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High School English Department

 

 Classes being offered in the 2017-2018 school year:

 

 American Lit I

This course is a survey of early American writing beginning with Native American folk tales, historical and exploration narratives, advancing through Puritans writings, the writers of the Revolution focusing on persuasive rhetoric, and American romanticism of the Fireside poets, Transcendentalists and ending with American gothic. It covers from the beginnings-1855.

American Lit II

This course is a survey of mid-American writings beginning approximately 1855 with the writing beginning of the poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson moving to the Realism of the Civil War, and expanding westward with regionalism and naturalism literature of Twain, London and Wharton. It covers the years from 1855-1910.

Contemporary American Lit

This course will cover American literature through a study of contemporary writers from 1910-present.

American Novels

This course will emphasize the use of classic American novels to encourage students to read widely, critically, and with greater depth.

British Lit I

This course focuses on the study of British literature from 449 A.D. to 1798.

British Lit II

This course focuses on the study of British literature from 1798-Present.

Shakespeare

In this course students will study the life and times of William Shakespeare as well as read his plays and sonnets.

British Novels

This course will emphasize the use of classic British novels to encourage students to read widely, critically, and with greater depth.

African Literature

This elective course will cover African Literature that will concentrate on such themes as identity, cultural change, gender, and colonization.

College Writing

This course will help motivate and develop students’ writing skills to be prepared for college.

Journalism

Instruction and practice in reporting and writing basic news stories.

Speech

The student will learn oral communication skills, learn to organize ideas with clarity and will present speeches that help the student gain more confidence and poise while public speaking.

Mythology

This course is an in-depth look at the gods, heroes, myths and legends from past and present that have permeated today’s literature and popular culture.

Sports Lit

Students will read and analyze sports related literature.

Pop Lit

Students will read and analyze several pieces of literature from the twentieth century.

Creative Writing

Students will read and analyze works of renowned writers with a focus on style and the differences between various genres. Students will use their acquired knowledge of each of the genres to compose original creative works.

Creative Publishing

This credit does not count as an English Credit toward graduation. Students must apply and meet the requirements in this elective course.

English 9

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of English that will help them develop the total range of communication skills necessary for success.

English 10

This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of English that will help them develop the total range of communication skills necessary for success.