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English Lit & Comp 1
The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • To read works from a variety of genres, including novels, plays, short stories, and poetry

  • To read and discuss literature written by authors of all nationalities

  • To be introduced to the art of poetry, with an emphasis on figurative language, meter and rhyme, sound devices, and a few forms

  • To learn how to annotate works of varying lengths.

  • To learn, identify, and apply a wide array of figurative language and literary tools including allusions, plot, suspense, conflict, theme, setting, imagery, point of view, tone, irony, symbolism, and elements of characterization

  • To write in a variety of essay modes—including a research paper—and through this practice, to develop a more proficient writer's voice

  • To extend working vocabulary

  • To increase grammatical skills through daily practice

Course Resources

Texts and Materials
  • Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: 180 Daily Teaching Lessons – Grade 9 Student Workbook, Phillips

  • Prose & Poetry, Walch Toolbook Series, Helen Ruth Bass and Diane Morrill
  • MLA Made Easy: Your Concise Guide to the 9th Edition, Hatala

  • The Synonym Finder, Rodale


Core Reading:

  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,  Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding

  • A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry

  • Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt

Short Stories:

(This is a sample of some of the stories that will be provided online by the instructor)

  • "The Gift of the Magi," O. Henry

  • "A Jury of Her Peers," Susan Glaspel

  • "The Most Dangerous Game," Richard Connell

  • "The Necklace," Guy de Maupassant.

  • "The Ransom of Red Chief," O. Henry

  • "Rip Van Winkle," Washington Irving


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