English

Students are required to take 3.5 credits of English. Students must take 1 speech class to fulfill graduation requirements; more than one may be taken for elective credit. The State requires that every student take 2 writing intensive courses in order to meet requirements for a diploma.

Freshman

English I (2 terms)
English I (H) (2 terms)
English I Year Long (4 terms by placement)

Sophomore

English II (2 terms)
English II (H) (2 terms)
World Studies (4 terms by placement)

Junior

American Literature (2 terms)
American Studies (4 terms by placement)
AP English Language and Composition (2 terms)

Senior English Requirements

Choose at least one to meet graduation requirements
(At least 2 terms are recommended for 4 year colleges)
Topics in Literature & Composition (1 term)
21st Century Literature & Composition (1 term)
World Literature & Composition (2 terms)
AP Literature & Composition (2 term)
Film as Literature & Composition (1 term
First-Year Composition I & II Dual Credit (2 terms)

English Electives

Creative Writing (1 term)
Journalistic Writing I: Fundamentals of Journalism (1 term)
Journalistic Writing II: Newspaper Production (1 term – Can be repeated)

Speech

Must take to one (1) speech class to fulfill graduation requirement;
more than one may be taken for elective credit.
Introduction to Speech (1 term) Jr/Sr. Only
Argumentation & Debate (1 term) Jr/Sr. Only
Public Speaking: Fundamentals of Speech Communication: Dual Credit (1 term) Jr/Sr. Only

State Writing Requirement

The State requires that every student take two writing intensive courses in order to meet requirements for a diploma.
The following courses will satisfy this requirement:
English I & English I (H)
English II & English II (H)
American Literature
AP Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition
English and World Literature
First-Year Composition I & II Dual Credit

Freshman Courses

English I
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr Required
Fee: $22.00
English I is a comprehensive course including literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary study. Basic research, writing, and oral communication skills will be assessed. Each unit within the course builds on students’ prior knowledge and skills in preparation for future coursework.  In addition, the course further develops Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts.

English I – Yearlong
(4 terms, 2 credit English, 2 elective credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr Required (by placement)
Fee: $50.00
English I is a comprehensive year long course including literature, composition, grammar, and vocabulary study. Basic research, writing, and oral communication skills will be assessed. Each unit within the course builds on students’ prior knowledge and skills in preparation for future coursework.  In addition, the course further develops Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts.  

English I (Honors)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr
Fee: $22.00
This course includes the study of literature from a variety of time periods and cultures including ancient Greek, Elizabethan, Victorian, and modern. Literary analysis is emphasized, and students’ current knowledge and use of reading strategies are expanded and enhanced. Written work is both creative and expository in nature including stories, poetry, and essays. More advanced forms and genres are also explored. Two research projects reinforce basic research skills and focus on organization and source documentation.  Vocabulary study is both contextual and academic, and grammar study includes the parts of speech, parts of the sentence, phrases, clauses, and usage.  In addition, the course further develops Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts

Sophomore Courses

English II
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English I
Level: Soph Required
Fee: $23.00
English II (Honors) is designed to continue the literature sequence introduced in English I, including vocabulary, short stories, novels, and drama. Through socratic seminars and critical analysis, students develop critical thinking skills. Writing improvement, including an awareness of style, is accomplished through composing, editing and revising formal essays and creative sketches. Mechanics and usage are emphasized, and study skill techniques are reinforced.  Writing skills are incorporated in a essays building on the skills necessary for Advanced Placement English. Research skills are incorporated in a research unit.  In addition, the course further develops and enhances Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts.

English II (Honors)
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English I
Level: Soph
Fee: $23.00
English II Honors is designed to continue the literature sequence introduced in English I, including vocabulary, short stories, novels, and drama. Through socratic seminars and critical analysis, students develop critical thinking skills. Writing improvement, including an awareness of style, is accomplished through composing, editing and revising formal essays and creative sketches. Mechanics and usage are emphasized, and study skill techniques are reinforced.  Writing skills are incorporated in essays building on the skills necessary for advance placement English. Research skills are incorporated in a research unit.  In addition, the course further develops and enhances Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts.

