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ENGLISH

The English Department recognizes that each student learns through rational and logical thinking and through the creative and intuitive process. Learning becomes meaningful and integrated when a balance of educational experiences is offered to students. We aim to balance verbal with visual, creative with logical, and intuitive with rational experiences. A concentrated and developmental sequence of writing skills for all levels of instruction is presented as a thorough preparation for college writing standards.  The Department offers a four-year emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, speech, literature, and composition. These components are considered essential to a program which aims to develop student skills in using and appreciating language and its various expressions. In addition to the regular scope and sequence of our departmental curriculum, the component of required summer reading has been added.  Each student will be required to read at least one selection over the summer which will be evaluated in the first weeks of the new semester. 

COMMUNICATION I

Grade: 9
Class: 100
1 Credit

These courses are designed for the freshman student whose entrance test scores indicate a need to develop better skills and strategies to master efficiently and effectively the daily challenges of high school studies. The Communication I course aims to build the reading skills of comprehension and reading rate, enrich vocabulary, and improve study skills by using a variety of methods and materials incorporated into the reading curriculum. It is the goal of this course to improve student performance in all content courses by focusing on the study skills needed for success across the curriculum.

Prerequisite: Placement Test Scores/Concurrent Placement in English 9 (112)

ENGLISH 9

Grade: 9
Course: 112
1 Credit

This course is designed to give General Education students continued and intensive practice in the fundamental skills of reading and composition.  A focus on improvement of language arts skills stresses parts of speech, parts of the sentence, writing complete sentences, and an effective paragraph of different types.  Comprehension skills for reading are drilled.  Literature study includes an introduction to a variety of literary forms as well as vocabulary development.  This course is designed to complement the Communication I course in the General Education program. 

Prerequisite: Placement Test Scores/Concurrent Placement in Communication 1 (100)

 

ENGLISH 9

Grade: 9
Course: 114
1 Credit

Ninth grade English begins with a concentration on the writing process where students will apply the steps of this process to a variety of paragraph modes such as descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive.   A strong emphasis is placed on the study of grammar as the rules apply to the students’ writing.  Literature is studied as it familiarizes the students with the elements and vocabulary of literary genres.  Components of the literature program include the study of the short story, novel, drama, poetry, mythology, and non-fiction.  Emphasis is applied to the art of active reading techniques.  Vocabulary study is an integral part of the program.

Prerequisite: Placement Test Scores

HONORS ENGLISH 9

Grade: 9
Course: 116
1 Credit

Honors Freshman English curriculum begins with the application of the writing process to the course's literature components. A solid foundation in composition techniques is essential to the development of student writers who can express analytical observations in language that are clear, cohesive, and stylistically original. Their discovery of literature will consist of a genre study where they will explore the vocabulary and techniques of the short story, novel, drama, essay, poetry, and mythology. The continuing study of grammar and vocabulary is presented as a partnership in their developing skills at discovering and expressing their own voice and style.

Prerequisite: Placement Test Scores

COMMUNICATION II

Grade: 10
Course: 120
1 Credit

Communication II is designed for the sophomore student who has demonstrated further need for improvement in reading and study skills.  The course emphasizes development of language skills required for reading, writing, and speaking success across the curriculum.  The course aims to prepare adequately these students to move into the regular curriculum on the junior level.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: Reading Test Scores and General Education Teacher Recommendation

ENGLISH 10 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 10
Course: 121
1/2 Credit

This course is intended for students who are committed to the two year General Education program curriculum and have concurrent placement in Communication II (120).  It builds on skills stressed and developed at the freshman level.  Emphasis is placed on the study of literary genres and reading techniques with continued work on composition skills.  Students work to improve skills in reading, grammar, vocabulary, and research.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

ENGLISH 10 SPEECH AND DRAMA

Grade: 10
Class: 123
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course is intended for students who are committed to the two year General Education program curriculum and have concurrent placement in Communications II (120).  This course emphasizes the verbal skills of speaking and listening.  Students will develop their public speaking skills by preparing and presenting a variety of speech activities aimed at improving effective communication.  In addition, students will complete a more comprehensive study of drama through the reading and analysis of both classic and modern plays.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

 

ENGLISH 10 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 10
Course: 125
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course continues the concentration on the writing process as it was begun at the freshman level.  The focus on composition is designed to develop skills in the writing of papers in a variety of modes, in organizing ideas effectively, and in improving control of correct English through practice with grammatical constructions.  The study of various genres of literature with concentration on world literature continues.

