Language Arts 2016-2017 School Year

Grade 10

  • HONORS LANGUAGE ARTS
    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 – 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 – Foundations
    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

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    AP  LITERATURE & COMPOSITION
    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 engages 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
    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 – 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 – Foundations
    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
    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 on a regular basis.  Students will be required to complete a research paper each semester.  SAT preparation is included in this course.

     

    LANGUAGE ARTS – 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 – Foundations
    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
    Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points
    Prerequisite:   Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
    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 an acting, directing, and stagecraft perspective.  Interactive participation is required.
    * This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

     

    YEARBOOK
    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 in order 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 understanding 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

     

    WOMENS STUDIES
    Grade: 12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points
    Prerequisite:   Recommendation of the 11th grade English teacher
    This course is designed to take a non-biased approach to studying 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 critical understanding of gender, gender systems, gender role socialization, privilege, patriarchy, and institutions. This course is open to senior students of both genders in order for all to learn from each other and experience various points of view.

     

    THE SHORT STORY:  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
    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 basic 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