English I

This class is an introduction to English with emphasis on reading and responding, writing, proofreading, speaking, listening, and research. The reading objectives of this course include a desire for students to extend their basic vocabulary, analyze the deveopment of story elements and literary devices, and demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of texts including nonfiction, short stories, drama, poetry, the novel, and film. Writing objectives of this course include a desire for students to develop organized, coherent paragraphs, followed by various types of multi-paragraph compositions. Students will learn to apply standard rules of sentence formation, word usage, and mechanics throughout their writing. Students will also be expected to organize and deliver formal oral presentations, as well as participate in group discussions.

 

English II

This class is a study of world literature that focuses on reading, writing, proofreading, speaking, listening, and reserach. The reading objectives of this course include a desire for students to extend their basic vocabulary, analyze the development of story elements and literary devices, and demonstrate a critical understanding of a variety of texts from around the world. Writing objectives of this course include a desire for students to develop organized paragraphs, and then develop multi-paragraph essays including narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and research writing. Students will learn to apply standard rules of sentence formation, word usage, and mechanics throughout their writing. Students will also be expected to organize and deliver formal oral presentations, as well as participlate in group discussions.

 

English III

This class is a study of American literature from the colonial period to the present. In this class, students will extend their basic vocabulary, analyze literary elements in American texts, draw oral and written conclusions based on literature, analyze the impact of history on culture and literature, and explore the significance of techniques, characterics, and themes in major periods of American literature. Students will be expected to write complex compositions for a variety of purposes as well as participate in oral presentations and group discussions.

 

English IV

This class is a study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. In this class, students will extend their basic vocabulary, analyze literary elements in British texts, draw oral and written conclusions based on literature, analyze the impact of history on culture and literature, and explore the significance of techniques, characteristics, and themes in major periods of British literature. Students will be expected to write complex compositions including a major research paper in MLA documentation format. Students will write for various purposes as well as participate in oral presentations and group discussions.

 

AP English IV: Literature and Composition

This class is designed to be a college/university-level course. This course will demand of students the time and effort required of a typical college English literature introductory course. In this class, students will be expected to carefully read and critically analyze literature from a variety of time period and geographical regions. Through these close readings, students will deepen their understanding of how language contributes to the meaning of a piece of literature. In addition to close reading, writing is an important part of this class. Frequent writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and the student’s ability to explain clearly their interpretations of literary works. At the end of this course, students are expected to take the AP exam.

 

Creative Writing (1/2 credit senior elective)

In this class students encounter a variety of writing genres including poetry, the short story, the one-act play, non-fiction writing, and the children’s book. Students will analyze the distinctive elements of these literary forms, and then apply these elements to create their own creative works. The course emphasizes the steps in the writing process including prewriting, drafting, peer and teacher conferencing, revision, and publication. Daily writing exercises help to improve word choice, organization, and standard rules of usage and mechanics.

 

Speech (1/2 credit senior elective)

In this class students will encounter a variety of public speaking opportunities including oral interpretation of poetry and prose, informative, persuasive, demonstrative, debate, and special occasion speaking. Students learn to write and present various speeches for a specific pupose and audience while using effective delivery techniques. Students will also be called upon to use active listening and critiquing strategies as an active audience member.