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In this World Literature course, eleventh- and twelfth-grade students explore powerful works of literature from around the globe and across the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. In addition to placing each novel in its own particular social-historical context, students also work to recognize commonalities in the human experience across cultures and time periods. Explorations of enduring themes such as love, family, memory, and culture are woven throughout the course. An investigation of colonialism and its impact on our world also plays a prominent role in many units. Students will spend time examining the techniques and styles of the various authors, analyzing how each author crafts his or her story and communicates his or her message, including a special emphasis on intertextuality and the author’s use of allusions to other great works of literature to deepen their own messages. A culminating project of the year will ask students to investigate the idea of authors as political and social commentators who can make significant contributions to our world through their works of fiction.
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English Language Arts at Match
At Match Education we have ambitious goals for our ELA program. Through our teaching, we strive to transform our scholars into critical readers, writers, and thinkers, and we seek to widen our students’ perspectives and deepen their character so that they can better understand themselves and the world around them.
Our ELA curriculum is designed around several core beliefs about how students learn best. These beliefs drive the decisions we make about what to teach and how to teach it.
Text First vs. Skills First: We believe in the power of rich and nuanced texts to spark students’ thinking.
Content Selection: We believe selected texts must both affirm our scholars’ cultures and expose them to great literature.
Writing Instruction: We believe writing instruction should teach scholars to construct and convey persuasive arguments, and express their own voices.
Discussion: We believe discussion is a powerful tool for testing ideas out and strengthening thinking.
Word Knowledge: We believe in the importance of building word knowledge through both explicit instruction and exposure to content knowledge.
Lifelong Learning: We believe that teachers should cultivate voracious, inquisitive readers, writers, and thinkers.
For more information, view our full English Language Arts Program Overview.