Course Syllabus

Foundations of English 2020-2021

Mr. "K" Kadehjian 

Tan Block



Hello, and welcome to Foundations of English! We will be covering various topics throughout this school year, such as grammar, punctuation, and sentence/essay structure, poetry, and other fantastic elements that will help you both inside and outside of the classroom. We will start most classes with a writing prompt which will develop your short writing skills and then go into the main lesson for each class. You will be utilizing a classroom binder to organize classwork and materials, along with maintaining a Vocab Journal of terms learned throughout the year. I look forward to working with each and everyone of you and having a tremendous year!



            3 ring binder with a hole punch

            Vocab Journal


            Notebook with perforated pages


  1.     Grammar/Punctuation/Run on Sentences and Sentence structure refresher (first 2 weeks of school)

  Target skills: Identifying sentence fragments, run-on sentences, parts of a sentence and parts of speech.


  1.     Short Stories: Looking at various short stories throughout the year.

Target Skills: Identifying plot, tone, and character point of view in the story. Also looking at the theme and relating it to everyday life.


  1.     Novel: Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  1.     Mythology Unit

Target Skills: Being able to summarize and define a myth, taking notes on various myths/Gods while drawing comparisons and seeing relationships between different characters.


  1.     Non-fiction Unit

Target Skills: Being able to summarize, identify key concepts, main ideas/problems/solutions in the text. You will also learn how to independently take notes and mark up a text while reading to help better understand the reading.  


  1. Poetry, Figurative Language, Parts of Speech

Target Skills: Introduction of Figurative Language, Identifying figurative language within poetry works and creating authentic examples independently

  • Utilize Figurative Language in a series of activities for students to complete with faded support to independence


Course Summary:

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