English

English 9

 

Course Type: Core                   Course Length: Full Year                      Credits: 5.00

Students will explore a wide variety of literature across major literary forms and genres (short stories, poetry, drama, memoirs, and novels).  Through a thematic unit approach, students will examine the answers to essential questions raised in literature, as well as examine and emulate the techniques, skills and style of the writers.  Students will develop new writer’s tools as they respond to literature with essays, creative writing and journal entries. MLA formatting techniques will be implemented as student research and analyze new data. By the end of the 9th grade, students will be prepared for a more in-depth and focused literary experienced in the tenth grade.

 

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Course Type: Core                   Course Length: Full Year                      Credits: 5.00

Students will read challenging classic fiction and non-fiction literary grasping thematic concepts, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making inferences as they read.   Throughout the year students will write essays, create stories, make written and oral research presentations, and maintain personal journals as the develop insight into the essential questions raised in literature.

 

English 11

Course Type: Core                   Course Length: Full Year                      Credits: 5.00

To truly understand America and its development, student  will explore its literary tradition, through works by Twain, Whitman, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and many others.    Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to make connections with history, art, music, and other subjects, building on their writing skills from previous years.  By the end of this year, students will have developed a foundation in American literature and an understanding of its role in America’s value system.

 

English 12

Course Type: Core                   Course Length: Full Year                      Credits: 5.00

This senior level course focuses on reading, analyzing, and applying literary theory to various works of literature from the Middle Ages to the present.  Genres include British, gothic, world and science fiction literature.   Honing their skills of literary analysis, research, and verbal expression, students will develop creative and unique interpretations of the written texts, from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales to modern-day science fiction.    There is also continued instruction in the college application process, the college essay, grammar, and writing.

 

AP English Literature and Composition

Course Type: Elective              Course Length: Full Year                      Credits: 5.00

AP English is a college-level, writing-intensive examination of English poetry, drama, and fiction from the 16th century on. Students will prepare for the AP English Literature and Composition exam.

Prerequisites: Recommendation from English III teacher

 

Drama

Course Type: Elective              Course Length: One semester               Credits: 2.50

The drama course will focus on acting, directing, producing, writing, sets, lighting, sound, costumes, and makeup. Students will study exemplars and create their own in each area.

 

Creative Writing

Course Type: Elective              Course Length: One semester               Credits: 2.50

Analysis, interpretation, and creation of poems of various formats and time periods. Students will study poems while writing their own.

 

Public Speaking

Course Type: Elective              Course Length: One semester               Credits: 2.50

Students will learn the speech-writing process and its influences. Students will then create their own informative and persuasive speeches and judge those of their peers. A multi-genre introduction to the craft of creative writing. In the context of a variety of genres, students will examine literary conventions as well as the writing techniques and tools essential to effective writing and editing.

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