English Courses

  • ENGLISH 9 - 1 credit
    English 9 utilizes Common Core standards with a thematic analysis to improve reading, writing, media, and speech communication. Reading covers selections of both fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres and time periods.
    Compositions include persuasive, expository, and narrative essays. Students will also be learning comparison and contrast techniques and improving on finding evidence to support answers. The research process is introduced through the completion of small research projects using MLA and/or APA format and current technology. Effective communication is honed through attention to grammar, mechanics, usage, and style.

    English 9 Honors - 1 credit
    English 9 utilizes Common Core standards with a thematic analysis to improve reading, writing, media, and speech communication. Reading covers selections of both fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres and time periods.
    Compositions include persuasive, expository, and narrative essays. Students will also be learning comparison and contrast techniques and improving on finding evidence to support answers. The research process is introduced through the completion of small research projects using MLA and/or APA format and current technology. Effective communication is honed through attention to grammar, mechanics, usage, and style.
    *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

    ENGLISH 10- 1 credit
    Students will employ reading, writing, and higher order thinking skills. Grade 10 is an opportunity for students to shape skills and develop them in an engaging and challenging manner.

    ENGLISH 10 - Honors 1 credit
    Students will employ reading, writing, and higher order thinking skills. Grade 10 is an opportunity for students to shape skills and develop them in an engaging and challenging manner.
    *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

    WRITING FOR PUBLICATIONS - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This class will teach the fundamentals of recognizing and writing news interview techniques, peer editing, proof reading, page design, headline development and publishing software usage. The course requires student to participate in school publications.

    SPEECH - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This is an introductory course in the fundamentals of preparing and delivering oral communication including choosing language to fit both the content and audience for each speech, and critiquing a speaker’s key points. Students will deliver informational, formal and informal descriptive and persuasive presentations.

    WRITING/READING CONCEPTS - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Students are selected for this developmental course using input from teachers, test scores and work samples. Students will practice a variety of skills to improve reading comprehension and writing skills and to promote greater reading and writing proficiency.

    ENGLISH 11 - 1 credit
    The course examines literature in depth as thematic units, genres, and other categories rather than solely surveying literature. Literary analysis is highlighted, as is the development of a high level of articulation in writing. Independent projects based on research, oral presentations, and group panel work are integral parts if this course.

    ENGLISH 11 Honors - 1 credit
    The course examines literature in depth as thematic units, genres, and other categories rather than solely surveying literature. Literary analysis is highlighted, as is the development of a high level of articulation in writing. Independent projects based on research, oral presentations, and group panel work are integral parts if this course.
    *The honors level is designed as an accelerated academic offer whose purpose is to prepare students for college courses.

    CREATIVE WRITING - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Creative Writing will provide an outlet for students who enjoy exploring their creativity through opportunities for such forms as poetry, short stories, and drama. Students will follow models of good writing and analysis. The development of student portfolios will be part of the evaluation of writing.

    FILM AS LITERATURE - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This class allows students to study the ways that literary devices influence directors and actors and the films they produce. Students will develop an understanding of the basic organizational techniques of storytelling and analyze the use of literary devices such as character, setting, and theme. Students will develop critical thinking, analytical skills and will be expected to write about films as both a critic and a literary scholar.

    TEEN ISSUES IN LITERATURE - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    Over the next few months you will read the latest stories and novels that discuss issues urban high school students are faced with today. As we read about the experiences of these modern-day characters, we will develop our discussion, writing, and critical thinking skills in order to reflect on questions such as how realistically are these issues portrayed and what can we learn from how characters respond to conflict? We will also focus on analyzing how literacy techniques such as figurative language help to change and personalize your reading experience by bringing the characters and their stories to life.

    SPORTS LITERATURE - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This class provides students with an opportunity to explore material related to sports literature and its connection to real world experiences. The students will be involved in various reading activities, writing though journals, response to literature and essays, debates and many other critical thinking activities.

    ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I - 1 credit
    This course is for students who are identified as limited in the use of the English language. The course will help to strengthen survival English skills and may be required for some students. Focus includes a heavy emphasis on oral/conversational practice and basic grammar skills.

    ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II - 1 credit
    This course is for students who are identified as limited in the use of the English language. This course includes the objectives of the English I R course and emphasizes continued oral conversation, vocabulary development, sentence and paragraph writing, and English reading. This may be a required course for some students. This course will prepare students for II R. *ESL I and ESL II can be used as Carnegie units required toward the four (4) units of English for graduation.

    READING, ANALYZING AND WRITING FOR COLLEGE (RAWC) - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This class is designed to provide students with the opportunity to broaden reading, writing and analytical skills to achieve success in college and in the professional workplace. The tasks include reading, writing, revising, speaking, researching, analyzing, critical thinking, collaborating and presenting.

    ENGLISH 12 - 1 credit
    *Elective Course*
    This course is a senior college-bound class in writing. It is similar to the first year college composition programs. This is not a creative writing course. Class assignments stress the communication of factual information rather than the writing of poetry or fiction. In addition to writing papers for various purposes, students research topics and report upon them in a written format that includes footnotes and bibliography and oral format.