Prerequisite: None

 

ENGLISH 10 SPEECH AND DRAMA

Grade: 10
Course: 127
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course will concentrate on the theory and practice of verbal communication.  Emphasis will be placed on the steps of preparing and performing speeches in a variety of speaking situations.  Additionally, students will complete a comprehensive study of both classic and modern plays.

Prerequisite: None

 

HONORS ENGLISH 10 LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 10
Course: 128
1/2 Credit

The Honors Sophomore English curriculum continues with the accelerated application of the writing process as it applies to the analysis of literature.  The writing practice moves beyond the paragraph to the multi-paragraph essay formatted by a variety of modes:  descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive.  Grammar study moves to more sophisticated constructions that provide the students with greater capability for self-expression.  In their literature study, the focus remains on improving active reading skills intended to train students to become more discerning readers.  Representative literary genres are studied from world literature.  Vocabulary development is emphasized to accommodate composition and reading needs.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

HONORS ENGLISH 10 SPEECH AND DRAMA

Grade: 10
Course: 129
1/2 Credit (Semester Course)

This course will concentrate on the theory and practice of verbal communication.  This course includes techniques of preparing and delivering speeches to inform, entertain, show, process, persuade, and motivate.  In addition, students will complete a comprehensive study of both classic and modern plays.

Prerequisite: Approval of Chair

 

COLLEGE PREPARATORY WRITING AND RESEARCH

Grade: 11
Course: 130
1 Credit

One area this course stresses is vocabulary; vocabulary includes mastery of the cross - curriculum of vocabulary sets as well as reading-related words in context. The course also places extensive emphasis on developing writing skills, building from the short paragraph to longer essays. Review and reinforcement of basic grammar skills are emphasized in developing the students' abilities to write in standard language. Literature would also include an introduction to literary terminology with an integration of research on independent subjects. Strong emphasis will be placed on the enhancement of skills for standardized test-taking used for college entrance.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: Teacher and/or General Education Director Recommendation

ENGLISH 11

Grade: 11
Course: 134
1 Credit

The literature base of this junior course is a chronological survey of American Literature from the colonial period through the twenty-first century. The composition skills honed at the freshman and sophomore levels continue to be emphasized as students begin to demonstrate their writing abilities in the analysis of their literature study. The culmination of expository writing is the instruction and guidance in writing a research paper. A review of grammar and reading skills is stressed in preparation for the ACT exam in the spring. Vocabulary development is regarded as an essential and ongoing process in preparation for national testing.

Prerequisite: None

HONORS ENGLISH 11

Grade: 11
Class: 136
1 Credit

For this honors level junior course, American Literature and the composition process are taught at an accelerated pace. Students are expected to read and write with maturity and sophistication. Independent reading outside of class is expected so that class discussions are rewarding and beneficial to the students. A strong emphasis is given to reading classic American Literature. Additionally, grammar, vocabulary, and composition skills are reviewed and stressed as part of the daily process. Emphasis is given to ACT preparation throughout the school year. The research paper is taught as a process that will encourage students to choose a literary topic and do an analytical paper based on their research.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH: LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 11
Course: 138
1 Credit

This course is a college-level rhetoric and composition course with focus on American Literature.  Students will learn the writing process to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays.  Students will learn to evaluate, synthesize and cite sources that support their arguments.  Throughout the course, students will develop a personal writing style.  In addition, students will read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction work from many disciplines and historical periods.  Students will be urged to participate in the Advanced Placement testing program in the Spring.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

