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Language Arts

Grade 9
Honors Language Arts 9

Grade Level: 9        18 Weeks                       1.0 credit                             5.0 Quality Points

This course will integrate all of the appropriate communication skills through a thematic approach. The course will challenge students through classical and modern literature and require a research paper each semester as well as quarterly benchmarks in preparation for the 10th grade Keystone Literature exam.

Language Arts 9 Academic

Grade Level: 9        18 Weeks                          1.0 credit                          4.0 Quality Points

Students will be placed in this course based on their scores on the placement test, writing a sample, and previous academic performance.  Through a thematic approach, students will learn and apply skills in all areas of language arts.  In addition to technical writing, students will be required to complete a research paper about their technical area of interest. 

Language Arts 9

Grade level: 9          18 Weeks                         1.0 Credit                         4.0 Quality Points

This course is designed to support and/or build upon the students’ necessary skills in English Language Arts.  Students will read both fiction and non-fiction selections, starting with short stories and excerpts of more significant works.  By the end of the course, students will read one full-text drama and one novel as well as complete a short research paper in MLA format.  Students will be expected to complete homework and short writing assignments independently throughout the year.

Read 180

Grade level: 9          18 Weeks                         1.0 Credit                         4.0 Quality Points

Read 180 is a reading program designed for struggling readers who are reading below grade level. It works to build a student's reading comprehension, academic vocabulary, and writing skills. READ 180 includes whole-group instruction, followed by three small-group rotations. Small-group rotations include individualized instruction using an adaptive computer application, small-group instruction, and independent reading. 

Grade 10

Honors Language Arts 10

Grade Level:  10                 18 Weeks                           1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points
Prerequisite: “B” or better in Honors English 9 and recommendation of 9th grade English teacher

This course will integrate all of the appropriate communications skills through a thematic approach.  The course will challenge students through classical and modern literature and require a research paper each semester.

Language  Arts  10 Academic

Grade Level:  10                  18 Weeks                           1.0 Credit                               4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of 9th grade English teacher
Through a thematic approach, students will learn and apply skills in all areas of language arts.  In addition to technical writing, students will be required to complete a research paper in their technical field.

Language Arts 10

Grade:  10                           18 Weeks                           1.0 Credit                               4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:   None
Through a thematic approach, students will learn and apply skills in all areas of language arts.  In addition to technical writing, students will be required to complete one research paper in their technical field.  
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Grade 11

AP  Literature & Composition 11

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.5 Quality Points

Prerequisite: “B” or better in 10th grade Honors English
An AP English Literature and Composition course engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. The AP test is a test paid for by the students and administered at the end of the school year in May.

Honors Language Arts 11

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  “B” or better in Honors English 10
This course will integrate all of the communication skills, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking through a thematic approach, and will include SAT preparation.  This course is literature heavy and should be taken by students serious about attending college.  Students should expect at least an hour’s worth of homework each night.  In addition to technical writing, students will be required to complete a research paper each semester.

Language Arts 11 Academic

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 10th grade English teacher  
Through a thematic approach, students will integrate literary and technical reading and writing. Students will be required to complete one research paper.  SAT preparation is included in this course.

Language Arts 11

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 10th grade English teacher
Through a thematic approach, students will integrate literary and technical reading and writing. Students will be required to complete one research paper.  SAT preparation is included in this course.
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Grade 12

Honors Language Arts 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite: “B” or better in 11th grade Honors English
This course will integrate all of the communication skills, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking through a thematic approach.  This course is intended for students who are serious about reading extended pieces of literature as well as writing regularly.  Students will be required to complete a research paper each semester.  SAT preparation is included in this course.

Language Arts 12 Academic

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
Through a thematic approach, students will integrate literary and technical reading and writing. Students will be required to complete one research paper.  SAT preparation is included in this course.

Language ARTS 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite: Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
Through a thematic approach, students will integrate literary and technical reading and writing; SAT preparation is included.  Students will be required to complete one research paper. 
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Theater 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:   Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
The theater is a form of universal communication understood throughout the world.  When continuously reinforced, it will maximize an individual’s potential as a life-long learner.  The course will include problem-solving, cultural diversity, personal creativity and expressiveness, career opportunities from acting, directing, and stagecraft perspective.  Interactive participation is required.
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Yearbook 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
The 12th-grade yearbook course is an elective.  As such, students will interview and construct an essay to gain entrance into this class. Comprehensive computer skills are necessary and include a working understanding of Adobe Photoshop, In-Design & Illustrator, among others.  This class also requires a better-than-average knowledge of photography, including candid and portrait photos.  Students are involved in the entire construction of the book from inception through completion.  While in class, students may hold positions of responsibility and direct other students.  
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Women's Study 12

Grade: 12                        18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:   LA 11 Academic class with a B or better and recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
This course is designed to take a non-biased approach to study the role of women in society from pre-suffrage to today.  Focusing on mainly literature and writing, students will be exposed to history and expression through various other forms of media, including film, television, art, advertisements, and political propaganda.  Students should expect to have their thinking, assumptions, and ideas challenged and develop their critical thinking skills throughout the year as they come to the critical understanding of gender, gender systems, gender role socialization, privilege, patriarchy, and institutions. This course is open to senior students of both genders for all to learn from each other and experience various points of view.

The Short Story 12 - Past and Present

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
A short story is a piece of prose fiction that is usually under ten thousand words.  This elective will review the history and development of the short story.  During this course, a variety of activities will be used to read, write and evaluate various kinds of short literary works including mystery, western comedy, horror, gothic, romance, non-fiction, foreign, and children’s short stories.  Instructional strategies will include lecture, quiz/test, large and small group presentations in a variety of modes and independent reading and writing.  Students will be able to identify and analyze short story elements, analyze theme, tone, and literary devices, compose short stories in assorted genres, apply conventions of language, and publish final products
* This course is not approved by the NCAA clearinghouse

College Reading 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
This introductory course is designed for seniors who are planning on attending college or post-secondary training and may potentially test into remedial reading courses in their freshman year.  This course prepares students to read introductory college-level material.  Emphasis is on developing the ability to apply, monitor, and adjust reading strategies for increased understanding.  Topics include comprehension and critical reading skills, vocabulary development, and necessary college success skills. By writing short compositions, through a process of pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing, students improve grammar and usage as well as composition development and organization
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

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