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    Welcome! My name is Mrs. Andrea Smith and I currently teach English 11 Honors (Jr. AP) and English 12A (research, public speaking, journalism).
    English 11H students will spend the year studying British Literature, starting with Beowulf and culminating with modern literature.Time is spent with a breadth of novels, plays, poems, and short stories that will prepare all students for the AP English Literature exam, which they will take at the end of their senior year. Students will work arduously in understanding how diction, syntax, structure, and the use of literary elements drive thematic ideas within the literature. Several essays will be due each quarter and rewrites will be encouraged. Periodic quizzes, unit tests, and projects will be assigned to further cement key ideas. Although students will experience a variety of learning atmospheres within class time, it is expected that students work independently toward understanding and applying their understandings to later units and in other contents. Students are expected to have a strong work ethic that entails devoting several independent hours outside of classroom instruction with their reading, writing, and understanding of this subject.
    English 12A is one semester in length and is a graduation requirement. Students must successfully complete all the speeches and research papers assigned or they will not receive credit for this course. Since most people in general fear public speaking, the course begins with students being introduced to key public speaking techniques and strategies that will help students become more comfortable and fluent in front of an audience. Students will know how to organize and write a speech and they will deliver their speeches in front of their class. Besides the speeches, students will also spend a significant amount of time preparing a persuasive research paper that will then transcribe to a whole-class debate. The last component of this course is a journalism unit: Students will learn the basics about mass media and communications, including how to write and speak within these formats.
    If anyone has any questions or concerns about these courses, feel free to contact me. 
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