High School English
The objective of this course is to provide a foundational skill set for students in reading comprehension and analytical writing. The goal of this class is to open the students’ minds to the vast enjoyment available in truly understanding and being able to discuss works of literature.
The class will concentrate on how to “annotate, analyze, and appreciate literature” using Windows to the World and will put those skills to practice in writing about classic British and American literature. Students will also be working toward building a stronger vocabulary through a required workbook. Also, during the course of the school year, students should anticipate writing at least two papers with a required length of 5-10 pages with great attention and involvement by the instructor in both the drafting and editing process.
Grades will be given every nine week period, with further specifications on the course syllabus.
Required Texts: Windows to the World: An Introduction to Literary Analysis (Student Book), Worldly Wise 3000 Student Book 9, and various novels TBD. The class syllabus will be distributed as soon as it is complete to allow collection of any books necessary for the beginning of the school year.
Lisa Smith Teacher ProfileLisa Smith graduated from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts awarded with a BFA in Dramatic Writing in 2003. Her pursuits in writing have led her down various paths including work in the publishing industry, as a blogger, and as a freelance editor. Lisa enjoys writing and has a passion for the writing of others. She is a voracious reader and truly enjoys the process of taking a first draft to a final one as both a writer and an editor.Lisa’s varied interests include mathematics. During (and since) college, she tutored for Kaplan Test Prep for all sections of the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. Additionally, she has served as a private tutor and course instructor for advanced mathematics courses like Pre-Calculus and Algebra 2. Math mastery came easy for her, but the enjoyment of math didn’t come until she began teaching it to others. She loves helping students who loath math learn to appreciate and excel at it.After years of serving only as a private tutor, Lisa is excited to share her passion for learning (be it English, Writing, Math, or Science) in a classroom setting. Students should anticipate an instructor who cares most about comprehension and the ability to demonstrate mastery than one who wants answers by rote. Her genuine enthusiasm about learning and her personal ability to connect with her students have proven an effective formula for enabling that exact outcome in the past and serve as her continual goal.