Welcome to English I PAP, English III GL and SAT Prep. We're going to have a great year! Below you'll find a current syllabus for each class that is updated each six weeks. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
English I PAP
English I Pre-AP is a fast-paced, multi-faceted, college prep course that prepares students for AP English taken in the junior and senior years of high school. The focus of the Pre-AP English class is the study of artistic use of language in works of increasing complexity. In this study, students will build skills in analysis, organization, and composition while studying major works of literature, both with the class and independently. Students will read many novels, one drama, several short stories, mythology, and numerous poems during the course of the year. Extended vocabulary lessons will expand students' knowledge of words and the ability to use them in their daily lives. Students will write at least one major paper each grading period. Students will also learn time management, priority-setting, and self-discipline as they complete challenging reading and writing tasks that address the objectives of the course. One of the goals of this class is to develop independence in learning; therefore, it is the students' responsibility to be aware of assignments and to meet the due dates for those assignments.
English III provides students with a chronological overview of American Literature and teaches students a variety of writing skills. Students will understand how literature is influenced by social environment as they read selections from each time period. Students will learn the art of using rhetorical devices in persuasive writing as well as creative techniques in narrative writing. Students will learn how to analyze literature critically, how to construct a persuasive argument, and how to write a research paper. Students will be prepped for success on the exit-level TAKS test, will receive instruction to help improve SAT scores, and will develop college-readiness skills invaluable to their post-secondary pursuits.
The SAT Prep program at Stratford is a one-semester class that is divided into three six-week periods. Students will receive six weeks of ELA prep, six weeks of math prep, and six weeks of College Fundamentals. The subject area preps are designed to provide students with strategies that allow them to answer the timed SAT questions more efficiently combined with some content instruction as needed. The final six weeks of the semester targets college fundamentals such as college admission essays, college applications, letters of recommendation, and college applications. Students are administered two diagnostic exams throughout the semester given in realistic testing conditions to help identify areas of needed instruction.