High School English Course Descriptions

English I – World Literature (9th Grade English)

Prerequisite: completion of 8th grade English

The curriculum for English I provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare

students for success in later English courses. In this course students will:

  • Strengthen abilities to write clearly, concisely, and grammatically.
  • Read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of genres, styles, and forms of literature.
  • Analyze the structures, styles, themes, and historical contexts of world literature (including The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, and To Kill a Mockingbird).
  • Compose writings for specific audiences and purposes.
  • Use the Schaffer Writing Method to create effective multi-paragraph essays.
  • Create well formulated and articulate responses to a variety of writing prompts.
  • Develop a more thorough and sophisticated vocabulary and use the expanded vocabulary effectively.
  • Improve communication skills through many classroom discussions, multimedia presentations, and speeches.

English II – World Literature (10th Grade English)

Prerequisite: completion of 9th grade English (English I)

The curriculum for English II provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare students for success in junior and senior level English courses and successful completion of the End-of-Instruction exam. In this course students will:

  • Strengthen abilities to write clearly, succinctly, and grammatically.
  • Read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of genres, styles, and forms of literature.
  • Analyze the structures, styles, themes, and historical contexts of world literature works (including Julius Caesar, Arthurian legends, Tale of Two Cities, and Night.
  • Compose analytical writings for specific audiences and purposes.
  • Use the Schaffer Writing Method to create effective multi-paragraph essays.
  • Create well formulated and articulate responses to a variety of writing prompts.
  • Develop a more thorough and sophisticated vocabulary and use expanded vocabulary effectively.
  • Improve communication skills through many classroom discussions, multimedia presentations, and speeches.

English III – American Literature (11th Grade English)

Prerequisite: completion of 10th Grade English (English II)

The curriculum for English III provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare students for success in Senior English courses. In this course students will:

  • Strengthen abilities to write dynamically, clearly, concisely, and grammatically.
  • Read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of genres, styles, and forms of literature.
  • Analyze the structures, styles, themes, philosophies, and historical contexts of American literary works (including The Crucible, Walden, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, and Huckleberry Finn).
  • Compose analytical writings for specific audiences and purposes.
  • Master the Schaffer Writing Method to create effective academic essays.
  • Create well formulated and articulate responses to a variety of writing prompts.
  • Develop a more thorough and sophisticated vocabulary and use the expanded vocabulary effectively.
  • Improve communication skills through many classroom discussions, multimedia presentations, and speeches.

AP English Language and Composition

Prerequisite: successful completion of tenth grade English (English II)

The curriculum for English Language and Composition provides the skills needed to successfully complete the AP Language and Composition exam. In this course students will:

  • Compose persuasive and expository essays effectively and confidently.
  • Engage in close/critical reading of prose and essays.
  • Practice classical rhetorical strategies such as invention, arrangement, and style.
  • Compare and contrast authors and the authors writing styles.
  • Learn to think critically about the author’s intent and whether or not the author accomplished her/his goal.
  • Identify logical fallacies by analyzing arguments.

English IV – British Literature (English IV)

Prerequisite: completion of English I, II, and III

English IV students increase and refine communication skills, partly by planning, drafting, and completing regularly written compositions. Students edit their papers for clarity, engaging language, and the correct mechanics of written English, all necessary for final, error-free drafts. Students write business, personal, literary, and persuasive texts. In this course students will:

  • Read extensively, deeply, and carefully from a variety of texts, genres, and time periods in English literature. Periods from British literature may include the Old English period, Medieval period, English Renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, Romantic period, Victorian period, and Modern and Post-modern period.
  • Expand their vocabulary, using denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness.
  • Examine literature as a reflection of history, culture, and ideas, noting large historical and philosophical contexts.
  • Analyze the structures, styles, themes, and historical contexts of literary works including Beowulf, The Green Knight, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth, and Taming of the Shrew, Pride and Prejudice and Pygmalion.
  • Utilize close reading techniques necessary for critical thinking.
  • Complete the Senior Research Project.
  • Compose regularly, using expository, analytical, and argumentative forms of writing.
  • Rewrite and use compositions to identify strengths and weaknesses in syntax, organization, coherence, ratios of generalization and concrete detail, diction, voice, and sentence structure.
  • Reflect on reading and learning through writing, class discussion, on-line discussion.
  • Improve oral communication though lively and respectful exchange of ideas in our classroom.
  • Identify literary elements through close reading, and how the use of those literary elements adds to an author’s style and message.

AP English Literature and Composition/English IV

Prerequisite: successful completion of tenth grade English (English II)

The curriculum for English Language and Composition provides the skills needed to successfully complete the AP Language and Composition exam. In this course students will:

  • Compose persuasive and expository essays effectively and confidently.
  • Engage in close/critical reading of prose and essays.
  • Practice classical rhetorical strategies such as invention, arrangement, and style.
  • Compare and contrast authors and the authors writing styles.
  • Learn to think critically about the author’s intent and whether or not the author accomplished her/his goal.
  • Identify logical fallacies by analyzing arguments.

ACE English- Remedial English (9th-12th Grade English)

Prerequisite: Needs to score limited knowledge or Unsatisfactory on EOI and/or excessive absences from previous English course

The curriculum for ACE English provides the fundamental skills needed to prepare students for success on the English II and/or English III EOI exam. In this course students will:

  • Strengthen abilities to write dynamically, clearly, concisely, and grammatically.
  • Read, comprehend, and respond to a variety of genres, styles, and forms of literature.
  • Analyze the structures, styles, themes, philosophies, of a variety of literature.
  • Compose analytical writings for specific audiences and purposes.
  • Master the Schaffer Writing Method to create effective academic essays.
  • Create well formulated and articulate responses to a variety of writing prompts.
  • Develop a more thorough and sophisticated vocabulary and use the expanded vocabulary effectively
  • Improve overall scores on the EOI exam through remediation of lower areas of former exams