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Curriculum

Curriculum Overview by grade with resouces from Montgomery County Public Schools

Grade 9

In first semester, students approach literature as apprentice writers, learning from professional authors and learn how to wield the power of well-chosen words and skillfully crafted sentences. They examine models such as short stories, essays, and novels to expose the choices a writer makes and the effects that arise from these choices, hoping to emulate those effects in their own work. In second semester, students search for understanding and learn to be comfortable with the diverse interpretations of experience that arise out of a wide variety of perspectives, through careful reading of both print and non-print texts.

 

Grade 10

The focus of instruction throughout English 10 is on the interplay between writer and reader; while the units are organized by genre, many overlaps are possible, and teachers can choose numerous routes to the skills and concepts of the course. Students practice critical reading, careful analysis, logical argument, creative narrative, and confident public speaking. And just as a driver’s license is a milestone rather than a destination, English 10 prepares students to navigate responsibly through a world of ideas.

Grade 11

The goal of the Secondary English Language Arts program is to create literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world. Now that students have a solid foundation in reading challenging text, writing for a variety of audiences, and speaking both formally and informally, English 11 focuses on integrating all five processes and gives students many opportunities to engage in the critical thought so vital to individual success and a thriving democracy.

Grade 12

The goal of the Secondary English Language Arts program is to create literate, thoughtful communicators, capable of controlling language effectively as they negotiate an increasingly complex and information-rich world. English 12 encourages students to consider multiple and complex points of view on universal themes and global issues. Students continue to develop 21st century skills for using language to understand a world that is changing in terms of how information is produced and shared. English 12 is the culmination of the years of study that have developed students’ nascent abilities to think critically about the world around them. It offers rich opportunities for all students to wonder and to question and to engage in real thinking of their own, since, no matter what their post-secondary plans, students need these skills to be successful after high school.