World Studies
(4  terms, 1 credit in English, 1 in Social Studies)
Prerequisite: English I
Level: Soph required by placement of Division Coordinator
Fee: $23.00
World Studies is a double-period, team-taught course that fulfills graduation requirements for English II and World History.  This course will examine the history of western civilization from prehistoric times to the eve of World War II in an interdisciplinary perspective. The content of this course is structured around common themes found in both history and literature.  In addition, the course further develops Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts and Social Studies.

Junior Courses

American Studies
(4 terms, 1 credit in English, 1 credit in Social Studies)
Prerequisite: World Studies or by placement
Level: Jr. required by placement of the Division Coordinator
Fee: $22.00
American Studies is a team-taught course that fulfills graduation requirements for American Literature and American History.  The course examines the history of the United States from pre-colonial times to the present in an interdisciplinary perspective structured around common themes found in both history and literature.  In addition, the course further develops Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts and Social Studies.

American Literature
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English II
Level: Jr (Meets junior English requirement)
Fee: $22.00
By surveying literary periods, including, but not limited to, Puritanism, Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism, students will further enhance and employ advanced Common Core Literacy Skills in reading and writing in English and Language Arts. The course emphasizes expository writing, vocabulary, grammar, and critical thinking skills. The course is designed for the college-bound student, and a major emphasis will be placed on research based writing.

AP English Language and Composition
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English II/ English II (Honors)
Level: Jr (Meets junior English requirement)
Fee: $36.00
An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming 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 genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.  AP Language and Composition is intended to help prepare students to successfully take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam which may possibly earn students college credit. There is a summer assignment associated with the course.

Senior English Requirements

*Students must take one English course senior year to fulfill graduation requirements.
*In order to meet college entrance requirements, students should either take a full semester 
English course or two terms of English courses.

Film as Literature & Composition
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: $13.00
The purpose of this course is to promote media literacy. We will view films, both American and foreign, as works of literature to be studied using critical thinking skills and an understanding of the cultural and historical context. We will also examine the effects of cinematography and production techniques on our understanding of the film’s meaning. The students will study classic films, various genre films, and contemporary films from both independent and major studios. We will study films directed by Hitchcock, Spielberg, Kurosawa, and others.

21st Century Literature & Composition
(1 term, .5 credit)
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: $3.00
This one term course will explore modern popular novels, poems, and nonfiction. Students will analyze how writing style, themes, and characters have both evolved over time and been influenced by writings of the past. Students will be asked to participate in seminar-style discussions of both whole-class and independent reading material. Students may be asked to purchase their own books or borrow them from the library.

World Literature & Composition
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: American Literature
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: $3.00
This college preparatory class includes a survey of classic and modern British literature and world literature in translation. Students will acquire the necessary research, writing, reading, and study skills necessary for college work. Composition, including a literary analysis research paper, focuses on improving students’ expository writing skills. In addition, grammar and vocabulary proficiency is an aim of the course.

AP Literature & Composition
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: American Literature or AP Language & Composition
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: $6.00
An AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students 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.  A seminar approach to discussion is employed, and literary works are examined in depth. Students are responsible for the completion of various forms of academic, expository writing.  AP Language and Composition is intended to help prepare students to successfully take the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Exam which may possibly earn students college credit.  There is a summer assignment associated with this course.

Topics in Literature and Composition
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: American Literature
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: $3.00
This one term senior choice course explores 2-3 student selected topics in the areas of English and composition. Students choose from a list of six topics in order to determine the topics that will be explored within the class. Students will analyze the writing style, themes, and significant authors for each of the selected topics. The topic choices include the following: Humor and Literature, Horror Literature, Banned Literature, Crime Literature, Fantasy Literature, and Science Fiction.

