This course is designed for general and college-preparatory students. This course emphasizes paragraph and essay development combined with a study of literature and nonfiction with a focus on critical reading skills. Short story and poetry elements will be taught along with analysis of novels and drama. A variety of writing modes will be covered, such as analytical, reflective, expository, and compare/contrast. Writing conventions such as usage, grammar, mechanics, spelling and vocabulary development will be addressed in context with the writing process and the study of reading selections. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities along with oral presentations.
This course is designed for general and college-preparatory students. This course emphasizes essay development in the areas of analysis, persuasion, reflection, research, plus a review of ninth-grade writing modes. Writing conventions such as usage and mechanics will be taught in conjunction with the study of literature and writing. Vocabulary, spelling, and research skills are developed in context with the writing process and literary analysis. The students will review short-story and poetry elements and read novels and drama. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities along with oral presentations.
Honors English 10 provides an academically accelerated curriculum for students desiring advanced, challenging studies. Honors English 10 is a rigorous course with high expectations for critical reading, writing and thinking. Students will focus on developing oral and written communications that explore the complexities of world topics and literature and seek connections among texts on a variety of levels. This course will include an extensive reading list covering a broad array of literary interests and experiences. Students will enhance their research skills and write in a variety of genres. Students can expect extensive vocabulary work, emphasizing SAT preparation, and continuing work on grammar and usage. Several works will be required reading over the summer in preparation for the course.
Designed for general and college-preparatory students, this course emphasizes writing skills development combined with a study of American literature. Writing conventions such as usage and mechanics will be developed in conjunction with the study of literature and writing. Vocabulary, spelling, and research skills are developed in context with the writing process and literary analysis. Students will write a variety of essay modes, both in class and at home. Students can expect a variety of oral and listening activities along with oral presentations.
Students in this course study the fundamentals of rhetoric which can be applied to academic writing at the college level while reading and analyzing a variety of nonfiction selections Students participate in writing seminars that use student writing as the focus for analysis. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring the skills necessary to pass the AP Language and Composition exam. A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the exam enables the student to receive English credits from most colleges and universities. This college level course requires a high level of motivation and commitment due to extensive reading and writing requirements.
These college preparatory courses emphasize all aspects of language arts: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. The English curriculum is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement courses and college level work. Writing conventions, such as usage, mechanics and grammar, will be taught. Students will conduct formal research and prepare and deliver oral presentations.
The ERWC Course is an A-G approved college preparatory course that provides targeted instruction in the areas of critical reading and writing strategies. The Early Assessment Program was established to allow students to measure their readiness for college-level English in their junior year of high school. ERWC was designed as an alternative English curriculum to offer an opportunity for those students who demonstrated a “conditionally ready” status on the EAP to improve their skill during their senior year.
English Literature engages students in critical reading and analysis of fiction, drama and poetry. Through their reading of both British and American works of literature, students deepen their understanding of how authors use language to create meaning. Writing assignments focus primarily on analysis of selected readings as students learn to examine literature from many angles and to express their ideas clearly and creatively. This course will prepare students to take the AP Literature Advanced Placement Exam. A score of 3, 4, or 5 on the exam enables the student to receive English credits from most colleges and universities.
Designed for college-preparatory students or students with an interest in public speaking, this course includes training in public speaking and emphasizes an understanding of the elements of debate, the process of communicating more effectively, the techniques involved in critical analysis and constructive evaluation of one’s own communications, as well as communication with others. Because the National High School Debate Topic changes yearly, as do the four different topics for the Lincoln-Douglas debates, this course may be repeated for credit. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in events held outside of school hours. Parental involvement is necessary. Students are also required to perform for the class as part of their assessments.
Offered in the fall only, this class is designed to offer direct instruction in competitive speech and/or drama events and debate. The variety of competition offerings allows for students with diverse interests/skills to discover the events with which they are compatible. Students who take Competitive Forensics enjoy performing. This course is devoted to competition preparation and is structured according to speaking events officially recognized by the National Forensic League. Students do extensive research and are required to attend and participate in events held outside of school hours. This course is offered to sophomores through seniors, after successful completion of the above Speech and Debate course.
Students in ELD 1 learn to use English for immediate needs and begin to understand and use academic vocabulary and other features of academic language. Students enter this class with limited English skills and exit with basic communication skills in social and academic context. Prerequisite: CELDT levels 1 & 2
Students in ELD 2 learn a greater variety of vocabulary and linguistic structures applying their language skills in more sophisticated ways. Students in this class increasingly engage in using the English language in more complex, cognitively demanding situations. They leave this class able to use English to learn and communicate about a range of topics and academic content areas.
Students in ELD 3 continue to learn and apply a range of high level English language skills, including comprehension and production of highly technical texts. Students leave this class able to communicate effectively with various audiences on a wide range of familiar and new topics to meet academic demands in a variety of disciplines.
This course is designed for students who require support in developing English language art skills. This course previews and reviews content and skills taught in the college-prep English curriculum. Students are provided with additional instruction in English language and learning strategies that will support their success in all courses.