Required: 4 units
Freshmen - English 9 (year course)
Sophomores - English 10/ or Honors English 10 (year course)
Juniors - English 11 or AP Language
Seniors - English 12 or AP Literature
Freshmen English is designed to increase vocabulary knowledge and use, review forms of grammar, introduce the elements and genres of literature, and develop writing and researching skills. New vocabulary is introduced weekly and strengthened through memorization and usage. Areas of grammar study include parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, and clauses. Diagramming is also utilized to help augment visual learning strategies involved in the writing process. Literature is introduced through the study of short stories, mythology, drama, poetry and the novel. Writing skills are honed with an emphasis on several essay strategies and a research paper.
Prerequisite: English 9
The sophomore year continues the study of grammar, composition and literature. Grammar focuses on reviewing sentence structure, usage and mechanics. Composition is emphasized with a variety of essay types and a research paper. Literature study includes class reading and analysis of a novel, a drama, short stories, non-fiction and poetry. Public speaking is also introduced by covering a variety of speech types and strategies. Vocabulary knowledge and application is studied throughout the year.
Honors English 10
Prerequisite: Earned A in English 9 and Department Approval
Class size is limited to 28.
This course is a two-semester, college-preparatory course for high-achieving sophomores. Main content of the course is American and English literature, essays, drama novels, poetry, short stories, speech and literary research techniques. Students are involved in literary discussion, writing and rewriting as regular activities. Intensive outside reading is required as well as written essays and literary analysis. A novel is assigned during the summer before the class begins and students are required to have it completed before day one of the sophomore year.
English 12 examines the major authors, texts and literary movements of the British literary tradition by focusing on works from the 11th century through contemporary times. Students will analyze literature and identify prominent authors by style, content and historical context. Students will read, study and discuss British literary movements, the historical reasons they exist, contributing authors and the literature that was produced during these movements. Consideration of the historical and cultural context of the movements, authors and works will be a primary focus.
Advanced Placement Language and Composition
Prerequisite: 3.5 cumulative grade point average. Class may be limited.
This course satisfies the junior year English requirement.
The AP® English Language and Composition course blends the study of American literature with the use and impact of rhetorical strategies. While studying various American authors, we will also focus on authors’ use of rhetorical strategies. Authors write with purpose and use various language tools to accomplish this purpose. They also write to specific audiences. This course will also examine the tools needed to write for a variety of audiences with a variety of purposes. Students will experience the different types of writing including argumentative, expository and analytical by reading models found in American literature and by using the different strategies in various writing assignments.
A novel is assigned during the summer before the class begins and students are required to have it completed before the first day of class.
AP Literature & Composition 12 (AP)
Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA in English, faculty recommendation, and English department approval.
(AP Literature & Composition 12 satisfies the senior year English requirement.) The AP® English Literature and Composition is the exit course of the English department. This course strengthens reading, writing and literary analysis skills. It also augments a student’s ability to evaluate, judge, analyze and synthesize literature. This is accomplished by reading a variety of literature from different countries, periods and genres. The course will focus on specific authors, themes, genres and analyses. Every author and literary work studied requires various types of critical thinking. This course aligns itself with the requirements found in the AP®English course description. Strategies towards understanding and taking the Advanced Placement test occur throughout the course. A novel is assigned during the summer before the class begins and students are required to have it completed before the first day of class.
Equus-Yearbook I & II
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite Teacher approval- Only fulfills ½ English credit.
This course will concentrate on the development of writing clarity and effectiveness as well as the application of general journalistic principles. This course will produce the school yearbook. This will involve caption and article writing, editing, page design and layout, and photography.