English 9: Language & Composition
This course will focus on the development and revision of evidence-based analytic and argumentative writing and the rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts, promoting interdisciplinary reading and writing. Students will be engaged in a variety of writing and revision activities, cross curricular research, grammar, composition, and close reading. Students will become skilled readers and writers by learning how to write in a variety of modes, reading and research.
As students become aware of writer’s craft, they will begin to incorporate new techniques in their own writing. They will be challenged to write clear, effective essays, and add their voices to academic discourse on a range of subjects. Our study of writing will be accomplished with practice, direct writing instruction, peer editing, and grammar exercises.
With the advent of the internet, all of us have the ability to create content and share it with large audiences. Some of that content is worthwhile, but much of it is poorly written, false or misleading. Writing, reduced to brief posts or tweets, often lacks sophistication in its ideas and its style. Students need exposure to well-written, sustained arguments, and they need experience entering into conversation with the written and visual texts they are examining. Students also need media literacy skills to determine author’s bias and the reliability of information.
This course will teach students how to evaluate and understand complex texts and articulate opinions about them in clear, coherent writing. They will develop skills that can be applied to many reading and writing situations in various disciplines.