Course Overview and Curriculum

Course Overview


            We will be reading and discussing many short stories and books, and each of you will be able to read critically and analyze character motivations.  At the same time you will learn to write critically in response to questions based on our readings.  You will learn how to write grammatically correct sentences as well.  Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are very important in literature, and we will develop an understanding and appreciation for these aspects of language.


            You will be tested once we complete major units, short stories, and books.  These tests will contain both short answer and multiple choice questions.  Between tests, there will be at least one quiz within each unit.  Spelling and vocabulary are very important to having a firm grasp of a language.  Therefore we will have spelling and vocabulary tests once a month.  You will also have a research paper to complete on a writer of your choice.




            You are expected to bring a writing utensil (pen or pencil), a three ring binder, loose leaf paper or a spiral notebook, any assignments, and any books, stories, or handouts that we will be working with on that day.





Note:  Some of the units may run shorter or longer, this is just a rough timeline.  Many of the units will overlap with one another.  Example: the creative writing and poetry units


September                                                        Introduction to the Six Traits of Writing

October – November                                        Short Story Unit

December                                                        Creative Writing Unit               

January – February                                           Poetry Unit

February – March                                             Shakespeare’s Hamlet

March – April                                                   William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies

April – May                                                       Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

May – June                                                      Ernest J. Gaines’s A Lesson Before Dying