Welcome to Mr. Purdy's Classroom.
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I'm excited to get to know each of you this year. Below, you will find a brief description for each of my courses.
Freshman English is a foundational class in which students will read works of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. Emphasis will also be placed on communication skills, writing conventions, vocabulary, and grammar. Students will make independent reading choices each trimester.
Sophomore English expands on the skills acquired during freshman year. During one trimester students will work on communication skills drawing from a variety of speech types, using historically significant speeches for study. In subsequent trimesters, students will continue to enhance their skills of analysis and interpretation by reading a variety of short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and contemporary novels. The study of classic literature will include William Shakespeare's play, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. Students will be expected to complete independent and collaborative author studies throughout the year. Study of vocabulary will be contextual, relevant, and meaningful. EXCEL Sophomore English will require participating students to read widely, analyze in depth, and learn to write with accuracy and enthusiasm.
Creative Writing is an elective Language Arts course in which students are introduced to a variety of genres: short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction (memoir/essay/article), and playwriting. In addition producing original writing, students will read a myriad of works to explore the craft other writers have established and employed.