English Courses

English Courses
 
English I
This course is designed to help students increase and refine their communication skills. To be successful, they will read, comprehend, and respond to a range of materials using a variety of strategies for different purposes. The students will write competently for a variety of purposes and audiences and use correct English grammar both in speech and written form.  The literature component of English I is genre-based.
English I Honors
This advanced course is designed to help students increase and refine their communication skills. To be successful, they will read, comprehend, and respond to a range of materials using a variety of strategies for different purposes. The students will write competently for a variety of purposes and audiences and use correct English grammar both in speech and written form.  The students will be challenged in each aspect of the course and pushed to think and work at difficult levels in order to be successful throughout the school year.
English II
English II focuses on applying a variety of reading and comprehension strategies to the study of various genres of literature, including the short story, nonfiction, poetry, and the novel.  Students will also give supported responses to texts, as well as identify and interpret the effects of literary elements and devices while incorporating these devices into their own written work and group projects. This course focuses on writing as a pathway towards insight and reflection. Unit activities include readings and discussions that provide opportunity for application of critical literacy skills. All of the activities are based on authentic purposes for oral and written communication and require the application of a variety of literacy strategies. Regular vocabulary study will include defining words within the context of the literature and using words appropriately in original writings. Grammar, usage, and mechanics instruction also occurs within the context of the literary selections.
English II Honors
English II (Honors) is an accelerated course that focuses on applying a variety of in-depth reading and comprehension strategies to the study of various genres of literature, including the short story, nonfiction, poetry, and the novel.  Students are expected to think critically in order to provide supported responses to texts. Students must also identify and interpret the effects of literary elements and devices while incorporating these devices into their own written work and group projects. This course focuses on writing as a pathway towards insight and reflection. Unit activities include readings and discussions that provide opportunity for application of critical literacy skills. All of the activities are based on authentic purposes for oral and written communication and require the application of a variety of literacy strategies. Regular vocabulary study will include defining words within the context of the literature and using words appropriately in original writings. Grammar, usage, and mechanics instruction also occurs within the context of the literary selections
English III - American Literature
This course focuses on the analysis of multiple genres of literature presented in the historical context of seven major time periods of the United States, from its earliest stages of development to modern times.  Students are required to implement a variety of reading and comprehension strategies, to write responses of varying lengths for a variety of purposes, to enhance vocabulary acquisition in isolation and in the context of literature, to refine basic grammar and usage skills, and to hone public speaking and presentation skills.
English III Honors- American Literature
Like the standard English III course, this course focuses on the analysis of multiple genres of literature presented in the historical context of seven major time periods of the United States, from its earliest stages of development to modern times.  Students are required to implement a variety of reading and comprehension strategies, to write responses of varying lengths for a variety of purposes, to enhance vocabulary acquisition in isolation and in the context of literature, to refine basic grammar and usage skills, and to hone public speaking and presentation skills.   However, students in this accelerated class are required to function at a much higher level of performance.  Heightened critical analysis skills are essential for outside reading assignments, multi-modal assessments, and more stringent writing criteria.  Ultimately, this course is the prerequisite training ground for Advanced Placement English IV and subsequent testing for college credit.
English IV- British and World Literature
English IV is a survey course of British Literature that provides a broad overview of literary and cultural development from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century.  English IV students will read extensively from multiple genres of literature of major writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Browning, Blake and Wilde.  Concepts covered in this course include proficiency in producing writing specific to audience and purpose; developing communication skills; disseminating and synthesizing print, non-print, and technological sources; working independently and collaboratively to evaluate information; completing oral and written presentations; analyzing and evaluating the history of the English language, its literature, and its various literary genres; sustaining mastery of grammar, mechanics, and usage of standard English in both written and oral form; and facilitating continuous learning through critical thinking strategies.  Students will continue to analyze literary elements and author’s craft in both literary and expository tests, and continue to interpret the possible influences of the historical context of literary works.  English IV students are expected to write in a variety of forms, including business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts.  Students conduct research activities and writing projects using the MLA format; writing and vocabulary skills are incorporated into the activities. The use of a variety of technologies is integrated throughout the curriculum.  Summer reading is required, as continuing participation in the Accelerated Reader independent reading program.  All English IV students are required to complete a senior project which will require a research paper, job shadowing and interviews, as well as creating a presentation and product
English IV AP
The English Advanced Placement Course is designed to teach test-taking, reading, and writing skills on the college level.  As a college-level course, the rigor and expectations of the class will be greatly increased in comparison to other English classes offered.  You will be required to multitask constantly with regular writing assignments whose prompts are both original and assigned.  We will also focus on increased self-editing using six writing traits: Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions.  You will always be able to edit and re-submit work for an ultimate grade that will average with the initial score received.  In this way you will become self-sufficient editors of your own writing, noticing problems earlier in your drafting.  Above all, I expect diligence from every student; active participation is not optional--it is VITAL to the course.  EVERYONE enrolled in the class is expected to take the AP test at the end of the year: this is the goal toward which we will focus our attention throughout the course.
Strategic Reading
Strategic reading is a course designed to develop the reading ability of students through focus on vocabulary, reading strategies, and guided reading practice.  This course is provided in a two-hour block in order to emphasize the advancement of reading ability in students.