GROVE CITY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Composition and World Literature
GRADE LEVEL: 9
LENGTH OF COURSE:
CREDIT AWARDED: 1.0
RELATIONSHIP TO GRADUATION OUTCOMES:
SUMMARY OF PLANNED INSTRUCTION:
Level I English is a standards-based, skills-driven course. Students read novels, short stories, poems, plays, autobiographies, speeches, epics, etc. from all over the world; specific areas of focus are Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Ancient Greece. In their study of literature, students adopt specific Reading Stances (Initial Understanding, Responding Personally, Interpretation, and Responding Critically) to develop a firm grasp of the literary tools and skills assessed on the PSSA Reading Test. Vocabulary study arises from the literature. Further, students learn to read independently and take Accelerated Reader tests on eleven self-selected novels over the course of the year. Level I English also incorporates choral poetry reading to develop and increase reading fluency. Finally, the course focuses on test-taking strategies using the 4-Sight Assessment.
Process writing is integral to Level I English: students prepare for the PSSA Writing Test by writing multi-paragraph Narrative, Informational, and Persuasive essays which are assessed according to state standards. These writing assignments are scored on Focus, Content, Organization, Style, and Conventions.
A Midterm Exam and Final Exam are required.
The student will:
identify, describe, evaluate and synthesize the essential ideas in a text. [1.1.11.D.]
understand the meaning of and apply key vocabulary across the subject areas. [1.1.11.F.]
make extensions to related ideas, topics, or information. [1.1.11.G.3.]
read familiar materials aloud with accuracy. [1.1.11.H.1.]
self-correct mistakes. [1.1.11.H.2.]
read a variety of genres and types of text. [1.1.11.H.4.]
demonstrate comprehension. [1.1.11.H.5.]
be held accountable for reading 12 books a year and encouraged to read more. [1.1.11.H.6.]
produce work in at least one of the following genres: fiction/nonfiction, prose, biography, autobiography, historical fiction, science fiction, mystery, realistic fiction, and fantasy. [1.2.11.C.]
may choose to read from the following genres: fiction/nonfiction, prose, biography, autobiography, historical fiction, science fiction, mystery, realistic fiction, and fantasy. [1.3.11.A.]
connect knowledge from the text with personal background to apply to real life situations. TSW cite and synthesize specific information to defend the responses. [1.3.11.F.]
Writing, Speaking and Listening
The student will:
write short stories and poems utilizing various literary techniques. [1.4.11.A.]
write a 5-paragraph persuasive essay. [1.4.11.C.]
write an essay with a sharp distinct focus, well-developed content, and controlled organization. [1.5.11.A.]
write an essay with a sharp distinct focus, well-developed content, and controlled organization. [1 .5.11.B.]
write an essay with a sharp distinct focus, well-developed content, and controlled organization, [1.5.11.C.]
listen to others; TSW take notes. [1.6.11.A.]
listen to selections of literature. [1.6.11.B.]
contribute to discussions utilizing response journals. [1.6.11.D.]
Conventions / Fluency
5 ½ weeks
5 paragraph essay, etc.
9. PSSA Reading Stances, etc.
2 ½ weeks
Modified Contextual Redefinition
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