Sophomore English Honors Classes Focus on Writing Skills

October 15, 2019

           For the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year, the Sophomore Honors English classes have been focusing on improving their writing skills and enriching their vocabulary.

            Before taking the ACT Writing Field Test at the end of the quarter, the sophomores worked on improving their diction level and writing structurally sound paragraphs and essays. They also used the novel, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, to examine the use of formal diction to help emphasize points in writing.

            In paragraph writing, they used the S.E.E. method to organize their thoughts and create unity and coherence in their writing. Sophomores know writing is easy as 1, 2, 3, if you can say S, E, E. The S.E.E. method (Statement, Examples, Explanation) and Writing Tools helped the students become effective writers. They later used the same method to develop the basic five-paragraph essay – which they later used in the ACT Writing Field Test.

            The sophomores are enriching their vocabulary weekly, by pronouncing and using formal diction in written exercises and testing themselves in spelling and definition quizzes. By the end of the school year, they will be exposed to 300 formal diction vocabulary words that will hopefully enrich their academic experience  and help them in future endeavors.