English

ENGLISH 9 HONORS

Course #211 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course explores various genres (story, drama, poetry), deepens students’ understanding of classical mythology and overall appreciation for literature; develops vocabulary and grammar skills; increases proficiency in speaking and writing; and encourages questioning, creative thinking and expression.

ENGLISH 9 CP-A

Course #212 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Freshmen
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course introduces students to various genres of Western literature, such as the short story, drama, and poetry. Reading and responding to literature will be emphasized, and students will also spend time studying grammar and vocabulary in order to enhance their ability to reason and communicate effectively in writing.

ENGLISH 9 CP

Course #213 Level: 3 Credit: 1
Required of: All Freshmen whose language skill scores are below grade level
Prerequisite: Previous grade school record and testing results

This course is designed to help those students whose entrance examination scores reflect the need for intensive work in language study. Emphasis is given to the study of the basic elements of grammar, composition, sentence structure and literature.

ENGLISH SKILLS PROGRAM
Course #214 Level: 3 Credit: 1
Required of: All Freshmen whose language skill scores are below grade level


This course is designed to build competence in reading comprehension and writing skills. Emphasis will be given to the development of organization and comprehension skills as well as the development of an organized technology motivated writing program. Students registered for this course must also be enrolled in English 9 (Course# 213) since the class content of both courses is coordinated.

ENGLISH 10 HONORS

Course #221 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Sophomores
Prerequisite: 85% in English 9 Honors or 93% in English CP-A; signature of present English 9 teacher

This course challenges students to analyze and critique their reading material in order to gain a greater appreciation of literature and to sharpen their reading skills. Genres include novel, novella, play, short story, and poetry. In addition to reading, students will continue to hone their grammar, writing, and vocabulary skills with an eye to improving their command of the English language.

ENGLISH 10 CP-A

Course #222 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Sophomores
Prerequisite: Recommendation of English 9 teacher

This course introduces students to various poems, short stories, novels and plays from around the world and throughout history. Universal elements of literature will be studied, and students will also build their vocabularies and develop grammar skills as part of the study of formal academic composition. This course will develop English language skills presented in the ninth grade. In addition, students will examine literature in its four basic forms: short story, poetry, novel and drama.


ENGLISH 11 HONORS

Course #231 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors
Prerequisite: 85% average in English 10 Honors or 93% in English CP; signature of present English 10 teacher

This course examines works of prose, poetry, and drama by selected American authors, including Hawthorne, Emerson, Dickinson, Whitman, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and others. Students will study the development of American literature from the nineteenth century to the present in order to explore different writers’ treatments of recurring themes, most notably The American Dream. The course includes PSAT and SAT preparation through vocabulary study, extensive training in rhetorical techniques of composition, and step by step instruction in the skills of writing a research paper.

ENGLISH 11 CP-A

Course #232 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Required of: Juniors
Prerequisite: Recommendation of English 10 teacher

This survey course challenges students to explore all facets of American literature from Native American myths to contemporary American literature. The course includes PSAT and SAT preparation through vocabulary study, extensive training in rhetorical techniques of composition, and step by step instruction in the skills of writing a research paper.


AP LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION

Course #240 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and any Senior with a recommendation from an English Teacher
Prerequisite: Signature of present English teacher and submission of the candidate's writing sample

This full year course adheres to the requirements of the College Board Advanced Placement Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of major literary works of Western culture in order to sharpen their awareness of language, develop critical standards, increase their sensitivity to literature, and prepare for the AP test in May. In addition to composition, this course includes continued SAT preparation through vocabulary study. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation.

AP ENGLISH

Course #241 Level: AP Credit: 1
Open to: Senior Honor students
Prerequisite: Signature of present English 11 Honors teacher and submission of the candidate's writing sample

This full year course follows the syllabus of the College Board AP Program. Students engage in the analytical reading of major literary works of Western culture in order to sharpen their awareness of language, develop critical standards, increase their sensitivity to literature as a shared experience and prepare for the AP test in May. Limited Enrollment.

ENGLISH 12 HONORS - BRITISH & WESTERN LITERATURE

Course #242 Level: 1 Credit: 1
Open to: Senior Honor Students
Prerequisite: 93% average in English CP or a 85% average in English 11 Honors; recommendation of present English 11 teacher

This course focuses on the development of English and Western literature by examining representative writers: Sophocles, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Shelley, Bronte. Students will examine the ethical and cultural elements of a society as presented through its literature. Students will be encouraged to support their thinking, whether oral or written, by citing experiential and textual evidence. Much of the work will be done in collaborative learning groups and seminars.This course will continue vocabulary study, SAT preparation, and effective communication.

ENGLISH 12 CP - BRITISH & WESTERN LITERATURE

Course #243 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Seniors
Prerequisite: Completion of a course in American Literature

This full year course exposes students to a survey of some of the major works and authors of British and Western Literature and gives students an understanding of this literature as it relates to universal themes. The study of grammar, vocabulary and composition is also emphasized. SAT preparation is included.

EFFECTIVE WRITING 1 / WRITING RUDIMENTS

Course #234 Fall Level:2 Credit:1/2
Open to: All Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Signature of English teacher

Students in this course will develop basic writing skills to enhance their work in all classes. The focus will be on sentence structure, development of paragraphs, grammar and punctuation. The practice of these skills will culminate in a focus on essay writing as a means of communication and expression of ideas, both personal and academic.This course is designed to provide guidance and direction to those who struggle with writing or would like to master fundamentals.

EFFECTIVE WRITING 2 / ESSAY COMPOSITION

Course #237 Fall Level:2 Credit:1/2
Course #238 Spring
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: English 10 CP-A or Honors; or completion of Effective Writing 1 with 80% average

Students engage in this process-oriented course that helps them master the full-range rhetorical strategies they need for successful college writing. The emphasis will be on writing clear, concise expository, analytical and persuasive essays across the curriculum. Practical tips will help to improve the style, content and sophistication of the stduent's essays. Excellent for standardized test preparation, general review or skill building. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation.

JOURNALISM

Course #247 Level: 2 Credit: 1
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Signature of English teacher and approved submission of student's writing sample

Journalism is a full year course which focuses on practical news writing skills. The objective is to publish a school newspaper a few times throughout the school year. Its focus will be the teaching of news story writing, sports writing, editorial writing, reviewing and interviewing. Photography, illustration and editing will be incorporated into the lessions as well. Student should be considered a strong and confident writer to be eligible for this course.

CREATIVE WRITING
Course #251 Fall Level: 2 Credit: 1/2
Course #252 Spring
Open to: Juniors and Seniors
Prerequisite: Signature of English teacher

The student creates his/her own literature by channeling feelings and experiences into polished pieces of writing. He/she learns how to begin writing a poem, a short story and a play. Representative examples from each genre are studied, including works by accomplished writers. This course does not satisfy English requirements for graduation. Limited enrollment.

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