English

English 9 I, II, III Foundations

1.5 Credits, Grade 9

Essential Question:

How do we develop our sense of right and wrong?

The English 9 Foundations program is designed to strengthen fundamental reading and writing skills to enable students to achieve mastery at grade level. The course is designed for students to build an understanding of complex texts. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres to work on comprehension skills and practice effective speaking and listening techniques. Reading comprehension and writing sophistication will be strengthened through vocabulary study. There is a focus on a skills approach to writing and grammar that begins with reinforcing the fundamentals of different modes of writing. A primary focus will be on development of claim and use of evidence which will become the framework for longer writing pieces. Throughout the course, students will compose extended writing pieces such as literary analysis, narrative, and research.

Course Competencies:

English 9 I Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing comprehension and building deeper thematic understanding within and across texts.
2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will develop skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge.
3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will focus on presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.

English 9 II Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on integrating knowledge and ideas across formats and genres. Students will examine the connections between texts and the real world, both locally and globally.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also employ a variety of writing techniques and genres in order to build deeper understanding of a particular text or issue.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice and employ effective presentation techniques, and continue to focus on vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.

English 9 III Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing independent comprehension with challenging texts through close examination of language and building deeper thematic understanding within and across texts.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will apply skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also focus on independently using textual evidence to build and present knowledge as well as constructing their own creative writing.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice and employ effective speaking and listening techniques, and continue to focus on vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.


English 9 I, II, III NCAA

1.5 Credits, Grade 9

Essential Question:

How do we develop our sense of right and wrong?

The English 9 program is structured to meet the needs of students who have successfully mastered many of the fundamental reading and writing skills at grade level. The course is designed for students to build independent understanding and analysis of complex texts. Students will be exposed to a variety of genres to develop comprehension skills and thematic understanding and employ effective speaking and listening techniques. Reading comprehension and writing sophistication will be strengthened through vocabulary study. There is a focus on a skills approach to writing and grammar that begins with reinforcing the fundamentals of different modes of writing. An initial focus will be on development of claim and supporting evidence which will become the framework for more extensive writing pieces. Throughout the course, students will compose extended writing pieces such as literary analysis, narrative, and research.

Course Competencies:

English 9 I

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing comprehension and building deeper thematic understanding within and across texts.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will develop skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will focus on presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.

English 9 II

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on integrating knowledge and ideas across formats and genres. Students will examine the connections between texts and the real world, both locally and globally.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also employ a variety of writing techniques and genres in order to build deeper understanding of a particular text or issue.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice and employ effective presentation techniques, and continue to focus on vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.

English 9 III

1. Reading (30% of overall grade) Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing independent comprehension with challenging texts through close examination of language and building deeper thematic understanding within and across texts.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade) Students will apply skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also focus on independently using textual evidence to build and present knowledge as well as constructing their own creative writing.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade) Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice and employ effective speaking and listening techniques, and continue to focus on vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.


English 9 I, II, III Honors NCAA

1.5 Credits, Grade 9

Essential Question:

How do we develop our sense of right and wrong?

Teacher Recommendation: Students must meet requirements that include indicators such as NWEA performance, writing sample, in addition to teacher recommendation for enrollment. The English 9H program is designed to meet the needs of students who have been successful in the mastery of reading and writing skills at their grade level. It is an accelerated, challenging class that prepares students for a four-year college program. Students should be able to work independently on long-term, sustained assignments. The course is designed for students to continue to build upon previous independent understanding and analysis of complex texts, in a variety of genres, in order to deepen understanding. Students will be expected to employ effective speaking and listening techniques to present knowledge. Reading comprehension and writing sophistication will be strengthened through vocabulary study. An initial focus on writing will be on development of claim and use of evidence which will become the framework for more extensive writing pieces. Throughout the course, students will compose extended writing pieces such as literary analysis, narrative, and research.

Course Competencies:

English 9 I Honors

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing comprehension and building deeper thematic understanding within and across texts.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will develop skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will focus on presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.

English 9 II Honors

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will focus on integrating knowledge and ideas across formats and genres. Students will examine the connections between texts and the real world, both locally and globally.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on argument writing--developing a claim and supporting it with evidence. Students will also employ a variety of writing techniques and genres in order to build deeper understanding of a particular text or issue.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice and employ effective presentation techniques, and continue to focus on vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as effective application of conventions of standard English.


English 10 I & II Foundations

1 Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

When faced with adversity what causes some individuals to thrive while others struggle?

