The content and assignments in this class are geared toward 9th and 10th graders. However, any high school students may enroll in this class.
In this 90 minute class and continues from fall semester. Students will be gaining the benefit of TWO COMPLETE COURSES: 1) US History and 2) American Literature; each can be applied toward graduation credits! Students will be given the opportunity to complete assignments that can be applied toward high school credits for 2 classes; US History and American Literature.
In the history portion of the class students will explore the history of our great country. They will use their text, maps, charts, and projects to explore the history of the fifty states of America.
American novels will be read and discussed in Literature portion of this class. The novels chosen will be geared toward early High School grades. Together, Mrs. Torgerson and students discuss these novels as well as participate in projects and writing assignments that utilize the methods of Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) students will put literary analysis skills into practice as they study and write about nine great works of literature from around the world. In-home assignments will consist of novel reading, book reports, projects, etc.
Grading will be based on accumulated point totals which may be earned through reading, viewing, writing, testing and quizzes. In order to receive grades for these complete courses, students must complete all the required work for each course subject. Students will create a history and/or literature portfolio, which should include all of the class handouts, drawings, maps, reports, scoring sheets, etc. This becomes the portfolio that constitutes the basis of their grades.
Additional literature books will be required throughout the year.
Students must be 14 years old by December 1, 2019
Maximum of 16 students
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS (textbooks will be used for the entire school year)
United States History: Heritage of Freedom by Abeka (If digital version is purchased, student must bring laptop/device to class.)
Excellence in Literature: American Literature by IEW
Books to purchase:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
If time permits, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Feel free to purchase books through your preferred vendor; links are provided for your convenience.
If you have any questions, email Mrs. Torgerson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org