The course focuses on world literature by and about people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. Students will explore themes of linguistic and cultural diversity by comparing, contrasting, analyzing, and critiquing writing styles and universal themes. The students will write expository, analytical, and response essays. A research component is critical. The students will observe, listen critically, and respond appropriately to written and oral communication. Conventions are essential for reading, writing, and speaking and will occur within those contexts rather than in isolation. The students will understand and acquire new vocabulary and use it correctly in reading, writing, and speaking. The senior project is also a required element of this course in order to meet the senior English requirement for graduation. Mrs. Pamela Baxley will be co-teaching during 1st, 3rd, and 4th-period classes.
The course focuses on journalism and developing the school's yearbook. Students will explore multiple areas of journalism, captioning, headlines, and interview skills to fulfill the needs and requirements of completing the yearbook. The students will write essays, stories, and captions for the yearbook that correlate with state standards. A research component is critical. The students will observe, listen critically, and respond appropriately to written and oral communication.