Foundations courses are appropriate for students whose general skill level is approximately at or near grade level in reading and writing. In tenth grade, students will be expected to build upon skills already obtained in ninth grade. Students will develop writing skills focusing on the literary analysis essay and applying literary concepts to novels, plays and poetry. Students will demonstrate comprehension and application of grade-level vocabulary as well as conduct research on a self-directed topic related to the essential question. Part I will focus more heavily on fiction and literary analysis while Part II will cover fiction as well as nonfiction and culminate in a multigenre research project.

Course Competencies:

English 10 I Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, specifically in figurative language that communicates theme(s) that are applicable to students' own lives. Students will examine fiction and nonfiction texts to identify and analyze how pieces represent common themes through the use of certain crafts and styles.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in analyzing a represented concept in the literature, citing and embedding specific literary samples that demonstrate the portrayal of focused ideas in the piece(s).

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice advanced, specific, and varied word choices in writing. Students will orally present for a variety of purposes, both formal and informal. Students will demonstrate acquisition and effective usage of grade/text-appropriate vocabulary. Students will purposefully employ conventions of standard English.

English 10 II Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, examine writer's craft and structure and integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in production and distribution of writing, use of evidence to build and present knowledge, as well as text types and purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice comprehension and collaboration, speaking and listening, presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use and conventions of standard English.


English 10 I & II NCAA

1 Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

When faced with adversity what causes some individuals to thrive while others struggle?

These courses are designed to meet the needs of students who are strong in both reading and writing skills. In tenth grade, students will be expected to build upon skills already obtained in the ninth grade. Students will further develop the skills associated with writing formally and informally including practicing the literary analysis essay and applying literary concepts to novels, plays, and poetry. Students will demonstrate comprehension and application of grade-level vocabulary as well as conduct research for a paper focusing on a self-directed topic centered around the essential question. Part I will focus more heavily on fiction and literary analysis while Part II will cover fiction as well as nonfiction and culminate in a multigenre research project.

Course Competencies:

English 10 I

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, specifically in figurative language that communicates theme(s) that are applicable to students' own lives. Students will examine fiction and nonfiction texts to identify and analyze how pieces represent common themes through the use of certain crafts and styles.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in analyzing a represented concept in the literature, citing and embedding specific literary samples that demonstrate the portrayal of focused ideas in the piece(s).

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice advanced, specific, and varied word choices in writing. Students will orally present for a variety of purposes, both formal and informal. Students will demonstrate acquisition and effective usage of grade/text-appropriate vocabulary. Students will purposefully employ conventions of standard English.

English 10 II

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, examine writer's craft and structure and integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal

writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in production and distribution of writing, use of evidence to build and present knowledge, as well as text types and purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice comprehension and collaboration, speaking and listening, presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use and conventions of standard English.


English 10 I & II Honors NCAA

1 Credit, Grade 10

Essential Question:

When faced with adversity what causes some individuals to thrive while others struggle?

Recommended: Grade of A or B in English 9H or grade of A in English 9. The Honors curriculum is designed for students who are exceptionally skilled and who are able to accept a great deal of personal responsibility and independence in a course. This is a weighted course, and students should understand that the material and assignments will be both challenging and demanding. In English 10 Honors, a variety of literary genres are covered with emphasis on independent critical thinking and analysis of thematic application(s) to real-world concepts. Students will conduct research on a self-directed topic related to the essential question. Part I will focus more heavily on fiction and literary analysis while Part II will cover fiction as well as nonfiction and culminate in a multigenre research project.

Course Competencies:

English 10 I Honors

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, specifically in figurative language that communicates theme(s) that are applicable to students' own lives. Students will examine fiction and nonfiction texts to identify and analyze how pieces represent common themes through the use of certain crafts and styles.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in analyzing a represented concept in the literature, citing and embedding specific literary samples that demonstrate the portrayal of focused ideas in the piece(s).

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice advanced, specific, and varied word choices in writing. Students will orally present for a variety of purposes, both formal and informal. Students will demonstrate acquisition and effective usage of grade/text-appropriate vocabulary. Students will purposefully employ conventions of standard English.

English 10 II Honors

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details, examine writer's craft and structure and integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal

writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in production and distribution of writing, use of evidence to build and present knowledge, text types and purposes and appropriate application of mechanics, usage, grammar, and spelling (MUGS).

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice comprehension and collaboration, speaking and listening, presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use and conventions of standard English.


Unified Creative Writing

1/2 Credit, Grade 10, 11, 12

Essential Question:

How do we find our voice?

