• Advanced Composition

    Welcome to Expository Writing I and II!


    Course Description:

    Expository Writing, a rigorous writing workshop course for college bound students, challenges students to develop their writing skills. Every student leaves prepared to generate ideas and to express these ideas in writing that is well-organized, focused, clear, effective and compelling. Students develop their skills while writing a series of essays, each of which demands a different intellectual skill (persuasion, classification, definition, etc.). A working knowledge of basic grammar is expected; mini-lessons address weaknesses as needed. Shared readings of sample texts frame discussion and provide exemplars. Class begins each day with word study. Preparation for the SAT and for other timed written exams is included.


    Course Text:

    * 40 Model Essays: A Portable Anthology (ed. Jane Aaron)


    Lake Region UHS Universal Writing Rubric


  • AP Literature and Composition

    Course Overview:

    Your job, this year, is to think very carefully about high-quality works of literature. More specifically, you will read and then analyze a wide variety of texts, and you will learn to write about these texts effectively. Close reading, annotation and discussion are some of the tools you will use when unpacking challenging texts and when preparing to explain, in writing, what their authors have dared to say and how their authors have used different strategies to convey their ideas in these documents. You will support each other in interpreting short stories, poems, plays and novels and challenge each other to support your readings of these works of literature with evidence from the text.

    My job, this year, is to push your thinking and support the development of your skills in reading and writing. I’ll do this, in part, by creating opportunities for you to learn from one another—by requiring you to converse, thoughtfully, with your peers, trying out your own ideas and considering others’ perspectives. Careful text selection is another part of this process. I will ask you to engage with contemporary and ancient texts, written by men and women living in countries across the globe. My hope is that you will find a few new favorite authors. It is essential, at the very least, that you digest what they have written and consider their ideas carefully, whether you agree with their ideas or not. I hope to expose you to new ideas. If you can speak clearly and write effectively about these ideas, as they are represented in literature, I will have won.

    The AP Literature class follows a rough outline:

    Quarter 1: Boot Camp (Introduction to Close Reading, Writing about Literature)

    Quarter 2: Drama (Interspersed with Novels and Poetry)

    Quarters 3 and 4: Poetry, Novels and Narrative Non-Fiction


     How to Contact Me:

    • You are always welcome to call me with questions. I can be reached at (802) 673-3264, and I will return your call if I miss you.
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    • You can visit me in the Teachers’ Room (periods 4, 5 and 8). Please try to let me know you are planning to visit so I am prepared for our conversation.

    Daily Plans for Quarter 1:

    Syllabus #1

    Syllabus #2

    Syllabus #3

  • Basic Composition and Practical Reading


    Basic Composition and Practical Reading are classes designed for students who need further time and additional practice to meet the school's expectations of their performance in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language acquisition and research. Structures are built into these courses to ensure that students succeed in developing the skills outlined in the English Department's Proficiency Statements and in Lake Region's Learning Expectations (as described in the LRfolio).


    Basic Composition Overview:

    Basic Composition is writing workshop course that satisfies the English Department's requirement that all juniors continue to develop their writing skills. Students write in response to non-fiction readings on a wide variety of topics. Their goal is to express their ideas clearly and to support these ideas with evidence. Students have ample opportunities to discuss big ideas with their peers and to present their ideas in writing and in speech.


    Practical Reading Overview:

    Practical Reading is a reading class that meets the English Department's requirement that all juniors continue to develop their reading skills. Students read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction, too, in large and small groups and independently. The goal is to support students in finding texts they can enjoy. Fluency, reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition are the skills students built in Practical Reading.

