ENGLISH

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grade

Offered

Will meet the English 1 requirement:

 

 

 

   English 1

8th Grade English

1.0

       9

   Global Studies (English)

8th Grade English

1.0*

       9

   Honors English 1

8th Grade English

Standardized Test Scores /Application

 

1.0

 

       9

                                

   

Will meet the English 2 requirement:

 

 

 

   English 2

English 1

1.0

     10

   English 2 Enriched

English 1

1.0

     10

   World Studies (English)

English 1 and World Geography

1.0*

     10

   Honors English 2

English 1

1.0

     10

  

 

 

 

Will meet the English 3 requirement:

 

 

 

  English 3

English 2

1.0

      11

   English 3 Enriched

English 2

1.0

      11

   American Studies (English)

English 2 & Topics/Western Civ.

1.0**

      11

  AP Language and Composition

English 2 

1.0 

      11

  

   

     

Will meet the English 4 requirement: 

(Seniors must complete 1.0 credits in total.) Critical Reading or Writing Workshop must account

 for .5 of the English 4 requirement unless student is enrolled in AP or British Literature:

AP Language and Composition ***

English 3 (Seniors may enroll in AP Language

if they did not take the course as juniors.)

1.0

     12

AP Literature and Composition***

English 3

1.0

     12

British/World Literature***

English 3

1.0

     12

OR

 

 

 

       Critical Reading    

English 3

0.5

     12

AND

 

 

 

Writer’s Workshop

English 3

0.5

     12

Contemporary Literature

English 3

0.5

     12

Creative Writing

English 3

0.5

     12

        Media Literacy and Composition

English 3

0.5

     12

English Elective Courses Will NOT meet graduation requirements for English but can be

taken for elective credit:

 

 

Drama

None

0.5

  9-12

Advanced Drama

Drama

0.5

  9-12

Speech Communications and Performance

None

0.5

  9-12

Journalism

None

0.5

  9-12

Journalism Production

Journalism

0.5

  9-12

Broadcast Production

English 1

0.5

10-12

 

       

*            This course offers onecredit of English and one credit of social studies andmeets the English and social studies requirements for graduation.

**         This course offers onecredit of English and one credit of American History andmeets the English and American History requirements for graduation.

***       AP Language, AP Literature,or British/World Literature as a SENIOR satisfies the English 4 CriticalReading or Writer’s Workshop requirement.

 

 

 

 

ENGLISH

English 1                                                                             

English 1 is designed to help students build an academic foundation inreading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking.  English 1 utilizes an inquiry-based approach that emphasizes the connections between these domains. Students study a variety of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama that is conceptually linked by an essential question. Students write a number of multi-paragraph argumentative essays, as well as participatein formal and informal discussion and debate. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for English 2.  Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      8thgrade English

                Level:                                    9

                Credit:                                  1.0

 


Honors English 1

This course is the first in a pair of pre-Advanced Placement courses designed to challenge students to engage in rigorous academic work. This honors class focuses on the same critical reading and argumentative writing skills that freshmen study in English 1; it is, however, through a more critical lens.Students develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills throughthe analysis of novels, plays, poetry, and informational text and engage infrequent and varied writing experiences with a specific focus on formal argumentation and reasoning. The assignments in this course prepare studentsfor future honors and Advanced Placement English courses, so the course isreading and writing intensive. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading and writing.

 

Prerequisite:                      8thgrade English and Standardized Test Scores or Student Application

                Level:                                 9

                Credit:                                1.0

 

 

Global Studies (World Geography and English 1)              

Global Studies is a year-long interdisciplinary course designed for both college-bound and general studies students who have an interest in exploring the connection between English Literature and World Geography.  Global Studies is team-taught by one social studies teacher and one English teacher. Students meet daily for two hours, with the regular passing period between hours. This class fulfills the graduation requirements for English 1 and Geography. The class focuses on current regional and global issues through the study of world geography, culture, and literature.  Global Studies meets the standards described in both the English 1 and World Geography course descriptions.  In the class, students develop an understanding of various current global topics through the development of essential communication skills, such as reading, writing, and speaking.  Communication skills are likewise developed in the context of the topics explored in the World Geography curriculum. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      8thGrade English

Level:                                   9

                Credit:                                2.0 (1.0 in World Geography; 1.0 inEnglish 1)

                                                                                                             

