English

ENGLISH 1

Grade Level: 9 (General Studies)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the use of composition to reflect upon, analyze, and evaluate various literary texts. Students edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling. They study representative pieces of world literature as unique reflections of their time and culture. They also engage in research processes and recognize various documentation techniques.

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ENGLISH 2

Grade level: 10 (General Studies)
Credits 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: English 1 or English 9

Through Greek literature, students analyze chosen readings and connect them to present day occurrences. By connecting their present with the past, students can make connections to the importance of ancient Greek literature. Students are responsible for the language mechanics of their work and must make corrections and edit as needed. Students also plan, compose, and edit a 5-paragraph essay with emphasis on strong introduction, conclusion, and supporting details. Students are also introduced to research and documentation.

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ENGLISH 3

Grade Level: 11 (General Studies)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: English 1 & 2 or English 9 & 10

This course emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills. The non-college preparatory course focuses on the ability to think, speak, and write logically. Students analyze and evaluate the historical, cultural, political, and biographical influences on a variety of literary genres. Students apply writing skills and strategies to communicate effectively for different purposes. Students generate a clearly worded and effectively placed thesis statement to develop an essay that has a clear, logical progression of ideas in the introduction, body, and conclusion. Students apply listening, speaking, and media literacy skills and strategies to communicate for different purposes. Grammar and documentation skills are also directly reinforced in several lessons. Students edit all their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

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BUSINESS ENGLISH

Grade Level: 12 (General Studies)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0
Prerequisite: English courses 9-11 or 1-3 completed

Business English is an upper level English course choice designed to prepare students to properly communicate in the business world. Students will learn to organize and write concise, correct, and complete business correspondence. They will learn to recognize and adapt messages for the intended audience while eliminating bias from the correspondence. Other topics covered include letter and memo formatting, report writing, documentation/plagiarism/paraphrasing, job/career research, resume writing, and more.

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ENGLISH 9

Grade Level: 9 (College Prep)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: Must complete requirements for assessment.

This course emphasizes the use of composition to expand writing, comprehension, and communication skills. Students edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling. They study various genres and writing styles. They also engage in research processes and recognize various documentation techniques.

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ENGLISH 9 Honors

Grade Level: 9
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: Must complete requirements for assessment.

Honors English 9 teaches students how to do critical analyses of literary and historical texts. It introduces the concepts of theme, tone, structure, pace, point of view, character development, context clues, word choice, and figurative language, guiding students in the application of these concepts as they analyze various types of texts. Students compose a range of writing including argumentative, narrative, and informative, as well as creating a multimedia project. Students strengthen their grammatical and self-expression skills both through the revision of their own writing as well as grammar exercises. This course is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

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ENGLISH 10

Grade Level: 10 (College Prep)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: English 9

English 10 CP emphasizes research and response composition. Students write two response essays, one to a speech given by a professional speaker, and the second to a work of literature. Their responses should indicate that they comprehend what is being said and how it is being said. The work also allows students to demonstrate that they can add their own voices to others’ conversations. Students then learn to construct research essays with an emphasis on using a variety of source material. They learn how to engage in research processes and how to evaluate the sources so that they can discriminate between good and poor choices. Moreover, students add the researched material to their work in order to craft a well-organized and well-argued essay. Finally, they learn how to incorporate their research into their essays using and recognizing various documentation techniques. Students also practice their proofreading and editing skills, looking for and correcting errors in sentence structure, grammar, mechanics, and spelling. Finally they practice revising for organization, clarity, and word choices.

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ENGLISH 10 Honors

Grade Level: 10
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: English 9

Honors English 10 guides students in refining their critical reading and writing skills through the examination of World literary and historical texts. Students explore the meaning of freedom, the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe reflected in Shakespeare, the Gothic mystery genre, and the hero’s journey reflected in Beowulf and the Odyssey. Students hone their grammar and self-expression skills as they discuss these topics in a variety of modes including argument, narrative, research, and multi-media projects. This course is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

 

ENGLISH 11

Grade Level: 11 (College Prep)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: English 9, 10

Students will refine and enhance their foundation in literature and the writing process through academic mastery. Throughout the course, the ability to think, listen, and write logically will be the primary focus as well as school-to-career experiences, including college entrance exam preparation. This course will emphasize proper grammar and mechanics while developing the writing process. Students will be asked to implement research and writing skills throughout the curriculum as well as adapt and evaluate literature.

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ENGLISH 11 Honors

Grade Level: 11
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: English 9, 10

Honors English 11 is an intensive literary analysis and critical thinking course. It includes the units “Humor” which looks at a Shakespearean comedy and early works of satire, “The Highest Court in the Land” which looks at the legal reasoning in Supreme Court cases, “Survey of American Literature” which looks at sample works from the Puritan period to Modernity exploring key themes of each literary movement, and “What is missing? Reading Omissions” in which students are encouraged to read historical and literary texts with an eye for what is left out. Through writing assignments of various lengths as well as specific exercises, students are encouraged to refine their use of syntax with a focus on style. Students must also lead a debate with at least two friends and complete a multimedia project. This course is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.

 

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Grade Level: 11, 12 (College Prep)
Credit: 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisites: English 9 and 10

American Literature allows students to delve into the variety of literature produced by American writers from colonial times forward. The course uses the poetry, essays, and short stories of American writers to teach key literary concepts and devices including style, imagery, irony, tone, diction, and structure. The class culminates in the writing of a final essay about several pieces of literature through which students practice the writing process of literary analysis, thesis formation, outlining, and drafting. **Can be taken in place of English 11.

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ENGLISH 12

Grade: 12 (College Prep)
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Perquisites: English 9-11

The course focuses on the reading and analysis of literature, development of writing skills, expansion of vocabulary, and enhancement of critical thinking skills. Students are exposed to the different genres through both reading and writing. It emphasizes essay writing in different styles and for different audiences to establish good writing skills. Students edit their work for content and for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling. They read and critique canonical works, works of their own choosing, as well as studying works across different genres. They engage in research processes and documentation techniques. By the end of the course, students will have improved their reading, writing, research, critical thinking, and communication skills.

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ENGLISH 12 HONORS COMPOSITION

Grade: 12
Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisites: English 9-11

English 12 Honors Composition introduces students to the writing process as a series of steps building to a final draft. Students learn that formal academic writing is a particular rhetorical situation with specific requirements and standards including proper grammar and punctuation, formal diction, and use of present tense, active voice, third person and parallel structure. Students learn to write a thesis, then gather, organize, develop, and cohere information and ideas to support that thesis. They learn to use MLA style to format a page and to properly cite sources of information. Students learn the critical thinking skills of evaluating sources of information and recognizing logical fallacies. Students learn to use rhetorical devices to lend their academic writing personal style and strength.

 

CREATIVE WRITING

Grade Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1.0 (NCAA approved)
Prerequisite: English 10

This course focuses strongly on composition using various styles and techniques (including different genres and perspectives), manipulation and use of the written language, how to create or enhance the student’s own voice, and how to enhance writing through analyzing and editing. Students are expected to engage the teacher in discussion regarding work. They edit their work for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics, and spelling.