English

Assignment to a level within the English program is determined by the recommendations of the previous year's English teacher and/or other involved staff.


Grades 11-12 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English courses and Teacher Recommendation
This course provides students with a comprehensive study of the creative writing process.  Students read and examine professional models in various literary genres including, but not limited to, poetry, short story, and drama, and write creatively in these genres.  Student expectations include entering a minimum of one writing contest and submitting to student publications.  In addition, students edit, copyright, and publish a class Literary Magazine and coordinate and participate in all activities associated with the magazine.

Creative Writing Seminar
Grades 9-10
 

This course increases the creative writing opportunities for ninth and tenth grade students and supplements the English core writing program.  Students explore diverse writing styles and genres using the philosophies of the National Writing Project.  Instruction focuses on individualized grammar, mechanics, and writing skills.

ENGLISH I – LEVEL 1
Grade 9
  

This course emphasizes mastery of the grammar and vocabulary skills necessary for the college-bound student, stresses composition as it relates to grammar and literature, and enhances the understanding and analysis of various literary types.

ENGLISH I – LEVEL 2
Grade 9
 

This course increases proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, and composition skills, emphasizes understanding and appreciation of various literary forms and improves reading comprehension.

ENGLISH I – LEVEL 3
Grade 9
 

This course stresses the development of practical competency in written and spoken English through a study of correct mechanics, usage, spelling, and vocabulary.  Emphasis is given to the type of writing which is necessary for the vocationally oriented student, and students strive for improvement in reading and comprehension skills.


ENGLISH II – HONORS
Grade 10
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English I
This course combines grammatical skills and literary concepts necessary for the college-bound student.  In-depth class discussion, reaction essays, supplementary vocabulary, additional literary selections, and concentration on composition styles are emphasized.  Sentence variation and structure and consolidation of grammar instruction with the study of literature are important parts of the course.  Special emphasis is placed on creative evaluative writing, book reviews, and a critical review of Julius Caesar.  All Honors students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program through reading assigned books and written response, by a predetermined date prior to the start of the new school year.  Objectives include the completion of the research paper, the fundamentals of speech communication, and the development of narrative, expository, explanatory, and argumentative composition.  A student must successfully complete this course and the graduation project in order to meet graduation requirements.


ENGLISH II – LEVEL 1

Grade 10 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English I

This course stresses mastery of the skills and concepts necessary for the student who needs a strong English background.  This rigorous course emphasizes an understanding of grammar and its incorporation with composition.  Appreciation of literature is gained through the study of different genres.  Related studies include literary terminology, selected vocabulary, book reviews, and a critical analysis of Julius Caesar.

ENGLISH II – LEVEL 2

Grade 10   
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English I
This course promotes an understanding of major types of literature, using selections from class anthologies and supplementary sources.  A major aim in composition is the strengthening and broadening of personal language skills needed for successful communication.

ENGLISH II – LEVEL 3
Grade 10
 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English I

This course emphasizes basic reading, vocabulary, spelling, and composition skills.  This course stresses comprehension and universal themes in literature as related to real life situations.  Composition emphasizes the type of writing that are necessary for the vocationally oriented student and writing that expresses reactions to literature.  Language study focuses on standard usage.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grades 11-12 
Prerequisite(s):  Teacher Recommendation; Completion of Summer Reading Assignments

This course helps prepare the student to take the Advanced Placement Test in Language and Composition and requires extensive student writing.   The related readings are challenging and explore such topics as political writing, persuasive writing, autobiographical works, critical analysis, letters, etc.   Students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program.   Each student is expected to read all assigned books and respond, in writing, by a predetermined date prior to taking this course.  This course may be taken as the junior English required course or as an elective course in the senior year.


ENGLISH III – LEVEL 1
Grade 11
 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English II

Recommended for those students who plan to attend college, this course is comprised of contextual vocabulary study and various aspects of grammar and composition.  In composition, the writing of logical, well-developed, mechanically correct sentences, paragraphs, and essays is emphasized.    This course examines, analyzes, and interprets the various literary forms within American literature from 1607 to the present day.


ENGLISH III – LEVEL 2
Grade 11
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English II

Through this course, students come to know America's heritage through a survey of its literature from the Colonial Period through the Twentieth Century.  Key American writers and their works are studied and discussed in relation to their historical period.  Rules on usage, punctuation, and spelling are emphasized.  Compositions consist of various types of writing, including paragraphs, essays, letters, and journals.  Oral communication, library skills, and vocabulary improvement are emphasized.


ENGLISH III – LEVEL 3
Grade 11  
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English II

This course is designed for students who need remedial work in English, particularly reading comprehension, punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, word usage, letter writing, and understanding everyday forms.  The student also reacts to general literary forms through speech and composition.


ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION ADVANCED PLACEMENT
Grade 12
Prerequisite(s):  Teacher Recommendation; Completion of Summer Reading Assignments

The materials studied in this course prepare students for taking the Advanced Placement Test in Language and Literature.  The course aims to pursue the study of literary analysis through examination of selected genres of English and world literature.   Students react to the literature through all phases of expository writing, including argumentation, persuasion, précis, cultural review, formal essay, and small group discussion of form, content, and style.   All Advanced Placement students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program in which they are expected to read all assigned books and complete all written assignments by a predetermined date prior to the start of the new school year.


