4 CREDITS REQUIRED TO INCLUDE ENGLISH 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B, 11A, 11B AND AN ADDITIONAL CHOICE
FOUNDATIONS OF ENGLISH ( by teacher recommendation only) GRADE 9 .5 CREDIT EACH
This course is designed for the student whose reading and writing skills may not be at the level needed to experience success in English 9A and 9B. The student will be recommended for this class based on teacher recommendation, work habits and test scores. It is designed as a small class (15-20) fostering more individual development for those students who want to strengthen their skills in English, and those who are not receiving any other special services. Elective English credit will be given for the course, but it will NOT take the place of a required English class.
ENGLISH 9A & 9B (REQUIRED) GRADE 9 1 CREDIT
English 9A and 9B are prerequisites for all other English courses. In compliance with the new state curriculum, this course studies the basics of literature analysis, reading expository text, writing for a variety of purposes, and the basics of grammar and usage. The literature and writing will focus on students’ relationships with others and how those relationships have an impact on themselves and society.
ENGLISH 10A & 10B (REQUIRED) GRADE 10 1 CREDIT
English 10A is not a prerequisite for English 10B. The two classes are not sequential and may be taken in either order. Successful completion of English 9A & 9B is, however, required for enrollment in English 10A and/or 10B. Students in this course will continue to refine and apply skills and strategies to an increasingly complex set of tasks. The recurring theme or focus of the 10th grade English classes is the promotion of empathy, social action, and appropriate use of power. English 10A students will read a comprehensive set of early American literature, mostly narrative texts, and will connect with and respond to these texts through critical response and stance. English 10B students will read American literature with a focus on informational texts. Students will analyze essay structures, develop research skills, and write multi-paragraph essays.
ENGLISH 11A & 11B (REQUIRED) GRADE 11 1 CREDIT
English 11 A and English 11 B are designed to help students continue to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies in the following areas: writing, speaking, and expressing; reading, listening, and viewing; the study of literature and culture; and language usage. Various genres of classic and contemporary British and World literature texts will be studied through independent and collaborative reading; units will highlight the concept and practice of transformational thinking. Formal essays will provide students ample opportunity for expository writing, including literary analysis, comparative and persuasive essays, and research writing. Emphasis will be placed on the development and organization of ideas and effective use of language in a variety of contexts and settings. Students will also create and present multimedia projects in response to course readings.
SENIOR SURVEY GRADE 12 .5 CREDIT
In this elective course, students will read and analyze contemporary literature, non-fiction and film that address social, cultural and historical perspectives, including the theories of war, environmental issues and current events. Students will read a variety of genres including fiction, short stories, memoirs, and poetry. Students will learn to use technology to enhance writing and presentation techniques and will be asked to journal, write reading responses, complete projects and presentations, and participate in small and large group discussions.
AMERICAN LITERATURE GRADES 11 - 12 .5 CREDIT
This course is a survey of American Literature and authors along with the historical perspective that shaped their works. Extensive reading, both in and outside of class, small and large group discussion, and written responses to the readings will be required. Additional writings such as essays, narratives, technical writing and research based opinions will complete the course and refine students’ written communication skills.
ADVANCED COMPOSITION/COM 121 GRADES 11 - 12 .5 CREDIT
**Prerequisite: Admission by Teacher Recommendation only.
The course will enable students to understand and develop college-level skills in expository, research-based writing. Learners will study the following topics: critical thinking; organization and development of ideas; argumentative writing; the research process; rhetoric; and use of language. Course content includes reading from informational and argumentative texts and completion of a variety of expository writings, including positional papers/argumentative writing; persuasive writing; and written proposals. Additionally, students will complete a major research paper using proper manuscript format.
SPEECH/COM 150 (REQUIRED) GRADES 11 - 12 .5 CREDIT
This class includes instruction and practice in group and individual communication skills with an emphasis on organization, speaking and listening. Extensive research techniques are taught, including the use of the internet, library/media center, TV/video, computer and personal interview. Production skills including PowerPoint and other computer based programs will be introduced. Career communications will expand each student’s understanding of their own Career Pathway and its opportunities and requirements. It will include job search techniques and resume writing, career research and personal presentation skills.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION GRADES 11 – 12 1 CREDIT
**Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11A & B
This is a rigorous college level course based on the curriculum in the latest AP English Course Description. A variety of genre from different literary periods is read, analyzed, and discussed. The frequent critical and analytical writing will prepare students for the national AP Literature and Composition exam given in May for which students could earn college credit.
CREATIVE WRITING GRADES 11 – 12 .5 CREDIT
This course will cover a variety of writing including short stories, personal narratives, memoirs, poetry, non-fiction and a novel. Students will explore different genres and structures of literature, characterization, the author’s motive and writing techniques and shortcuts. The class will culminate in a portfolio that will include several selected pieces of the students’ work.
JOURNALISM / NEWSPAPER GRADES 11 - 12 1.5 CREDITS
**Prerequisite: instructor’s approval required
Students will become proficient at writing journalistically. Techniques of proof reading, headline writing, page layout, photography, justifying, advertising, surveying, and interviewing will be taught. Extensive journalistic training will be incorporated into the publication of the school newspaper. The class will include direct instruction and on-the-job training. It will function as a journalism and business experience, as students assume staff positions for the publication of the Trojan Times. This class is for the highly motivated student.
JOURNALISM / YEARBOOK GRADES 11 - 12 1.5 CREDITS
**Prerequisite: instructor’s approval required
Students will become proficient in the journalistic skills of copy writing, proof reading, headlining, layout, photography, advertising, surveying, interviewing and graphics. Extensive journalistic training through InDesign will be incorporated into the publication of the yearbook. The class will include direct instruction and on-the-job training. It will function as a journalism and business experience, as students assume staff positions for the publication of the Sturgensian. This class is for the highly motivated student.
DRAMA GRADES 10 - 12 .5 CREDIT
Participation in theatrical productions is required for this introductory course in theater arts. Students will experience all aspects of acting, including improvisation, voice control, directing, character development, make-up, theater history, and production, including set design and construction. Although taught through the English Department, credit earned in this course is fine arts credit, not English credit.
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE GRADES 10 - 12 .5 CREDIT
This course provides a study of universal and diverse themes and ideas expressed through multicultural literature and film. It will feature characters and authors from a variety of cultures, both in and outside the United States, including Hispanic, Asian, and African-American, and will also include women authors. It will emphasize the relationship between cultures and the lives of students. Students will be asked to journal, write reading responses, complete projects and presentations, and participate in class discussions.
MYTHOLOGY GRADES 10 - 12 .5 CREDIT
In this elective course, students will study the role of myths and legends in today’s society. Students will examine recurring patterns and human concern as revealed in mythic content, characters and stories from ancient times and cultures to the present. Areas of investigation will include myths of the quest, power, origins and love. Extensive reading, group discussions, and written responses to reading will be covered. The course will culminate in a written work that will be presented to the class.