$500 per semester, $1000 annually
Description: Functional English is a year-long course designed to meet the Common Core literacy requirement that all readers should be able to comprehend reading materials related to daily core job responsibilities and to read occupational materials related to organizations, trade journals, etc. Career and academic achievement are directly related to a student’s ability to read and comprehend informational text. With that in mind, this course will allow students to research a question of their choice, and through close reading and analysis of primary and secondary resources, increase their comprehension of informational texts. Sources may include newspaper or journal articles, photographs, technical drawings, maps, cartoons, artifacts, instruction manuals, books, letters, government publications, professional blogs, and other online resources, in addition to scientific data presented in words or expressed mathematically. Students are encouraged to use creativity in the synthesis portion of their research, with final projects chosen from but not limited to research papers, lab notebooks, media presentations, models, websites, and schematic drawings. Given the nature of this course, several units of study will be ongoing and completed concurrently. Assessment will be based on rigor and creativity of research, evaluation of sources, monthly portfolio submissions, and final project presentation.
Although there is no textbook, we will have a selection of readings from articles, books, blogs, and journals that discuss research and writing in different disciplines.