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English 9   (11306G)


During the first semester, students will take a skills seminar in preparation for English 9 in the second semester. Students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. This course focuses on fundamentals in reading using techniques such as close-reading and text annotation when possible. This course also explores various conventions of written composition. Students will read and write a variety of texts as they grow in their reading and writing abilities.

 

English 9 (11300G)
Prerequisite: Pass Eighth Grade English SOL Test

In ninth grade, students continue to build upon skills previously learned in earlier grades. There is a continued emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. In fiction texts, students will apply knowledge of literary terms and analyze a variety of genres.  In ninth grade there will be an increased emphasis on nonfiction reading, and students will make inferences and draw conclusions using explicit and implied textual evidence. The student will continue to expand vocabulary using the structural analysis of roots and affixes to understand complex words. The student will also plan, draft, revise, and edit while writing in a variety of forms with an emphasis on analysis and persuasion while defending a position using counterclaims, reasons and evidence from credible sources. Students will also master grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure. Students will analyze and interpret the social, commercial, and/or political motives behind media messages. Students will use multimodal tools to create presentations both independently and in small groups. The student will apply research techniques to analyze information gathered from diverse sources by identifying misconceptions, and possible bias citing both quoted and paraphrased information using either MLA or APA style. Students will continue to work in collaborative groups assisting with setting rules and working toward consensus. English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - January 2017

Honors English 9 (11300H)
Prerequisite: Pass Eighth Grade English SOL Test and Teacher Recommendation

This course is designed for students who have demonstrated ability and interest in English and helps students prepare for the Advanced Placement course work. The course builds upon English 9 with a focus on oral and written communication in the areas of research, literary analysis, and technical forms. Knowledge of literary forms, oral presentation, and interdisciplinary approaches are incorporated into literature instruction. Reading novels is required. Summer assignments are required. This course receives honors weighted credit.
English 10 Year-long (11406G)
Prerequisite: English 9

During the first semester, students will take a skills seminar in preparation for English 10 in the second semester. Students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. This course focuses on fundamentals in reading using techniques such as close-reading and text annotation when possible. This course also explores various conventions of written composition. Students will read and write a variety of texts as they grow in their reading and writing abilities.
English 10 (11400G)
Prerequisite: English 9 or Honors English 9

In tenth grade, students continue to build upon skills learned in earlier grades. There is a sustained emphasis on reading comprehension by comparing fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will analyze the cultural and social function and universal themes of fictional texts from different cultures. Tenth grade students will analyze and synthesize information from nonfiction texts to solve problems, answer questions, and generate new knowledge. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, classical allusions, and figurative language. The student will continue to use the writing process to write/compose with an emphasis on persuasion and analysis while showing relationships among claims, reasons, and evidence from reliable sources. The student will create media messages and analyze the cause and effect relationships between mass media coverage and public opinion trends. Students will continue to use multimodal tools to create presentations both independently and in small groups. The student will continue to build research skills presenting information gathered from diverse sources, identifying misconceptions and possible bias while crediting sources using MLA or APA style. The tenth-grade student will continue to become a skilled communicator, working both independently and in collaborative groups while presenting alternate views and working toward common goals*The bodies of literature for grades 10, 11, and 12 are interchangeable and may be taught in any of these grades.* English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - January 2017
Honors English 10 (11400H)
Prerequisite: English 9 and teacher recommendation; or Honors English 9

This course is designed for students who have demonstrated ability and interest in English and helps students prepare for the Advanced Placement course work. Students will engage in writing experiences including business letters, essays, and creative writing projects. Oral presentations are required. World literature and language through reading and the development of analytical oral and written expression are emphasized, to extend the content in English 10. Reading novels is required. This course receives honors weighted credit.

