• Students are encouraged to purchase copies of the novels we study in class.  This is not mandatory; however, students benefit greatly from annotating and interacting with the text. 

    Quarter 1 Plan: Introduction of characterization, rhetoric, and theme analysis skills through poems, non-fiction articles, and novels.  Writing: Introduction of AXES writing format for rhetorical analysis writing. 

    Topics: Annotations, big ideas and themes, propaganda, rhetoric, relationship between author's word choice and theme, conflict, characterization, assertions, commentary, evidence, MLA format citations, relationships between elements of literature.  


    Quarter 2 Plan: Continued application of literary analysis skills through in-class plays, poetry, and Literature Circles with the addition of historical context.  Writing: Continued application of AXES paragraph for literary analysis.

    Topics: author's word choice, connotation vs denotation, distinguishing literary forms, cultural or social function of literary text, influence of historical context, assertions, selecting effective evidence, commentary. 


    Quarter 3 Plan: Continued application of literary analysis and synthesis skills through in-class short stories, poetry, and Literature Circles.  Writing: Focus on persuasion and literary analysis.

    Topics: Figurative language, idioms, varied critical perspectives, character development, assertions, evidence, and commentary, ethical use of internet for research. 


    Quarter 4 Plan: Final application of literary analysis skills through novels, short stories, and poetry with Literature Circles or independent reading.  Focus on synthesizing information from multiple texts. Writing: Final application of AXES paragraphs in literary analysis, evaluation of sources, and counterclaims. 

    Topics: Compare/contrast details in literary texts, counterclaims, inferences, synthesis, literary devices, ethical use of internet, MLA format, and research.