 

ENGLISH 12

Grade: 12
Course: 138
1 Credit

Senior students will examine the works of representative British authors spanning the history of British literature from the beginnings to the present. They will read drama, short fiction, poetry, and novels by British authors in order to develop their own personal literary taste and to better understand critic standards of excellence. This final year of instruction in the composition process will see a focused preparation of the student for college writing. Each senior will write a research paper on a selected topic. This project brings together students' critical thinking skills as well as their technical proficiency in writing. A further emphasis will be placed on polishing the conventions of grammar, mechanics, and usage as they approach the college experience. Vocabulary study continues.

Prerequisite: None

HONORS ENGLISH 12

Grade: 12
Course: 146
1 Credit

Honors Senior English will allow students who are ready for a positive challenge to prepare for college. The curriculum will include the traditional review of grammar, vocabulary development, and a literary research paper. While students will be using the literature anthology as a base for learning, at least one extra classic novel/play per quarter will be taught. Students are expected to be active learners and class participants. Additionally, students' writing will be reinforced with a variety of essay assignments.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Grade: 12
Course: 148
1 Credit

This college level course is the culmination of the honors program in English. It is designed to teach a significant body of Western literature so that students come to understand their literary heritage and to appreciate the artistry manifested in the creation of the literary genres. There is a demanding program of reading and composition assignments that require active reading with critical analysis skills. Further emphasis is placed on vocabulary development and the mastery of the mechanics of rhetoric. Throughout the year, students practice writing papers and responding to essay questions that are Advanced Placement quality. Further, they will conduct research on a literary topic and write a paper that becomes a foundation for their AP testing. Students are urged to participate in the Advanced Placement testing program in the spring.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

CREATIVE WRITING

Grade: 11, 12C
Course: 150
½ Credit – Semester Course

This course will provide a step-by-step sequence of activities, projects, and techniques that will fine tune students' creative writing ability. Activities will challenge students to analyze word choice, develop a style, build a plot, create characters, and experiment with writing a variety of poetry forms. Projects include poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and one-act plays.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None

ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING

Grade: 12
Course: 160
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course is designed for students who wish to take a second semester of creative writing. Students would be completing three or four major projects, such as, a non-fiction article suitable for submission to a magazine, a short story, and a one-act play. Students would also be allowed to choose one format to create a portfolio of smaller pieces. The course would run concurrently with the Creative Writing class. Students would be involved in some of the assignments of the first level of creative writing, but would be doing more independent writing and editing of their work. The major goal of the course is to encourage interested students to continue their writing and to submit their work for publication outside of school.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: Creative Writing and Teacher Approval

COLLEGE PREPARATORY READING

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 170
½ Credit (Semester Course)

This course is designed to encourage students to read not only for enrichment but also to become life-long readers. The focus of the course is on reading contemporary literature – novels, short stories, and nonfiction that is from the 21st century. The books that are the best sellers in the last ten years will be the ones chosen by the students with teacher guidance. Accountability will be maintained in the course through testing, oral discussions, and projects that reflect the value of the books being read.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None

JOURNALISM

Grade: 11, 12
Course: 180
½ Credit (Semester Course)

A news-centric society creates a high demand for facts and opinions through a variety of mediums, with journalism as the foundation of this information. Along with receiving a concise history of journalism and learning about the evolution of the profession, students will gain the basics of researching, writing, editing, revising, and publishing, using modern-day journalistic standards and following the guidelines of the associated Press Stylebook. Additionally, students will learn about the "new media," with workshop-type Settings for learning about radio, television, and photographic journalism, while also researching how social media forums and bloggers have changed the face of modern journalism. A knowledge and enjoyment for writing is required, and a working knowledge of editing and publishing is welcomed.

This course does not satisfy the English Department graduation requirement.

Prerequisite: None

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