English 12      

Prerequisite: Completion of English 11 with passing grade. Students will study British literature with attention to many classic works. They will use organizational skills, audience awareness, and appropriate vocabulary and grammar to plan and deliver an effective oral presentation. Writing will include producing technical, expository, and analytical papers. Each student will also produce a well-documented major research paper. Emphasis in grammar will focus on developing a sophisticated style in writing and speaking. Attention will be given to sequence of tense, effective sentence combining, parallel structure, and usage problems.

English 11       

Prerequisite: Completion of English 10 with passing grade. These students will study themes and characterizations in American literature, which are reflective of the history and the culture. They will make and analyze persuasive oral presentations, with attention to the accuracy of evidence and the effectiveness of delivery. Writing will include business and technical correspondence, expository and persuasive compositions, and documented research papers. The study of grammar emphasizes review of sentence structure, phrases/clauses, usage problems, and other information necessary for effective speaking and writing.

AP English 11             

Prerequisite: An A average in English 9 and 10 Challenge and the recommendation of that teacher. This is an AP course in English Language and Composition that engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects.

English 10           

Prerequisite: Completion of English 9 with passing grade. Students will read and critique literary works from a variety of eras and cultures. Attention is given to communication in small-group activities and to analysis of printed consumer information. Emphasis in writing will be on exposition and analysis. Grammar study will include phrases and clauses, sentence structure, paragraph development, usage problems, and other information needed for effective speaking and writing.

English 10 Honors                

Prerequisite: Have an A average and teacher recommendation to continue in Challenge class. These courses, designed for college-bound students, are more rigorous in content, process, and expectation than the regular English courses. In addition to the requirements for the regular English classes, students will read additional novels chosen from a list compiled by the department. Writing will include sophisticated grammatical structures, and speaking skills will be more fully developed. Students will enter at least one writing contest per year.

English 9                  

Students will read significant literary works from a variety of cultures and eras. Knowledge of literary terms and forms will be applied in the student's own writing. Electronic databases and a style sheet method to cite references are used for research and reports. Writing includes narrative, literary, expository, and technical forms, with emphasis on analysis. Grammar study will include a review of the parts of speech, sentence structure, usage problems, and other information needed for effective writing and speaking.

English 9 Honors                

Prerequisite: Student needs to pass the eighth grade English SOL test with Advanced Proficient and an A average. These courses, designed for college-bound students, are more rigorous in content, process, and expectation than the regular English courses. In addition to the requirements for the regular English classes, students will read additional novels chosen from a list compiled by the department. Writing will include sophisticated grammatical structures, and speaking skills will be more fully developed. Students will enter at least one writing contest per year.

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