English

Middle School Courses

EN006 – English Language Arts 6/Reading

This course is designed to develop the necessary skills to be confident, successful readers.  Students will learn strategies to strengthen their ability to comprehend and analyze a variety of texts, and learn how to apply this in their writing. In addition, students will focus on increasing fluency and phonemic awareness, but most importantly, a love of reading.

English Language Arts 6/Writing

This course is designed to build the foundation students will need to be successful writers at NPA. Modeled after Writer’s Workshop, students will participate in writing every day, engaging in a variety of writing as they learn to respond to both fictional and informational texts. Students will explore persuasive, argumentative, literary analysis, informative, and narrative writing. Emphasis is placed on the revision process as students work to improve their academic writing skills.

EN001 – Basic English Composition 7

The emphasis in Basic English Composition is academic writing, the types of writing frequently required in middle, high school and college classes. The goal of this class is for students to become comfortable with communicating through writing and to understand themselves as writers. Toward this end, students will explore different strategies for approaching any given writing task and ultimately develop a writing process that is their own combination of writing strategies. Students will learn to read a variety of texts closely and use examples and quotes from them as support for the topics of their writing. Texts will vary in genre and include novels (both contemporary and classic), plays, and poetry, as well as, nonfiction works in books, magazines, and newspapers. There will also be vocabulary and presentation components to this course.

EN011 – English Composition 8

This course concentrates on developing students’ skills as a reader, writer and critical thinker. It is based on the reading and writing workshop model, with the class functioning as a community of readers and writers. We will spend time discussing class readings, investigating them as a communal experience, and participating in a reader-to-reader dialogue. The class will also participate in weekly writing workshops in which we will write in a variety of forms, and for a variety of audiences and purposes, using class texts as a model. For example, if we are studying short stories in class, students may be working on writing their own short story in writing workshop. During the duration of this course students will read both teacher and student selected books. Additional units may focus on alternative genres like poetry or short stories. Grammar and vocabulary will be related directly to the reading and writing that we do in class throughout the year.

EN021 – English Composition 8 Honors

This course is more accelerated than the regular course, providing a study of literature that is greater in depth and scope. This course concentrates on developing students’ skills as a reader, writer and critical thinker. It is based on the reading and writing workshop model, with the class functioning as a community of readers and writers. We will spend time discussing class readings, investigating them as a communal experience, and participating in a reader-to-reader dialogue. The class will also participate in weekly writing workshops in which we will write in a variety of forms, and for a variety of audiences and purposes, using class texts as a model. For example, if we are studying short stories in class, students may be working on writing their own short story in writing workshop. During the duration of this course students will read both teacher and student selected books. Additional units may focus on alternative genres like poetry or short stories. Grammar and vocabulary will be related directly to the reading and writing that we do in class throughout the year.  Course material will be selected on the basis of a tolerance driven theme. As a class we will spend the year studying literature with this overarching message in order to better educate ourselves about the world outside our community, and in the hopes to inspire young people to get involved in making a difference in the world. Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation

High School Courses

Graduation Requirements: four credits required; fifth credit optional

EN102 – Writing Through the Humanities

This course introduces students to a variety of literature, mainly pulling from the works of American authors, but occasionally drawing from authors from other countries as well.  The class will focus on a particular theme in humanities each quarter, and we will use this theme to help us connect our learning to social studies and science. Students will develop their understanding of literary elements by closely reading, discussing, and writing about poetry, drama, short stories, essays and novels. Because strong writing skills are closely connected with strong reading skills, the literature in this course will be used to facilitate both writing opportunities and the development of critical, analytical thinking about various literary elements. The basic elements of composition – thesis statement, topic sentences, concrete detail, commentary/analysis – are emphasized, and writing fundamentals such as proper grammar, spelling and syntax are reviewed. We will also embed writing instruction in genre theory, exposing students to different genre choices and purposes as part of the writing process. In addition to frequent in-class writing exercises and homework assignments designed to give students practical writing opportunities, students will write approximately 6 out of class essays during the year.