English 2

English 2 helps students continue the development of their reading, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills.  The course follows an inquiry-based curriculum in which students attempt to uncover answers to the question, Who controls my future?  Students develop their argumentation skills and also prepare and deliver researched speeches and engage in active reading activities. Students will study novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction prose in an effort to maximize their exposure to the literary canon, as well as contemporary fiction, film, and other important current events.  Passing English 2 is a prerequisite for taking English 3. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                     Successfulcompletion of English 1

                Level:                                 10

                Credit:                                1.0

English 2 Enriched                                                                                                                          

The Enriched curriculum is modeled after the English 2 Honors curriculum and may be considered a preparatory course for AP English. Students engage in close reading, literary analysis, and argumentation. This course is more reading and writing intensive than English 2. Students who intend toattend a four-year college or university should enroll in enriched or honors. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of English 1

Level:                                   10

              Credit:                                1.0

 

Honors English 2

This course is a natural extension of English 1 Honors and serves as abridge to the Advanced Placement English program. In this college preparatory course, students begin to hone their writing, reading, and speaking skills primarily through inquiry-based units that examine concepts such as dystopia, satire, and comedy. Students can expect to encounter frequent and varied writing experiences requiring greater sophistication in the use of support and depth of analysis.  Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading and writing.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successful completion of English 1 Honors or English 1

                Level:                                 10

                Credit:                                1.0


 

World Studies (World History and English 2)                                                                       

World Studies is a year-long interdisciplinary course designed for boththe college-bound and for the general studies student who has an interest in exploring the connection between English and World History.  The class is team-taught by one history teacher and one English teacher.  This class fulfills the graduation requirements for English 2 and the non-American history graduation requirement. The course provides students with opportunities to develop their mastery of language skills and historical concepts as they examine major themes in literature and history.  As in other English 2 classes, students in World Studies will read novels, plays, stories, non-fiction prose, and poetry; but in this class, students study literature in connection with World History to enhance understanding.  As in other sophomore level classes, students will trace the development of historical themes and concepts.  Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

 

Prerequisite:                      Successful completion of English 1 and World Geography

Level:                                   10

                Credit:                                2.0 (1.0 in World History; 1.0 inEnglish)

                                                                                                                                             

English 3

Students in English 3 focus primarily on American works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  The study of literature will focus on gender, coming of age, and what it means to live an authentic life, as well as address rebellion, loss, and the American Dream.  Students will continue to develop their facility with multi-paragraph essays and public speaking.  Additionally, students are expected to research as a component of this course. Successful completion of English 3 is a prerequisite for taking any English 4 course. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successful completion of English 2 and English and Communication 2

Level:                                    11

               Credit:                                  1.0


English 3 Enriched          

 

The Enriched curriculum is modeled after the AP Language and Composition curriculum and may be considered a preparatory course for British/World Literature or AP English Literature (or AP Language itself). This course is more reading and writing intensive than English 3 and is designed for students who intend to enroll in a two or four-year College or university. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of English 2 Enriched or English 2

Level:                                   11

                Credit:                                1.0


American Studies            (American History and English 3)                                                              

American Studies is a year-long interdisciplinary course designed forboth the college-bound and for the general studies student who has an interestin the in the connection between American History and American Literature.  Because of the integrated approach of American Studies, students will meet in a two-period block and will be team-taught by one history teacher and one English teacher.  Successful completion of the course will result in one English credit and one American History credit.  This class fulfills the regular graduation requirements for English 3 and American History.  Through the combined studies of history and literature, students will explore the major trends in the growth of the United States.  Emphasis will be placed upon the founding principles of this country, and the historical growth and changes of American values and society.  The language skill areas to be practiced in American Studies include expository writing, critical reading of American literature, historical and contemporary research, and public speaking.  In addition, time will be devoted to critical thinking skills, cooperative interaction, and analysis of American history and literature.  Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      English 2 and Sophomore History option

Level:                                    11

                Credit:                                 2.0 (1.0 in American History; 1.0in English)


 

Advanced Placement Courses

  

Advanced Placement – English Language and Composition                        

The College Board states, “The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become 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.”            

