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On these pages my students will find all of the information they need about the courses I am currently teaching. Most of the worksheets and tutorials for each course can be obtained through the navigation bar on the left-hand side. For example,if you needed the work associated with a novel that we are currently studying in Honors English, you would click under the novel link under Honors English. Vocabulary associated with a particular literary work can be found under the vocabulary link. Writing assignments associated with a particular literary work can be found under the writing assignments link. Summer reading directions are found under the Summer Reading link for each course. I have made every attempt to make this page as student friendly and as parent friendly as possible.

*NOTE* This web page was born on 2/29/08. It is a work in progress. I will add additional materials as I feel they are needed to keep this website up to date. My goal in creating this Wikispace was to provide a valuable tool to facilitate student learning and to keep parents informed as to what we are currently covering in my English classroom. On these pages my students will find their class syllabus, the breakdown of work scheduled for each marking period, the current class schedule, and most of the tutorials and worksheets they will need in my class for the current school year. If you are absent from class for whatever reason - illness, vacation, extracurricular activity, family emergency - check this space to find the assignments and materials you will need to keep up to date with the required course work. Of course, as the teacher, I must reserve the right to modify and adjust lesson plans and materials as I feel justified. Please, feel free to e-mail me with any questions or concerns regarding classwork and assignments.

Mrs. Miller's e-mail: tmiller@jtasd.org

11 APPLIED COMMUNICATIONS:

This course is designed to equip students with the reading, writing, analytical, and communication skills that will help them successfully enter the job market, military, business school, or a junior or technical college. The grammar and writing exercises emphasize sentence mechanics, word choice, tone, point-of-view, detail, organization, and various writing formats. Instruction is based on Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.\

AP ENGLISH:

This course is designed to prepare students for college level reading, writing, and analysis. The course is designed around the following units of studies: Poetry, Drama, Fiction (Novel and Short Story), and Expository Prose. Students will receive in-depth instruction in: literary analysis, literary terminology, and approaches to writing in various formats. The course will also include tips on taking the AP English Examinations, as well as practice testing on the AP English Examinations. Students will be required to read specific works of literary merit and to demonstrate an understanding of these works through class discussion, book notes, quizzes, and analytical essays. The course is designed to help students become skilled and inferential readers of poetry and prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. This course parallels a first-year college composition course. Students who pass the AP English Literature and Composition Test in May are granted three college credits in English.

CREATIVE WRITING:

Creative Writing is a one -semester course that focuses on descriptive writing and non-fictional narrative writing in Creative Writing 1, and on non-fictional narrative writing and poetry in Creative Writing 2. It is a low-pressure class designed to evoke students’ creative talents; therefore, almost all work is done within the classroom setting under teacher guidance. There is minimal homework. In Creative Writing students will read and analyze the published writings of both professional and student authors from various books and periodicals in order to model literary types and techniques. Students will learn how to incorporate the following literary techniques within their own writing: figurative language; imagery; description; plot line: introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; characterization; realistic dialogue; point of view; conflict; and the poetic elements of comparison, poetic imagery, line breaks, and word music. The culminating project of this class is the production and publication of a high school literary magazine, entitled The Flame, published at the end of each school year, in May. In addition, students will seek out publication in various public venues such as Teen Ink Magazine.