The purpose of this class is to promote social inclusion through shared reading and writing experiences. The main focus will be poetry, but the class will be flexible depending upon personalized directions given students may take. Students will participate in writing time, will read published works, and will create their own writings and personal expressions. Student generated work will not be workshopped, though constructive help and discussion will be part of the experience. There will be a public speaking component in which young writers share their work in a public reading, either reading work aloud or having someone else read for the writer. Credit will range from pass/fail to credit, depending upon the student (to be determined by student/teacher/counselor). Partners will receive pass/fail elective credit. Any student interested in pursuing education is encouraged to sign up as a partner.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational

texts. Students will demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details

  1. examine writer's craft and structure

  2. integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in:

  1. production and distribution of writing

  2. use of evidence to build and present knowledge

  3. text types and purposes

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice:

  1. comprehension and collaboration

b) speaking and listening

c) presentation of knowledge and ideas

d) vocabulary acquisition and use

e) conventions of standard English


English 11 I & II Foundations

1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

How do we become ourselves?

This course is intended for students who will benefit from skills reinforcement and have pursued Foundations level English courses in the past.

In Part I, students will study literature to investigate the big idea of our sense of self, as well as continue to develop reading comprehension, writing and grammar skills. As the concept is explored, students will read, write, listen and speak in order to examine the following essential questions: How do our experiences shape who we are and influence our view of the world? How does the world around us shape who we are? How do our beliefs evolve? How do our dreams shape us? How do our failures shape us?

In Part II, students will study literature to investigate the big idea of our place in the world. As the concept is explored, students will read, write, listen and speak in order to examine the following essential questions: How and why do we seek to belong? How and why do we seek meaning in our lives? How do we have responsibility to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world? How and why do we seek power? How does feeling/being powerless affect us?

Course Competencies:

English 11 - I Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres (including non-print sources) using the thematic lens of identity. Further, students will examine writer's craft to more deeply analyze the essential questions posed.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will compose a variety of genre: narrative, argument and expository while applying an understanding of language to achieve a particular purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will pursue a variety of listening opportunities for comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, students will continue to acquire vocabulary for usage in writing and speaking as well as purposefully employ conventions of standard English.

English 11 - II Foundations

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres (including non-print sources) using the thematic lens of identity. Further, students will examine writer's craft to more deeply analyze the essential questions posed.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will compose a variety of genre: narrative, argument and expository while applying an understanding of language to achieve a particular purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will pursue a variety of speaking and presenting opportunities for collaboration and presentation of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, students will continue to acquire vocabulary for usage in writing and speaking as well as purposefully employ conventions of standard English

 


English 11 I & II NCAA.png

1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

How do we become ourselves?

In Part I, students will study literature to investigate the big idea of our sense of self,as well as continue to develop reading comprehension, writing and grammar skills. As the concept is explored, students will read, write, listen and speak in order to examine the following essential questions: How do our experiences shape who we are and influence our view of the world? How does the world around us shape who we are? How do our beliefs evolve? How do our dreams shape us? How do our failures shape us?

In Part II, students will study literature to investigate the big idea of our place in the world. As the concept is explored, students will read, write, listen and speak in order to examine the following essential questions: How and why do we seek to belong? How and why do we seek meaning in our lives? How do we have responsibility to ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world? How and why do we seek power? How does feeling/being powerless affect us?

Course Competencies:

English 11 - I & II

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres (including non-print sources) using the thematic lens of identity. Further, students will examine writer's craft to more deeply analyze the essential questions posed.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will compose a variety of genre: narrative, argument and expository while applying an understanding of language to achieve a particular purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will pursue a variety of listening opportunities for comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, students will continue to acquire vocabulary for usage in writing and speaking. Students will purposefully employ conventions of standard English.


English 11 I & II Honors NCAA

1 Credit, Grade 11

Essential Question:

How do we become ourselves?

Recommended: Grade of A or B in 10 Honors English or A in English 10. This course is an accelerated, challenging class that is designed to prepare juniors who are planning to enter a competitive, rigorous four-year academic college program. Students should be able to work independently on long-term, sustained assignments. The workload is demanding, and students taking this course should have a true desire for the study of literature and writing. Skills needed for success include ability to read above grade level, ability to think analytically, and advanced proficiency in essay writing.

In Part I, we will study literature to investigate the idea of our sense of self. In Part II, we will study literature to investigate the idea of our place within the world. We will grapple with the essential questions of the course as we read, write, listen and speak about the overarching concept of identity.

