English Department

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
AP English
Public Speaking
Literature and Film
Yearbook


English 9   1 Cr. Required
This general English course is required for all ninth grade students. Students will study literature, writing, grammar, writing mechanics, poetry, reading novels and plays including Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Focus on writing skills will culminate in the writing of a research paper which must be completed to pass the class.

English 10   1 Cr. Prerequisite: English 9 or Language Skills Required
This course will study the structure of nonfiction, short stories, novels, and poetry.  Students will write short story analyses, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository paragraphs/papers.  Students will also write a nonfiction paper, study the five-paragraph essay, and create a multi-genre research project.  While studying drama, students will read a Shakespearean tragedy.  Students will also learn about the communication process and complete a public speaking unit.  Weekly journals and vocabulary exercises will help build on writing skills.  Daily Oral Language will be used to help build on grammatical skills.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, and speeches. 

Students will use a variety of technology, including Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, to complete different assessments and course work throughout the school year.  Students will also use the Internet to gain valuable information for researching authors or topics, and understand the difference between a credible web site and a commercial web site.  Turnitin.com will be used as a means for submission on all papers before grading.  Students will use a variety of technology to create and gain information for a multi-genre research project.  Students will use PowerPoint to create and present a variety of assessments.

English 11   1 Cr. Prerequisite: English 10 Required
With a specific focus on American Literature, this course will study the structure of nonfiction, short stories, novels, and poetry. Students will write several literary analyses papers, along with short story analyses, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository paragraphs/papers. Students will also write a nonfiction paper, and a research paper. Journaling will be used as a means to enhance writing skills and thought processes about literature. An intense focus will be placed on grammar and mechanics in preparation for the ACT. Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, and speeches.

Students will use a variety of technology to complete different assessments and course work throughout the school year. During the school year, students will complete a variety of assignments using Microsoft Word. Students will also use the Internet to gain valuable information for researching authors or topics, and understand the difference between a credible web site and a commercial web site. Students will use a variety of technology to create and gain information for a research project. Students will use PowerPoint to create and present a variety of assessments.

English 12   1 Cr. Prerequisite: English 11 Required (or may take AP Eng)
This course will study the structure of nonfiction, short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Students will write several literary analyses papers, along with short story analyses, descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository papers. Students will also write nonfiction papers, and an extensive capstone research paper. Journaling will be used as a means to enhance writing skills and thought processes about literature. An intense focus will be placed on grammar and mechanics, as well as transitioning students from high school to collegiate writing. Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, and speeches.

Students will use a variety of technology to complete different assessments and course work throughout the school year. During the school year, students will complete a variety of assignments using Microsoft Word. Students will also use the Internet to gain valuable information for researching authors or topics, and understand the difference between a credible web site and a commercial web site. Students will use a variety of technology to create and gain information for a research project. Students will use PowerPoint to create and present a variety of assessments.

AP English (12) 1.5 Cr.
Prerequisite: “B” average in previous English courses, approval of the teacher, and successful completion of a summer project. AP Language and Composition is a course in both affective writing and critical reading skills. Writing skills will be developed through careful analysis of both prose and poetry selections. The goal of this course of study is to better prepare students for college-level instruction, especially college writing. Assignments include compositions that vary in approach in order to give students experience in writing different types of papers. The Advanced Placement Language Test for college credit will be offered in the spring.

Public Speaking  (10-12)  .5 Cr.  (generally 1st semester)
This course is designed to study and practice informative and persuasive public speaking, including communication modeling and variables, speech preparation, extemporaneous method, nonverbal communication, audience adaptation, and performance apprehension.   

Students will use a variety of technology to complete different assessments and course work throughout the trimester.  During the term, students will complete a variety of assignments using Microsoft Word.  Students will also use the Internet to gain valuable information for researching topics and understand the difference between a credible web site and a commercial web site.  Students will use PowerPoint to create and present a variety of assessments.
 
Literature and Film (10-12)   .5 Cr.  (generally 2nd semester)
This course is designed to study a variety of genres of film and corresponding literature when applicable.
 

Yearbook  (10-12)  1.5 Cr. Must complete application to enroll
Yearbook priority given to upperclassmen. All members of the yearbook staff will be responsible for the total production of the current book. This will include selling advisements to local businesses, writing creative copy, designing layouts on desktop publishing, meeting headlines, and selling books. Emphasis is placed on creative writing of captions, headlines and copy. Students must be willing to put in extra time to meet publisher-imposed deadlines.