English 11 (11500G)
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10

In eleventh grade, there is a sustained emphasis on reading comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will conduct comparative analyses of multiple texts that address the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions. The students will examine and analyze fiction texts by American authors describing the contributions of other cultures and identifying prevalent themes and characterizations, which are reflective of American history and culture. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, classical allusions, and figurative language. The grade-eleven student will continue to use the writing process to write/compose with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation for multiple purposes and audiences to create focused, organized, and coherent writing. The student will create media messages and analyze the cause and effect relationships between mass media coverage and public opinion trends. Students will create persuasive multimodal presentations that address alternative perspectives. The student will produce a research product synthesizing information from primary and secondary sources while maintaining ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information. The eleventh-grade student continues to build communication skills working both independently and in collaborative groups. Students will continue to demonstrate the ability to work within collaborative groups while presenting alternate views and working toward common goals. *The bodies of literature for grades 10, 11, and 12 are interchangeable and may be taught in any of these grades.*English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - January 2017

Honors English 11 (11500H)
Prerequisite: English 10 and teacher recommendation; or Honors English 10

This course will serve as an introduction to American literature, to build upon English 11. Selections are organized within a chronological framework. Various authors and their works will be studied with emphasis on the short story, essay, poetry, drama, and novel. Emphasis is also placed on vocabulary development, study and research, grammar usage, listening and speaking skills, and all aspects of composition, culminating in writing and orally presenting a research project. Reading novels is required. This course receives honors weighted credit.
DE English 11 (11500DE)
Prerequisite: “B” or better in English 10 or Honors English 10; Student must meet the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and/or GPA criteria established by PDCCC to enroll in course. 

DE English Composition is designed to challenge the student’s ability to think critically and to write effectively. Students will follow a program designed to parallel freshman composition at the college level. DE English 11 fulfills the requirements for English 111 and 112 at Paul D. Camp Community College and English 11 for graduation requirements. Students compose essays, produce research assignments, and analyze literature on the collegiate level. Both courses carry three hours of college credit and are transferable. Successful completion of the courses determines credit; no standardized examination is necessary. Students must maintain a C (70) or better in the first 9 weeks (Eng 111) in order to continue into the second 9 weeks (Eng 112). This course receives advanced weight. Please read all the details about dual enrollment under the Programs link on the Program of Studies home page.
AP Language & Composition (11960AP)

Prerequisite: English   or Honors English 10

This is a yearlong course and may replace English 11. The purpose of the course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. The course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Through their writing and reading, the course will emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication. Students will learn to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern Language Association (MLA), the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Council of Biology Editors (CBE). This course receives advanced weighted credit if the student sits for the corresponding College Board exam.

English 12 (11600G)
Prerequisite: English 11 or Honors English 11

In twelfth grade, there is a sustained emphasis on reading comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will review multiple texts to identify and evaluate resources to make decisions and solve problems. The students will examine and analyze fiction texts English literature by British authors, literature of other cultures, and classic works evaluating how authors use key elements to contribute to meaning and interpreting how themes are connected across texts. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, classical allusions, and figurative language. The grade-twelve student will continue to use the writing process to write/compose with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation to produce a well-documented research paper, as well as technical and expository papers for multiple purposes and audiences to create focused, organized, and coherent writing. Students will write to a standard acceptable to both the workplace and to postsecondary education. The student will create media messages and analyze the cause and effect relationships between mass media coverage and public opinion trends. Students will create persuasive/argumentative multimodal presentations both independently and in collaborative groups. The student will produce a research product synthesizing information from primary and secondary sources while maintaining ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information. Students will learn organizational skills, audience awareness, appropriate vocabulary and grammar, and both verbal and nonverbal presentation skills. Planning and delivering an effective 5-10-minute oral presentation is required. Students will continue to demonstrate the ability to work within diverse teams and collaborative groups working toward common goals. *The bodies of literature for grades 10, 11, and 12 are interchangeable and may be taught in any of these grades. * English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - January 2017
Honors English 12 (11600H)
Prerequisite: English 11 or Honors English 11

