This one-year course offers a rigorous and challenging English class for those who desire to take AP English classes later in high school. In a workshop setting, students will practice personal, descriptive,
narrative, expository and persuasive writing. Students will work with advanced grammar topics such as subordination and syntactical voice, using these skills to make their writing more effective. A literary
and analytical approach will be taken to the full-length works studied, from Animal Farm (the required summer reading before school begins) to Farewell to Manzanar, Lord of the Flies, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and
Great Expectations. Vocabulary development and critical reading skills practice will help students do well on the PSAT, preparing them for strong performance on the SAT during their junior year. An anchor paper each semester will be saved in the student’s permanent record file to serve as portfolio evidence of the year’s progress in writing