Grand Traverse Academy 2018-19 Secondary Course Catalog 17 history, incorporating literary theory and reading comprehension, while asking students to research, write, listen, and speak about the texts they read and how they inform literary traditions and modern literature. Additionally, students will write a wide variety of formats, including non-fiction and analytical essays, and complete an intensive Greek and Latin base word vocabulary program. 10B Composition & Presentation (Grade 10 – One Semester) Most people dread speaking in front of others. Never fear--this course will help students overcome their nervousness! We will start small, but students who take this course will ultimately participate in a large variety of speaking scenarios, from traditional storytelling to mock elections, award acceptance speeches, and beyond. Each scenario will require students to adapt their speaking in order to tailor purpose to audience. As we dive into each task, we will analyze an array of famous speeches to see what can be learned from history’s best orators. Students will use their newfound knowledge of the communications process in order to write manuscripts and outlines, integrate appropriate visual aids, utilize suitable evidence and rhetoric, and present their information in a way that appeals to listeners. Perhaps most importantly, students will learn how to listen and think critically as audience members, evaluating a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric. ELA 10 Honors Seminar (Grade 10) This seminar is intended for sophomores who would like to take an AP English Language Arts course during their junior or senior year. An approved GTA English Language Arts Honors application is necessary before registering, and students must maintain a B (83%) or higher to remain in the course. The workload in honors English sections is highly challenging, as are the reading selections and schedules. All honors and AP students are expected to complete a summer reading assignment, which will be due on the first day of school. This course is designed to lay the final foundational pieces required for students to advance to an AP English Language Arts course. Throughout this honors seminar, students will develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts in order to more fully dissect the great ideas raised in our Socratic Seminars. They will also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres, including foundational documents from American history, multi- media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non- fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. Across the course, students will continue to deepen their skills of argumentation with close study and development of claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and evidence-based arguments. This writing will take place within the context of a writer’s workshop, which will allow students to work closely with a small group of peer editors throughout the year to incorporate higher-level grammar and syntax in their own writing. Speaking will also be an important element to this course as students work on an independent author study research project; this will culminate in a final exposition demonstrating college-level research, writing, and formal presentation skills. Finally, students will utilize strategies applicable to the AP English Language and Composition as well as the AP Literature and Composition courses. 11A World Literature & Composition (Grade 11 – Fall Semester) This course will provide students an opportunity to study selected masterpieces by international authors – in English translation, of course! Students will read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of world literature, including standard classical pieces such as Greek Tragedies and epic tales, as well as authors not widely read in the United States and student-chosen literature. There will be an exploration of interplay between English language and other language literatures, discussion of the place of translation, and an analysis of universal motifs. Throughout the course of the semester, students will also work on an independent research project surrounding a specific world author of their choosing, which will form the basis of a culminating exposition demonstrating college-level research, writing, and formal presentation skills where students share their knowledge of their chosen authors and literary pieces. 11B Technical Writing (Grade 11 – Spring Semester) In our increasingly globalized and technological world, we often lose sight of the fact that being able to write in