First Year Composition I & II: Dual Credit
(2 terms, 1 credit +6 WCC credits)
Prerequisite: Must meet the WCC required score on the English portion of the ACT, SAT or Accuplacer Test
Level: Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee: A $48.00 fee may be assessed should the student elect to pursue dual credit

First Year Composition I: This course focuses on the writing and revising of expository essays and writing projects. It concentrates on the writing process, identifying and responding to different audiences and rhetorical situations, and understanding the conventions of format and structure in various discourse communities, including academic writing. Practice in critical thinking and essay development is emphasized.  

First Year Composition II:  This course focuses on the writing, researching and revising of expository essays and writing projects. The second of a two-course sequence, it concentrates on the writing process, identifying and responding to different audiences and rhetorical contexts, and understanding the conventions of format and structure in various discourse communities, including academic writing. Practice in critical thinking and essay development is emphasized. Students write analytical and argumentative essays, including an academic research paper.

English Electives

Creative Writing
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $3.00
In Creative Writing students write poetry, short stories, dramatic scenes, and nonfiction articles. They have the opportunity to enter their work in contests, and they learn how to submit work for publication. Focus is on 6-trait writing process, editing and revision of work.

Journalistic Writing I: Fundamentals of Journalism
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $10.00
Students will be introduced to the study of journalism including ethics, interviewing, researching, writing, editing, re-writing and design. Students read various journalistic codes of ethics and create a code of their own; they also learn about issues such as bias, libel, objectivity, fairness and accuracy in reporting. Students will examine the media field and write articles in a variety of journalistic genres. Genres covered include inverted pyramid news, feature, sports, editorial and review writing. Students also learn the basics of photojournalism, page layout and design.

Journalistic Writing II: Newspaper Production (1 term .5 elective credit)
*Course may be taken multiple times and receive credit.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in or successful completion of Journalistic Writing I or approval from instructor
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: $10.00
Students with a strong desire to interview, write, edit, rewrite, and design will produce the school newspaper, The Spectator, for both the print and online publication. The class will emphasize strong reporting, research and interviewing skills, concise writing, editing and layout design. Students will need to meet deadlines and work independently as well as in a team. Opportunities for photography and artwork are offered.  Please note that Journalistic Writing may require students to meet outside of class time in order to meet publication deadlines.  This class may be repeated multiple times as an independent study. 

Speech

Students must take to one speech class to fulfill graduation requirement; more than one may be taken for elective credit.

Introduction to Speech
(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: English I
Level: Jr, Sr Required
Fee: None
Introduction to Speech is designed to help students gain more confidence in various speaking situations, from informal impromptus to formal speeches.  The course includes instruction in basic communication theory, research, organization, composition, and presentation of student created speeches.  Students will learn to improvise, inform, persuade, and demonstrate using various public speaking formats.

Argumentation & Debate
(1 term, .5 credit) *Earned Honors Credit Option
Prerequisite: Strong writing and presentation skills or Introduction to Speech
Level: Jr, Sr Elective, may fulfill speech requirement
Fee: None
Argumentation and Debate in an English elective the combines writing, research, and speaking, with theory and practice of formal debate.  Students learn how to create a structure argument, as well as, the techniques of cross examination.  Over the course of the term, students participate in multiple policy and value debates on topics related to current events and student interest.  This course is an excellent opportunity for college bound students to develop their critical thinking and speaking skills.  An Earned Honors Credit Option is available to interested students.

Public Speaking: Fundamentals of Speech Communication-Dual Credit: Dual Credit
(1 term, .5 credits + 3 WCC credits)
Prerequisite: Strong writing and presentation skills or Introduction to Speech, may fulfill speech requirement
Level: Jr, Sr Elective
Fee: A $24.00 fee may be assessed should the student elect to pursue dual credit
This dual credit course allows students to further examine the impact of different theories related to human communication, inter/intrapersonal communication, and group dynamics/problem solving.  Students present original speeches in more stylized situations (roasts, toasts, soap boxes, farewell addresses, and motivational speeches).