  • English 10

    Course Description:

    English 10 is a survey course and its focus is American Literature. Students develop their skills as readers and writers while engaging in debate about classic and contemporary works of literature by American authors.  Major units and text selections are loosely related to units of study in the U.S. History program at Lake Region (from Reconstruction to the present). Time permitting, we examine current topics in American life as well. Students develop their writing skills by responding to what they have read and by citing evidence of their ideas when drafting analytical essays. Research is a required component of English 10 as well. Students can expect to engage in discussion and to make short presentations to their peers. The goal is to provide students with ample opportunities to demonstrate their success in meeting Lake Region's Learning Expectations (in the LRfolio) while supporting their development as described in the English Department Proficiencies. By the end of the sophomore year, when students complete this course, they are prepared for entrance into the elective program in English and for the demands of reading, writing, listening, speaking and reflection in classes throughout the building.


    Required Texts for English 10:

    • Our Town by Thornton Wilder
    • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
    • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
    • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
    • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry


    • Short story units break up longer novel units. Our study of the short story may include the following authors: Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Isabel Allende, Jack London, James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Raymond Carver, Kate Chopin, Sandra Cisneros, Ralph Ellison, Louise Erdrich, William Faulkner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Shirley Jackson, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates, Tim O'Brien, Flannery O'Connor, Grace Paley, Amy Tan, Alice Walker, John Updike and Richard Wright. Students can also expect a contemporary short story unit organized around fiction written by recent immigrants to the United States.
    • Students are also introduced to a wide variety of American authors in our study of poetry. The poets of the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat poets will be featured in short units, in particular, as will recent slam poets.
    • Finally, students can expect to read non-fiction partner texts (speeches, newspaper and magazine articles) aligned with the topics in the U.S. history curriculum. Students can expect a unit focused around the ideas of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, for instance, and a Nature Writing unit of study.


  • English Department

    The English Department:

    Mrs. Kelley (Department Chair)

    Mr. Veysey | Mr. Tatum | Mr. Dam | Mrs. Baughman

    Please choose a teacher to learn more about English classes at Lake Region.


    The English Department's Approach to Proficiency Based Learning:

    During the 2015-2016 school year, the members of Lake Region's English Department drafted statements of proficiency to guide our work in supporting the development of students' skills in reading, writing, research, speaking and listening, and language acquisition. Based on the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, these are our goals for--our expectations of--all students, who will have frequent opportunities both to practice these skills and to demonstrate that they have achieved proficiency in these areas. Our hope is that our work in articulating these goals makes it easier for students to understand what we are asking them to do and thus to succeed in meeting these targets. We will be teaching in direct alignment with these proficiency statements this year and assessing students' performance in these areas so that we can better communicate student progress in preparing for the rigors of career and college.

    Please follow this link to view the English Department's Proficiency Statements:

    Please contact a member of the English Department with any questions about our approach to Proficiency Based Learning.


    Course Sequence:

    The following guide is provided to help students and their families understand the sequence of courses through which students pass in Lake Region’s English Department.

    REQUIRED Courses for 9th and 10th Graders:

    English 9 (Humanities, English 9 or Honors English 9) and English 10 (General English 10, English 10 or Honors English 10)

    Completion of this sequence of courses provides students with foundational skills in English. Students will develop and then hone their skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students will have frequent opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. Note: Placement decisions for English 9 and English 10 are based on assessment results.

    The Elective Program: Grades 11 and 12:

    Following completion of English 9 and English 10, students enter the elective program in English. Provided that certain expectations have been met, students can personalize their education by choosing those courses that interest them and that best prepare them for their own future plans.

    Junior Year:

    Students must complete one semester of Composition (Basic Comp., Composition or Advanced Composition). Students must complete one semester of Reading. (Selections include Practical Reading, Literature of Vermont, Popular Fiction, Mythology, and English Literature I or II.) Teachers will assist students in choosing appropriate courses from the selections above. **The only exception to this rule is AP Language and Composition, which is available to students with the permission of the instructor.

    Senior Year:

    Students have full access to the elective program in English. Please note: The following classes are available only to seniors: Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Art of Film, Senior Writing Workshop and AP Literature and Composition.

    For more information about course offerings in the English department, please see the Program of Studies: http://www.lruhs.org/guidance/program-of-studies. You may also contact a member of the English department with questions.


