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English

All potential course offerings in the subject of English are listed alphabetically below.  Please Note: In any given year, whether a course is offered depends on the number of requests received for that course. 

 

 

 

AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 10050

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: Letter of commitment.

Description: Following the College Board's suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level English courses, AP English Language and Composition courses expose students to prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. These courses emphasize the interaction of authorial purpose, intended audience, and the subject at hand, and through them, students learn to develop stylistic flexibility as they write compositions covering a variety of subjects that are intended for various purposes.The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

 

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2| Course #: 10060

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: Letter of commitment.

Description: An AP 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 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.

 

CREATIVE WRITING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 11040

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: The chief emphasis of the class is to foster free, creative, and imaginative expression in all forms of writing such as poetry, short story, drama, journals, letters and editorials. Students will share their writing and help one another in acquiring techniques and skills in writing.

  

LANGUAGE ARTS 1 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10011

Grades: 9

Prerequisites:

Description: Language Arts 1 combines the reading of short stories, novels, poems, and drama with writing in varied genres and the applied study of grammar and vocabulary to assist students in building essential skills. Through reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary study, skills in speaking and listening, study and research, and critical reading and thinking are strengthened.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 1 ‐ HONORS | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10019

Grades: 9

Prerequisites: 

Description: This course is designed for students who have already demonstrated proficient and advanced skills in English and who are motivated to challenge and improve their skills. It focuses on studying various literature (short stories, poetry, drama, and novels), writing skills, vocabulary, and grammar. Through these studies, students will learn and apply techniques for literary analysis and oral

communication.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 2 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10021

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Language Arts 1

Description: Language Arts 2 will focus on building the essential skills in reading and comprehending literature in vocabulary, writing, critical thinking, speaking, listening, and research skills. Quality literary selections will aid in the development of literary appreciation. A comprehensive writing program will review the personal narrative essay and develop skills in various genres including the formal essay and the persuasive essay.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 2 ‐ HONORS | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10029

Grades: 10

Prerequisites: Language Arts 1 or Language Arts 1 Honors

Description: This course will include an in-depth study of grammar, writing and literature.  Grammar study will strengthen understanding of the English language, which will be applied to improve writing and speaking skills.  Students will refine their ability to write coherent compositions.  They will also learn new sentence structures and stylistic devices, as well as the requirements of formal persuasive writing and narrative writing.  Through the study of literature, students will learn skills involved in literary analysis.  

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 3 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10031

Grades: 11

Prerequisites: Language Arts 2

Description: Language Arts 3 combines the reading of short stories, novels, drama, and non-fiction and the writing of literary analyses, persuasive and personal narrative essays, as well as short research papers. Through reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary study, skills in speaking and listening, study and research and critical reading and thinking are strengthened. The class also integrates speaking, listening, critical thinking, and research. College credit is available for this course.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS 4 | Credits: 1 | Terms: 2 | Course #: 10041

Grades: 12

Prerequisites: Language Arts 3

Description: Courses blend composition and literature into a cohesive whole as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literature, continuing to develop their language arts skills. Typically, students primarily write multi-paragraph essays, but they may also write one or more major research papers. This course is available for college credit.

  

PUBLIC SPEAKING | Credits: 0.5 | Terms: 1 | Course #: 11510

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisites:

Description: Public Speaking courses enable students, through practice, to develop communication skills that can be used in a variety of speaking situations (such as small and large group discussions, delivery of lectures or speeches in front of audiences, and so on). Course topics may include (but are not limited to) research and organization, writing for verbal delivery, stylistic choices, visual and presentation skills, analysis and critique, and development of self-confidence.