In twelfth grade, there is a sustained emphasis on reading comprehension of fiction and nonfiction texts. Students will review multiple texts to identify and evaluate resources to make decisions and solve problems. The students will examine and analyze fiction texts English literature by British authors, literature of other cultures, and classic works evaluating how authors use key elements to contribute to meaning and interpreting how themes are connected across texts. The student will continue development of vocabulary, with attention to connotations, idioms, classical allusions, and figurative language. The grade-twelve student will continue to use the writing process to write/compose with an emphasis on persuasion/argumentation to produce a well-documented research paper, as well as technical and expository papers for multiple purposes and audiences to create focused, organized, and coherent writing. Students will write to a standard acceptable to both the workplace and to postsecondary education. The student will create media messages and analyze the cause and effect relationships between mass media coverage and public opinion trends. Students will create persuasive/argumentative multimodal presentations both independently and in collaborative groups. The student will produce a research product synthesizing information from primary and secondary sources while maintaining ethical and legal guidelines for gathering and using information. Students will learn organizational skills, audience awareness, appropriate vocabulary and grammar, and both verbal and nonverbal presentation skills. Planning and delivering an effective 5-10-minute oral presentation is required. Students will continue to demonstrate the ability to work within diverse teams and collaborative groups working toward common goals. *The bodies of literature for grades 10, 11, and 12 are interchangeable and may be taught in any of these grades. * English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools - January 2017  This course receives honors weight.
DE English 12 (11600DE)
Prerequisite: “C” or better in DE English 11 or AP Language with a standardized test score of 3 or better; Student must meet the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and/or GPA criteria established by PDCCC to enroll in course. 

DE English 12 fulfills the requirements for English 245 at Paul D. Camp Community College and English 12 for graduation requirements. The study of British literature, an integral segment of the curriculum, satisfies the requirement by the State department. Additionally, students will compose essays, produce research assignments, and analyze literature on the collegiate level. This course carries three hours of college credit and is transferable. Successful completion of the course determines credit; no standardized examination is necessary.  This course receives advanced weight. Please read all the details about dual enrollment under the Programs link on the Program of Studies home page.
AP English Literature & Composition (11950AP)
Prerequisite: English 11, Honors English 11, or AP English Language and Composition

This is a yearlong course and may replace English 12. The instructional objectives are based on the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. The course prepares students for the AP examination in English Literature and Composition. Students are required to complete reading and writing assignments before entering the class. This course receives advanced weighted credit if the student sits for the corresponding College Board exam.
Local English (15151S)
This individualized instructional course for identified students with disabilities is designed to teach and reinforce the basic oral and written communication skills needed for independent living as outlined on the student’s IEP. This course may be continued.
Creative Writing (11710G)
Prerequisite: English 9 or Honors English 9

This course extends students’ prose and poetry writing techniques. Emphasis is placed on a variety of prose and poetry models that include short stories, smaller essays, and verse writing.
Photo-Journalism I (12150G)
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10

This course provides students with the opportunity to work on the production/publication of a school yearbook. Students will study aspects of journalistic writing including writing body copy, captions, and headlines. Layout and design as well as salesmanship are essential areas of the class. Students will study the guidelines of photographic composition and are expected to apply the guidelines to class assignments.
Photo-Journalism II (12160G)
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism I

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship and continues to develop the skills in Photo-Journalism I. This class produces the yearbook.
Photo-Journalism III (12170G)
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism II

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship, with a heavy emphasis on editing. Students will be assigned leadership roles as section editors and business managers, and will help in choosing themes and covers, proofreading, and selecting and cropping photographs. This class produces the yearbook.

Photo-Journalism IV (12200G)
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism III

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship. Students will be assigned leadership roles as editors of sections of the yearbook. This class produces the yearbook.
Speech Fundamentals /Public Speaking (13000G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: English 9 or Honors English 9

This course covers the theory and practice of public speaking. The course guides students through topic selection, organization, language, and delivery. Students will be actively involved in every step of the process of public speaking preparation and execution. Students will work independently and in small groups. Assignments include formal speeches (to inform, to persuade, and to pay tribute), brief extemporaneous speeches, speech analyses and evaluations, nonverbal communication, debate, mass media, and parliamentary procedures.