Language Arts

English I – 2 semesters, 1 credit: A basic study of grammar and vocabulary skills through the use of reading and composition, In literature, theme and genre are stressed and the study includes short stories, poetry, drama and documents.

English II – 2 semesters, 1 credit: A continuation of grammar skills with emphasis on written and oral communication. Literature studied has a world-wide focus with authors form various cultures, ethnic groups, and time periods.

English III – 2 semesters, 1 credit: This course is designed to introduce great American creative writers. This study is undertaken in chronological order. Students are given opportunity to evaluate for understanding. Poetry, short stories, dramas and prose are included. Students are given the opportunity to share reactions in written and verbal form.

English IV – 2 semesters, 1 credit: This course is designed to introduce great British creative writers. Students are given opportunity to evaluate for understanding. Poetry, short stories, dramas and prose are included. Students are given the opportunity to share their reactions in written and verbal form.

Advanced Placement English* – 2 semesters, 1 credit: Instructional activities are designed to challenge students in such a way that will help prepare them for the AP English Examination.  This is a skill test and therefore it is appropriate to focus on it.  Instruction focuses on the study and practice of writing and the study of the literature of various nations and peoples.  Students read works within several genres in a combination of thematic and chronological sequences in order to gain historical and cultural perspectives.  The students broaden their knowledge of pertinent literary terms not particular to any literary form.  Students prepare analytical papers based on the works of several important authors.  Learning opportunities include individual and group seminars, persuasive analytical interpretations, group discussions, and oral and written interpretations of poetry and prose.

Speech – 1 semester, ½ credit: Intro to speech communications, public speaking, debate and oral interpretation.

*Denotes classes where college credits are available upon their successful completion and by meeting specific criteria.