English 9 A & English 9 B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 9, required)
English 9 is a survey course in basic skills, i.e., reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. The required course includes units on grammar, literature, usage, journals and personal narratives, autobiographies, as well as emphasis on process writing and cross-text reading strategies -- both independently and as a class. Students will be given the basics of standard English language, reading and writing strategies, and comprehension skills. Speech communication skills will be integrated throughout the course.
English 10 A & English 10 B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 10, required)
Prerequisite: English 9 A/B
This sophomore course will integrate English and world literature while supporting student growth in process writing skills, reading comprehension, and speech components. Students will learn critical thinking skills and demonstrate higher-level learning. Selections will include drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, including but not limited to Beowulf, Macbeth, and Lord of the Flies. Students will also learn to analyze literature and write expository essays. The course is designed to improve oral and written communication.
English 11 A & English 11 B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 11, required)
Prerequisite: English 9 A/B, and English 10 A/B
Major units of study include classic as well as contemporary works by American authors which trace our country's beginning, progress through the Puritanical and Depression eras and recreate the fifties and sixties as well. This course emphasizes reading and analytical writing, along with vocabulary improvement. Evaluation is based on a portfolio of student works including essays, inter-pretive and creative pieces, and language development.
English 12 A & English 12 B (2 trimesters, 1 credit, grade 12)
Prerequisite: English 9 A/B, English 10 A/B, and English 11 A/B
Students will be exposed to a variety of American and World literature, including but not limited to “Death of a Salesman”, Frankenstein and the works of Edgar Allan Poe, in order to experience the genres of drama, novel, short fiction and poetry. Students will continue their application of the writing process they learned and utilized in all prior English courses but at a collegiate pace. Categorized as a college-preparation course, English 12 is a survey class that covers the gamut of writing, reading and speaking.
AP Language and Composition A/B/C (3 trimesters, 1.5 credit, grade 12)
Prerequisite: English 9 A/B, English 10 A/B, English 11 A/B, and an ACT score of 24 in English and Reading
The AP Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students will have the option to take the AP Language and Composition exam in trimester 3 for college credit. Refer to collegeboard.com for more information.
Creative Writing (1 trimester, .5 credit, grades 11-12)
Prerequisites: English 9 A/B and English 10 A/B
This course will expand students’ writing skills beyond the expository modes studied in other courses. This course studies poet-ry forms and fiction writing techniques. It is not necessary that a student be an experience creative writer, only that he or she be committed to the writing process. This course qualifies for direct credit offered through Baker College, ENG 311.