audiences.
    • Analysis of written texts.
    • Listening, speaking, and viewing strategies.
    • Peer collaboration


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    Quarter 1: Informative Writing

    • Suspense
    • Irony
    • Thesis statements
    • Embedding quotes
    • Citations
    • Phrases and clauses


     Quarter 2: Argumentative Writing

    • Persuasive techniques
    • Rhetorical devices
    • Debates
    • JFK’s Inaugural Address
    • Farewell to Baseball


    Quarter 3: Literary Analysis

    • Theme
    • Character development
    • Tragedy
    • Tragic heros
    • Daedalus and Icarus
    • Macbeth


    Quarter 4: Narrative and Creative Writing

    • FSA preparation
    • Serial podcast
    • Poetry
    • Personal Narratives
    • Creative Writing





    Grade distribution will be based on four categories:

    Standard 1: Reading Comprehension 35%

    • Independent Readings
    • Reading Comprehension Activities
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments

    Standard 2: Writing 35% 

    • Independent Reading Essays
    • District Mandated Assignments and Assessments 
    • Class Writing Assignments

    Standard 3: Language 20% 

    • Vocabulary Assignments and Quizzes
    • Grammar Assignments and Quizzes

    Standard 4: Speaking and Listening 10% 

    • Class Discussion and Oral Activities
    • Presentations/Speeches
    • Academic Participation


    Averages are based on Marion County Public School's Grading Scale: 





    F=59% and below