English Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: four credits required; fifth credit optional

EN 0901 English 9- Writing Through the Humanities

This course introduces students to a variety of literature, mainly pulling from the works of American authors. The class will focus on a particular theme to help connect 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.

EN 0902 English 9 – 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 fieldwork in the spring that will include a river trip.
Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in 8th grade English

EN 1001 English 10- World Literature

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.

EN 1002 English 10 -World Literature 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: Grade of B or better in 9th grade English

EN 1101 English 11- American Literature

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.

EN 1102 English 11- AP Literature and Composition

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. AP students are expected to read 100 pages per week and write 1 essay per week.
Prerequisite: B or better in 10th grade English.AP Exam Fee: $94

EN 1201 English 12- Literature and Composition

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.

EN 1202 English 12- AP Language and Composition (Dual Enrollment Option equivalent of Eng 101 and Eng 102)

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. AP students are expected to read 100 pages per week and write 1 essay per week.
Prerequisite: B or better in 11th grade English.AP Exam Fee: $94.   Dual enrollment fee: TBD