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  1. I can’t give you a lot of information, but at the high school where I teach, the sophomores are expected to write essays. We have some cross-curricular projects between the English Department and the History Department. Students are expected to write a multi-page essay on a historical event, person, era. It is then graded by both the history teacher and the English teacher, and the student receives a grade in each class. Summative exams often include Free Response Questions that require an essay answer. Since we have a number of students who take World History in 9th rather than 10th grade, they will have the same assignment a year earlier in their high school career. A freshman is usually 14/15 and a sophomore 15/16. Do you know what grade the student will be entering? That will tell you more about what expectations are than knowing the age.

  2. Thank you, Robert. I think an essay on a historical person or event would be a good place to start. Perhaps some work on American history, which he won’t be very familiar with.

  3. Judy, I know that our freshmen and sophomores have a vocabulary book that they all work with. I know one of the chapters is French words used in English. They also study grammar since it is part of all the standardized testing they do. Read a paragraph and choose the correct punctuation. Vocab and grammar are both on those tests. I will try to get some more detail tomorrow. From time to time we get French transplants to our school they come from the northeast of France. The fathers are executives with Cristal d’Arc. We have a sophomore girl who was in 8th grade before she came to us. Her speaking skills are excellent but I know the reading and writing are a challenge for her. She is also very outgoing and has lots of friends. We had a young man whose dad was with the same company. His speaking was not strong at all. His English teachers told me that he did not understand the questions she asked him. He was very shy. I am sure he understood more than everyone thought. He had to read a Hemingway novel and was totally lost. His mother took him back to France after midterms.

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