This course is comparable to an introductory rhetoric course offered at most colleges.  Upon completion students will be able to write critical analysis papers, respond to ideas holistically and with complexity, and evaluate the values and philosophies apparent in historically relevant works of literature.  This course requires that students learn to write timed essays in argumentative and analytical styles.  AP essays call for an increased sensitivity to the nuances of voice, tone, and intent.  As a result of their studies, students will be prepared for and expected to take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition examination in May. Students in AP Language should be willing to make the increased time commitment of a college level course. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading and writing.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successful completion of English 2 Honors or English 2 Enriched

Level:                                    11 or 12 (Seniors may enroll if they have not previously taken the course.)

                Credit:                                 1.0

 

Advanced Placement – English Literature and Composition       

According to the College Board, “The AP English Literature and Composition course is designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students can 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.”

 

This course is comparable to an introduction to literature course at most colleges.  By the end of the course, students will be able to respond critically and independently, both orally and in writing, to the ideas, values, and philosophies inherent in various genres of literature.  Through their study, students will sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer’s craft.  Further, they will develop critical standards for the independent appreciation of any literary work.  To achieve these goals, studentswill study the individual work, its language, characters, action, andthemes.  They will consider a work’s contemporary meaning, as well as its significance during the time in which it was written. As a result of theirstudies, student will be prepared for and expected to take the AdvancedPlacement Literature and Composition examination in May.  Students should be willing to make the increased time commitment of a college level English class.  Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading and writing.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of AP Language, American Studies, English 3 Enriched

Level:                                    12

               Credit:                                 1.0

 

 

The following English 4 courses meet the English graduationrequirements in addition to AP English. These courses CANNOT replace English 1,2, or 3. 

English 4 - British/World Literature                                                                                                                        

This course provides an opportunity to study literature from countries around the world.  The material is organized around thematic units based on broad questions addressed and explored throughout the literature.  Students study and discuss significant works from ancient times through the twentieth century.  The main objective is to study the changing concepts of humanity over time. Students will compare cultures, values, attitudes, and characteristics of various societies while improving writing, reading, listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Students will be given the opportunity to compose and/or perform an independent researched project as part of the curriculum. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of English 3 Enriched, American Studies, or English 3

                Level:                                    12

                Credit:                                  1.0

If a student is not enrolled in a year-long course for English 4,

He or she must take Critical Reading and an English Option Course.

English 4 - Critical Reading                                                                                                                                         

Critical Reading is a one-semester course that focuses on a student’s developmentof an identity as a reader. Students work with a variety of texts including newspaper and magazine articles, develop strategies for reading texts from varied subjects, and recognize nuances of meaning.  Students will practice making complex inferences, specifically examining how tone affects meaning.  Seniors in the Critical Reading course will be expected to write in response to their reading and will engage in large and small group discussion about the texts that the class reads together.  There will be opportunities for students to select materials for independent reading. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of English 3

                Level:                                    12

                Credit:                                  0.5

English 4 Options:

English 4 - Writing Workshop                                                                                                                                   

This writing course will serve the needs of students who have a personal interest in further developing their writing skills.  Students in this class work on composing argumentative, narrative and expository writing. Students will participate in many activities that the teacher determines to be of general interest to those who want to improve their writing. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

  Prerequisite:                    Successfulcompletion of English 3

                 Level:                                  12

                 Credit:                                 0.5

 

English 4 - Contemporary Literature                                                                                                                                      

This is a semester course that focuses on literature of the 20thand 21st century.  The works represent a variety of genres including short fiction, novels, plays, poems,and non-fiction prose.  As in otherEnglish classes, the students engage in discussions about literature as well aswrite in response to what they have read, yet the texts enable students to understand how culture is a product of or impetus for literary forms. Students will engage in an independent research project as part of the curriculum. Incoming students are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of English 3

                Level:                                    12

                Credit:                                  0.5

 

 

 

 

English 4 – MediaLiteracy and Composition

Media Literacy students will examine the foundations ofour society’s mass media and consider the elements that shape social, political,and consumer thought.  They will also consider how media reinforcesstereotypes and impacts our attitudes towards violence, sexuality, anddemocracy. Students will analyze media messages to engage them as productsdesigned not only to inform or entertain but to persuade.  Thestrength of this course will grow out of the experience participants havealready developed when interpreting the complicated mix of culture and massmedia.  The course features an interactive website that encouragesseveral technologies such as internet forums and student published blogs tobuild further communications of the content of this course.  Students will engage in a capstone researchactivity with the opportunity to deliver their findings at a community forum. Incoming students are expectedto complete required summer reading.

