Foundations of English
The Foundations of English class has already read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson this year. The books selected are timeless classics designed for unique reading levels and adapted to retain the integrity of the original classic. The content of the course satisfies the requirements of individual IEP goals and credit requirements.

For each novel, students read in small group and complete portfolio pages for each chapter. Portfolio pages can consist of work in story sequence, vocabulary, character study, and citing text evidence. Each student creates a final project.

Project ideas, generated by the students for the novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, included a power point about submarines and an illustrated brochure about the sea creatures mentioned in the novel.

 The final project for the novel Treasure Island was a thematic paragraph. Each student selected a universal idea and presented details to prove how this theme was presented by the author. Universal ideas selected by the students included greed, loyalty, and independence.
We viewed the acclaimed Disney movies and discussed how the novels were depicted in the movies.

Grading for this full credit class is based on total points earned. Earned points are based on completion of class assignments, participation, projects, and assessments.

Our current novel is The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. I am so excited to share this novel with students and learn their ideas for their self-designed projects.

You may have noticed a running theme in our novel selection this year- the sea! I share my love of the sea with my students through my passion for reading and sharing literature.

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