English / Language Arts

Grade 9 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

This freshman course emphasizes basic skills in language usage, composition, and literature. Enrichment of vocabulary and improvement in spelling are stressed. Students will read widely and engage in basic research skills. The curriculum is designed to promote an appreciation of language and literature. Students will be asked to purchase novels as needed. This course is recommended for students who will complete their education at the high school level and/or attend community college or pursue a vocational certification. It meets the minimum standards for a four-year university.

Grade 10 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

Sara K. Garrett

This sophomore course includes a survey of literature, emphasizing such literature types as poetry, short stories, drama, essays, novels, and biographies; composition which is designed to improve the students' basic writing skills; and language study, which provides a continuing study of the basic rules of grammar and usage. Students will be asked to purchase novels as needed. A part of this course focuses on preparation for the state English II exam, the passing of which is a requirement for graduation. This course is recommended for students who will complete their education at the high school level and/or attend community college or pursue a vocational certification. It meets the minimum standards for a four-year university.

Grade 11 
1 Credit 
Graduation Requirement

This junior course combines previously acquired language skills in building toward competence in language usage and written composition. The study of selected American literary works serves as the basis of literary interpretation and analysis as it also correlates with course work in American History. Experience in research skills is gained through preparation of a research paper, including documentation and a bibliography. This course also concentrates on a review of grammar, spelling, and vocabulary improvement. Students will be asked to purchase novels as needed. This course is recommended to students who will complete their education at the high school level and/or attend community college or pursue a vocational certification. It meets the minimum standards for a four-year university.


 

Accelerated English


Grade 9 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement 

Offered in lieu of English I, Accelerated English follows the English I curriculum as described above. Accelerated English enriches the curriculum to meet the needs of the college-bound student. The main distinguishing feature is that the accelerated course will require more literature to be read, with an emphasis on breadth and depth, and writing to be produced with more complexity and sophistication. Students will be expected to perform at a higher level because of the accelerated nature of the course. Thoughtful discussion and critical analysis accompany the reading and writing. Students would develop a sharpened sensitivity to vocabulary, syntax, and prose style, all of which complement their knowledge of literature and power of expression. Students taking accelerated classes should expect to do an amount of work ten to twenty percent above that which is expected in the English I class. This class is recommended for students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree either through a combination of a community college and four-year college, or through a four-year college. Grades are not weighted for this course.
Grade 10 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

Offered in lieu of regular English II, Accelerated English follows the curriculum for the English II as described above. Accelerated English II enriches the curriculum to meet the needs of the college-bound student. The main distinguishing feature is that the accelerated course will require more literature to be read, with an emphasis on breadth and depth, and writing to be produced with more complexity and sophistication. Students will be expected to perform at a higher level because of the accelerated nature of the course. Thoughtful discussion and critical analysis accompany the reading and writing. Students should develop a sharpened sensitivity to vocabulary, syntax, and prose style, all of which complement their knowledge of literature and power of expression. Students taking accelerated classes should be self-motivated and capable of both independent work and thought. Students should expect to do an amount of work ten to twenty percent above that which is expected in the English II class. This class is recommended for students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree either through a combination of a community college and four-year college, or through a four-year college. Grades are not weighted for this course.

Grade 11 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

Offered in lieu of English III, Accelerated English follows the curriculum for English III as described above. Accelerated English Iii enriches the curriculum to meet the needs of the college-bound student. The main distinguishing feature is that the accelerated course will require more literature to be read, with an emphasis on breadth and depth, and writing to be produced with more complexity and sophistication. Students will be expected to perform at a higher level because of the accelerated nature of the course. Thoughtful discussion and critical analysis accompany the reading and writing. Students should develop a sharpened sensitivity to vocabulary, syntax, and prose style, all of which complement their knowledge of literature and power of expression. Students taking accelerated classes should be self-motivated and capable of both independent work and thought. Students should expect to do an amount of work ten to twenty percent above that which is expected in the English Iii class. This class is recommended for students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree either through a combination of a community college and four-year college, or through a four-year college. Grades are not weighted for this course.

Grade 12 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

Offered in lieu of English IV, Accelerated English IV follows the curriculum as described in English IV. Accelerated English IV enriches the curriculum to meet the needs of the college-bound student. The main distinguishing feature is that the accelerated course will require more literature to be read, with an emphasis on breadth and depth, and writing to be produced with more complexity and sophistication. Students will be expected to perform at a higher level because of the accelerated nature of the course. Thoughtful discussion and critical analysis accompany the reading and writing. Students should develop a sharpened sensitivity to vocabulary, syntax, and prose style, all of which complement their knowledge of literature and power of expression. Students taking accelerated classes should be self-motivated and capable of both independent work and thought. Students should expect to do an amount of work ten to twenty percent above that which is expected in the English IV class. This class is recommended for students who intend to pursue a four-year college degree either through a combination of a community college and four-year college, or through a four-year college. Grades are not weighted for this course.

