ENGLISH



BASIC ENGLISH I
Grade 9
One Credit/Full Year Course

This course offers freshmen an intensive review of the basics of grammar and mechanics needed to develop and improve their writing skills Thus instruction in and practice of basic skills in grammar, punctuation, and mechanics constitutes a large component of the course, and students are instructed in ways to organize their thoughts to express themselves clearly, a skill which they will need throughout their academic careers and beyond. The course further includes an extensive literature program which, while incorporating the study of a broad variety of literature selections aimed at introducing students to the formats of the short story, the novel, and poetry, which places a strong emphasis on improving the individual student’s comprehension skills. Other literature selections determined by the needs and interests of the students are also utilized. Students will be instructed in the fundamental use of the library materials as well as alternate research tools.

ENGLISH I
Grade 9
One Credit/Full Year Course

English 1 offers the student a review of the basics of grammar as a means of developing his/her writing skills. Regular writing assignments are given as the student learns to organize his/her thoughts and express them clearly and precisely. To improve the comprehension skills and an appreciation of literature, the student is introduced to the study and analysis of a broad variety of literature selections, including the short story, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and myth. During class discussions, the student is encouraged and expected to respond to each of the selections read. The student will also learn the fundamentals of library research and will be guided in the regular use of library materials.

HONORS ENGLISH I
Grade 9
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Performance at the 8th grade level, placement test scores, and teacher recommendation

Honors English I is a fast-paced course that synthesizes the areas of grammar, composition, vocabulary study, and literature into an integrated whole. The student will review the application of the rules of grammar, and punctuation through intensive study, intended not only to develop the student’s understanding of the structure of the language but also lead to more developed composition skills, shown in the mastery of various writing assignments and the five-paragraph essay format. The student will also be introduced to the analysis of literary elements in a broad variety of literature selections, including short stories, novels, drama, and epic. .

ENGLISH II
Grade 10
One Credit/Full Year Course

The student in English II will master the skills of grammar and composition, and deepen his/her enjoyment and appreciation of literature. Exercises in writing are aimed at developing composition skills, especially in the areas of the three- and five-paragraph essays. The student is taught to support opinion with facts as he/she learns the techniques of persuasion and argument. The novel form is introduced as a part of the literature program, along with further study of the other literary forms met during English I. In the classroom discussions, students are encouraged to be logical, tolerant, honest, and open.

HONORS ENGLISH II
Grade 10
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 85% in Honors English I and teacher recommendation
Minimum of 93% in English I and teacher recommendation

Honors English II further develops the skills initiated in Honors English I by continuing an intensive study of grammar,
Literature, composition, and vocabulary study as an integrated whole. This course seeks to develop critical thinking through the enrichment of the student’s experiences with literature of various genres and the in-depth analysis of the
Literature. The student will be instructed in the application of sound composition skills, focusing on the mastery of the five-paragraph essay format.

ENGLISH III
Grade 11
One Credit/Full Year Course

English III offers the student an ordered appreciation of the literature of America. Through class discussion, work in groups, presentations, and writing opportunities, the student is led to read and think critically of the major writers of the past and their works. A strong focus is placed on assisting the student to develop his or her writing style. The study of grammar at this level presupposes the student’s mastery of certain basic grammar skills and seeks primarily to support composition by honing and utilizing these skills, as well as the student’s basic skills in the mechanics of writing in proper manuscript form. A major focus of the course is the introduction of the student to research skills and the conventions of formal discourse in order to enable the student to produce an objective paper in support of a position. The production by the student of an original and valid research paper remains an essential requirement of the course.

HONORS ENGLISH III
Grade 11
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 85% in Honors English II and teacher recommendation
Minimum of 93% in English II and teacher recommendation

Honors English III aims at developing the critical thinking abilities of the student through the study of literature and writing. A chronological overview of American Literature is pursued with supplementary reading frequently assigned. The study of grammar here presupposes the student’s mastery of basic grammar skills and seeks primarily to hone and utilize those skills to support composition, with a strong focus on assisting the student to develop a more mature writing style, and integrating effective rhetoric. A major focus of the course is the introduction of the student to research skills and the conventions of formal discourse in order to enable the student to produce an objective and scholarly paper in support of a position. The production by the student of an original and valid research paper remains an essential requirement of the course.

ENGLISH IV
Grade 12
One Credit/Full Year Course

English IV is an introduction to British literature from its early beginnings to the twentieth century, highlighting its historical and social changes. The student will read poetry, drama, short stories, and novels of the major British authors. Written assignments include a variety of compositions and include a required original and valid research paper. Emphasis is also placed on correct usage and grammar, spelling, and vocabulary development.

HONORS ENGLISH IV
Grade 12
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 85% in Honors English III and teacher recommendation
Minimum of 93% in English III and teacher recommendation

Honors English IV is intended for the student who has the skills of critical reading, writing, and analysis. In this introduction to British literature, the student will explore the writings of the Old English Period through the Modern Period. Required reading assignments and class discussions are an essential element of this study. The student will complete regular essay assignments in order to develop further skills needed for clear written expression. Research will focus on areas of literature, and an original and valid research paper is required of all students.

AP ENGLISH
Grade 12
One Credit/Full Year Course
Prerequisite: Minimum of 93% in Honors English III, overall GPA of 3.50, PSAT and ACT scores, and a strong teacher recommendation

AP English engages the student in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, the student will deepen his/her understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. The student will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as the more minor literary devices of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone, and an original and valid research paper is required of all students. Upon completion of the course, the student will take the College Board Advanced Placement Test in order to qualify for College credit.

WORLD MYTHOLOGY
Grades 10, 11, 12
One-Half Credit/Semester Course

World Mythology is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to read, analyze, evaluate, and enjoy a collection of myths and epics from around the world. Emphasis will be placed on valuing myths as literature, and thus encouraging an appreciation of unique cultural attitudes and beliefs expressed through mythology. The course seeks to cultivate in the student an increasing awareness of universal human values as the course explores the following question: “How do myths reflect cultures and shape our world?”

CREATIVE WRITING l
Grades 10,11, 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course

Creative Writing is intended to develop the student’s creative and critical thinking skills through the completion of a variety of creative writing activities. Throughout the course, the student will compose various types of prose and poetry, intended for varying audiences and reflecting various purposes. Utilizing the multiple characteristics of short stories, each student will write an original short story with characters, conflict, and an organized plot. Proper or appropriate grammar, diction, punctuation, and writing mechanics will be emphasized as an integral part of the creative writing process.

CREATIVE WRITING ll
Grades, 10, 11, 12
One-half Credit/Semester Course
Prerequisite: 85% or above in Creative Writing l

Creative Writing ll is designed to further develop the student’s understanding of the various genres of writing, such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and journalism. This course will explore these genres and the subgenres of each in depth. Students will complete various assignments, including a comprehensive final project utilizing various literary devices and techniques taught in the class, as well as proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.