American Literature
1 ELA Credit 

This course will explore the topics, thoughts, writings, and people of American history and modern culture through many different genres of American Literature.  Students will practice reading, analyzing, and writing about American literature.  We will work with various texts including poetry, short stories, novels, and non-fiction pieces. Through completion of the coursework, students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of literature and its impact on and by society.  Coursework and practice in American Literature will be completed through Google Classroom with in-class activities and independent assignments.

Alternate Courses
World History and World Literature
1 ELA Credit and 1 Social Studies/History credit

This course takes students on a tour of major and minor historical events throughout the globe through literature and lessons in history and culture.  In this course, students will explore world cultures and historical events through the lens of the human experience.  Students will read and examine both primary and secondary sources, explore ideas, trends, and patterns in history, and gather, examine, and explore historical data.  In addition, students will read and analyze a wide variety of literature as well as meet as a student group to discuss novels in a book club format.  Through completion of the coursework, students will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world as a whole and how interconnected we all are.  Coursework and practice in both World History and World Literature will be completed through Google Classroom in addition to in-class lessons and activities.

Nonfiction Informative and Expository Reading/Writing (ELA)
1 ELA Credit

This course dives into the complexities of expository text.  Students will explore the vast array of informational text available across many platforms.  We will work towards being savvy digital citizens able to read critically and analyze what is being presented to us.   Students will have the opportunity to strengthen their skills in sourcing information, conveying that information through written text and multimedia, and citing the information appropriately.  This class will combine elements of a spirited classroom discussion with individually focused work time.  Coursework and practice addressing common high school standards appropriate to their grade level will be available via Google Classroom.

Textbook/Resources: Purdue Online Writing Lab, Holt McDougal Literature, True or False by Cindy Otis, Developing Digital Detectives by Jennifer LeGarde 

Portfolio Project Sneak Peek:

Students will identify a “deep dive” topic and utilize technological tools such as Google Suite and Adobe Suite to create a meaningful product for educating others on their topic. Research does not have to be boring and is not limited to paper and pencil anymore.  Student-created books, pamphlets, websites, infographics, scripted vlogs/podcasts, formal papers, and more are all possibilities in this course.