English

The following courses comprise the curriculum in English Language Arts/Reading:

AP English Language and Composition                                  Course # E035

Prerequisite: English II                                                                1.0 Credit

AP English Language and Composition 11 is designed for identified and recommended students.  The purpose of this course is to involve students in the study and practice of writing as well as the study of literature.  Students will perform readings of poetry and prose, work on comprehension exercises and develop thematic analyses of works in all literary genres.  Students will also conduct survey reading of background material on literary time periods, trends, authors, and movements. Multiple selections by the same author will be read for individual group projects or for research- based papers.

Books/ MaterialsLiterature: 50 Essays, The American Experience, Writing & Grammar: Communication in Action (Ruby Level), The Scarlet Letter, Hamlet, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Glass Menagerie.

AP English Literature                                                                   Course # E070

Prerequisite: English III                                                               1.0 Credit

AP English Literature 12 is designed for identified and recommended students.  In this course students will study several novels of various types, genres, and periods; they will also explore short stories, plays, (one by Shakespeare), and numerous poems.  Special preparation for the AP exam will include full scale practice tests.  However, the essay is the primary vehicle of instruction; all students will learn to produce competent literary content analysis and style analysis.  Students will also produce a final research paper. 

Books/ MaterialsWriting and Grammar, Literature, Literature and the Language Arts, Antigone, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Things Fall Apart, Othello, Siddhartha, As I Lay Dying, Heart of Darkness, Ceremony, Hamlet, Billy Budd, and short stories: “The Killers,” “A Rose for Emily,” “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber,” “Everything is Green,” “ Refresh”, “What You Pawn”” I Shall Redeem,” “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”,” Battle Royal,”andBarn Burning.” 

English I                                                                                            Course # E010

Prerequisite: None                                                                                   1.0 Credit

English I is a general course with the major emphasis on grammar usage, mechanical skills, spelling, and vocabulary.  Students will work with a variety of core literary pieces, including short stories, poetry, novels, and plays. Interpersonal communication skills will be fostered through cooperative learning.  Writing prompts will be used in the course as part of a sequenced preparation for various written assessments.  Students will conduct research using all aspects of the research process.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency with available technology and software in the oral communication, research, and writing processes.

Books/ MaterialsPrentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices Timeless Themes, Night, Romiette & Julio, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Prentice Hall : Writing and Grammar , Elements of Literature –Third course, and The Language of Literature.

English II                                                                                           Course # E020

Prerequisite: English I                                                                 1.0 Credit

English II is the study of world literature with an emphasis on reading, writing, speaking, and researching.  The development of critical thinking skills is an integral component of the course. In addition to selections in their textbooks, students study at least one novel per advisory and one film, expand their vocabulary, prepare for the PSAT and SAT, and participate in a major research project.  Students are required to demonstrate proficiency with available technology and software in the oral communication, research, and writing processes.

Books/ Materials:  The Official SAT Study Guide, Preparing for the SAT in Critical Reading & Writing, Novels include Things Fall Apart, Of Mice and Men

English III                                                                                        Course # E030

Prerequisite: English II                                                                1.0 Credit

English III is designed to focus on writing proficiency and the improvement of reading comprehension skills.  This course offers students an opportunity to explore a thematic approach to the ideas found in the range of our national writing.  The course reflects the continued diversity inherent in our society as various literary genres are shared. Students will explore all facets of language arts including listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It is through the writing process that students will study language usage (grammar, mechanics, sentence structure).

Books/ Materials: Prentice Hall Literature: The American Experience, Prentice Hall Writing & Grammar:  Communication in Action (Ruby Level), A Lesson Before Dying, The Scarlet Letter.

English IV                                                                                         Course # E040

Prerequisite: English III                                                               1.0 Credit

English IV will emphasize many of the classic works in British literature.  The skills of effective writing will also be a focus, especially the essay and its various forms.  Students are required to write numerous essays and a research paper, using both conventional sources and the Internet.  Selected fiction and non-fiction will be explored using all facets of language arts—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. 

Books/ MaterialsPrentice Hall: Writing and GrammarLiterature and the Language Arts, Antigone, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Things Fall Apart, Othello, Siddhartha, As I Lay Dying. Short Stories include, “ The Killers”, “A Rose for Emily”, “Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, “Everything is Green”, “Refresh”, “What You Pawn I Shall Redeem”,” The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, “Battle Royal”, and ” Barn Burning .”