English I (9th Grade):

 In English I, students will learn to express themselves clearly through writing in a variety of formats including journals and essays.  They will utilize correct grammar when speaking and writing. As they read from various sources, they will expand their current vocabularies. As the year progresses, students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate various forms of literature including stories, poems, biographies, songs, plays and novels.

 

English I Honors (9th Grade):

In English I, students will learn to express themselves through writing in a variety of formats including journals, essays, reflections, and papers.  They will utilize correct grammar when speaking and writing. As they read from various sources, they will expand their current vocabularies.  As the year progresses, students will analyze, synthesize, and evaluate various forms of literature including stories, poems, biographies, songs, plays and novels. Students will compare and contrast literature selections for style, theme, and context. They will also plan and execute the necessary steps and processes for completing a research paper.

 

English II (10th Grade):

This course is a general survey of Literature as taught from both a thematic and analytic approach. Grammar and Composition are stressed as a means of exploratory writing and the student will read novels as supplemental text and discussion topics. Emphasis will be placed on building the student’s ability to read closely and analytically. The students will be able to summarize the themes and nuances of Literature. They will also be able to critically examine various poems and compose explications in response.

 

English II Honors (10th Grade):

This course is a general survey of Literature as taught from both a thematic and analytic approach. Grammar and Composition are stressed as a means of exploratory writing and the student will read novels as supplemental text and discussion topics. Emphasis will be placed on building the student’s ability to read closely and analytically. The students will be able to summarize the themes and nuances of Literature. They will also be able to critically examine various poems and compose explications in response.  In addition to textbook reading, students will also participate in detailed studies of The Crucible, The Great Gatsby, Beowulf, and Persuasion. Students will also write a mystery story of their own in order to integrate lessons on plot and character development.

 

English 10 Pre-AP:

This course is designed to prepare students with the necessary analytical, rhetorical, and literary skills required for success in AP English courses. Students will critically study  about literature to analyze and to write about rhetorical and literary techniques used by authors to achieve their purposes. Students will study Oepidus Rex/ Antigone, Macbeth, and Julius Caesar as they practice the critical analysis of and writing about drama. They will also spend a number of weeks studying The Scarlet Letter as time to critically read the prose of fiction.

 

English III (11th Grade):

This course is a general survey of American Literature. Students will summarize themes and nuances of American Literature as well as critically examine four novels by American authors and compose analytic essays in response. Students will participate in Character Analysis, Plot analysis, Essay Writing, Comparison/Contrast, and Exposition of the Text. Supplemental Reading for this course will include Poe short Stories, O Henry Short Stories, and Anne Bradstreet Collection.

 

English III Honors (11th Grade)

This course is designed to teach students the skills of the critical reading of and writing about non-fictional literature. Students will also be taught the skills of writing argumentative/persuasive essays. English III Honors will prepare students for college-level language and composition courses as well as prepare them for the SAT. This course will include independent study time of Night by Wiesel and by Thoreau. Students will critically read nonfictional prose, write expository essays, read fictional literature, and critically read poetry and novels.

 

AP English Language and Composition (11th Grade) 

This course engages students in becoming skill readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and becoming skill writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectation, and subjects as well as the generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing (excerpted for 2006 The College Board, www.collegeboard.com).

 

English IV (12th Grade)

This class is designed to be a general survey of English Literature. Students will read and write about a variety of dramas, essays, short stories, novels, and poems from the Anglo Saxon period to modern times. Students will also read, research, and write about current events and topics of special interest to them. The course will culminate in writing a full-length research paper in conjunction with the Senior Bible class. Resources include: ENGLISH LITERATURE-CLASSICS FOR CHRISTIANS and the HANDBOOK OF GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (primary textbooks), Shakespeare's MACBETH, along with other literary works and writings.

 

English IV Honors (12th Grade)

This course is a general survey of Literature and Poetry as taught from both a thematic and analytic approach. Students will read novels as supplemental text and discussion topics. Students will spend time in classroom discussions and in-class writing and critiques. The Bible will be examined as a literary work and its elements discussed. To prepare students for college level English classes, students will be participate in free-writing of poetry and oral presentations of original prose. Secondary Reading in this course will include Hamlet, Wuthering Heights, Mere Christianity, and 101 Classic American Poems.

 

AP English Literature and Composition (12th Grade) 

This course is designed to teach students how to critically analyze fictional literature and poetry to prepare them to score well on the AP exam and be successful in college-level English classes. AP English literature engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding  of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students will consider a work's structure, style and themes as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. (excerpted from the 2006 The College Board. www. collegeboard.com).

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