The high school English curriculum is designed to give students the language tools necessary for them to excel in their high school and post-high school endeavors. Students are given the opportunity to develop skills in reading comprehension, analysis, writing composition, writing mechanics, writing conventions, speaking and listening. It is the belief of the English department that these skills are necessary to help students reach their full potential not only in the classroom but also throughout their lives.
Junior High Language Arts
These courses are designed to cover the basics in all areas of the language arts. Basic grammar (such as parts of speech, usage, and sentence structure) helps to create a solid base on which to build in future years. Writing (based on the 6 Traits) is incorporated whenever possible in both creative and formal writing assignments. Vocabulary (both from text and reading material) is covered throughout the year in order to strengthen command of the English language. Literature (Novels and short stories) is dissected in order to understand the underlying structures involved in the various genres. State standards will be assessed at this level.
English 9 focuses on the continuing development of composition and reading skills necessary for success in high school and beyond. In the first semester, concentration is focused primarily on the critical analysis of literature and the basic understanding of grammar fundamentals. The second semester advances into more involved literary discussions and essay writing strategies. The Six Trait Writing Model and vocabulary are also included throughout the year in both creative and traditional forms.
English 10 focuses on further development of rhetorical and reading skills necessary in high school and beyond. The grammar and composition unit of the course stresses development of strong paragraphs and using these paragraphs to compose longer compositions. English 10 builds on skills learned in prior classes and using these skills in a variety of writing challenges. Basic grammar is also reviewed during this section of the course, with emphasis placed on editing for correctness. The literature section of the course focuses on the genres of poetry, drama, short story, and the novel. The goal of the literary section of English 10 is to develop close reading and critical analysis skills and apply them to various genres. The literature section may include: Antigone, Julius Caesar, The old Man and the Sea, The Lord of the Flies, poems, and short stories from various sources.
English 11 focuses on writing and reading skills necessary for success in further education in college, as well as practical skills needed for non-academic endeavors. The composition section of the course begins with a brief but comprehensive review of basic grammar skills. The primary focus of the composition section is on developing strong communication skills to generate clear and concise text that is error free, with an emphasis on style and form. A variety of writing tasks will be performed, ranging from academic topics to practical “real world” topics. The literature section of the course will focus on American literature, beginning with the Pilgrims and continuing through the various eras in American history. Focus will be applied to how history and literature are linked and how literature reflects us as a society. Literature study will focus on close reading and critical analysis skills, and will include Walden, a variety of essays from Emerson, The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, as well as various short stories, poetry, and drama reflecting the various eras in American history.
ENGLISH 12 focuses on writing and reading skills and practice in preparation for further education in college or vocational school. The focus of the writing section of the course is on preparation for college composition courses. The writing process is emphasized in this area. The second section of the course deals with English literature, beginning with Anglo-Saxon Period and continuing with the progression of English history and literature. Focus during this section will be on the development of reading comprehension, close reading, and critical analysis skills necessary for success in college.
BUSINESS ENGLISH 12
This course is designed to prepare the student for their career of choice by giving the student practical communication experience prior to attending college or entering the work force. Basic everyday grammar is incorporated into several practical applications. Oral and written forms of communication ranging from resumes’ to letters, interviewing to cold-calling, and networking to on-the-job etiquette will be a focus throughout the course. Students will research relevant career choices, complete a job shadow project, write a term paper, and provide current events topics to be discussed each week.
This class focuses on the basics of business and about how the student will fit into the business/economic picture as a consumer. The students learn about consumers, different types of businesses and how they are organized, and also working with banks and other financial institutions; more specifically, working with checking accounts, savings accounts, and working with simple budgets/cash flows. Risk management and insurance, especially automobile insurance, are also covered. Marketing introduces the students to the different avenues of moving products from producers to consumers. Topics range from product ideas, to advertising strategies that are used so that students can see how and who businesses target in order to sell their products.