High School

English Department

English 9

(1 Credit) Required

Students will build skills in grammar, writing, and literature. Emphasis will be placed on communicating effectively though writing, and successfully comprehending and analyzing literature. Students will read and write in multiple genres, commit poetry to memory, and continue to develop their vocabulary and grammatical skills.

 

English 10

(1 credit) Required

This course includes a study of grammar focusing on parts of speech, sentences, and usage. It includes sentence analysis and development of writing skills through essay and research assignments. Development of vocabulary and memorization of poetry are included. Analysis of literature including: short stories, poetry, prose, and a Shakespeare play is also developed in this course. Literary analysis will focus on character, theme, setting, and conflict. Interpretation and communication skills will be strengthened through application of critical evaluation and group interpretation.

 

Literature and Composition (11 and 12)

(1 Credit) Required: Brit. Lit. and Comp. or Advanced Lit. and Comp.

This class is a chronological survey of the origins and development of English Literature as well as a course designed to help prepare students for college-level writing and research. The curriculum consists of analytical reading, critical writing skills, multiple essay genres, vocabulary enrichment, in-class writings, projects, and research papers. Throughout the course, students will be expected to read, analyze, and respond to a variety of texts.

 

Advanced Literature and Composition (11 and 12)

(1 Credit) Required: Brit. Lit. and Comp. or Advanced Lit. and Comp.

This class is a chronological survey of the origins and development of English Literature as well as a course designed to help prepare students for college-level writing and research. The curriculum consists of analytical reading, critical writing skills, multiple essay genres, vocabulary enrichment, in-class writings, projects, and research papers. Greater emphasis is placed on Shakespearean texts as well as more independent analysis than the British Literature and Composition class. The class is conducted at a more rapid pace, and writing assignments are generally more demanding.

 

Speech

(.5 Credit) Required

Through this course, students will receive instruction and practice in communicating through a variety of modes and for diverse purposes. Emphasis is placed on organization and developing excellent communication skills.