English Course List

COURSE: English 9
GRADE LEVEL(S): Freshman

PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of Eighth grade English.
CREDIT: 1
The freshman course emphasizes the development of the basic English skills of grammar, composition, reading and vocabulary, and the importance of organization, structure and the revision process as vital components of effective writers. Composition focuses on expository, descriptive, narrative and analytical writing. Literature study focuses on the genres of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. Students are encouraged to approach literature as a source of enjoyment as well as an art form. A documented research paper is required.

A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature.

COURSE: English 9 Honors
GRADE LEVEL(S): Freshman
PREREQUISITE: A or better average in 8th grade English/ Language Arts; acceptable score on placement test; writing sample CREDIT: 1
English 9 Honors provides an accelerated study of grammar, composition, reading and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on reading and critical analysis of the various literary genres of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. An intensive writing program emphasizes the importance of organization, structure and the revision process as vital components of effective writers. Composition focuses on expository, narrative, descriptive and analytical writing. A documented research paper is required. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature.


COURSE: English 10-American Literature
GRADE LEVEL(S): Sophomore
PREREQUISITE: successful completion of English 9
CREDIT: 1
English 10 is a survey of American literature from the pre-Colonial period to the present. Students read and are taught to analyze works of fiction and nonfiction. The writing component builds on the previ-ous year’s emphasis of essay construction, with continued emphasis on grammar, mechanics and revision as important parts of the writ-ing process. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A documented research paper is required. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year.

COURSE: English 10 Honors-American Literature
GRADE LEVEL(S): Sophomore
PREREQUISITE: B average or better in English 9 Honors; A or better English 9; and ERW PSAT score of 510 or better; teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1
English 10 Honors is a survey of American literature from the pre-Colonial period to contemporary authors. The literature is presented within the context of the social and historical forces which shaped it. Through representative readings from various literary genres, students learn about their cultural heritage, develop strategies for read-ing critically, improve upon language skills necessary for clear and effective communication, and expand their vocabulary. The writing component builds on the previous year’s emphasis of essay construc-tion, with continued emphasis on grammar, mechanics and revision as important parts of the writing process. A documented research paper is required. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year.


COURSE: English 11 British Literature
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of English 10
CREDIT: 1
British literature is a year-long course that provides a survey of representative genres from the Anglo-Saxon period to the modern day. Composition focuses on critical analysis of literature covered in class as well as outside parallel readings, and emphasizes the development of an argument, providing textual evidence as support. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. Preparation for the SAT is the focus of vocabulary study. A research / thesis paper is a requirement of the class. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year.


COURSE: English 11 Honors-British Literature
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior
PREREQUISITE: B average or better in English 10 Honors; A aver-age in English 10; an ERW PSAT score of 550; teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1
Designed as a preparation for English 12 Honors or Advanced Placement English, this course provides a year-long study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Students are challenged to analyze literature and generate class discussion from their understanding of literary concepts such as point of view, diction, style, theme and purpose. Writing skills are further developed, with the focus on making an argument, using textual support to validate an opinion and effectively incorporating quotes into an analysis. Self-assessment, revision and rewriting are integral parts of the writing process in this class. Students are encouraged to develop voice and a personal style in their writing. Preparation for the SAT is the focus of vocabulary study through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A research / thesis paper is a requirement of the class. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year.

COURSE: Advanced Placement English Language and
Composition
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior
PRE-REQUISITE: An ERW PSAT score of 590 or better; B+ or better average in English 10 Honors; A average or better in English 10; teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1 (AP Fee Required)

Advanced Placement English Language and Composition enables students to become skilled readers of complex texts written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose prose for a variety of purposes in order to communicate effectively with mature readers. The course allows students to write in narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative forms and on many different subjects ranging from personal experience to literary analysis. English Language and Composition prepares students for the writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication as well as the personal and reflective writing that fosters the development of writing facility in any context. The course demands work equivalent to that of a full year introductory college course. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. During the spring, students are required to take the national placement examination in English Language and Composition for which college credit and/or placement may be given if a qualifying score is achieved.

