English Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: four credits required; fifth credit optional

EN102 – Writing Through the Humanities (9th Grade)

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 (9th Grade)

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 (11th or 12th Grade)

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 2019; may be higher in 2020): $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 (Dual Enrollment Option)

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 2019; may be higher in 2020): $94