Prerequisites: Honors English 9, Honors English 10
This class may be offered in a blended format.
This course is designed to engage students in developing two critical skills: 1) becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts by a variety of authors from a variety of eras; 2) becoming skilled writers who are capable of composing for a variety of audiences and purposes. To this end, the course will focus primarily on the study of nonfiction but will occasionally turn to fiction and poetry as necessary. Students will also be encouraged to make these rhetorical choices in the development of their own nonfiction. Writing assignments will include a variety of expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. The instruction will include attention to developing and organizing ideas in clear, coherent, and persuasive language with much focus on nurturing stylistic maturity and sophistication. Students entering this course should possess a firm grasp of standard English grammar, as our concentration on language will be designed to enhance student ability to use these grammatical conventions appropriately to develop stylistic maturity. Timed in-class writing will also be assigned in preparation for the AP exam. This course is offered to juniors interested in (and qualified for) the challenges of advanced placement courses, while AP English Literature and Composition is offered during senior year. This course fulfills one credit of the state graduation requirement for writing.