COURSE: English 12 - World Literature
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior
PREREQUISITE: Successful completion of English 11.
CREDIT: 1

World Literature is a study of selected major works from both eastern and western civilizations. Set within a historical context, the ancient and modern literature explores the intellectual, moral, and ethical orientation of the diverse cultures of humanity. Writing and research are an integral part of the course. Completion of a thesis paper is a requirement for graduation. Vocabulary development is implement-ed through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year.

COURSE: English 12-World Literature Honors
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior
PREREQUISITE: An ERW PSAT score of 570 or better; B average or better in English 11 Honors or A average or better in English 11; teacher recommendation.
CREDIT: 1

Honors World Literature is an intensive year-long course that gives students an overview of the literature of many peoples and cultures. Much comparative work is done with the class comparing the genres from culture to culture. Emphasis is on understanding the world through a study of literature that reflects the social, religious and philosophical practices of a people. Composition focuses on critical analysis of literature covered in class. Emphasis is placed on the research process throughout the year. This course is designed for the student who needs and can rise to the challenges of an English course that is beyond the expectations of the college preparatory literature course. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Completion of a thesis paper is a requirement for graduation.

COURSE: Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition
GRADE LEVEL(S): Senior

PREREQUISITES: An ERW PSAT score of 590 or better; B+ or better average in English 11 Honors or AP Language and composition; A average in English 11; teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1
AP English Literature and Composition provides students with a course in composition and literary analysis. Through the close study of literary works of all genres and diverse cultures, students develop critical standards for appreciating and evaluating literature. They further sharpen their awareness of language and their understanding of the writer’s craft. The course demands work equivalent to that of a full year introductory college course. Vocabulary development is implemented through the use of online programs and the study of vocabulary in the context of the literature. A multi-media approach to learning is used throughout the year. Students will be responsible to complete a summer assignment for this course.


COURSE: Introduction to Film (Honors Option)
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2
Introduction to Film provides a general introduction to the history of American film, its language, and chief directors. Specifically, this elective examines selected major films in terms of the genres from which they merge. Representative units include epic, combat, peripheral war, rebel, urban, action, musical, screwball comedy, mob, Hollywood on Hollywood, film noir, science fiction, and suspense. In addition, the course seeks to discover ways in which films reflect a given society at a given time. Introduction to Film requires visual, oral, and written analysis of films.


COURSE: Holocaust Literature (Honors Option)
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: Teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1/2

Holocaust Literature is an intensive study of literature that has come out of the Holocaust. Students are challenged in a very real and intense way to read stories and novels from a troubling time in our world’s history. These selected works will be used to help the students develop and refine their analytical and critical thinking skills. The fine points of writing, grammar and mechanics as well as usage are taught. Research is also an important element of the class. Most importantly, the students will enter into a study of one of the worst moments in history, grappling with some of the fundamental questions of man’s nature, his relationship with others, and his relationship with God.


COURSE: Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction and Poetry (Honors Option)
This elective is offered in Semester I only.
GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior

PREREQUISITE: B in current English class or C+ in current English Honors class, and current English teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1/2
Science now has the tools to prove what reader and writers have always known: people are hardwired for stories. We use language to build worlds. Through writing exercises, class discussion, video clips, readings, and extensive feedback, students will explore how fiction and poetry achieve their effects. Each student will complete a portfolio that includes flash and short fiction, formal and free verse poetry, and will submit selected pieces to the school literary magazine as well as to literary contests and magazines such as Teen Ink.


COURSE: Introduction to Creative Writing: Screenwriting and Creative Nonfiction

GRADE LEVEL(S): Junior, Senior
PREREQUISITE: B in current English class or C+ in current English Honors class, and current English teacher recommendation.
CREDIT: 1/2
Narratives and stories are how we explain the world to others and to ourselves, and language is how we create worlds of our own to share with readers and audiences. Through writing exercises, class discussion, video clips, readings, and extensive feedback, students will explore how screenwriting and creative nonfiction achieve their effects. Each student will complete a portfolio that includes a short film script, portions of a feature film script, and personal essays on topics of their choice, and will submit selected pieces to magazines such as Teen Ink. During semesters when the schedule permits collaboration with drama and creative video classes, at least one short film script will be made into a short film and submitted to film festivals and contests.