English

4000 - ENGLISH 9  Grade 9 (Full Year)

Ninth Grade English is the foundation on which to build a student's high school English experience. This course will be an integrated study of Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary Development, Literature, and Writing.

41000 - PRE-AP ENGLISH 9  Grade 9 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: Grade of B- or better in 8th grade english AND application essay AND completion of summer reading

Pre-AP English 9 offers students an opportunity to prepare for AP level English classes. Students will read fiction and non-fiction texts and will practice close reading and composition skills. This course is designed to prepare the students for AP Language and Composition, which will be offered to 10th grade students beginning in 2017-2018. Students registering for Pre-AP or AP level English classes will be expected to complete a summer reading assignment. Details about this assignment will available on the English department web site before summer break.

4200 - ENGLISH 10  Grade 10 (Full Year)
Prerequisite: English 9

English 10 will build upon the skills learned in 9th grade in literature and writing. Students will read a variety of authors and write several compositions of various lengths and purposes. Other course topics will include public speaking, vocabulary development, grammar, and reading strategies.

4300- AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION  Grade 10 (full year)
Prerequisite: English 9, Pre-AP English 9

AP Language & Composition for 10th grade is an intensive, year-long course that includes developing advanced writing skills; reading and analyzing non-fiction books, essays, and articles; and engaging in critical thinking. In addition, we will cover curriculum from the Advanced Placement Language and Composition test, which students will take in the spring. This rigorous course moves at an accelerated pace and requires a high level of student engagement and dedication. Students registering for Honors or AP level English classes will be expected to complete a summer reading assignment. Details about this assignment will be provided before the end of the school year.

4300- AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION  Grade 11-12 (full year)
Prerequisite: English 11, AP English 11

AP Language & Composition for 12th grade is an intensive, year-long course that includes developing advanced writing skills; reading and analyzing non-fiction books, essays, and articles; and engaging in critical thinking. In addition, we will cover curriculum from the Advanced Placement Language and Composition test, which students will take in the spring. This rigorous course moves at an accelerated pace and requires a high level of student engagement and dedication. Students registering for Honors or AP level English classes will be expected to complete a summer reading assignment. Details about this assignment will be provided before the end of the school year.

4500 - A.P. LITERATURE & COMPOSITION  Grade 11 (Full Year)
Prerequisite:  B or better in English classes or instructor approval, English 10 or English 10 Honors

This class will be a survey of literature with an emphasis on works with substantial merit. Students will read and discuss numerous novels, plays, short stories, poems, and essays and write many papers analyzing the texts from various critical approaches. In addition, students will prepare for the AP Literature and Composition test ,which they will take in the spring, and the English section of the ACT. This rigorous course moves at an accelerated pace and requires student commitment and dedication as well as higher level thinking and writing skills. Students registering for Honors or AP level English classes will be expected to complete a summer reading assignment. Details about this assignmentwill be provided before the end of the school year.

Literature Electives

4600 - AMERICAN LITERATURE  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

Students in this course will build upon the skills learned in 9th and 10th grade English: literary analysis, grammar and punctuation, vocabulary, and writing for a variety of purposes. Students will read literature (poetry, drama, prose, essays, and song lyrics) that reflects the values, temperament and experience of Americans over the last two hundred years. In particular, the class examines the role that minority authors and women - the unheard voices - have played in creating what we refer to as the “American Experience.”

4650 - LITERATURE ON STAGE AND SCREEN  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

In this elective course, students will compare and contrast various stage and screen adaptations of literature through literary analysis and discussion. In addition, students will learn the elements of both drama and film and engage in creative projects such as filmmaking and dramatic performance.

4700 - MYTHOLOGY, SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

This is an elective course that covers a wide range of ancient and modern literature from around the world. We’ll study myths and legends from different cultures as well as science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories. Writing will include literary analysis as well as creative projects.

4750 - WORLD LITERATURE  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

Students in this course will build upon the skills learned in 9th and 10th grade English: literary analysis, grammar and punctuation, vocabulary, and writing for a variety of purposes. Students will read literature (poetry, drama, prose, essays, and song lyrics) that reflects the values, temperament and experience of people around the world throughout the ages. In particular, the class examines the role that minority authors and women - the unheard voices - have played in the world of literature.

Writing Electives

4800 - COLLEGE PREP WRITING  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

This course is meant to be a capstone writing course focusing on academic writing including an introduction to rhetorical principles, the writing process, critical reading, research, and technology. This course will also explore expository and argumentative writing. This course gives students a chance to continue developing and refining the skills they need to prepare themselves for college-level writing.

4850 - CREATIVE WRITING  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

This is a semester-long course designed to give students the opportunity to think and write creatively. You will have the opportunity to flex your creative muscles and produce works of creative fiction and nonfiction in different genres. Your skills in both creativity and writing will be developed by expressing yourselves in a variety of written works such as short stories, poetry and a variety of other assignments.

4900 - EVERYDAY WRITING  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

This is a semester-long course that features different types of writing required in daily life. Writing assignments such as resumes, cover letters, persuasive and technical writing will be included in this class. This class will also include a variety of other day-to-day concepts that are necessary to be successful in everyday life.

4950 - MASS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS  Grade 11, 12 (Semester)
Prerequisite:  10th grade or equivalent

This course is designed to help students become responsible and conscientious consumers of today’s changing media. Media is an indivisible part of popular culture. How have the media been a powerful influence on your beliefs, attitudes, values and behaviors? How can we become informed, aware consumers of media? To answer these questions, students will understand mass media as a powerful tool, respond critically to opinions and observations from a given media selection, recognize and distinguish fact from opinion in media messages, discover the value of cultural diversity and a respect for cultural and ethnic ‘others’, and demonstrate knowledge of writing process in writing assignments.