• English Courses
     

     
    Literacy Academy-  Literacy Academy is designed to assist students in mastering the prerequisite skills necessary for success in English I. Emphasis is placed on developing the literacy skills of reading and writing. Students will follow this course with English I. This course provides one unit of elective credit, but does not count as one of the four English credits required to graduate meeting the future-ready core requirement.
       Grades: 9
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    English I- Develop a foundation for literary analysis and future study of high school English. Develop an understanding of literary concepts, elements, genres and terms as a foundation for further study of world, American, and British literature. Develop applied communications skills such as the development of sentences, paragraphs, and short themes. Develop listening, speaking and reviewing skills.  
       Grades: 9 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: None
     
     
    English I Honors- Develop a foundation for literary analysis and critical reading skills. Study various literary genres and be involved in independent reading, research, and vocabulary building. Writing will stress all language skills, especially those relating to grammar, editing, and composition. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills.
       Grades: 9 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: AIG English in Grade 8 recommended 
     
    English II- Develop techniques of informational writing with emphasis placed on developing critical reading and writing skills with an emphasis on vocabulary building through a study of various genres from world literature. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills.  
       Grades: 10 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: English I 
     
    English II Honors- In this course designed for skilled writers and confident, effective readers, continue development of critical reading skills through a study of various genres from world literature. Develop skills in writing, conduct library research, and write a formal research paper. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills. 
       Grades: 10 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: English I Honors recommended 
     
     
    English III- Study American literature, including how it reflects our nation’s culture and history. Study the connection of themes, ideas, and movements in American literature across time. Read representative works from historical periods in American history from our country’s origins to present day.  
       Grades: 11 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: English II 
     
    English III Honors- Further development of critical skills in reading, writing, thinking, and viewing through the study of American literature. Learn research and documentation techniques by completing a research paper. 
       Grades: 11 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: English II Honors recommended
     
    A.P. English III- Study a variety of texts and a variety of writing tasks with an emphasis on effective writing, critical reading, and thinking through the study of American literature. 
       Grades: 11 
       Weight: AP 
       Prerequisite: Honors English II recommended 
     
    English IV- Study British literature, including how the literature of Great Britain has influenced American literature. Study the connections of themes, ideas, and movements in British literature. Complete the Senior Project. 
       Grades: 12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: English III 
     
    Honors English IV- Study British literature, including how the literature of Great Britain has influenced American literature. Study the connections of themes, ideas, and movements in British literature. Complete the Senior Project. 
       Grades: 12 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: Honors English III recommended  
     
    A.P. English IV- Pursue college level studies while still in high school and receive Advanced Placement credit upon entering college. Write essays about selected works of literature in order to demonstrate the utilization of techniques in class discussion. Complete the Senior Project. 
       Grades: 12 
       Weight: AP 
       Prerequisite: Honors or AP English III 
     
    Creative Writing- This is an introductory level course designed to familiarize students with modern creative writing. The focus of this course is on the establishment of developed critical reading habits and creative responses to a wide variety of prompts, from poetry and prose, in terms of self-generated work. Students will write extensively and create a portfolio of work. Revision of written work is stressed, as are the formal elements of creative writing.
       Grades: 9-10
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Speech and Debate I-  This course will offer students an opportunity to discover and develop their public speaking abilities. Students will learn how to effectively deliver a speech in front of an audience, and they will analyze famous speeches (both past and present) while incorporating proven techniques into their own presentations. The second half of the course will focus on the art of debate, including making arguments, refutations, and utilizing rhetorical devices.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Speech and Debate II- Speech and Debate II is a course which offers students the opportunity to further develop their public speaking skills, both informative and persuasive. As this is fundamentally a skill based class, students will be taught a plethora of techniques to enhance their oral communication. The first quarter is designed to challenge students with a variety of speaking activities with varying purposes, audiences, and intents; the second quarter primarily focuses on attaining success while speaking in a variety of debate styles.
       Grade: 9-12
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: Speech and Debate I
     
    Journalism- Plan, design, and publish the school newspaper. Participate in interviewing, researching, writing, editing, word processing, art layout, photography, solicitation of advertisements and distribution of newspaper. The newspaper production features are studied and reinforced with on-the-job training. A student may take this course more than once. 
       Grades: 9-12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: Application 
     
    Yearbook Production- Plan and prepare the yearbook for publication. Become acquainted with some of the elements of yearbook journalism such as layout and design and learn individual responsibility and teamwork. The majority of students in this class will be seniors; however, it will include some sophomores and juniors who have a special interest in the yearbook or a special talent. 
       Grades: 10-12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: Application 
     
    Honors Yearbook Publication- Publication/Yearbook is the study, practice and refinement of the fundamental of yearbook publication including interviewing, copy writing, layout design, photography, theme development, desktop publishing, and marketing with an emphasis on working as a team, meeting publisher’s deadlines, and adhering to ethical standards. Honors students are expected to enter the class with fundamental skills in place in order to begin book production immediately. They will help train new staff members, provide daily leadership, and take on additional production responsibilities.
       Grades: 10-12 
       Weight H 
       Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation