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English/Language Arts

English 9

This comprehensive course focuses on the 9th grade essential objectives. Students are introduced to analyzing various genres of quality literature. Students will use the 6-trait writing model to create structurally and grammatically correct pieces.

English 9 Advanced

This comprehensive course focuses on the 9th grade essential objectives and is more academically rigorous than English 9.  Students should be self-motivated learners with strong reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary skills.  Strategies taught in class include critical thinking, literary analysis, advanced research techniques, literary discussion and effective presentation.

English 10

This comprehensive course focuses on the 10th grade essential objectives.  Students are introduced to analyzing various pieces of quality world literature.  Students will use the 6-trait writing model to create structurally and grammatically correct pieces.

English 10 Advanced

This comprehensive course focuses on the 10th grade essential objectives and is more academically rigorous than English 10.  Students should be self-motivated learners with strong reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills. Strategies taught in class will include critical thinking, literary analysis, advanced research techniques, literary discussion and effective presentation.

English 11

This comprehensive course focuses on the 11th grade essential objectives.  Students are introduced to analyzing various pieces of quality American literature.  Students will use the 6-trait writing model to create structurally and grammatically correct pieces.

English 11 Advanced

This comprehensive course focuses on the 11th grade essential objectives and is more academically rigorous than English 11.  Students must be self-motivated learners with strong reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills.  Strategies taught in this class include critical thinking, literary analysis, advanced research techniques, literary discussion and effective presentation.

Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Advanced Placement English is a college-level course designed for students interested in pursuing rigorous advanced studies in language and composition for possible college credit.  The coursework focuses on critical analysis of World and American literature, fiction and nonfiction, Socratic discussion, advanced writing strategies and preparation for the AP Language and Composition Exam.  This course requires summer reading and writing.

English 12

This comprehensive course focuses on the 12th grade essential objectives.  Students are introduced to analyzing various pieces of British literature.  Students will use the 6-trait writing model to create structurally and grammatically correct pieces.

English 12 Advanced

This course focuses on the 12th grade essential objectives and is more academically rigorous than English 12.  Students should possess strong reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills.  Strategies taught in this class will include critical thinking, literary analysis, advanced research techniques, literary discussion and effective presentation.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

AP English is a college-level course designed for students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in literature & composition for possible college credit.  The focus is on critical analysis of world literature.  Socratic discussion, advanced writing strategies and preparation for the AP Literature and Composition Exam.  This course requires summer reading and writing.

Creative Writing

Students entering this course are expected to possess strong writing, grammar, mechanics, usage, and reading skills.  This course focuses on the development of writing different types of poetry, fiction, and  nonfiction.  This class also edits and publishes the school’s literary journal.    

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