English Department

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


English 9   1 Cr.

This entry-level survey course is required for all ninth grade students. Students will study literature, writing, grammar, writing mechanics, and poetry.  Students will also read novels of fiction and study non-fiction texts.  Drama is taught through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Students will be introduced to the idea of primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing, using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and a producing a final publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.

 
 

Honors 9 1 Cr.

Students in this honors course are expected to have regular attendance, prepared for class daily, be articulate, and actively participate in class. It is important for students to complete work thoroughly and on time, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.  Although this is not necessary for enrollment, students enrolled in an Honors course are generally considered to be on a college prep path.  


Students in Honors English 9 will study literature, writing, grammar, writing mechanics, and poetry.  Students will also read novels of fiction and study non-fiction texts.  Drama is taught through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Students will be introduced to the idea of primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing, using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and a producing a final publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.

 
 

English 10   1 Cr.

English 10 (World Literature)


In English 10, students study literature from around the world. This course allows for the close study of literary works, as well as consideration of historical and cultural context. These units focus on geographical regions, themes, and literary forms that pertain to them. Thus students come to grasp the relationship between local concerns and universal questions. Students will also be introduced the difference between primary and secondary sources along with synthesis writing using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and producing a final, publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.



Honors 10 1 Cr.

Honors English 10 (World Literature)


Students in this honors course are expected to have regular attendance, prepared for class daily, be articulate, and actively participate in class. It is important for students to complete work thoroughly and on time, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.  Although this is not necessary for enrollment, students enrolled in an Honors course are generally considered to be on a college prep path.  


In Honors English 10, students perform an intensive and accelerated study of literature from around the world. This course allows for the close study of literary works, as well as consideration of historical and cultural context. These units focus on geographical regions, themes, and literary forms that pertain to them. Thus students come to grasp the relationship between local concerns and universal questions. Students will also be introduced the difference between primary and secondary sources along with synthesis writing using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and producing a final, publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.




English 11   1 Cr.

English 11 (American Literature)


In eleventh grade, English students study American Literature.  Each unit allows for a close study of literary works, as well as consideration of historical and cultural contexts.  The units focus on themes and literary forms that pertain to them.  Students come to grasp the relationship between current issues, historical knowledge, and universal questions.  Students will begin to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing, using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and producing a final publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.

 
 

Honors 11 1 Cr.

Honors English 11 (American Literature)


Students in this honors course are expected to have regular attendance, be prepared for class daily, be articulate, and actively participate in class. It is important for students to complete work thoroughly and on time, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.  Although this is not necessary for enrollment, students enrolled in an Honors course are generally considered to be on a college prep path.


In Honors English 11, students study American Literature.  Each unit allows for a close study of literary works, historical and cultural contexts.  The units focus on themes and literary forms that pertain to them.  Students grasp the relationship between current issues, historical knowledge, and universal questions.  Students will begin to understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing, using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and producing a final, publishable document.  Grading will be determined by accumulating points on quizzes, tests, projects, papers, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.



English 12   1 Cr.

This course will study the structure of nonfiction text and essays, novels and film. Students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and  producing a final publishable document.  Students will write several argumentative and informational research papers and complete an extensive capstone research project. 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, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.

 
 

Honors 12 1 Cr.


Students in this honors course are expected to have regular attendance, be prepared for class daily, be articulate, and actively participate in class. It is important for students to complete work thoroughly and on time, with the exception of extenuating circumstances.  Although this is not necessary for enrollment, students enrolled in an Honors course are generally considered to be on a college prep path.


This course will study the structure of nonfiction text and essays, novels and film. Students will understand the difference between primary and secondary sources, along with synthesis writing using the Document Based Question (DBQ) Project.  Students will utilize the writing process, relying heavily on technology with our 1:1 initiative, for pre-writing, drafting, revising, and  producing a final, publishable document.  Students will write several argumentative and informational research papers and complete an extensive capstone research project. 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, class discussions, and presentations. All grades will be weighted as follows: Reading 30%; Writing 30%; Speaking 30%; and daily work 10%.

 
 

AP English (12) 1 Cr.

Prerequisite: “B” average in previous English courses.  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. Heavy emphasis is placed on class discussions.  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 semester.  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.

 

 

This course is designed to study a variety of genres of film and corresponding literature when applicable.

 

 
Yearbook  (10-12)  1 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.