Alignment to Standards, AP, SAT and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills:
A focus on active learning is one of the most important features of an honors English class. Activities and Embedded Assessments are designed to foster classroom collaboration, discussion, and debate, and help students practice presenting, speaking, and listening.
Discussion Groups: Students are given a structure and guidance for considering a topic or text in a small group.
Socratic Seminar: In a structured group discussion, students explore a question, topic, or text and practice using textual evidence to support a claim.
Literature Circles: Students are assigned a variety of roles while reading a text in a group.
The activities challenge students to uncover the meaning of a text on their own. For example, students read Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter From Birmingham Jail" without doing intensive prereading for context. This approach engages students in discovering the story of the text: who wrote it, why they wrote it, and what it means.