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English Department

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Department News

Eighth Grade Poetry Reading Night

Thursday evening, Lincoln Lutheran's 8th grade English classes hosted a Poetry Recitation Night for family and friends at a local coffee shop. 8th grade writers gathered together with excitement to read their original poetry and celebrate their work during National Poetry Month.

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Writing Academy Starting 2nd Quarter at Lincoln Lutheran

Do you have stories in your head? Do you wish you had time to "just write" without having to worry about a grade? Do you want to try new writing styles? Then the Writing Academy might be the place for you!

The Writing Academy is for writers who just want to write. The goals is to help enable people who want to write for fun, want to write whatever they want to write, and want to better themselves as writers. In other words, if you want to write what you want and write for fun, this may be a group for you.

Courses Offered

English 1

Course Number: 
1110/1111

This course emphasizes writing as a process, focusing on developing fluency, word choice, organization and creativity. It also provides an overview of all types of writing genres. The use of stories, poems, novels and playwrights will be used to generate theme-based student writing. The course will be an introduction to writing with voice and challenge ego-centric thinking.

English 2

Course Number: 
1120/1121

This course continues the development of process writing, with continued focus on fluency, word choice, organization and creativity. In addition, it begins to tap into the synthesis and analysis of ideas in a departure from strictly pathos or moralistic writing. The use of novels, both fiction and non-fiction, playwrights and the completion of five speeches will shape how students use their voice for a purpose.

English 3

Course Number: 
1130/1131
Instructors: 
Mr. Matt Kristalyn

This course uses process writing, with continued focus on fluency, word choice, organization and creativity, to develop a more sophisticated writing skill set. It allows students to evaluate research and create/present ideas that are well-founded. Continued reading of challenging texts will generate writing in most units.

English 4

Course Number: 
1140/1141
Instructors: 
Mrs. Rachel Jank

This course draws from both the development of writing techniques as well as the development in critical thinking processes to teach students to write with precision and style. This will be cultivated after thematic units that provide exposure to elevated writing styles such as: allegory, extended metaphor, allusion and satire.

Genres of Literature

Course Number: 
1142
Instructors: 
Mrs. Beth Leech

The course is designed to give students knowledge of World Literature, develop skills in reading, writing (through an intense course in writing an argumentative essay), short stories, novels, essays, and drama, and to increase reading and writing enjoyment. This course is designed for the non-college-bound student or those with difficulty in reading/writing. Admission is only by teacher approval.

Journalism A

Course Number: 
1210
Instructors: 
Mr. Matt Kristalyn

This course combines an introduction to the basic principles of journalism with the development of skills in computer design in creating school publications such as the monthly newspaper and yearbook. Students will also contribute information provided on the school’s website. An emphasis will be placed on gathering information, developing writing skills, and creating appealing design through the use of various computer software programs.

Desktop Publishing/Journalism 2 (Revised)

Course Number: 
6140
Instructors: 
Ms. Katie Bockelman

This course is designed as a practical application of knowledge learned in Journalism 1. Students will be required to work with other students designing and assembling the school yearbook and newspaper, and other DTP projects. Students will become familiar with standard DTP tools and applications as well as general graphic design techniques. Due to the individualized nature of responsibilities expected to be fulfilled, this class will be offered through approval of the instructor.

English 7

Course Number: 
j710
Instructors: 
Mr. Matt Kristalyn

Through a Reading/Writing Workshop, students explore various genres in reading and writing, focusing on Figurative Language, Literary Elements, and the Traits of Writing. Students will begin researching and learning how to find credible sources from the internet. Grammatically, the 7th grade focuses on organization, transitions and flow, sentence structure and verb tense.

English 8

Course Number: 
j810
Instructors: 
Mr. Matt Kristalyn

Through a Reading/Writing Workshop, students explore various genres in reading and writing, focusing on Figurative Language, Literary Elements, and the Traits of Writing. Through various lessons, worksheets and projects, the students will be able to identify and understand Figurative Language, Literary Elements, and the Parts of Speech. Eighth grade will focus on expanding word choice and vocabulary through new words banks and warm ups.

Journalism B

Course Number: 
1211
Instructors: 
Mr. Matt Kristalyn

This course combines an introduction to the basic principles of journalism with the development of skills in computer design in creating school publications such as the monthly newspaper and yearbook. Students will also contribute information provided on the school’s website. An emphasis will be placed on gathering information, developing writing skills, and creating appealing design through the use of various computer software programs.

Interpersonal Communication

Course Number: 
1215
Instructors: 
Mrs. Rachel Jank

This course focuses on various types of communication in various situations. Students will focus on all levels, from familial to formalized and the types of communication required at each level. Students will look at the ever-expanding media of communication. There will be a large focus on oral communication, while also looking at written and visual communication.

Advanced Topics in Literature

Course Number: 
1150
Instructors: 
Mrs. Rachel Jank

This independent study course allows motivated, upper-level students to do additional exploration in the area of Literature. The student and teacher will work to set the pace and curriculum. Studies will be focused on both the classics and modern literature, with an emphasis on those in the literary canon, taking choices from lists like the A.P. selected reading list.

Advanced Topics in Literature

Course Number: 
1150
Instructors: 
Mrs. Rachel Jank

This independent study course allows motivated, upper-level students to do additional exploration in the area of Literature. The student and teacher will work to set the pace and curriculum. Studies will be focused on both the classics and modern liturature, with an emphasis on those in the literary canon, taking choices from lists like the A.P. selected reading list.

Advanced Topics in Composition

Course Number: 
1160
Instructors: 
Mrs. Rachel Jank

This independent study course allows motivated, upper-level students to do additional exploration in the area of writing. The student and teacher will work to set the pace and curriculum. Studies will be focused on advancing skill in both creative writing, with an end goal of submitting work for publication.

Language arts 6

Course Number: 
j610
Instructors: 
Mrs. Laura Stumpf

The major components of the Language Arts curriculum in this course will be the mini-lesson, an essential component of the writing model. Through mini-lessons students are provided instruction or strategies for the following procedures: brainstorming ideas, choosing the elements of crafts, creating interesting beginnings and conclusions, creating titles, revising, editing or publishing work. Students will be introduced to a variety of brainstorming techniques to help students learn how to develop ideas for their writing including webs, outlining, listing and writer's notebook.

Reading 6

Course Number: 
j612
Instructors: 
Mrs. Laura Stumpf

an important goal of the reading program is to develop the students' understanding of and use of strategies so they may broaden their prior knowledge, improve comprehension, and enjoy their reading experience. The teacher will help the students use Before Reading Strategies to activate past knowledge and experiences such as: brainstorming, predicting/support, skim/previewing, posing questions, and teaching vocabulary (i.e. context clues, prefixes, suffixes). During Reading Strategies will enable students to make personal connections to other texts.