English Education

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    101 – English 9 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  9 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the student whose goals include attending a post-high school educational institution, either for two or four years and/or entering the world of work.  The class investigates various forms of literature such as short story, poetry, biography, drama, and the novel.  A range of oral language activities includes discussing, reporting, reading, and dramatizing.  Vocabulary is enriched with the words encountered within the literature.  Parts of speech, sentence structure, sentence elements, and usage are reviewed, retaught as needed and developed through grammar exercises and composition assignments of various types, stressing the writing of effective sentences and cohesive, unified paragraphs.

     
    100 – Honors English 

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.10
    • Placement Criteria: Summer Reading Assignment: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first days of school regardless of student schedule. The summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Honors and Advanced Criteria: Recommended minimum final average of 85% in eighth grade Advanced Communication Arts. An eighth grade student not currently in Advanced English who chooses to enroll in this course should seek advise from his or her current teacher and attain a recommended minimum final average of 92% in eighth grade Communication Arts.
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the highly motivated student whose goals include attending a four-year college or university. Honors courses place a greater responsibility on the students for individual study, critical analysis, and creative expression. The class investigates various forms of literature, such as short story, poetry, drama, and the novel, with critical thinking and writing as a component of every class period. A range of oral language activities includes: Socratic discussion, debate, memorized presentation, and dramatization. This course is writing intensive, focusing on conventions as they pertain to research, reader response, and full-length compositions.

     
    113 – English 10

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed for those students whose goals include attending a post-high school educational institution, either for two or four years, and/or entering the world of work. The focus of the course is determining what is common to all cultures.  Students will examine pieces of world literature in a cultural context to appreciate the diversity and complexity of world issues and connect global ideas to their own experiences. Students will continue to explore language for expressive, explanatory, critical, argumentative, and literary purposes through composition.  The composition component will stress effective writing through focus, content, style, organization, and conventions.

     
    112 – Honors English 10

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.1
    • Placement Criteria: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first days of school regardless of student schedule. The summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Honors and Advanced Criteria:  Recommended minimum final average of 85% in ninth grade Honors English.  A ninth grade student not currently in honors who wishes to be a candidate for this course should attain a recommended minimum final average of 92% in ninth grade English.
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the highly-motivated student whose goals include attending a four-year college or university. Honors courses place greater responsibility on the student for individual study, critical analysis, and creative expression. Students study literature from a diverse list of authors and time periods, including a Shakespearean play, an advanced novel, various short stories, poetry, and a memoir. Student achievement is measured by a variety of methods, including essays, Socratic seminars and fishbowl discussions, exams, and self-directed projects.

     
    121 – English 11

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the student whose goals include attending a post-high school educational institution, either for two or four years, and/or entering the world of work.  This course concentrates on American literature with an emphasis on the synthesis of American history, culture, and literature.  Frequent composition exercises use literature as the basis for response writing.  Principles of grammar are reviewed, with an emphasis on correction of errors as they occur in individual writing assignments.  Vocabulary development includes Latin prefixes, suffixes, and roots as well as pertinent vocabulary gleaned from the study of American literature.  Additionally, emphasis is placed on research skills: the organizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and interpreting of information.  The Modern Language Association format is used for the documentation of research papers.

     
    120 – Honors English 11

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.10
    • Placement Criteria: Summer Reading Assignment: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first days of school regardless of student schedule. The summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Honors and Advanced Criteria: Recommended minimum final average of 85% in 10th grade Honors English is required for students to enroll in Honors English Grade 11.  A 10th grade student not currently in honors who wishes to be a candidate for this course should attain a recommended minimum final average of 92% in English 10th grade. Students wishing to take this course must obtain a course recommendation from previous year's English teacher.
    • Course Description:  This course is designed for the highly motivated student whose goals include attending a four-year college or university.  Honors courses place greater responsibility on the student for individual study, critical analysis, and creative expression.  Chronologically organized, various time periods in American history will be analyzed to evoke a greater understanding of literature inspired by historical events. Drama, poetry, informational text, and at least two advanced novels are included in this curriculum.  Emphasis is placed on mastering the research process, and writing fully developed analytical essays involving themes, symbolism, and motifs encountered in various works of literature.  Vocabulary development includes familiarity with vocabulary frequently included on the SAT exams along with the study of Latin prefixes, suffixes, and roots as the basis for our modern English language.

