English

English Course Descriptions


English 9-P

College Prep, Grade 9, Year-long

This course is designed for students with high academic goals. Students are expected to be critical thinkers who possess effective reading and writing skills. Course expectations include completion of a research paper, writing of analytical essays based on literary works, expanding vocabulary, and giving oral presentations. Major units include the short story, formal research paper, a Shakespeare's classic, novel, and poetry. Course may include outside readings from a designated reading list.

Honors English 9-P

College Prep, Grade 9, Year-long
 
Prerequisite: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to the first day of fall semester
 
This course follows the structure of the English 9 college prep course; however, in addition to the expectations of that course, Honors students will be expected to maintain a grade of B- or above and are required to complete a summer reading assignment that includes essay and journal responses. Students will also be expected to develop a proposal for an end-of-the year project that looks deeply at a student-chosen/teacher-approved novel or non-fiction book.

English 10-P

College Prep, Grade 10, Year-long
 
This course is designed for students with high academic goals.  Course expectations include writing a research paper, developing advanced grammar skills, and practicing speaking and writing in various thematic units. Students will read and respond to major literary works through extensive written assignments and oral presentations. Major units include the short story, novel, memoir, formal research paper, Shakespeare and poetry. Course will include outside reading of novels.

Honors English 10-P

College Prep, Grade 10, Year-long
 
Prerequisite: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to the first day of fall semester
 
This course follows the structure of the English 10 college prep course; however, in addition to the expectations of that course, Honors students will be expected to maintain a grade of B- or above and are required to complete a summer reading assignment that includes essay and journal responses. Students will also be expected to develop a proposal for an end-of-the year project that looks deeply at a student-chosen/teacher-approved novel or non-fiction book.

American Literature-P

College Prep, Grade 11, Year-long
 
This course will give students advanced practice in reading and writing through a survey of great works in American Literature.  Students will practice a range of expository writing forms, sharpen their research skills and experiment with creative and critical analysis.  Reading and writing assignments will encourage a growing understanding of disparate people and perspectives, contrasting opinions and shared experiences.

AP English Language & Comp-P

College Prep, Grade 11, Year-long

Prerequisites: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to first day of fall semester
 
This course is designed to enable motivated students to read and interpret complex texts from a variety of rhetorical contexts and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.  While prose reading is the primary emphasis, AP Language and Composition students will also be exposed to fiction of recognized literary merit, specifically American Literature.

Contemporary Literature-P

College Prep, Grade 12, Year-long

This course extends the expectations of the established Inspire English program and asks students to refine and apply their creative and critical skills, culminating in a personalized final project.  Readings will include recognized contemporary works of literary merit in several genres:  short story, essay, narrative non-fiction, novel, speech, poetry, drama.  Any classical literature used will be connected to contemporary issues. 

AP English Literature & Comp-P

College Prep, Grade 12, Year-long
 
Prerequisites: completion of a summer reading/writing assignment prior to first day of fall semester
 
This course is designed for motivated students with an interest in exploring and analyzing challenging classical and contemporary literature, and a desire to analyze and interpret dominant literary genres and themes.  While literature and composition is the emphasis, students will also be expected to read and analyze complex prose from a variety of rhetorical contexts.
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