English, Group A

This ongoing class will write  in a variety of genres which will satisfy writing competencies.  Right now we are working on the short story but other genres will include Short 
papers include personal responses, essays, dialogues, journal entries, short stories, and poems. Longer writing may include literary analysis, critical studies, extended fiction, or personal narrative. This class will be held M-F from 1:00-2:00 (with the exception of Thursday afternoons). S. Frye

Literature Reading Groups

Tuesday and Thursdays at 9:00 will be reserved for reading and discussing lit., these books discussion are generally aimed at B and C levels.  Each book discussion course will last from three to five weeks depending on the level and length of the book being read.  You may read your own book or choose from the books below that have been suggested by classmates. I will be reading All the Light We Cannot See. 6/7 grades will have book discussions from 2-2:45 on Wednesdays.  You are responsible for getting your own book – if you need help with this please let me know. S. Frye

B/C Books

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

A Books

The Giver – Books are in bookshelf

Creative Writing: The Short Story

This 6-week course is an introduction to the creative short story designed for B and C grouped students. Students will write stories and short descriptive sketches as well as respond to quick write prompts. Students will read great short stories (classic and contemporary) and participate in class discussions of students’ writing and the assigned stories in their historical and social contexts.  To participate in this course you do not have to share your writing but are free to.  This course will meet on Monday through Friday at 9:00 and will be guided by S. Frye.

Creative Writing: Practice

Think of an “idea” for writing. The bigger and broader and the less firsthand experience you have with this idea the better.  For example, write about life, love, death, homelessness, illness or an idea related to the theme “dark twist” in general terms.  Write fast. Ramble. Think, don’t try to see any one thing in particular.  Put lots of your feelings and ideas. Avoid images and specifics. Think out loud on the page. Don’t focus your mind’s eye on anything.

English: Composition, Literature and Literacy Competencies



Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.

Read literature with sensitivity and understanding, paying close attention to language, imagery, argument, and idea.

Students should be able to make connections between literature, their lives, and their learning in other contexts.


Produce clear and coherent writing for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences. Writing will include (but not limited to): Personal responses, journal entries, short stories and extended fiction, non-fiction, poetry, plays, essays, literary analysis, dialogues, graphic novel and film.


Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating an understanding of the subject under investigation.  


Initiate and participate effectively in a range of discussions, responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and expressing ideas clearly and persuasively.


Present information, findings and supporting evidence conveying a clear and distinct perspective.


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

Group B and C Book Options

These are some books that sound interesting and have received good reviews.  We need to decide on the next group book. I welcome any of your suggestions as well.  Once we pick a theme for September (on Thursday) the process of picking the next book may be easier.

Boy, Snow, Bird

Fun Home

All The Light We Cannot See

Why We Can’t Wait

Running With Scissors

The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie



We Will Start with Creative Writing….

The practice of creative writing helps to train our mind and enrich our soul. By practicing you become more able to concentrate, to sort and understand emotions and information, to read people more clearly, to take a broader view, to make finer distinctions.

“Okay, so why is that?  I thought creative writing was fiction, crazy made up stuff….”

Agree or disagree with me, but I think the practice (and study) of creative writing is:

  • Learning to pay closer attention to the world and human experience;
  • practice rendering, with words, those experiences, in a way that makes them alive in the reader’s mind;
  • using writing and words–both yours and others–to expand and extend who you are and what you can know.

Can you or I become a creative writer? What if I don’t have anything to say? What if I am boring? What if I’m not inspired? What if someone criticizes my work, and I don’t want to write at all?

We are starting with creative writing because for some it is the hardest type of writing; all these questions and concerns are valid. You as a writer are vulnerable, there aren’t rules.  We will learn together – no judgments in this class, only willingness to help one another.

Let’s start with the advice you read yesterday from “famous” writers and go from there.

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