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Language Arts Curriculum

COURSE NUMBER 2101 ENGLISH I

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT: 1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify need
GRADE:  9

See course description for English I.

COURSE NUMBER 2201 ENGLISH II

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify need
GRADE:  10

See course description for English II.

COURSE NUMBER 2301 ENGLISH III

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Must have passed all semesters of English I & II; IEP must identify need.
GRADE:  11

See course description for English III.

COURSE NUMBER 2401 ENGLISH IV

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  IEP must identify need.
GRADE:  12

See course description for English IV.

COURSE NUMBER 211 ENGLISH I A/B

TEACHER(S): Jacqueline White & Kathy Patterson
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9 (freshman requirement)

English I is designed to strengthen students‘ reading and writing skills. Literature studied includes short stories, poetry, dramas, novels, and an epic poem. Selected literary terms and techniques as applicable to an author‘s style of writing are discussed. In addition, emphasis is also placed upon grammatical concepts, sentence analysis, and the mechanics of the writing process for structuring compositions. Literary units may be interspersed with both grammatical and writing units to emphasize and illustrate the main concepts relating to those units.

COURSE NUMBER 211 ENGLISH I

TEACHER(S):  Jacqueline White
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE:  9 (freshman requirement)

English I is designed to strengthen students‘ reading and writing skills. Literature studied includes short stories, poetry, dramas, novels, and an epic poem. Selected literary terms and techniques as applicable to an author‘s style of writing are discussed. In addition, emphasis is also placed upon grammatical concepts, sentence analysis, and the mechanics of the writing process for structuring compositions. Literary units may be interspersed with both grammatical and writing units to emphasize and illustrate the main concepts relating to those units.

COURSE NUMBER 221 ENGLISH II

TEACHER(S):  Lisa Wisniewski
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Pass both semesters of English I
GRADE:  10 (sophomore requirement)

The major focus of this course is to further improve the student‘s basic writing skills and to heighten his/her interest in and understanding of various types of literature. Some emphasis is placed on the study of grammar, especially the study of phrases, clauses, mechanics, and sentence improvement. Of even greater significance is the instruction in the writing process, as students practice creative, descriptive, and persuasive modes of writing. Literary selections including short stories, novels, poetry, plays, non-fiction, legends, and myths are chosen to illustrate certain literary elements, terms, and techniques.

COURSE NUMBER 231 ENGLISH III

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Students must have passed all semesters of English I & II
GRADE:  11

The focus of this course is primarily the writing and the various methods of developing ideas in composition. Paragraph and multi-paragraph development will be emphasized in the major assignments, which may include opinion, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, literary analysis, and research papers. Reviews of mechanics and usage will be included as necessary. A chronological study of American literature is also included. Students will learn to work cooperatively, communicate effectively, think critically, and acquire knowledge and understanding of the relationship between history and literature.

COURSE NUMBER 241 ENGLISH IV

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Students must have passed all semesters of English I, II, & III
GRADE:  12

This course continues to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening to provide students an opportunity to think coherently, to write clearly and effectively, and to read with understanding and appreciation. Reading material covers all genres. Responses to the literary works require varied levels of thinking skills measured through assessments of writing and speaking. Students will continue to develop composition skills through a variety of writing experiences.

COURSE NUMBER 232  ENGLISH III C/P

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Students must have passed all semesters of English I & 93% in English II as well as state benchmarks on the PLAN test:  Reading:  18, English:  16.
GRADE:  11

College prep English III includes the English III curriculum supplemented with advanced writing and literature material. This college preparatory class concentrates on the development of college preparation skills, composition, analytical writing, vocabulary, American and world literature, and research. Higher-level thinking skills are emphasized.

COURSE NUMBER 242 COLLEGE PREP ENGLISH IV

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  1 (2 semesters)
PREREQUISITES:  Students must have passed all semesters of English I, II, & III (93%) and meet the state benchmarks for ACT: Reading: 21, English:  20
GRADE:  12

College preparatory English IV provides highly motivated seniors an in-depth study of a wide variety of language arts skills. The course allows students provisions for a thorough analysis of English literature through demanding reading assignments, advanced writing skills in both topic and style, and development of logical, critical, and creative thinking skills measured through assessments of reading, speaking, and writing. Students are expected to read outside of class and to complete assignments pertaining to those readings. Units culminate in research papers, projects, and presentations.

COURSE NUMBER 212 ACCELERATED READING

TEACHER(S):
COURSE SYLLABUS
CREDIT:  ½ (1 semester)
PREREQUISITES:  None
GRADE: 9-12

This semester course will serve as both reading skills review and reading enrichment class.  Students will draft a contract in conjunction with the teacher listing mutually agreed upon content and tasks. Contingent upon the makeup of the class, whole or small group direct instruction/review of reading techniques and strategies and research may be implemented.