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English I: Introduction to Literary Analysis and Composition – GROUP 2


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This course is FULL. Please consider English I: Intro Lit & Comp – GROUP 3 – FY – Fridays @ 10:30 AM ET.

High school literature adventures begin in this genre-driven course that immerses students in the study of elements of the short story, poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction. With extensive study of literary devices, students will gain confidence in academic discourse and analysis utilizing responsible writing practices that will prepare students for successful high school English mastery. Through rich literary discussion and guided reading and annotation (both inside and outside of the classroom), students will discover a treasury of truth in the words of well-known and well-loved literature. The course includes reading comprehension, vocabulary, and composition. Students will write literary analysis compositions as well as participate in discussions aimed to build insight, answer questions, and gain communication skills. Vocabulary from the texts themselves is included, and quizzes will be given. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, a functioning microphone is required.


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Poetry and short story selections provided by the instructor.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, ISBN-13: 978-0789160874

 Our Town by Thornton Wilder, ISBN-13: 978-0060512637

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, ISBN-13: 978-1517562878

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, ISBN-13: 978-0-446-31078-9

Silas Marner by George Eliot, ISBN-13: 978-1593082512

The Giver by Lois Lowry, ISBN-13: 978-0440219071

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, ISBN-13: 978-0486280486

Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, ISBN-13: 978-0486287386

Jess Woods graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's degree in English Education and from Arizona State University with a Master's degree in English. She began her career teaching in a public high school; however, since 2013, she has been teaching middle school and high school English courses online.  Jess is a life-long reader and writer.  She comes alive in the company of words and music, and she has a passion for literature that reaches through every part of her being.  She believes wholeheartedly that each person has a relevant voice and perspective, and she eagerly teaches her students to embrace their individual voices by exploring their own thoughts and learning to confidently articulate them.  It is her desire to encourage growth in all students (regardless of their love for English courses…or lack thereof).  She considers it a tremendous success if she can awaken a love of literature and/or composition in her students. Jess currently resides in Alabama with her pastor-husband, Josh and their three kids. They also have a lot of animals and plants.  While reading and writing are clearly on the top of her hobby list, Jess also enjoys all things musical, cooking competition shows, gardening,  hiking, and traveling.

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