Course Descriptions

English 9 (Language Arts I): Students review basic approaches to literature and fundamentals of grammar and composition before learning new information about these elements. In the literature lessons, students read short stories, essays, poetry, drama, and an epic. The grammar and composition lessons help students improve communication abilities, and the course also teaches basic research skills.

English 10 (Language Arts II): This course provides an in-depth and analytical study of literature from various genres, including short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, King Arthur legends, and novels. World settings and cultures are the backdrop for the literary selections. All literary analysis is geared toward preparation for Honors English courses so that students can have choices for eleventh grade English. Students also study the writing process, which enables them to express thoughts for the purpose of informing, describing, narrating, and persuading. Particular emphasis is given to developing a thesis and supporting an argument with evidence from source material. They study grammar and vocabulary to strengthen writing skills.

English 11 (Language Arts III): This course surveys the writings of American authors in chronological order from the earliest settlers to the twentieth century. Reading selections cover all genre of writing-essays, journals, speeches, poetry, short stories, novels, and drama-and literary analysis focuses on developing critical thinking skills. Students continue developing their composition skills through various writing assignments, including speeches, literary analysis, and creative writing. Students continue reviewing the principles of grammar and vocabulary which are necessary for furthering composition skills. They also complete a research paper on the American Melting Pot.

English 12 (Language Arts IV): This is a chronological survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. It includes analytical, reflective, and expository writing, with additional vocabulary, grammar, research, and oral skills emphasized as well. During the 3rd quarter, students begin their career project in which they will begin writing, researching, and shadowing a specific field of study.

AP English Literature and Composition: An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the
use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.

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