• 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

  • Grades 9-12

    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.

    Course Names:

    Grades 9-10: English, Pre-AP, Honors

    Grade 11- 12: English, Honors, AP

    Text: StudySync

    Units of Study: Each unit is centered around an Essential Question(s).


    Grade 9: English and Pre- AP

    Unit 1 and 2: How do actions reveal characterization? How do values shape the life of an individual and the choices that individuals make? How can an individual’s values change based on life experiences?


    Grade 10: English and Pre- AP

    Unit 1: How does fear impact people’s decisions? How does figurative language help develop a deeper understanding of a text?

    Unit 2: How does conflict influence an individual’s decisions and actions? How does conflict lead to change?

    Approved Novel List for High School English