ENGLISH IV – LEVEL 1
Grade 12

Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English III

The aims of this course are to enrich vocabulary, to continue the study of literary analysis through reading and appreciation of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern period, and to emphasize all phases of expository writing, including argumentation, persuasion, the précis, and the critical review.  Elements of research are reinforced, and independent reading is required.  This course is recommended for those students planning to enter college or seeking a more challenging English course.


ENGLISH IV – LEVEL 2
Grade 12 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English III

This course continues the study of literary analysis with a focus on English literature.  A sequential writing program with vocabulary enrichment and oral communication is followed throughout the year.  Emphasis in writing is placed upon expository, analytical, argumentative and descriptive approaches. Within these frameworks, the structure, usage, dictation, style, and mechanics of linguistics are explored.


ENGLISH IV – LEVEL 3
Grade 12

Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English III

This course is designed to help students explore English literature with increased understanding and clearer expression in both oral and written communication.  To achieve these aims, emphasis is placed on reading for comprehension; writing well-organized paragraphs, letters, and essays; learning and practicing life skills; reviewing functional grammar (usage and punctuation); and presenting speeches and oral reports.


EXPLORING MASS MEDIA
Grades 10-12  

This course stresses the basic operation and function of media tools in the television and film industries.  Specific areas include the use of digital video camcorders, state-of-the-art computer hardware/software, storyboarding, and performing.  Students explore the use of a media studio and participate in writing, producing, and directing video productions.  Students analyze selected television shows and film clips, as well as write and produce various productions in both a group and individual environment.

Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory Completion of Exploring Mass Media and Teacher Recommendation

The focus of this course is on digital video and advanced film and television techniques.  Students will build upon the basic structure of filmmaking learned in Mass Media I including preproduction, production and post-production phases.  The digital video units include the creation of a public service announcement, a television commercial and a documentary.  Advanced production techniques include the use of specialized lighting, sound, and script/storyboard writing.  The ability to work independently in class and outside of the school setting is a must.


WORLD LITERATURE – LEVEL 1
Grades 12

Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English courses and Teacher Recommendation

This course includes the study of works from famous and popular world authors currently not studied in the required English courses.  Reading selections include novels, short stories, poetry, and drama.  This course meets the senior English requirement.


JOURNALISM I
Grades 10-12
  
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English courses and Teacher Recommendation

This course provides a comprehensive study of American journalism.  Emphasis is placed on a brief history of the American newspaper, the power and responsibility of the press, and the various means of news gathering and types of news writing.  Students learn to write in various journalistic styles and are able to explain the process of newspaper publication from news gathering to newspaper distribution.  They may work on the school newspaper as reporters, using word processing and desktop publishing technology.

Grades 10-12 
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of Journalism I and Teacher Recommendation

This course is taught using a hands-on workshop format in which students develop individual skills in all phases of publication of the high school newspaper.  Students plan each issue, working as reporters, editors, layout personnel, and business managers throughout the semester.  Stories are written using word processing applications, and the newspaper is produced using desktop publishing technology.  Students who select this course should be highly motivated and capable of working semi-independently since the course requires outside class time to conduct interviews and cover stories.


THEATER ARTS
Grades 9-12

This introductory course is designed for the student who wants to act in major plays, musicals, and competitive theater at the high school or career level or who simply wants an introduction to the theater.  Emphasis is on acting, play analysis, and play directing.  Make-up techniques, basic set and costume design, and a brief history of theater are included.


YEARBOOK PUBLICATION
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite(s):  Satisfactory completion of English courses and Teacher Recommendation

The objective of this course is not only to create the school yearbook, but to prepare students for a journalistic profession.  The course involves direct experience with these journalistic skills:  organization, drawing and design, layout, financing, and production, as well as writing, editing, and proofreading.  Students taking this course should plan to follow through the production cycle through the spring semester.


LITERATURE KEYSTONE WORKSHOP I
Grades 11-12


This course is designed to provide remediation to any student who does not score at the proficient level or above on the Keystone Exam administered upon completion of the English II course in grade 10.  Non-proficient students must participate in remediation and retesting until proficiency is achieved.  Passing the Keystone Exam is a graduation requirement for all students in the class of 2017 and below. 


LITERATURE KEYSTONE WORKSHOP II
Grades 12
 

This course is designed to provide further focused instruction on areas in need of growth for those students not scoring proficient or above after retesting on the Literature Keystone Exam.  The course will prepare students to retake the Keystone and/or successfully complete the project-based assessment.  With two unsuccessful Keystone Exam attempts, a student will be eligible to demonstrate proficiency through the completion of a project-based assessment (PBA).  Proficiency on this project-based alternative will satisfy the Keystone graduation requirement for all students in the class of 2017 and below.  Successful completion of the course does not mean successful completion of the PBA.

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