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Middle School Courses

English 6 provides continuous instruction and practice in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, and representing.  Students will  focus on the elements of good composition such as effective organization,  correct sentence structure, spelling, and usage.  Close correlation of the language and reading skills will be maintained. 

English 7 provides a fused program of language, composition, and literature.  Language studies emphasize how words work in sentences. Students develop a variety of types of papers using the writing process. Students learn many strategies for revising and editing.   Literature studies encourage an appreciation of the short story, novel, poetry, and drama. All units include application of spelling and vocabulary skills and the effective use of reference materials.

Honors English 7 meets the needs of seventh grade students with well-developed language, reading, and writing skills who have met the honors criteria. This class emphasizes the basics of language, composition, and literature, while it also affords the advanced student the opportunity to read widely, use upper level thinking skills, and develop research skills.

English 8 provides a fused program of language, composition and literature.  Eighth grade language emphasizes more complex sentence structures.  Composition studies culminate in the writing of a variety of multi-paragraph papers.  Literature studies are designed to develop appreciation and knowledge of the short story, novel, poetry, and drama.  Skills in oral communication are developed by presentation of reports and  multi-media projects.

Honors English 8 is designed to meet the needs of eighth grade students with well-developed language, reading, and writing skills who have met the honors criteria.  Students will concentrate on the basics of language, composition, and literature, but they will also have the opportunity for wider reading, development of upper level thinking skills, and advanced research.

High School Courses
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English Iis designed to accommodate approximately 80% of the ninth grade students.  Emphasis will be on fundamental language, reading, and writing skills.  The program will emphasize vocabulary and composition skills and provide the students with a variety of writing strategies.  The course includes studies of short stories, poetry, the novel, drama, non-fiction, and myths.

Honors English I (pre AP) provides a challenging curriculum for students with high achievement test scores and teacher recommendation.  Strong attention will be given to the development of composition skills using MLA documentation.  Vocabulary development and outside reading will complement each unit.  Literary genres studied include the short story, novel, drama, poetry, and myths. 

English II includes a review of language skills, the teaching of more advanced composition forms and skills, and an examination of literary themes and forms.  Emphasis in both semester will be placed on vocabulary development and analysis skills.

Honors English II (pre AP) provides a challenging curriculum for students with high achievement test scores and  performance in English I honors,  and teacher recommendation.  Strong attention will be given to the development of advanced composition skills which will support all literature study.  Outside reading assignments are required.  Emphasis is placed on research skills and higher level thinking skills.  Students will be prepared to move into AP classes at the senior high level, if they so choose.

Creative/Imaginative Writing will provide students the opportunity to read contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction and to use these as springboards for their own creative work.  Unlike the literature courses, the emphasis is placed upon the studentsí writing.  Students will be encouraged to submit their work to the campus literary magazine and various other publishing sources.

JournalismCourses (Advanced Journalism: Yearbook or Literary Magazine Production I--see descriptions below)

Senior High Courses
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English III continues the emphasis on composition skills.  Students will  engage in research, including writing a research paper.  The student will explore English as a developing and changing language.  Emphasis is placed upon the development of American Literature and the ideas and philosophies  represented in each historical period. 

AP English III (honors) is designed for the serious student of English who plans to take English IV Honors or AP.  Participation in this course will be based on test scores, teacher recommendation, and performance in English II Honors.  The curriculum includes composition and research skills with a continued emphasis on outside reading and vocabulary building.  Strong attention will be given to the development of composition skills necessary to pass an AP exam.  Literary emphasis is on the chronological development of American culture and ideas.  The student will have the opportunity to take the advanced placement exam for language/composition at the end of this course.

English IV includes a final review of language, research,  and composition skills. The students will compose at least one critical literary paper with documentation, along with a variety of other compositions. Literary emphasis will be placed on the historical development of British literature.

Honors English IV is designed for students with an honors background or above average ability in regular English III who are planning to enter a four-year university upon high school graduation.  Students will read and analyze British literary works in class and will read widely outside class.  The instruction provides the students with sophisticated techniques for success in writing on a college level.  The students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam for language/composition at the end of this course.

AP English IV (honors) is designed to provide college level studies in  world literature for the advanced student.  A close study of a number of works in class will be supplemented with wide outside reading .  Emphasis will be placed upon clear, analytical writing.  The student will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam for literature/composition and/or language/composition.

Creative/Imaginative Writing will provide students the opportunity to read contemporary poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction and to use these as springboards for their own creative work.  Unlike the literature courses, the emphasis is placed upon the studentsí writing.  Students will be encouraged to submit their work to the campus literary magazine and various other publishing sources.
 
 

Journalism
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Advanced Journalism:  Yearbook or Literary Magazine Production I 
This class gives students the opportunity to create layouts, do copy work, and take photographs to prepare the high school yearbook and/or literary magazine.

Advanced Journalism:  Yearbook or Literary Magazine Production II
(Prerequisite:  Yearbook I and approval of instructor)
Yearbook II is a continuation of Yearbook I.  Students will have the opportunity to do advanced layout and copy work for the high school yearbook.  More extensive photographic work will be done.

Advanced Journalism: Yearbook or Literary Magazine Production III 
(Prerequisite:  Yearbook II and approval of instructor)
This course is designed to give students in-depth training in layout, copy writing, composition, and photography as well as to develop independent study projects.

Journalism
This course is a general survey course of the mass media.  Students will study the history of journalism, become familiar with careers available in the mass media, and learn the basics of reporting, news writing, and editing.

Advanced Journalism:  Newspaper Production I 
(Prerequisite: Journalism I)
This course provides the students practical experience in writing, editing, and production publications.  Class members will write, edit, and take photographs for the senior high bi-monthly newspaper. 

Advanced Journalism:  Newspaper Production II
(Prerequisite: Journalism I and approval of instructor)
Students will receive practical experience in writing, investigative reporting, editing, advertising, and processing the student newspaper.  They will develop independent study projects.

Advanced Journalism:  Newspaper Production III
(Prerequisite:  Journalism II and approval of instructor)
This course is a continuation of Advanced Journalism.  It places emphasis on news production, graphics, magazine production, photojournalism, and broadcasting.  Students will do independent study projects and receive on-the-job training in a particular phase of  mass media.

Independent Study/Journalism
(Journalism I and Approval of instructor.)
This course offers the serious student of journalism the opportunity to conduct research, produce original work in print or some other media, develop an advanced skill, and study a specific area of interest.
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