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English Language Arts Honors

Full-year course - 1 credit
English Language Arts Honors is a college-preparatory course, so in order to enroll in the class, students must have earned a B- or better each semester of English III.  

ELAHon students are introduced to many of the classics of literature, including BeowulfThe IliadThe Canterbury Tales, and MacBeth.  Students also do an extensive study of rhetoric:  the rhetorical situation (including the rhetorical triangle); SOAPSTONE; ethos, pathos, and logos; and rhetorical analysis. An in-depth study of the memoir The Glass Castle is conducted second semester.  In that unit students write a number of essays, including a text-based synthesis essay; they look at the author's use of voice in the memoir; they study important quotes in the memoir; they conduct a Socratic Discussion; and they write a research paper on a social, political, or economic issue that was faced by the Walls family and is still faced by our country today. In addition, students are required to read Night, by Elie Wiesel; The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson; and one other book of their choice per quarter and to keep a Reader's Notebook of their thinking as they are reading those books. The Word Within the Word program will be used for vocabulary building throughout the year, and students will be required to memorize a poem of their choice each quarter.  Students also write "Panther Hill" for the Brodhead Free Press and “Panthers on the Prowl" for the Independent Register each week.  

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