English

English 9

This course is structured to provide students with formal instruction in listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, grammar and writing. Students will read novels, short stories, poems, and plays that will open up worlds that guide our exploration of themes within literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, and authorship. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments, with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed in how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with MLA format. Students will write for a variety of purposes.

 

 

 


English 9 Honors

This course is structured to provide students with formal instruction in listening and speaking skills, literary analysis, vocabulary studies, grammar and writing. Students will read novels, short stories, poems, and plays that will open up worlds that guide our exploration of themes within literature, literary devices, elements of story, character development, methods of persuasion, and authorship. Students will be guided through a diverse number of writing assignments, with instruction provided pertaining to appropriate structure, effective thought-flow, meaningful content, correct grammar, and cohesiveness of style. Students will be instructed in how to correctly insert parenthetical references into their writing and how to create a Works Cited page in keeping with MLA format. Students will write for a variety of purposes. 


World Literature

This is a year-long college-preparatory English course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st-century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and classic texts from the world canon of literature, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ own writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multimedia presentations, and word processing as well as many other web-based applications. 


World Literature Honors

The Honors program has higher expectations, richer assignments, and deeper experiences than a traditional English classroom. This course is a year-long Honors course consisting of four areas of language study necessary for effective communication: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students hone these skills through literary analysis, writing, sharing, and critical thinking in a 21st-century classroom. Organized around themes and genres from current and classic texts, students engage multiple literacies through a mixture of traditional methods and technology as appropriate. Throughout the course, vocabulary and grammar/usage/mechanics are addressed in context and within the experience of the students’ writings. Emphasis is placed on the development of comprehension and writing skills through essays, journals, presentations, and collaborative group processes. One book from the Honors Booklist must be read independently each semester. Students who complete this course can demonstrate competencies in the following: critical thinking and listening, world literature, research writing, creative writing, email etiquette, data management, multimedia presentations, and Google documents as well as many other web-based applications.


American Literature

With an emphasis on understanding and skill-building, the curriculum presents works of literature from the American canon to show the connection of experience, the individual, and historical events. Covering diverse voices from every period of American literature, students will practice analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of selections from various genres like fiction, non-fiction, speeches, and poetry. In addition, the writing process is emphasized as students compose a variety of written documents to include the Capstone Project, a research-based academic essay. Vocabulary geared to SAT/ACT fluency, research, and MLA documentation, critical reading comprehension, and grammar-usage-mechanics instruction round out the curriculum. 


American Literature Honors

Focusing on mastery learning, this two-semester course explores the relationships among history, literature, and the individual within the scope of the American experience. From Hawthorne and Twain to Fitzgerald and Miller, students are introduced to and learn to read and write within the spheres of multiple genres and periods. The main objective is to appreciate the relevance of literature and composition in affecting change within the self and the community. In addition, students learn to share these understandings through products, presentations, and interactions across a wide range of mediums as they hone their communication skills by learning to apply writing, speaking and listening conventions to the writing process.


British Literature & Composition

This course focuses on the study of British literature, early forms of oral transmission and written English through the nineteenth century in literature. The curriculum incorporates literary theory and reading comprehension, research, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The course gives opportunities for literary exposure to the culture via a wide range of print and digital literature. Course study will include a variety of genres within British literature presented in a chronological pattern. Composition in all genres is a major component of this course, as well as development of analytical and critical thinking skills. Grammar, mechanics, and usage will be covered mostly within the context of the literature and writing.


College English 113

College English 101 is a college freshman English literature and composition course which focuses on developing competent writers by combining reading comprehension and analysis using a variety of world literature, both fiction and non-fiction, and various writing patterns and techniques. The course includes a focus on strengthening English-related competencies through critical reading, literary theory, academic and real-world writing, vocabulary, understanding fallacies, debate, oral presentation in individual or group collaboration, various research documentation formats, literary criticism, and the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of literature and non-academic examples from world culture. Furthermore, the curriculum covers deconstructing written and visual messages, grammar, MLA documentation, and study skills. Students complete the rigors of this course in preparation for higher education and an appreciation for the connection between the written word, past and present societies, and the student’s own life.


College English 123

This course combines college comparative English literature with a continued emphasis on expository writing patterns started in CE101. Seniors who have the prerequisites necessary for this course fully understand that the workload will encompass a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in preparation for success after high school. The course includes a focus on strengthening English writing conventions through academic and real-world writing, logical fallacies, oral presentation in individual or group collaboration, various research documentation formats, literary criticism and the analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of literature and non-academic examples from world culture, and critical reading strategies. Genres of literature include fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama.