Ms. Sara DeSantis

Email:
sdesantis@cathedralcatholic.org

Telephone:
(858) 523-4000 x1214

Courses:
> English 1
> English 1 Per. 7
> English 4

English 1

English 1 is a yearlong required course for college preparatory ninth grade students.  Students read literary pieces from genres of literature including the novel, short stories, poetry, mythology, non-fiction, and drama in addition to studying literary techniques and terms.  Students continue to build a foundation of basic vocabulary skills and grammar skills for effective oral and written communication as well as preparation for taking standardized tests (such as the PSAT, the ACT, and the SAT).  Students also focus on study skills with emphasis on active reading strategies and basic academic research skills.  Students practice creative and expository writing, with an emphasis on the claim, data, and warrant elements in expository paragraphs.  In second semester, students use these writing skills to produce multi-paragraph, thesis-driven expository essays.

English 1 Per. 7

English 1 is a yearlong required course for college preparatory ninth grade students.  Students read literary pieces from genres of literature including the novel, short stories, poetry, mythology, non-fiction, and drama in addition to studying literary techniques and terms.  Students continue to build a foundation of basic vocabulary skills and grammar skills for effective oral and written communication as well as preparation for taking standardized tests (such as the PSAT, the ACT, and the SAT).  Students also focus on study skills with emphasis on active reading strategies and basic academic research skills.  Students practice creative and expository writing, with an emphasis on the claim, data, and warrant elements in expository paragraphs.  In second semester, students use these writing skills to produce multi-paragraph, thesis-driven expository essays.

English 4

English 4 is a year-long course required of all senior students except those in AP English or British Literature Honors. This course is designed with two components: an intensive writing component in which students examine the fundamentals and finer points of the thesis-centered essay, and a literature survey component in which students investigate representative works of major British writers through the study of both fiction and non-fiction. 

 In the first semester, students will embark upon a sequence of writing tasks meant to cover a variety of expository approaches and forms. Students will be responsible for developing and independently researching their own essay topics. This program of instruction emphasizes the critical thinking needed for expository essaying, the key stages of the writing process from invention and research to finished product, and the common grammatical, stylistic, and technical elements of writing college level essays. The second semester is an integrated course in reading, writing, and critical thinking; students will continue to apply their critical thinking, research, and expository skills within the framework of a survey study of British works and authors ranging from the Anglo-Saxon Period of England to the present.

"Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader. Not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon."

-E.L. Doctorow

"A classic is a book that never finished saying what it has to say."

-Italo Calvino

 

Helpful Sites:

http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/litgloss/

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/