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English

ENGLISH I

This course offers instruction and practice in the writing process, literary analysis, study skills, library skills, and vocabulary development. Students learn strategies to increase their reading comprehension and ability to analyze literature. Literature includes classics and modern pieces from world literature. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 9

ENGLISH I Pre-AP

This course includes emphasis on extensive reading, in-depth literary analysis, accelerated vocabulary and grammar, critical thinking and advanced writing skills, including the ability to write in-class timed essays and outside process papers. Students will learn strategies designed to increase their ability to handle future Advanced Placement courses. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 9
*English Department Recommendation is based on the student’s High School Placement Test scores.

ENGLISH II

This course reinforces and extends the reading, literary analysis, vocabulary, grammar, and writing concepts taught in English I. Emphasis is on the writing process, vocabulary in context, and reading of world literature. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 10
Prerequisite-English I

ENGLISH II Pre-AP

This course requires extensive analysis of literature, accelerated vocabulary and grammar, extensive reading, and in-depth writing assignments, both in-class timed writings and outside process papers. Critical thinking skills are imperative. Students will prepare for standardized tests such as the PSAT and Advanced AP strategies to increase their strengths for future Advanced Placement courses. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 10
Prerequisite-English I

ENGLISH III

English III is a survey course in American literature, moving chronologically through literary periods and studying the authors, movements, and genres of writing, all the while looking at the social, political, religious, environmental, and economic factors that influenced the writers of the ages. This course reinforces and extends the literary and writing concepts taught in English II. Emphasis is on the writing process, ACT/SAT vocabulary, and decoding strategies. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 11
Prerequisite-English II

AP ENGLISH III LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

This course, designed to be on level with first semester college English, includes in-depth analysis of short and extensive reading assignments and intense practice in writing, both in-class timed writings and outside process papers. Reading selections include American and British literature focusing on a wide variety of non-fiction novels, essays, speeches, and letters from different time periods. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among awriter’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing and author’s purpose. Each student is required to take the national Advanced Placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 11
Prerequisite-English II

ENGLISH IV

This course is the chronological study of English literature from the birth of the language to the present day, focusing on close reading and literary analysis with an emphasis on real world writing. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 12
Prerequisite-English III

AP ENGLISH IV LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

This course, designed to be on level with second-semester college English, includes in-depth analysis of short and extensive reading assignments and intense practice in writing, both in-class timed writings and outside process papers. Reading selections include British and American literature and selected world literature, with an intense analysis of poetry. Each student is required to take the national Advanced Placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. Students are required to complete a summer reading assignment.
Credit 1 Grade 12
Prerequisite-English III

CREATIVE WRITING

This course explores various creative voices used in short stories, poetry, screenplays, and essays. Students will recognize the importance of audience, purpose, and personal attitude, discover the appropriate choice, and creatively develop their personal style.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite-None