 

                Prerequisite:      Successful completion of English 3

                Level:                    12

                Credit:                  0.5

 

 

English 4 - Creative Writing

This course focuses on the reading, writing, and performing of poetry,short stories, and other creative genres.  Through the study of greatwriters from Walt Whitman to Buddy Wakefield, students work toexpand, develop, and reinvent the writing craft.  CreativeWriting also explores the working world (business, advertising, etc.). The course is writing intensive, so interested students must be committedto beginning (or continuing) daily writing practices.  Thecourse requires one research project, a portfolio of original works, and submissionsto poetry journals, as well as attendance at one of the various events hostedby the Creative Writing Club. Incomingstudents are expected to complete required summer reading.

 

Prerequisite:      Successfulcompletion of English 3

Level:                    12

Credit:                  0.5

 

 

Elective Courses

The following English courses may be taken for electivecredit.  They do NOT meet Englishgraduation requirements. These courses CANNOT replace English 1, 2, or 3. 

 

 

Speech Communications and Performance        

In Speech Communications and Performance students study the aspects ofeffective interpersonal and public communication and apply these skills throughthe performance of speeches.  Studentswill engage in structured discussion opportunities and will have a variety ofoccasions for public speaking.  As thestudents shift from one speaking occasion to another, they will attend tochanges in audience needs, technique, format, and emphasis.  Students will also study effectivecommunications through video, readings, and guest speakers. Students will alsoparticipate in the critical assessment of their own speech performance and theperformances of others. (This course maybe repeated more than once for elective credit.)

 

Prerequisite:                      None

                Level:                                    9-12

                Credit:                                  0.5

 

Drama                                                                                                                                                                                  

This course is designed to acquaint students to theatrical production with the primary emphasis placed on acting. The course combines both practical and academic aspects of drama including explorations of theater history and dramatic literature.  Students will develop self-confidence and composure as they work with others in class exercises in imagination, movement,voice, improvisation, character development, and memorization.  Students will also begin to explore some of the theater’s related arts.

 

Prerequisite:                      None

                Level:                                    9-12

                Credit:                                  0.5

 

 

Advanced Drama                                                                                                                                            

Advanced Drama offers students the chance to continue their study ofthe theatrical arts.  Students

in this class will read and study a variety of plays that will expandtheir knowledge of the different subgenres of the play.  Students will focus on the importance ofcharacter development for performance and will participate in scene work toexpand their understanding of acting styles and techniques.  Students will also study other aspects ofproduction such as set and costume design. (Thiscourse can be repeated more than once for elective credit.)

 

Prerequisite:                      Successfulcompletion of Drama

                Level:                                    10-12    

Credit:                                  0.5

 

 

Broadcast Production

This one-semester course extends students' training in broadcast communication.  Students will continue to develop skills inwriting, editing, and speaking for a broadcast. They will also have editorial responsibilities in finding, developing,and planning newsworthy stories for production. Students will also apply their knowledge to the production of "Wildcat Weekly."  There will be a $10 lab fee for this course. Senior students are granted enrollment first. (This course can be repeated more than once for elective credit.)

 

Prerequisite:      Successful completion of English 1

                Level:                    10-12

                Credit:                   0.5

 

 

Journalism

This class introduces students to the basic concepts of news writing and newspaper publication.  After completing the class, students will be able to conduct interviews and use this information effectively in a story. Students will learn to compose and revise stories for publication.  Students will have the opportunity to understand newspapers more thoroughly, begin writing for the school paper, and develop confidence in their ability to write. Students may take Journalism while also taking another English class at the same time.

 

Prerequisite:                      8thgrade English

                Level:                                    9-12

                Credit:                                  0.5

 

Journalism Production                                                                                                                 

Journalism Production is responsible for publishing the school newspaper, The Wildcat Chronicle.  The class expects students to work as responsible journalists while they conduct interviews, write stories, and determine the content of the newspaper Students are also responsible for page design, photography, editing,proofreading, desktop publishing, and attending events outside of class hours.  While of the newspaper staff student swill learn to cooperate in a group and work independently as they polish their journalism skills.  Students may take Journalism production while also taking another English course.  Journalism Production may be taken for a semester or the entire year. (This course can be repeated more than once for elective credit.)

 

Prerequisite:                      Successful completion of Journalism

                Level:                                    9-12

                Credit:                                  0.5

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