English

Middle School English Courses

English 6

The sixth grade English Language Arts class is a balanced program of reading, writing, vocabulary, and English Language conventions (grammar, punctuation, and spelling).  Students read selected literature in several genres, including novels, short fiction, traditional literature, nonfiction, and poetry. Students learn reading strategies to enhance their comprehension. They develop their writing skills in the following genres:  persuasive essays, literature response, narrative writing, and research reports.  They learn strategies for planning and organizing their writing, editing and revising their work.  Listening and speaking strategies are emphasized during class discussions and oral presentations.

English 7

The seventh grade English Language Arts class is a balanced program of reading, writing, vocabulary, and English language conventions. Students read literature relating to the study of medieval world history. Students learn reading strategies to enhance their comprehension. Students develop their writing skills in the following genres: persuasive essays, summaries, literature response, narratives, and research reports. They learn strategies for planning, organizing, editing and revising their writing. Listening and speaking strategies are emphasized during class discussions and oral presentations. Vocabulary study focuses on Greek and Latin roots and affixes.

English 8

The 8th Grade English -Language Arts class is a balanced program of reading, writing, listening and speaking, vocabulary development, and English language conventions. Students read a variety of literature and informational materials, including novels, short fiction, essays, and poetry. Students learn reading strategies and develop their writing skills in the following genres: persuasive, literature response, narrative, and technical writing. Vocabulary study focuses on the history of the English language and word origins, as well as the development of academic language. Listening and speaking strategies are emphasized during class discussions and oral presentations.

High School English Courses

AP Language and Composition

AP English Language is a rigorous, college level course emphasizing expository writing and critical reading.  Writing assignments include in-class timed writings and out-of-class essays.  The analysis of many forms of literature (i.e. novels, non-fiction essays, reflective essays, letters, etc.) focuses on how authors use language and literary devices to inform or persuade.  Students also continue to work on grammar and vocabulary development.  This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May. Prerequisite: Completion of English 10 with a “B” or better and/or Teacher Recommendation.

AP Liturature and Composition

AP English Literature is a rigorous, college level course focusing on the study of significant literary works.  Students analyze literature, poetry, and essays in terms of concepts and the role of these concepts in the development of the World.  The reading list is extensive and written work emphasizes a mature level of insight, the development of careful and thorough analysis, and sophisticated language use.  Participation in class discussion is essential.  This is an Advanced Placement course that prepares students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. Prerequisite: Completion of English 11 or AP Language with a “B” or better and/or Teacher Recommendation.