EN112 – Writing Through the Humanities – Honors

This course is more accelerated than the regular course, providing a study of literature that is greater in depth and scope. Students are expected to use and develop sophisticated critical and analytical skills as they examine a variety of literature, including works not taught in the regular course. More writing and outside reading are also expected of the students in this course. There is also the potential of field work in the spring that will include a river trip.
Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation.

EN201 – World Literature 10

This course studies five genres of world literature: essay, short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Students continue to develop their analytical abilities, examining and discussing the ways in which literary elements such as plot, character, setting, theme and symbolism work to create meaning and influence interpretation. This course also continues to emphasize composition, reinforcing the skills learned in the 9th grade and providing frequent, practical writing opportunities. In addition to regular in-class and homework assignments, students write approximately 8 out of class essays during the year.

EN211 – World Literature 10 Honors

This course emphasizes a greater in-depth study of the same genres studied in the regular world literature class, with more writing and outside reading expected of the student.  Frequent timed writings, formal essays and research-based papers are the required writings in this class. Prerequisite: By teacher recommendation

American Literature 11

This course focuses on critical thinking skills via reading, discussion, and written analysis of book-length texts and shorter pieces of both contemporary and classic works. It also acts as a survey of literary and historical movements in the United States. Texts are selected to build upon students’ prior learning, to improve reading strategies and to encourage critical thinking. The primary focus of the course is on the traditions of remix and revolution in American literature.

EN312 – Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition

Open to juniors and seniors, this course emphasizes the analytical reading of and writing about literature, including novels, short stories, drama, and poetry. The literature will be from various periods and cultures and genres, and students will study literary elements, figurative language, literary criticism and theory, and literary eras. They will gain experience in writing essays such as those required on the AP exam. Students are not required to take the AP exam, but they are encouraged to do so. AP students are expected to read 100 pages per week and write 1 essay per week. Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and placement exam.
AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

EN402 – English Literature and Composition 12

This course will integrate basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills through the survey of literature and philosophy. Texts are selected to build upon students’ prior learning, to improve reading strategies and to encourage critical thinking. This course focuses on the continuity of thought between ages and across cultures as it relates to political ideology, the ideal ruler, the perfect citizen, and the ideal state.

EN411 – Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition

Open to seniors only, this course emphasizes the various forms of composition, including expository, narrative and argumentative. Students will learn the research process and the skills necessary for that process – choosing and evaluating sources, summarizing, paraphrasing, synthesizing sources, documenting sources – and will complete a research project. The students will learn critical reading skills to analyze the devices and writing styles used by writers, and they will practice using those skills in their own writing as they write essays such as those required on the AP exam. Students are not required to take the AP exam, but they are encouraged to do so. AP students are expected to read 100 pages per week and write 1 essay per week.
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation and placement exam.
AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

EN203 – Creative Writing II

This course is an elective available to 10th through 12th grade students.  Students will explore a wide range of texts that cover specific themes, genres, or styles and study specific writing techniques that are used in those texts.  To further build upon these skills, students will compose their own works while applying the techniques they’ve been reading and analyzing.  Creative written expression will be the focus of the course, and students will gain a wide range of tools to use in their personal fiction writing, as well as in their more formal academic writing.  Skills and techniques used in their English courses will be emphasized and focused on as needed for the individual student and the writing assignment.  Students will have the opportunity to learn countless techniques and apply them to short creative writing; additionally, students will compose multiple-draft pieces that will be published in various formats throughout the year.

EN403 – Speech and Debate

This course is designed for students who love public speaking or theatre, are interested in a career with a public speaking component, or are looking to gain self-confidence in front of a group.  This course is structured around speaking events officially recognized the National Forensic League.  Students can expect to learn how to channel natural competitive energy into positive communication strategies, how to prepare a good speech, and how to move or entertain audiences.
Why take Speech and Debate? 1. The class will raise your SAT/ACT and AP Exam scores. 2. Speech and Debate looks great on a resumé.  Ivy League College admissions officers say that listing Debate Team on your application gives you an edge over other candidates.  3. You get to learn independently.  You choose your own topics for debate and pieces for performance.