     
    132 – English 12

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades:  12 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the student whose goals include attending a post-high school educational institution, either for two or four years, and/or entering the world of work.  The course concentrates on British literature in its historical, social, and linguistic context.  Chronologically organized, the course begins with the Old English work Beowulf and concludes with poetry that spans all literary periods.  Particular emphasis is placed on investigating contributions of individual writers, such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and on examining characteristics of literary periods, such as the Renaissance, the Romantic, and Victorian Periods.  Within this framework, students further develop English skills: critical thinking, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, composition, and grammar. Other major components of this course are the senior research project and the graduation speech.

     
    131 – Honors English 12

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 12 Required
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.10
    • Placement Criteria: Summer Reading Assignment: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first days of school regardless of student schedule. The summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Honors and Advanced Criteria: Recommended minimum final average of 85% in 11th grade Honors English. A ninth grade student not currently in honors who wishes to be a candidate for this course should attain a recommended minimum final average of 92% in 11th grade English. Students wishing to take this course must obtain a course recommendation from previous year's English teacher.
    • Course Description: This course is designed for the highly motivated student whose goals include attending a four-year college or university. Honors courses place greater responsibility on the student for individual study, critical analysis, and creative expression.  Thematically organized around emotions common to all cultures, students study literature from a diverse list of international authors and time periods. Because this is an honors course, students study a Shakespearean play, an advanced novel, and write analytical papers on each. In addition to the core world literature curriculum, students will also read additional texts.

     

    105 – Classical Mythology and World Views

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This elective course will introduce students to the most fundamental types of traditional stories: myth, legend, and folktale, with special attention to sources, interpretation and written analysis. Content will be drawn from numerous world traditions, including Egyptian, Greek, Norse, and American Indian. Students will explore the literary, societal, and historical influences of these mythologies on the world as a whole. Students will research the history of the civilizations, read their stories of the gods and heroes, and will study the literature, drama, and artwork associated with each. Learners will develop skills through independent and class reading, research, critical analysis, discussion, writing, and application.

     

    130 – Introduction to Theater

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to acting techniques and to foster an appreciation of dramatic theater through instruction in theater history, the techniques of acting, dramatic interpretation, the reading of plays, and research about playwrights. Students will learn audition techniques, improvisation, how to develop a character backstory, research and presentation skills, and acting styles. Students will also learn how to critique and analyze live performances. The culminating project will be a performance of a One Act Play in front of an audience.

     

    133 – Communication and Literature

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 12
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for semester
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: English II
    • Course DescriptionThis course emphasizes the continued development of reading, thinking, speaking, listening, and writing skills. Additionally, an emphasis is also placed on developing observation and teamwork skills. The curriculum prepares the student for proficient exhibition of critical-thinking skills, training students for future success. Selected reading materials encourage students to ask challenging questions, draw relevant conclusions, and support their points of view - skills required in the workplace, post-high school education, or the military. Special emphasis will be placed on communication. Techniques of learning include reading, projects, discussions, speaking, and analysis of various media formats relevant to today’s student.

     

    159 – Yearbook I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course will educate students in the fundamental principles largley through project-based learning.  Students will be introduced to journalistic writing, and interviewing, as well as introductory study of publishing careers and journalistic law, ethics, and responsibility.  Participants will become familiar with the CSPA Stylebook and apply it to their writing. Students will learn camera usage and the elements of photojournalism for various media purposes, as well as become proficientent in layout and graphic design skills required for publication and media careers.  Participants will use GoogleDocs, Google Classroom, Photoshop, Yearbook Avenue, and Nikon camera to integrate their skills into the media field.

    161 – Yearbook II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: A or B All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Intro to Publication - Yearbook OR with course teacher recommendation
    • Course Description: In this course, students will learn how to implement concepts of yearbook production including concepts in photography, journalistic writing, and the law and ethics of journalism in hands on, authentic assessments.  Emphasis will be placed on: the development of journalistic skills including interviewing and clear, concise writing; use of computer applications in graphic communications including Apple Bridge, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Beginning layout, design, and typography concepts will be discussed and utilized in the creation of project-based assessments.

