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English

 

English I
 
Prerequisite: Eighth-grade English
Length of Course: one semester
Number of credits: 1 English credit
 
Course description: This course includes an initial review of grammar, after which students concentrate on writing the outline, paragraph, and essay, and incorporating grammar skills previously mastered. Listening skills, speaking skills, and vocabulary study are also covered. Students are exposed to the various literary forms and genres. Students learn to analyze, interpret, draw conclusions, and question literary elements including character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme. Students assess the purposes, motivations, and points of view of various authors.  
 
English II
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 English credit
 
Course description: This course includes the study of grammar incorporated with listening, speaking, spelling, and vocabulary through the study of literature. Students learn to use technology to gather and organize research to support an essay. Students learn to write a quality theme with an introduction, thesis, body, and conclusion. Students learn to interpret, draw conclusions, and question literary devices, and to use literature to gain a better understanding of themselves and of their world.
 
English III
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I and II
Length of course: one semester                   
Number of credits: 1 English credit
 
Course description: This course focuses on teaching students to demonstrate logical, precise progression of thought through writing. Students continue working with the essay format, and develop their writing to include figurative language and transitions. Students continue learning research techniques, and how to support a thesis. English III follows a more traditional approach to studying literature. It focuses on American literature from the 1600’s to the present. Students analyze literature in the context of history, and learn to identify various American authors and their works.
 
 
English IV
 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I, II and III
Length of course:               one semester
Number of credits: 1 English credit
Course description: This course follows a traditional approach with emphasis on British and world literature. Students are introduced to classical writers such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, and Coleridge, and learn to analyze literature in the context of history and culture. Students participate in meaningful discussion about the human condition. Students review and perfect the writing of the essay, and are taught the basics of writing a college-level term paper, completion of which is required to pass English IV.
 

Communication Skills

Prerequisite: None
Length of course: one semester   
Number of credits: 1 Communications credits or 1 elective credit
Course description: This course focuses on the self and interpersonal communication skills and styles. Students learn about appropriate conflict resolution, as well as how to network and work as a team. All aspects of communication are covered with most of the emphasis being given to oral communication skills. Students learn about different types of speech delivery; they in turn write and deliver persuasive and an informative speech, as well as introductions for different types of occasions. Students also learn about marketplace communication, which includes writing resumes.