What is happening in CT English?

December 9, 2016

Pathways to English class is enjoying the adventure novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Hatchet is the story of a young man’s survival in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet to help. Students are focusing on vocabulary development and reading comprehension. Pathways students have completed numerous writing assignments as well as grammar practice this semester. 

English I CT has had a busy semester filled with literature and the Write Tools process.  The focus of our literature units has been conflict and why it is necessary.  Students really enjoyed reading “The Most Dangerous Game” and “The Scarlet Ibis” among others. Students were challenged to use the Write Tools Process to write a new ending for “The Most Dangerous Game” and a literary analysis using symbolism as a follow-up to “The Scarlet Ibis.” 

English II CT has also been very busy reading and writing.  Students have been using the Write Tools process to construct essays connected to their short story readings in World Literature.  Currently, students are busy reading about African culture and European Imperialistic practices in the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

English 4 CT has been busy this semester with a novel, British literature, and lots of writing.  The world-renowned novel Night was a highlight for these students.  They were deeply engaged and moved by the autobiographical story of Elie Wiesel.  Students were able to connect with the book on an emotional level while using information from previous history classes to understand the content.  Many students are preparing for a December graduation, so are currently busy completing a research paper.  Students are writing a paper based on a persuasive topic important in their own lives.