English

ENGLISH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Required English Course Selections

FOUNDATIONS OF LITERACY, Grade 9 (Honors option available)         1 CREDIT Foundations of Literacy is a one-credit course designed to prepare ninth grade students for the academic rigors that they will face in future English courses at both the high school and college levels.  This course has a strong emphasis on literature and informational text comprehension and analysis along with writing, speaking, and listening skills.

ENGLISH 10                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy

English 10 is a one-credit course designed to meet the needs of students who are planning academic and non-academic choices beyond high school.  The course will focus on developing effective reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and research skills and building on the skills established in the previous English course, Foundations of Literacy.  Students are expected to develop critical thinking skills and use literacy strategies to comprehend and analyze various works of literature, media, and informational texts. There will be opportunities for students to fine tune writing skills by practicing informational, argumentative, and creative writing.  Students will also develop public speaking and discussion techniques throughout the course.

ENGLISH 10, Honors                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy.  Recommendation of current teacher.

Honors English 10 is a one-credit course designed to prepare students who are planning to advance their education or career beyond high school.  The course will focus on developing deeply analytical and effective reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and research skills and building on the skills established in the previous English course, Foundations of Literacy.  Students are expected to apply critical thinking skills and use advanced literacy strategies to thoughtfully and deeply analyze various works of literature, media, and informational texts. There will be opportunities for students to enhance writing skills by practicing informational, argumentative, and creative writing.  Students will also develop public speaking and discussion techniques throughout the course.

ENGLISH 11                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy, English 10.

English 11 is a one-credit course designed to meet the needs of students who are planning academic and non-academic choices beyond high school.  The course will focus on developing effective reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and research skills and building on the skills established in the previous English course.  Students are expected to develop critical thinking skills and use literacy strategies to comprehend and analyze various works of literature, media, and informational texts by American writers.  There will be opportunities for students to fine tune writing skills by practicing informational, argumentative, and creative writing. Students will also develop public speaking and discussion techniques throughout the course.  The culminating project is a Junior Project - which focuses on career exploration and research.

ENGLISH 11, Honors                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy, English 10, Recommendation of current teacher.

English 11 Honors is a one-credit course designed to prepare students who are planning advance their education or career beyond high school.  The course will focus on developing deeply analytical and effective reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and research skills and building on the skills established in the previous English course.  Students are expected to apply critical thinking skills and use advanced literacy strategies to thoughtfully and deeply analyze various works of literature, media, and informational texts by American writers.  There will be opportunities for students to enhance writing skills by practicing informational, argumentative, and creative writing. Students will also develop public speaking and discussion techniques throughout the course.  The culminating project is a Junior Project - which focuses on career exploration and research.

ENGLISH 12                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy, English 10, English 11

This course is designed to meet the needs of the diverse learner.  English 12 students may be headed for colleges, technical schools, the military, and/or workplaces.  This course recognizes students’ varying abilities and goals. The focus is on developing effective reading, listening, speaking, viewing, research, and writing skills.  Students are exposed to various genres of literature and taught the skills required to comprehend them. Student will write in a variety of forms for various purposes. Public speaking and presentations will be emphasized.  There is a Senior Project component to this course as well.

RS ENGLISH 12, Honors                                                                  1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy, English 10, English 11 and Recommendation of current teacher.

Required summer reading and writing will be assigned.

Designed for the student who is able to fulfill college level assignments, this course will focus on developing effective reading, listening, speaking, viewing, research, and writing skills.  Students are exposed to various genres of literature and the attendant critical thought required to comprehend them. The class will serve as an introduction to some current college-level literary theory as well.  Public speaking and presentations will be emphasized. There is a Senior-Project component to this course as well. The course parallels an undergraduate, college English course. Enrolling in the Running Start - Introduction to Literature course is optional.  

RS ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH  LITERATURE                                             1.5 CREDITS     Prerequisite:  Foundation of Literacy, English 10, English 11 and Recommendation of current teacher.

This course will focus on developing effective reading, listening, speaking, viewing, research, and writing skills.  Designed for the highly motivated student who is able to fulfill college level assignments, this course focuses on close reading, literary analysis, verbal participation in discussion, and complex, critical thinking.  Students are exposed to various genres of literature and the attendant critical thought required to comprehend them. Students will learn to evaluate pieces of writing by analyzing background, structure, technique and theme and will learn to develop and write substantive critical analyses.  The course parallels an undergraduate, college English course. Public speaking and presentations will be emphasized. There is a Senior Project component to this course as well. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Advanced Placement examination administered by the College Board in may.  Enrolling in the Running Start - Introduction to Literature course is optional. Required summer reading and writing will be assigned.  

English Electives

YEARBOOK                                                                        1 CREDIT      Prerequisite:  Recommendation of current teacher.

Yearbook is a one credit elective offered in the first semester of each school year.  The purpose and goal of the class is to produce the high school’s yearbook which is sold and distributed in early June.  The book is entirely computer generated using digital imaging and the InDesign graphics program. Students will be expected to take photographs of the events of the year, understand concepts of design to produce an effective product, meet deadlines, sell advertising, and sell the book.  This class is offered on a pass/fail basis, and although the course is over in January, the book in not completed until March, and so students may be expected to complete assigned layouts after the credit has been earned.

THE ART OF WRITING                                                                        1 CREDIT       

The Art of Writing provides students with the opportunity to discover their own creative voice as they write (and re-write!) narratives, poems, and creative nonfiction in order to develop real or imagined experiences or events.  This course approaches creative writing from many different angles. Students will read and analyze texts from established authors in order to better understand the choices they make in their own writing. Students will learn about, and experiment with, narrative and poetic structures and forms, and storytelling techniques.  Throughout this course, students are expected to share, receive feedback on, and revise their writing through a collaborative workshop model.

 


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