Composition I: The Writer’s Craft

This single-semester course is designed to provide a strong foundation of writing skills for high school, college, and career. The course offers multiple ways for students to develop as readers and writers. Students will study a variety of authors and practice different styles of writing and writing for different purposes. Extension revision instruction and practice

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American Literature: The Westward Journey

This American Literature course explores how the United States developed its shape and character throughout the 19th century by way of the movement called the Westward Expansion. By reading and reflecting on the words, artwork, and novels that contain their stories, students will gain an understanding of the authentic experiences and perspectives of those who

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Speak Your Truth: Poetry Part II

This course builds on the foundation of the poet’s craft developed in Word: The Poet’s Voice and expands it to include performance skills needed to recite poetry before an audience. By studying videos of selected poetry readings by well-known poets of various genres and attending local poetry readings, students explore the reading styles and techniques employed

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Word: The Poet’s Voice

This poetry course explores the writing craft needed to produce poems that deserve to be read. Students will study various themes: from nature writing to love poetry; spoken word and environmentally-themed poems; and works focused on capturing and expressing the female perspective. Students create and learn how to edit and revise their own poems and

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Women’s Literature: Worlds of Science Fiction and Fantasy

The course explores themes of identity, gender, race, and social justice, and looks at the literary craft of world building (how a writer creates an elaborate, believable story world). This single semester course focuses on works of science fiction and fantasy written by women. There are 18 lessons in three units. There is a creative

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British Literature: Heroes, Monsters, Faeries, and Kings

This British Literature course presents a selection of works from British literature, spanning from its origins through the 20th century. Beginning with the earliest written work of British Literature, Beowulf, students will read an illustrated translation of this epic poem whose hero becomes a king by defeating a family of dreadful monsters. King Arthur and

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World Literature

In our World Literature course, students read the works of contemporary and historical international authors and refine grammar and composition skills through numerous writing assignments. In addition to active reading and critical evaluation of literature, students’ writing instincts are further honed and challenged with a variety of essays (expository, compare/contrast, personal opinion, and interpretive), a

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American Literature

Through American Literature, students explore the thoughts and feelings of the men and women who helped create and define the unique heritage and culture of the American people. Active reading and critical evaluation is emphasized. Students refine composition and presentation skills by writing essays (expository, interpretive, contrast and compare), magazine columns, travel guides, interviews, editorials,

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Literature & Composition II

Literature and Composition II guides students as they continue to develop their writing skills. Student engage in a wide variety of writing assignments, such as compare and contrast essays, archetypal stories, and vignettes. Students read classic novels and poetry, examining story structure, theme, and style. The course emphasizes literary analysis and encourages students to hone

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The Hero’s Journey: Literature & Composition

The books in the Hero’s Journey, an introductory literature and composition course, feature ordinary people who find themselves in circumstances that require extraordinary acts, and how these acts relate to the archetypal hero’s journey. Lessons provide historical background on the setting and author, and discussion points for exploring literary themes and issues with family and

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