Course Competencies:

English 11 - I & II Honors

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres (including non-print sources) using the thematic lens of identity. Further, students will examine writer's craft to more deeply analyze the essential questions posed.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will compose a variety of genre: narrative, argument and expository while applying an understanding of language to achieve a particular purposes.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will pursue a variety of speaking and presenting opportunities for collaboration and presentation of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, students will continue to acquire vocabulary for usage in writing and speaking and focus on purposeful application of standard English conventions.


English Composition I and II RS new 1.PNG

1/2 credit, Grade 12 

In this course, students will be presented with critical thinking strategies that will be used to

effectively convey meaning and thought in analytical terms. Students will learn to write concisely through the use of the writing process and integration of information literacy and metaliteracy strategies.

COURSE OUTCOMES/COMPETENCIES:

1. Apply critical thinking strategies to gather, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas;

2. Demonstrate the writing process (pre-writing, writing, revising) in a critical and analytical manner;

3. Integrate and apply information literacy and metaliteracy strategies;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the purpose and proper use of MLA and APA guidelines.


Contemporary Literature NCAA

1/2 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

How do we define a hero in contemporary society?

This course is recommended for seniors who have taken Honors or English 11 (college prep) classes in the previous years. It is designed for the student pursuing a four-year degree. Students will be provided opportunities for critical thinking, analysis, and independent learning. Emphasis will also be placed on furthering writing and discussion skills. A variety of contemporary texts will be studied. In both content and structure, the course will prepare seniors for the demands and expectations of college. Students will write a personal resume and compile a portfolio to use as part of the college application process. Polishing vocabulary and grammar will be emphasized to prepare for Freshman College English.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both advanced literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing comprehension of sophisticated ideas and details and examining deeper and overlapping thematic understanding within and across texts. Students will examine and articulate aspects of the writer's craft.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will refine skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge, develop deeper analytical understanding of subtleties within a text. Students will explore and develop collegiate level skills in composition.

3. Communication & Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate advanced communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will focus on presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as highly effective application of conventions of standard English.


Creative Writing I: Poetry NCAA

1/2 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

What makes a word perfect vs. a word that is just good enough?

With a strong accent on college preparation, the course is taught in a workshop format. Students will be introduced to formal explication skills and will be exposed to both classical and modern poetry. Student-generated writing, the main focus for the course, serves as the center for discussion, discovery, and exploration of literary technique and style. Grades are determined through quizzes, tests, portfolios, and student writing. Tests are typically take-home and require writing skills designed as preparation for freshman English at the college level. Students will take part in a public reading of their work and will submit their work for publication. Juniors may take this course only as a second English.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (45% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both advanced poetry. Students will focus on developing comprehension of sophisticated ideas and details and examining deeper and overlapping thematic understanding within poetry. Students will examine and articulate aspects of the writer's craft.

2. Writing (45% of overall grade)

Students will refine skills to produce poetry using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge, develop deeper analytical understanding of subtleties within published poems. Students will explore and develop collegiate level skills in composition.


Creative Writing II: Short Fiction NCAA

1/2 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

How do we distill all of the same literary power of an extended work into a shorter piece?

With a strong accent on college preparation, the course is taught in a workshop format with a focus on the short story. Students will be introduced to formal analysis skills (both close-reading and written academic expression) and will be exposed to classic short stories from the past as well as modern short fiction. Student-generated writing, the main focus for the course, serves as the center for discussion, discovery, and exploration of literary technique and style. Lessons include characterization, plotting, tension building, and narrative voice. Grades are determined through quizzes, tests, and student writing. Tests are given in a variety of formats as preparation for freshman English at the college level. Juniors may take this course only as a second English.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (45% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will:

  • demonstrate comprehension of key ideas and details

  • examine writer's craft and structure

  • integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres

2. Writing (45% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in:

  • production and distribution of writing

  • use of evidence to build and present knowledge

  • text types and purposes


Literature & Writing NCAA

1/2 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

What does it mean to be a hero across time and culture?

This course will address those writing, discussion, critical thinking, analysis, and organizational skills needed to meet the demands of higher education, and is designed for the student who would benefit from additional concentration on these skill areas. Part I and II cover the critical essay, advanced vocabulary and grammar, the novel, memoir, drama and short fiction. Additionally, seniors will write a personal resume and compile a portfolio to use as part of the college application process.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of text complexities in reading both advanced literary and informational texts. Students will focus on developing comprehension of sophisticated ideas and details and examining deeper and overlapping thematic understanding within and across texts. Students will examine and articulate aspects of the writer's craft.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will refine skills to produce formal and informal writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will focus on using textual evidence to build and present knowledge, develop deeper analytical understanding of subtleties within a text. Students will explore and develop collegiate level skills in composition.

