English

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

Michelle Gildersleeve  Meredith Amberger

Davida Haynes              Justin Gray

Christian Bruce

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  • ENGLISH 9

The development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills as a means to promote critical thinking is fundamental to this course.  Literature study will include both fiction and non-fiction consisting of short stories, novels, plays, and poetry as well as non-fiction including, but not limited to, essays, speeches, biographies, and memoirs.  Student writing will emphasize all aspects of the writing process, and include research, analysis, essay, and creative writing. Grammar and vocabulary will continue to be taught and reinforced, primarily through literature and writing.  Public speaking and long-term projects incorporating technology are also a regular part of the curriculum.  

CREDIT: 1.0    FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • ENGLISH 10

Employing a range of world literature and a variety of literary genres at appropriate and increasing levels of difficulty, English 10 is structured to reinforce and advance basic language skills.  Emphasis is placed on vocabulary development, essay writing, and reading comprehension. Students’ listening, speaking and note-taking skills are exercised daily and evaluated regularly.  

CREDIT: 1.0   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM



  • ENGLISH 11

All genres, including fiction and non-fiction, of American literature are read with an emphasis on writers who are representative of specific periods in the literary development of America.  



Focused instruction takes place on each aspect of effective writing with special emphasis on analytical writing.  A cross-curricular major research paper is completed during the second semester. Students take the Common Core English Regents Exam during their junior year.  An intensive review period is provided during the weeks prior to the exam. 

CREDIT: 1.0    FINAL ASSESSMENT:  COMMON CORE ENGLISH REGENTS


  • ENGLISH 12

In this course, the target of college and career readiness is developed with a standards-based approach and a focus on reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students are expected to read and respond to a variety of literature, independently, in group discussions and in writing. The course will showcase a range of reading complex level texts. Students will also develop their reasoning and speaking skills by engaging in Socratic seminars. A passing grade is necessary for graduation. 

CREDIT: 1.0   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM



  • AP ENGLISH 12

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a challenging course for students who love to read literature and write thoughtfully about these works. In preparation for this rigorous course, all students enrolled in AP Lit and Comp. are required to complete summer reading and writing assignments. The summer reading and writing program is an important feature of the AP Lit program as it serves three functions: 1) it keeps students active as readers, broadening their appreciation of well-written literature, and 2) it keeps students active as writers, allowing them to finely tune their craft, and 3) it helps students to prepare for the AP exam in May by introducing them to literature that is often suggested on the essay portion of the exam.

CREDIT: 1.0  FINAL ASSESSMENT: AP EXAM


  • COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS ENGLISH

This is a half-year course offered to 12th grade students looking to apply to local universities and are required to take a placement entrance exam. Students will study grammar, sentence skills, reading comprehension, and proper essay writing. This class aims to prepare students for their first years in a college setting with success in entry level college courses. Focused instruction will take place on basic to advanced grammar, short-stories to build comprehension, and proper essay formatting and structure according to MLA standards. After the completion of this course, students will finish the rest of the year in a half-year course focusing on the mathematics portion of the Accuplacer Exam

CREDIT: 0.5   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM(Accuplacer Exam)



  • FILM AND MULTIMEDIA STUDIES (ELECTIVE)

In this 20 week course, students learn and apply critical strategies for the appreciation and interpretation of the art of film.  The course provides a framework focusing on films as a medium and studies the ways in which filmmakers use image and technology to convey experiences, emotions, and ideas.  A plethora of film genres will be explored. Students will keep a notebook, write short essays, and incorporate their knowledge of film and literary conventions into original criticism and creative work.  Discussion and multi paragraph writing analysis are requirements for this course. This course is open to upperclassmen in 11th or 12th grade. CREDIT: 0.5   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM



  • THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE (ELECTIVE)

In this 20 week course, students will learn about biblical tales NOT as a religious instruction, but rather in order to become more familiar with the collection of stories that act as a basis for many literary allusions, thus further preparing them for post high school academic aspirations.  Students will keep a notebook and incorporate their knowledge of literature and literary conventions into original criticism. Frequent discussions, assessments, textual study and writing analysis are requirements for this course. This course is open to upperclassmen in 11th or 12th grade.

CREDIT: 0.5   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


  • COMPETITION AND ETHICS IN FILM    (ELECTIVE)

Competition is an integral concept found throughout much of the literature that is studied throughout one’s educational career.  In this 20 week course, students will identify these conflicts as they are brought to the screen. Often within the sports genre, those that work within that arena (coaches, athletes, trainers, managers…) are faced with difficult choices that can have ethical and moral implications.  Students will explore their understanding of moral and ethical concepts and principals and discuss how these ideas affect the decision making process. Students will keep a notebook and compose short essays. Discussion and multi paragraph response/writing analysis are requirements for this course. This course is open to upperclassmen in 11th or 12th grade.

CREDIT: 0.5   FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM  



  • VIDEO WRITING AND PRODUCTION

Open to students in 9th-12th grade, this course will engage students in the writing and production of weekly video announcements. Students will learn to write scripts, operate camera and sound equipment, and edit video. With rotating roles each week, students will have an opportunity to be involved in each aspect of this production. In addition, students will be writing their own special segments throughout the course. Students in 7th and 8th grade with a study hall during this period may audit this course.

CREDIT: 0.5 FINAL ASSESSMENT: LOCAL EXAM


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