Wicomico County Public School’s literacy instruction is relevant, purposeful, and explicitly taught with high expectations for all students. Each student is provided the opportunity to develop foundational skills, build knowledge and vocabulary through interacting with complex texts, and engage in evidence-based writing to become lifelong readers, writers, and communicators.
High School Reading Curriculum Overview
Students will develop literacy skills through the integration of reading, writing, listening, speaking, language, and vocabulary. Instruction is aligned to Maryland’s College and Career Readiness Standards. Each quarter, students will read a variety of literary texts (such as novels, short stories, poetry, etc.) and a variety of information texts (such as: articles, autobiographies, websites, etc.). Students will write argumentative, informational, and narrative pieces. Program implementation involves direct, explicit instruction of reading and writing skills and strategies.
Grades 9-10: English, Pre-AP, Honors
Grade 11-2: English, Honors, AP
Units of Study: Each unit is centered around an Essential Question(s).
Grade 9: English, Pre-AP 9
Unit 1 Title: Divided We Fall
Essential Question: Why do we feel the need to belong?
Unit 2 Title: The Call to Adventure
Essential Question: What will you learn on your journey?
Unit 3 Title: Declaring Your Genius
Essential Question: How do you define intelligence?
Unit 4 Title: The Art of Disguise
Essential Question: How do we perform for different audiences?
Grade 10: English and Pre-AP 10
Unit 1 Title: The Power of Communication
Essential Question: Why do words matter?
Unit 2 Title: Moving Forward
Essential Question: How does culture influence your goals?
Unit 3 Title: The Persistence of Memories
Essential Question: How does the past impact the future?
Unit 4 Title: The Ties That Bind
Essential Question: What brings us back to one another?
Grade 11: English and Honors English 11
Unit 1 Title: Breaking Away
Essential Question: How does independence define the American spirit?
Unit 2 Title: The Highway
Essential Question: How do journeys influence perspective?
Unit 3 Title: No Strangers Here
Essential Question: How does place shape the individual?
Unit 4 Title: Living the Dream
Essential Question: What does home mean to you?
Grade 12: English and Honors English 12
Unit 1 Title: What’s Next?
Essential Question: How can we transform the future?
Unit 2 Title: Uncovering Truth
Essential Question: How do challenges cause us to reveal our true selves?
Unit 3 Title: Fractured Selves
Essential Question: What causes individuals to feel alienated?
Unit 4 Title: Times of Transition
Essential Question: How are we shaped by change?
Grade 9-10 Honors Classes will use the next grade level band of standards and units. For example, Grade 9 Honors would use Grade 10 standards with correlating units.
Approved Novel List for High School English
- Grade 9 Approved Novel List
- Grade 10 Approved Novel List
- Grade 11 Approved Novel List
- Grade 12 Approved Novel List