Course Descriptions

English

7th Grade English: Required Core Course
This course provides intensive formal instruction in reading comprehension strategies as well as comprehensive instruction in the writing process. It also fosters the development of listening and speaking skills in formal situations and introduces limited formal speech.

8th Grade English: Required Core Course
This course continues to focus on reading comprehension and the writing process as well as listening and speaking skills in both informal and formal situations. Added from the seventh grade curriculum is a unit on drama and American folktales.

9th Grade English: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
In this course, thought reading comprehension skills remain an important focus, a more intensive emphasis is placed on the writing process and, in particular, the important skills of informational and persuasive writing. The course continues to support the development if listening and speaking skills in informal situations, and introduces informational and persuasive formal speech. Grammar is also an emphasis. Literature in this course covers epic and ancient Greek poems, a study a Jewish heritage and culture, Greek mythology, a short stories unit, a Shakespeare unit, a poetry unit, and the call of the wild and Great Expectations.

10th Grade English: Required Core Course for 1.0 Credit
This course continues to focus on the expository and persuasive writing processes. Grammar as well as listening and speaking skills in informal and formal speech are also vital to this course. Literature read in this course include works such as Lord of the Flies, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Joy Luck Club, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, and a short stories unit.

11th Grade English (American Literature): Required Core Course 1.0 Credit
This course teaches grammar and writing skills within the context of real life and business. Students begin to learn how to apply the skills they have learned to life and the world of business. There is a strong SAT preparatory emphasis in the course. The literature read in this class focuses on specific time periods and the impact the literature had on people and society. The class starts with Native American Poetry and ends with modern day American writers such as Amy Tan and J.K. Rowling.

12th Grade English (British Literature): Required Core Course 1.0 Credit
This course continues to emphasize the transition into the world of life, college, and business. Grammar and writing are still vital, but are taught specific to the needs of real life. SAT preparation is continued during the first semester of this course. The literature read in this class spans from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Elizabethan Age, the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the Victorian age and into modern era. The course looks at the different mediums of communication as well as the different avenues by which people choose to express themselves.

Creative Writing: Required Course for 0.5 Credit
This course is designed for students who plan to pursue collegiate study in English and who are interested in an academic elective. Intense instruction in writing skills and editing is offered.

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