English Courses (MS)

EN006 – English Language Arts 6/Reading

This course is designed to develop the necessary skills to be confident, successful readers.  Students will learn strategies to strengthen their ability to comprehend and analyze a variety of texts, and learn how to apply this in their writing. In addition, students will focus on increasing fluency and phonemic awareness, but most importantly, a love of reading.

English Language Arts 6/Writing

This course is designed to build the foundation students will need to be successful writers at NPA. Modeled after Writer’s Workshop, students will participate in writing every day, engaging in a variety of writing as they learn to respond to both fictional and informational texts. Students will explore persuasive, argumentative, literary analysis, informative, and narrative writing. Emphasis is placed on the revision process as students work to improve their academic writing skills.

EN001 – Basic English Composition 7

The emphasis in Basic English Composition is academic writing, the types of writing frequently required in middle, high school and college classes. The goal of this class is for students to become comfortable with communicating through writing and to understand themselves as writers. Toward this end, students will explore different strategies for approaching any given writing task and ultimately develop a writing process that is their own combination of writing strategies. Students will learn to read a variety of texts closely and use examples and quotes from them as support for the topics of their writing. Texts will vary in genre and include novels (both contemporary and classic), plays, and poetry, as well as, nonfiction works in books, magazines, and newspapers. There will also be vocabulary and presentation components to this course.

EN011 – English Composition 8

This course concentrates on developing students’ skills as a reader, writer and critical thinker. It is based on the reading and writing workshop model, with the class functioning as a community of readers and writers. We will spend time discussing class readings, investigating them as a communal experience, and participating in a reader-to-reader dialogue. The class will also participate in weekly writing workshops in which we will write in a variety of forms, and for a variety of audiences and purposes, using class texts as a model. For example, if we are studying short stories in class, students may be working on writing their own short story in writing workshop. During the duration of this course students will read both teacher and student selected books. Additional units may focus on alternative genres like poetry or short stories. Grammar and vocabulary will be related directly to the reading and writing that we do in class throughout the year.

EN021 – English Composition 8 Honors

This course is more accelerated than the regular course, providing a study of literature that is greater in depth and scope. This course concentrates on developing students’ skills as a reader, writer and critical thinker. It is based on the reading and writing workshop model, with the class functioning as a community of readers and writers. We will spend time discussing class readings, investigating them as a communal experience, and participating in a reader-to-reader dialogue. The class will also participate in weekly writing workshops in which we will write in a variety of forms, and for a variety of audiences and purposes, using class texts as a model. For example, if we are studying short stories in class, students may be working on writing their own short story in writing workshop. During the duration of this course students will read both teacher and student selected books. Additional units may focus on alternative genres like poetry or short stories. Grammar and vocabulary will be related directly to the reading and writing that we do in class throughout the year. Course material will be selected on the basis of a tolerance driven theme. As a class we will spend the year studying literature with this overarching message in order to better educate ourselves about the world outside our community, and in the hopes to inspire young people to get involved in making a difference in the world.Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation