Welcome to your freshman year at ATC, and welcome to pre-AP English 9! With high school comes an exciting time of examining and learning more about yourself, the world around you, and how you will ultimately choose to interact with and contribute to that world. Through the study of literature and various forms of writing, we will examine man’s timeless conflicts with himself, others, and his environment. We’ll analyze the forces that shape those conflicts and determine the value of the resolutions offered within the literary works. Together we’ll uncover the various authors’ purposes and see where they are (and are not) relevant to our lives. Always, we will take away a greater understanding of others, ourselves, and the world in which we live. It is critical in an advanced course that students ask questions, listen actively to their peers and the instructor, and synthesize the various forms of information to make meaning for themselves. Literature and writing are all about exploration for the purpose of making and communicating meaning. Thus, discussion will be central to our class, and respect for one another’s views is expected. This will be a safe place to explore ideas and share our mental wanderings and wonderings.
Time in class to work on personal narratives. Be prepared for peer review tomorrow.