English

Course Name

Credit Type

Description

English 09

Core

9th Grade English

Welcome to high-school English! There is virtually no aspect of success in life that is not influenced by how well a person understands and uses language (USOE, 2010). The English 9 curriculum follows the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). It stresses the knowledge and skills students need to be successful when they leave high school, whether they go on to college, pursue career or technical training, or move directly to the workforce. 

In English 9, students will read a variety of increasingly complex literary and informational texts, using close reading strategies and techniques to ensure comprehension and promote deeper analysis. The English 9 writing program is rigorous and is supported by a strong, grade-specific language component (grammar, syntax, diction). Students will focus mainly on narrative, argumentative, and informative/explanatory writing styles.

 

 

English 10

Core

10th Grade English

There is virtually no aspect of success in life that is not influenced by how well a person understands and uses language (USOE, 2010). The English 10 curriculum follows the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). It stresses the knowledge and skills students need to be successful when they leave high school, whether they go on to college, pursue career or technical training, or move directly to the workforce. 

In English 10, students will read a variety of increasingly complex literary and informational texts, using close reading strategies and techniques to ensure comprehension and promote critical analysis. The English 10 writing program is rigorous and is supported by a strong, grade-specific language component (grammar, syntax, diction). In addition, English 10 includes a specific research project that teaches students how to properly access, acquire and analyze information; to identify and support or criticize arguments; and to present their own arguments with clarity and precision.

 

 

English 11

Core

11th Grade English

Junior English enjoys a college-prep atmosphere. The class is designed to help students recognize and appreciate American Literature; to enhance their desire and ability to read with comprehension; and to improve their writing skills for SAT/ACT tests--and for life. From our nation’s Native American origins to the present, genres explored include oral tradition, poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. The textbook contains over 1,000 pages of stories and poems. Mixed throughout the readings are exercises on writing, research, language, grammar, speaking, and listening.

 

 

English 12

Core

12th Grade English

Senior English is a college-prep class designed to assist students in recognizing and appreciating World Literature and improving their reading, comprehension and writing skills for college and career. “Passports” to eight cultures offer students an inside view of each country’s history, geography, and literature, as well as moral/ethical values. 

Detailed reviews of international literary works are laced through the twelve-unit, 1,200-page textbook. These reviews include the five major genres--oral tradition, poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. Some themes covered include the struggle against intolerance, love, coping with death, communion with nature, and realism. External reading and writing assignments reinforce lessons learned in class. Students are required to read three period novels and report their findings both individually and in teams.

 

 

AP English Literature

Core/Elective

Department & Administrative Approval

An AP English course in Literature and Composition should engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students should deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students should 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

 Elective

 Prerequisite: Junior / Senior Standing

Creative Writing provides opportunities for students to refine their creative writing skills and abilities beyond those developed in the required English courses. This course encourages students to see creative writing as a unique way of thinking, and as a means of constructing and conveying meaning. Students in the creative writing course are encouraged to explore and develop their own ideas. They are also encouraged to explore many different ways of conveying meaning through writing, and to explore how methods and styles vary within cultures and time periods. Through experiences in creative writing, students are encouraged to explore connections between their own writing, the writing of others, and the broader world around them. 

Semester one will primarily be focused on creative fiction writing, whereas semester two will be focused on creative poetry writing and nonfiction writing.