Gifted English


Pre Advanced Placement Grade 9 
1 Credit Graduation 
Requirement Prerequisite: Academically Gifted or Intellectually Gifted Ruling

Offered as an additional alternative to English I, and Accelerated English I, gifted classes are available to students who qualify through school district identification as academically or intellectually gifted. In addition to mastery of required objectives and those criteria described in the accelerated description, instruction reflects emphasis on the higher learning skills of analysis, syntheses, and the evaluation as they relate to the study of various forms and functions of written language, composition skill, literary interpretation, and vocabulary enrichment. Students taking gifted classes should be highly self-motivated and capable of both independent work and though. Grades are weighted at the end of each nine-week grading period. Prerequisites: identification of gifted standing as outlined by the state and completion of summer reading and accompanying journals.

Grade 10 
1 Credit 
Graduation Requirement 
Prerequisite: Academically Gifted or Intellectually Gifted Ruling

Offered as an additional alternative to English II and Accelerated English II, gifted classes are available to students who qualify through school district identification as academically or intellectually gifted. In addition to mastery of required objectives and those criteria described in the accelerated description, instruction reflects emphasis on the higher learning skills of analysis, syntheses, and evaluation as they relate to the study of various forms and functions of written language, composition skill, literary interpretation, and vocabulary enrichment. Students taking gifted classes should be highly self-motivated and capable of both independent work and thought. Grades are weighted at the end of each nine-week grading period. Prerequisites: identification of gifted standing as outlined by the state and completion of summer reading and accompanying journals.

AP English


Grade II 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

The Advanced Placement course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose and poetry written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. This course emphasizes the expository, analytical and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication as well as personal and reflective writing.

The course is organized around a chronological examination of American literature from its beginnings to the present. In addition, for each class: 

1. Summer reading - two novels with a reading journal
2. A minimum of five major works read during the school year 
3. Homework - approximately 4-5 hours each week 
4. Students' grades are weighted at the end of the each nine weeks' grading period

Grade 12 
1 Credit Graduation Requirement

The Advanced Placement course in English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Writing is an integral part of the course, for the Advanced Placement Examination is weighted toward student writing about literature. Writing instruction emphasizes a wide-ranging vocabulary, a variety of sentence structures, a logical organization, a balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail, and an effective use of rhetoric.

In addition, for each class:
1. Summer reading - two novels with a reading journal 
2. A minimum of five major works read during the school year
3. Homework - approximately 4-5 hours each week 
4. Students' grades are weighted at the end of each nine weeks' grading period

Oral Communication


Public Speaking


9, 10, 11, 12
1 Credit (One credit required for the Honor's curriculum) 
Elective

Oral communication focuses on group communication and its importance in helping to develop basic skills and practices necessary for all types of communication. This course includes various types of group activities and individual activities that help students gain more confidence in their ability to give a speech before a large audience. The course also includes other activities that help students to improve social and interpersonal skills as well.

9, 10, 11, 12
½ Credit, 
One Semester Elective
Prerequisite: Oral Communication (suggested, not required)

This course is designed to give the student experience in formal and informal speech and to speak more effectively. This course also helps students develop critical thinking skills as well as building important communication skills that will enhance all aspects of the individual's life. This course provides instruction in how to acquire, analyze, and evaluate information to organize effective speeches and practice in making those speeches. Skill in public speaking helps the individual to think logically, clearly, and creatively.

Debate


10, 11, 12
½ Credit Elective

This course offers students the opportunity to acquire analytical skills such as reasoning and persuasion, and critical listening and thinking skills. Students will learn how to organize and present persuasive speeches, as well as organize and present various types of debates. This course is designed to align with assignments that are given in English classes. Debate is a preparatory class for college.

French Language


French I 
9,10,11,12 

1 Credit Elective

French I is an introductory course to the language and culture of France. It focuses on simple sentence structure and basic communication skills. The course includes a study of pronunciation, drill on essentials of French grammar, oral practice, simple written translations, reading stories, and classroom conversation.

French II
9,10,11,12
 
1 Credit Elective Prerequisite: French I

The level of difficulty and proficiency progresses from French I and French II. French II is grammar intensive. There is a continued study of vocabulary and culture. Students will be asked to read stories and to make oral presentations.

Spanish Language


Savannah Minnick

Spanish I
9, 10, 11, 12 

1 Credit Elective

Spanish I emphasizes grammar and furthers conversational and writing skills. Reading comprehension is a vital part of this course. The culture of the Spanish- speaking word is presented in written and spoken Spanish.

Spanish II
9,10,11,12 

1 Credit Elective 
Prerequisite: Spanish I

Spanish II emphasizes grammar and furthers conversational and writing skills. The level of difficulty and proficiency progresses from Spanish I to Spanish II. Reading comprehension is a vital part of this course. The culture of the Spanish- speaking world is presented in written and spoken Spanish.

   

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