3. Communication and Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate advanced communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will focus on presentation of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition and use, as well as highly effective application of conventions of standard English.


Reading & Writing for the Workplace I & II

1 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

How do our skills transfer and interact with the global environment?

This is a course intended for any student who needs additional instruction, help, or practice in reading and writing. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the literacy challenges they will face in the real world. Since the class is heavily formatted with a workshop setting in mind, students will be able to work at their own pace to improve their skills in a variety of areas.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate the ability to read and understand written information in different types of workplace documents, e.g., work instructions, emails and memos, manuals, policies, and reports. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills to scan for information, skim for overall meaning, evaluate what is read, and integrate information from multiple sources.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate the ability to use the written word to create a clear message in a variety of workplace documents.

3. Communication and Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will demonstrate effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice comprehension and collaboration, a variety of speaking and listening skills and apply the skills related to the presentation of knowledge and ideas. Additionally, students will employ purposeful use of standard English conventions.


Introduction to Philosophy

1/2 Credit, Grade 12

Essential Question:

Can we ever truly know anything?

This course explores two philosophical areas of study: Ethics and Epistemology. In particular, students will focus on what it means to know something (as opposed to believing) and how people determine what is morally right (or wrong). Students will be expected to read and actively discuss works from a variety of ancient and 17th-18th century philosophers. This course requires strong reading skills and the willingness to actively participate in class discussions that delve into deep philosophical questions such as: Does free will exist? How do you know you're not dreaming right now? Can we be certain of anything? The class will culminate with a final project that asks students to combine their knowledge of the Philosophical Method, Epistemology, and Ethics.

Course Competencies:

  1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

    1. Analyzing and discussing the works of ancient philosophers such as Plato and Descartes

    2. Understanding the techniques employed by these philosophers

    3. Comparing ancient logic and mode of thought to the works contemporary minds

  1. Writing (30% of overall grade)

    1. Evaluating and critiquing the claims made by studied philosophers

    2. Using the techniques of specified philosophers in order to express thoughts and beliefs

    3. Presenting their own claims using the Philosophical Method of logic and reasoned argumentation

  1. Communication (30% of overall grade)

    1. Applying rhetorical techniques as a method for effective communication

    2. Studying, understanding, and applying the concept of the Socratic Method

    3. Acquiring and applying vocabulary specific to the study of philosophy


AP English Literature & Composition NCAA

1.5 Credits, Grade 12

Essential Question:

How is all literature an exploration of one story?

This course is recommended to students who have earned a grade of "A" or "B" in English II Honors or an "A" in English II. Students who have not earned those grades should confer with their current English teacher or guidance counselor before registering for this course. Students will take all three parts of the AP curriculum; in essence, this is a year-long course. A summer reading and writing assignment is part of this curriculum, with the grade going into Part I. The course objectives are geared to prepare students for college level English study as well as the Advanced Placement Test in Literature and Composition, which is given by the College Board in the spring. Students will be required to take the Advanced Placement exam given by the College Board in May at a cost determined by that organization. If the student does not take the exam, he/she will lose the Advanced Placement designation of the course and will lose the weighted credit. This program is designed for the student capable of handling difficult college level material as a high school senior. Emphasis will include close-reading studies, as they apply to short fiction, poetry, the novel, drama and nonfiction. Students will write analytical essays in various forms of discourse based upon the significant themes encountered in their reading. Students will also take AP style tests (prompts, multiple choice), and will write college-level essays.

Course Competencies:

1. Reading (30% of overall grade)

Students will investigate a range of college level text complexities in reading both literary and informational texts. Students will demonstrate understanding of thematic significance, examine how writer's craft and structure contributes to a text overall and integrate knowledge and ideas across formats and genres.

2. Writing (30% of overall grade)

Students will use skills learned to produce formal and informal college level writing assignments using appropriate writing techniques. Students will apply an understanding of language to achieve a particular purpose in production and distribution of writing, sophisticated use of evidence to build and present knowledge, examination and exploration of text types and how they align to purpose.

3. Communication and Language (30% of overall grade)

Students will employ effective communication in a variety of forms and contexts with consideration for purpose and audience. Students will practice, independent comprehension of college level material, collaboration and navigation of shared learning experiences, formal and informal opportunities for speaking and listening, college level presentation of knowledge and ideas, sophisticated vocabulary acquisition and use and purposeful employment of conventions of standard English.

 

 

 

 

 

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