COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course provides students a general survey of selected literature, grammar and vocabulary study, and formal writing. Students develop their reading comprehension, writing, and speaking skills through an in depth analysis of fiction and nonfiction novels, functional documents like maps and charts, as well as film and art.
CHAPTERS
Ch.1 – Reading Informational Text
Expository Text – Fact and Opinion
Locate Information Using Organizational Features
Using Information From Text Features – Functional Text
Use Knowledge of Structure, Content and Vocabulary in Informational Text
Differentiate Between Primary and Secondary Sources
Author’s Purpose – Expository Text
Use Reading Strategies to Interpret Text
Summarize the Main Idea – Expository Text
Interpreting Details from Functional Text
Restate the Main Idea – Expository Text
Author’s Purpose for Writing Text
Interpret Graphic Features – Expository Text
Author’s Use of Elements
Evaluating Validity and Accuracy
Interpret Data, Facts & Ideas
Knowledge of Structure, Content, and Vocabulary
Condense, Combine or Categorize New Information
Distinguishing Relevant vs. Irrelevant Information
Identify Missing or Unclear Information
Unit Assessment: Reading Informational Text

Ch.2 – Reading Literature
Relevance of Setting on Mood and Tone
Structural Elements of Poetic Forms
Identify Common Structures
Analyzing Plot Development
Identify Author’s Point of View
Literary Terms Convey Author’s Message
Author’s Use of Language Creates Feelings
Describing a Character
Identify Poetic Elements
Context Clues
Reference Aids
Meaning of Vocabulary Using Root Words and Affixes
Using Context for Unfamiliar Words
Active and Passive Voice
Verbals
The Mood of Sentences
Pauses and Breaks in Sentences
Denotation and Connotation
Figures of Speech
Denotation and Connotation
Pauses and Breaks in Sentences
The Mood of Sentences
Verbals
Active and Passive Voice
Unit Assessment: Reading Literature

Ch.3 – Language
Context Clues
Meaning of Vocabulary Using Root Words and Affixes
Using Context for Unfamiliar Words
Active and Passive Voice
Verbals
The Mood of Sentences
Pauses and Breaks in Sentences
Denotation and Connotation
Figures of Speech