    The Ranger Post:

    The Ranger Post, which features student writing, is a production of the Creative Writing classes at Lake Region. This publication celebrates both poetry and prose; it houses samples of fiction writing and features expository writing at its finest. The publisher's goal is to provide students with a venue for self-expression and an opportunity to communicate with the wider world, thus inspiring students to articulate their ideas effectively and gracefully. The Ranger Post is updated throughout the school year as student submissions roll in. To read The Ranger Post, please follow this link: http://rangerpost.wixsite.com/ranger-post.


    Save the Dates!:

    Annual Shakespeare Extravaganza:

    Once again Kingdom County Presents is providing Northeast Kingdom students with the opportunity to attend a live performance. Aquila Theatre, a professional theatre company based in New York City, will present Much Ado About Nothing, one of William Shakespeare's comedies, on March 16, 2017, and Lake Region students will be in the audience. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting opportunity!

    Poetry Out Loud:

    Poetry Out Loud returns to Lake Region this fall. See your English teacher to participate in this recitation contest, sponsored by the Vermont Arts Council.

  • Humanities: English 9

    Course Overview:


    The Humanities class, a joint effort sponsored by the English and Social Studies departments, offers instruction in reading, writing, and study skills. The social studies curriculum includes the study of government structures and economics and surveys world history from the Renaissance to the present, with attention paid to the stories of nations outside the United States and Europe. The English curriculum is tied to the Social Studies curriculum, ensuring that students have additional opportunities to develop a real understanding of the patterns that shape our world. Humanities reading activities help students to develop fluency and comprehension and build vocabulary. Writing instruction is offered throughout; students write in response to what they have read, citing evidence in support of their ideas. Structures built into the Humanities course support students in developing study strategies. Students learn to discuss big ideas, listen to their peers and present what they have learned. Research is a required component of the Humanities course as well. The goal is to provide students with ample opportunities to demonstrate their success in meeting Lake Region's Learning Expectations (in the LRfolio) while supporting their development as described in the English Department Proficiencies.


    Required Reading in Humanities:

    • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    • Romeo and Julietby William Shakespeare
    • Midnight Magic by Avi
    • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
    • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
    • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
    • Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
    • Fire-Eaters by David Almond
    • Master Harold...and the boys by Athol Fugard
    • Diary of Ma Yan: Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl
    • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
    • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
    • Selected poems, short stories, essays and speeches

    Students also participate in literature circles with group novel selection tied to topics in the Humanities program. Students have some opportunities to choose novels for independent reading, and they are encouraged to participate in the Green Mountain Book Award program.


    Humanities Class Expectations/Contract:


    Habits of Work Rubric:


  • Popular Fiction

    Course Overview:

    Popular Fiction is a course designed to allow small groups of students to choose contemporary works of fiction that align with their interests. The goal is to support students in developing their palates as adult readers and thus to inspire students to continue reading for pleasure long after they have graduated from high school. To this end, students read short stories and novels from a wide variety of genres, including science fiction, mystery, romance and fantasy. While some texts are chosen by the larger group, students also have opportunities to read works of fiction they have selected for themselves. Text selection varies each semester as class composition varies, student interests change and authors continue to publish those "gotta read it" novels. Thus, the following list of texts is a representative sample and is not necessarily indicative of what students will experience.

    Recent Selections Include:

    • God of Beer by Garret Keizer
    • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
    • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    • Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
    • Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    • Second Glance by Jodi Picoult

    Students are encouraged to browse the library in search of books to recommend to their classmates and their teacher.


     Course Requirements:

    Although reading for understanding and for pleasure is the real focus of the Popular Fiction class, and students will read a great deal both in class and outside school, students can also expect to document what they have learned by writing a great deal in response to what they have read. They can also expect to read non-fiction partner texts that align with the works of fiction they have selected. They will discuss what they have read with their peers, and they will present what they have learned as well. While this is an elective course, students are still responsible for continuing to develop their skills and for meeting the demands of both the English Departmen's Proficiency statements and the school-wide Learning Expectations as described in the LRfolio.

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