AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION
AP English Language and Composition aims to replicate first year rhetoric and composition courses at most universities. In this class, you will engage in reading and writing that challenges you to develop deep analytical skills, including critical thinking, synthesis writing, and close reading of varied texts. As you learn to be captivated by diverse texts, you will unfold your academic skills and mature in your ability to provide cogent analysis within compelling, reflective arguments. Using articles from The Bedford Reader, political or influential speeches, as well as other relevant texts, you are expected to develop critical reading skills as you learn to recognize and analyze an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques. Students will evaluate discourse methods such as those found in news and opinion writing, essays, literature, or internet literature.
Successful students in this course articulate their views rationally, stylistically, and powerfully as they employ different types of writing techniques on varied subjects. Here, the process of writing is as important as the final product (such as the final draft of an essay). Such process will include heavy revision, drafting, and collaborative stages where both peers and teacher address areas of improvement and weakness in student work. To further foster effective communication, listening, and pacing skills, the class will blend project work, presentations, debates, media analysis, and timed and untimed writing as students conduct informed analytical reading, writing, and research.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: YEARBOOK CLASS
Yearbook is a two‐semester course where students engage in high‐level critical thinking as they blend abstract ideas, technical ability, reading, and enhanced composition skills. Here you will find your own unique path, as you delve into the artistic, creative, and aesthetic world of the visual and graphic arts and develop communication skills in all of their virtual and physical forms. How each student develops these skills is unique to that individual. This class will also challenge you to master the writing and editing of stories that matter, so that our story -- our Kennedy story -- may reveal itself this year in compelling and dynamic ways. Thus you will read and analyze relevant material and develop expository writing and interviewing skills as you also learn and practice design and layout; analyze and evaluate images; learn communication, management, and evaluation skills; use word processing and design software; and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of ethical journalism. Expect self‐directed learning and confidence gained as you promote your creative ideas and see them rise to their completion and potential.
To save, buy 2016 yearbook before Jan.1 at: https://yearbookforever.com/#school/325255/2016
LINK DESCRIPTION: YEARBOOK PUBLICATION
A site containing Yearbook notes and updates for all Cougars. Sales have begun. (Prices 10-15 percent lower than surrounding schools)
Welcome to Yearbook!
Dr. Warner - Sponsor
Please support our Yearbook sales. Although it might seem expensive, our book is purposely sold 10-15 percent lower than surrounding schools. We do not seek to make a profit and in fact have not broken even every year. Yearbook is a service to our Kennedy community, and as such, we hope you will enjoy all the hard work and effort that goes into putting one together.
Yearbook with Senior Package: $90
Yearbook Price until Jan. 1, 2016: $100
After Jan. 1, 2016: $110.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: AMERICAN LITERATURE & COMPOSITION, HONORS
The purpose of this course is to develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills through the study of American literature and the many questions posed by a text. As you read each piece, central questions that you should be thinking about are: What makes literary art great? What makes good writing? What makes it last? Why do some stories fail while others surpass an author’s expectations? How can you make your own stories and essays better? How do you convince an audience that they’ve got to read something – that it’s worth their time?
We will focus on critical analysis of individual readings by American authors from both the class textbook and smaller paperbacks. You will also be required to keep a timely reading response journal of assigned readings in which you will answer assigned prompts. Some of these prompts will challenge you to develop a deeper reading of the texts and explore your personal and scholarly viewpoints on the subjects discussed. Others require specific tasks which will aid in developing your writing skills. At all times, be prepared to discuss any reading or reading response in a full class or small group setting. You will be expected to to constructively evaluate and discuss peer comments.
This class will also provide an intensive study of various literary genres as you explore the writings of American authors and analyze writers’ choices and literary features. Students will examine thematic connections between works of literature, and will develop their communication skills via persuasive, analytical, and creative writing, as well as by oral commentary and creative presentations.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT 2
In ELD 2, students will develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills that enable them to move up to ELD 3 and standard English language arts instruction. The course is part of a sequence of courses designed to move students who are new to English into regular English language arts instruction within a two to three-year period. While our curriculum includes the High Point Program, be prepared to engage in supplemental readings and essay tasks that present a more nuanced and targeted approach to learning language skills and composition strategies. Students who enroll mid-semester or who do not master course standards may not have had adequate time or exposure needed to gain English proficiency. They may therefore repeat the course the next semester. A student should not repeat this course more than once unless it is determined that appropriate academic intervention is needed for the student to catch up.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: ENGLISH 9 focuses on analytical reading and writing while simultaneously familiarizing students with diverse writing styles and literary genres. Within this framework, you will explore themes in literary and expository texts. You will write about the literature we read and much class time will be devoted to practicing and developing critical thinking, reading interpretation, and the essay-writing process. Specific practices in the class include pre-writing, free writing, and multiple revisions, all of which lead to a polished (but never “final”) product. Vocabulary and contextual grammatical instruction will enhance student understanding during each unit of study.