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Course Descriptions

ENGLISH
 
FRESHMAN READING & COMPOSITION, Grade: 9 Credits: 10
Students whose reading comprehension is two years or more below grade level are given special instruction in the study of literature, composition, and language. Skills developed include vocabulary, spelling, reading discussion, sentence structure, and punctuation.
Prerequisites: Recommendation of 8th grade teacher and high school counselor based on reading comprehension scores
 
ENGLISH 1-2, Grade: 9 Credits: 10
Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of literary genres, a variety of writing experiences, sentence structure and punctuation, spelling and vocabulary study. Students also experience a variety of learning techniques including cooperative learning groups, independent projects, and multimedia presentations. Active learning is encouraged as students expand their capacity to respond to language and to increase their communication skills.
Prerequisites: 8th Grade English
 
ENGLISH 1-2 HONORS, Grade: 9 Credits: 10
This is the first course in a sequence leading to the Advanced Placement English courses. Students are introduced to various types of literature from Homer, Sophocles, and Greek mythology through the Bible, Shakespeare, contemporary novels, short stories, plays and poetry which expose them to the literary traditions which form the foundations of Western Civilization. Students also study literary concepts and write in a variety of domains, including expository, narrative, and creative. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are also included.
Prerequisites: Department approval
 
SOPHOMORE READING & COMPOSITION, Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students whose reading comprehension is two years or more below grade level are given special instruction in the study of literature, composition, and language. Students work to increase speed and comprehension, and they practice writing expository essays. Skills developed include spelling, vocabulary, reading, discussion, writing, and standard written English.
Prerequisites: Department recommendation based on reading comprehension scores
 
ENGLISH 3-4, Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on British and European literature. Writing focuses on the expository and narrative essay forms, with emphasis on analytical writing domains in preparation for the Sophomore Writing Proficiency Exam. Students also study standard written English and vocabulary.
Prerequisites: 9th Grade English
 
ENGLISH 3-4 HONORS, Grade: 10 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on British and European literature. Students write a variety of essays and complete a research paper. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included.
Prerequisites: Department approval
 
ENGLISH 5-6, Grade: 11 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry. The emphasis is on American literature. Students write a variety of essays and complete a research paper. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included.
Prerequisites: 10th grade English
 
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE, 5-6 Grade: 11 Credits: 10
This college-level course covers in-depth analysis of plays, short stories, novels, poetry and non-fiction. The emphasis is on American literature. Students complete a research term paper. Students work to develop and improve writing skills. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Students take the AP English Language exam at the end of the course.
Prerequisites: Department approval
 
READING SKILLS WORKSHOP, Grade: 9, 10 or 11 Credits: 10
Students who have successfully completed a Reading and Composition course or new students whose reading comprehension scores are within two grade levels of their current grade qualify for Reading Skills Workshop. This course provides students with transitional reading support in their regular English course and other college preparatory courses. Students who are transitional readers are given lessons to support their developing vocabulary, reading comprehension skills, standard written English skills, and composition skills. This course is not college preparatory.
Prerequisites: Counselor and Department recommendation based on reading comprehension scores
 
SENIOR ENGLISH 7-8, Grade: 12 Credits: 10
Students study and analyze plays, novels, short stories, and poetry from world literature. Students write a variety of essays and compositions, including autobiographical essays. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included.
Prerequisites: 11th grade English
 
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE 7-8, Grade: 12 Credits: 10
This college-level course covers in-depth analysis of plays, short stories, novels, and poetry. Students work to develop and improve writing skills. Vocabulary and standard written English lessons are included. Students take the AP English Literature exam at the end of the course.
Prerequisites: Department approval