Eastside Academic Studies


Literature and Composition 2

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Teacher: Marlys Roos
Date/Time: Thursday - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Room: 263
Departments: Language Arts - High School, Middle/Elementary
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th), Middle School (6th-8th)
Maximum Enrollment: 15

Maximum 15 students

Cost: $495/year; $250/semester + $10 materials fee
$25 discount for those registered by August 1
Includes a free study skills workshop for those registered by August 17

Prerequisite: Literature and Composition I or 8th Grade English or after testing

This course corresponds to D.O.E. course #23.06100. Alternative names such as 9th Grade English, English Language Arts, Reading and Composition may be substituted for transcripts.

For further details about the course, visit www.hslitcompclasses.com.

A continuation of Literature and Composition 1 in which students will study a variety of literary genres including mystery, science fiction, realistic fiction, allegory, biography, poetry and drama by writers from the U.S. and Europe. Students will learn methods to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize the materials they read, which will prepare them to take the SAT and ACT. Emphasis will be on note-taking skills for the purpose of studying and writing, and practical writing skills such as answering essay questions, writing letters and reports, and preparing a research paper. Students will mainitain a portfolio of the year's writing assignments.

Elements of creative writing and "wordsmithing" will also be examined and practiced. Grammar study will be based on the use of a writer`s handbook so that students learn to look for the answer themselves when they have a grammar question and to aid with their composition skills in preparation for college and beyond. Exercises will be used to reinforce grammar and to refine writing skills. Vocabulary will include unfamiliar words from the literature as well as words that are misused and confused. A research paper will be the final spring project and will include evaluating sources, outlining, and writing a bibliography for a topic of the student`s choice.

Required Texts:

  • Random House Webster`s Grammar, Usage and Punctuation (ISBN10: 0375722769 or ISBN13: 978-0375722769) (Used every week);
  • The Reader`s Handbook for 9th-12th grades (ISBN:0-669-49006-7) (Used throughout the year);
  • Voyages in English 2011 Grade 8 Practice Book (This is the workbook only, approximately $16) (ISBN: 9780829428339) (Used throughout the year);
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin (Required Summer Reading);
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sept.-Oct.);
  • 100 Best Loved Poems, (Dover Thrift Edition ISBN:0-486-28553-7) (Nov.-Dec.);
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom (Winter Break);
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck (Jan.-Feb.)
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells or The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Student`s choice to read one; both will be discussed in class) (Feb.-March);
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (April-May)


Other reading assignments may be given as online links. The summer reading assignment will be sent upon registration. A list of suggested summer reading for extra credit will be available in May.

A 1.5 inch binder with five dividers is required for each student.

Random House Webster`s Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation is a handbook written for older students and adults and may be purchased from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for around $15. The Reader`s Handbook may be purchased used from Amazon or AbeBooks for as little as $.99 plus shipping. It can be purchased new from Amazon, Rainbow Resources or other retailers for about $31.00. The other books may be purchased through Amazon, Rainbow Resources or a number of other retailers. The Dover Thrift Editions also may be ordered from www.doverpublishers.com. Check Dover for the other books, too. Any edition of the novels should be fine.

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