English

Freshman
English I (2 terms B104)
English I (H) (2 terms B106)   

Sophomore
English II (2 terms B110)
English II (H) (2 terms B112)

Junior
English III (2 terms B118)
AP English Language and Composition (2 terms B121)
AP Literature & Composition (2 terms B124)

Senior English Requirements
AP English Language and Composition (2 terms B121)
AP Literature & Composition (2 terms B124)
First-Year Composition I & II Dual Credit (2 terms B127)
*Integrated Reading and Writing: Placement Credit (2 Terms B123)

English/Speech Electives
Topics in Literature & Composition (1 term B160)
Creative Writing (1 term B134)
Journalistic Writing I: Fundamentals of Journalism (1 term B125)
Journalistic Writing II: Newspaper Production (1 term B126) (Can be repeated)
Argumentation & Debate (1 term B148)
Public Speaking: Fundamentals of Speech Communication: Dual Credit (1 term B136) Jr/Sr Only

*Pending Board of Education Approval

 

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 II
English III
AP Language & Composition
AP Literature & Composition
First-Year Composition I
First-Year Composition II
Integrated Reading and Writing

 

English I  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr Required
Fee: $23.00
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 (Honors)  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr
Fee: $18.00
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

English II  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English I
Level: Soph Required
Fee: $17.00
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 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 III  (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, Neoclassicism, 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/Sr (Meets Junior or Senior English Requirement)
Fee: $41.00
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.

AP Literature & Composition  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English II/ English II (Honors)
Level: Jr/Sr (Meets Junior or Senior English Requirement)
Fee: $41.00
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.

Senior English Requirements
First Year Composition I & II: Dual Credit  (2 terms, 1 credit, 6 WCC credits hours)
Prerequisite: Must meet the WCC required score on 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.  This course is the equivalent of ENG 101 & ENG 102 at Waubonsee Community College.  Students and parents should confer with their potential college choices about the transferability of this course.

AP English Language and Composition  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English II/ English II (Honors)
Level: Jr/Sr (Meets Junior or Senior English Requirement)
Fee: $41.00
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.

AP Literature & Composition  (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite: English II/ English II (Honors)
Level: Jr/Sr (Meets Junior or Senior English Requirement)
Fee: $41.00
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.

Integrated Reading and Writing: Placement Credit  (2 terms, 1 credit, WCC Placement Requirements)
Prerequisite: English III/English III (Honors)
Level: Sr (Meets Senior English Requirement)
Fee: $24.00
This course is taught in partnership with Waubonsee Community College (WCC). Students completing this course will earn a credit of English at BHS as well as a placement credit for WCC. This does not count towards degree credits at WCC, but will ensure enrollment in 100 Level English Courses at WCC. This course will facilitate students’ academic learning experiences as they develop competency with the academic reading and writing skills expected in college level classes. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to enroll in First Year Composition I & II. Students and parents should confer with their potential college choices about the transferability of this course.

English Electives
English Electives are options for Freshmen-Seniors unless otherwise noted.

Creative Writing  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None
Level: Fr., 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.

Topics in Literature and Composition ​(1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite:​ American Literature Level:​ Sr (meets senior English requirement)
Fee:​ $3.00
Topics in Literature encourages students to set goals and make choices that benefit their growth as a reader. Students study different aspects of an author’s craft such as novel structure, setting, characterization, point of view, style, and theme with regards to texts of their own choosing. Throughout the term, students analyze and give evidence about texts of their choice through writing and conferences with their peers.

Journalistic Writing: 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, rewriting 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: Newspaper Production (1 term .5 elective credit, can be repeated)
Prerequisite: Enrollment in or successful completion of Journalistic Writing I
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.

Argumentation & Debate  (1 term, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Strong writing and presentation skills
Level:  Fr., Soph, Jr, Sr Elective
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.

Public Speaking: Fundamentals of Speech Communication-Dual Credit
(1 term, .5 credits, 3 WCC credit hours)
Prerequisite: WCC Requirements
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). This course is the equivalent of COM 100 at Waubonsee Community College.  Students and parents should confer with their potential college choices about the transferability of this course.