     
    162 – Yearbook III

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: A or B All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Yearbook Production II
    • Course Description: In this course students will learn advanced concepts of yearbook production including advanced concepts of layout and design, sports and action photography, photo illustrations using Adobe Photoshop, beat reporting, graphic communication theme development and cover design.  Emphasis will be placed on the development of sound journalistic practice in interviewing; clear, concise, and interesting writing; computer applications in graphic design; sales and marketing of the yearbook; and sports and action photography.  Students will also develop leadership and management skills through project based learning and authentic assessment.

     
    163 – Yearbook IV

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: A or B All Year
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Yearbook Production III
    • Course Description: The course is dedicated to the development and implementation of individual leadership and management skills and will include personality profiles of each individual student as well as tests to determine what type of leadership style and environment for which each student is best suited.  Students will be asked to put management and motivational plans in place to help the group to best utilize their individual gifts and talents in a group setting. Students will mentor younger staff members to foster collaboration and teamwork. Project based learning and authentic assessment will be utilized throughout the course.

     
    175 – Creative Writing I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Odd Years Only
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This is a course designed to introduce the student writer to the major forms of creative expression: poetry, short story, and drama, journal writing, song writing and screen writing. The course consists of daily writing exercises designed to promote fluency and creativity in both poetry and prose. Students enrolling in this class should have a desire to write and creatively explore many contemporary literary styles.

     
    179 – Creative Writing II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Even Years Only
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Creative Writing I or AP English Language & Composition
    • Course Description: This course is designed to expand upon the skills aquired in Introductionn in Creative Writing. The student will be required to complete works of an extensive nature, such as a collection of short stories, a screenplay, journals, memior or several chapters of a novel.  In addition, major emphasis will be placed upon the role of journaling as a basis of the creative writing process.  Each student will be asked to prepare and submit work for publication.

     
    180 – Speech I

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 9-12 Pathways Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: None
    • Course Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of writing speeches and speech delivery, in which the emphasis is on both effective verbal and nonverbal communication.  Students are challenged with a practical exercise and a variety of oratorical experiences in the wide array of speech assignments.

     
    187 - Speech II

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered One Semester Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: Daily for Semester
    • Pathway: Arts & Communication
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.0
    • Placement Criteria: None
    • Course Prerequisite: Speech I
    • Course Description: This course explores details of basic speech terminology covered in Speech I and then introduces a more profound study of articulation, rhetoric, language choice, famous orators, and an examination of ethics of speech-making and free press.  In addition to the theoretical content, students will have numerous opportunities to present a variety of speeches, such as extemporaneous, debate, after-dinner speaking, oral interpretations, and group discussions and presentations.


     
    ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH EDUCATION COURSES
     
    127 – AP English Literature & Composition

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 11-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: A or B All Year
    • Pathway: Arts/Communication/Law
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.20
    • Syllabus
    • Placement Criteria: Summer Reading Requirement: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first day of class. Summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Course Prerequisite: Recommended 11th grade Honors English or with course teacher recommendation.
    • AP Recommended Criteria: Minimum final average of 85 % for students in 11th Honors English or 85% or higher for students who took AP Language and Composition. Students wishing to take this course should obtain a teacher recommendation and complete a timed writing sample.
    • Course Description: The AP English 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 a work's structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.  Reading in an AP course is both wide and deep.  This reading necessarily buildes upon and complements the reading done in previous English courses so that by the time students complete their AP course, they will have read works from several genres and periods.  Writing is an integral part of this course.  Writing assigments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  Upon successful completion of this course, students choosing to take the advanced placement exam, scoring three or above, may receive college credit from particiating colleges and universities.
    • To find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores see www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy

     
    128 – AP Language and Composition

    • 1.0 Credit
    • Offered Every Year
    • Grades: 10-12 Elective
    • Meeting Schedule: A or B All Year
    • Pathway: Arts/Communication/Law
    • Lab Fee: None
    • Weighting: 1.20
    • Syllabus
    • Placement Criteria: Summer Reading Requirement: A summer reading assignment is required and will be assessed on the first day of class. Summer reading assignment grade will follow student regardless of final English placement.
    • Course Prerequisite: See below
    • AP Recommended Criteria: Minimum final average of 85% for students in Honors English. Students wishing to take this course should obtain a teacher recommendation and complete a timed writing sample
    • Students wishing to take this course should obtain a teacher recommendation and complete a timed writing sample.
    • Course Description: This weighted course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Upon successful completion of this course, students choosing to take the advanced placement exam, scoring three or above, may receive college credit from participating college and universities.
    • To find colleges and universities that offer credit or placement for AP scores see www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy