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English 9 Year-long (11306G)
In this course students will build on their knowledge in key areas of reading such as word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, while following along with the English 9 curriculum. Data assessments are conducted periodically to monitor skills in reading, allowing for personalization of the curriculum and skills.
English 9 (11300G)
Prerequisite: Pass Eighth Grade English SOL Test

Classroom instruction focuses on the presentation and critique of dramatic readings from literary selections and continues the development of proficiency in making planned oral presentations. Knowledge of literary terms and forms is applied in student writing and in the analysis of literature. English 9 introduces significant literary works from a variety of cultures and eras, which span 1000 A.D. to the present. Writing encompasses narrative, literary, expository, and technical forms with attention to analysis and mastery of grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and the writing process.
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 focuses 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. Summer assignments are required. This course receives honors weighted credit.
English 10 Year-long (11406G)
Prerequisite: English 9

In this course students will build on their knowledge in key areas of reading such as word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, while following along with the English 10 curriculum. Data assessments are conducted periodically to monitor student growth in reading comprehension, spelling/word study, vocabulary development and writing.
English 10 (11400G)
Prerequisite: English 9 or Honors English 9

This course stresses reading from a variety of worldwide cultures and eras. Readings include various literary forms and consumer materials. Students use writing for evaluation and interpretation of ideas obtained through the readings. Small-group learning activities are used for the student to present and critique oral reports. In both reading and writing activities, including research, students gather information through the use of technology. Attention is given to analysis of printed consumer information, such as labels, owners' manuals, warranties, and contracts.
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. This course receives honors weighted credit.
English 11 (11500G)
Prerequisite: English 10 or Honors English 10

This course incorporates a study of American literature with interdisciplinary aspects of United States History. Emphasis is on written and oral communication encompassing expository, persuasive, and technical skills. Literary analysis, research, and technical writings are included.
Honors English 11 (11500H)
Prerequisite: English 10 and teacher recommendation; or Honors English 10

This course will serve as an introduction to American literature. 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.
AP Language & Composition (11960AP)
Prerequisite: English 10 and teacher recommendation; 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 this course the emphasis is on the cultural development of English (British) literature and literature of other cultures by stressing major literary forms, themes, and techniques in an interdisciplinary approach. The student develops expository and technical writings. Comprehensive oral presentations and research projects reflect organizational skills, audience awareness, and appropriate vocabulary/grammar.
DE English 12 (11600DE)
Prerequisite: Honors English 11 or AP English 11

In this course Language Arts will be taught with added emphasis on vocabulary, composition, and English literature, as well as multicultural classic and contemporary selections. Literary works are organized within a chronological framework, providing further opportunities for making literary connections. Students are motivated to make connections between the literature they read and their own lives. Emphasis is on critical thinking. Each student will write a documented informational paper and present it orally to a group, write analyses of literary works, and participate in a variety of other written and oral projects. Reading novels is required. This PDCCC dual enrollment course aligns with ENG 111 and ENG 112. Student must pass ENG 111 with a D or better on the PDCCC grade scale in order to enroll in ENG 112. Student must complete the VPT for Math and English and/or meet the criteria established by PDCCC to enroll in course. This course receives advanced weight. Please read all the details about dual enrollment programs on page 23.
AP English Literature & Composition (11950AP)
Prerequisite: English 11 and teacher recommendation; or Honors English 11; or AP English Language and Composition; and passed English 11 SOL tests

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 writing techniques. Emphasis is placed on a variety of prose models that include short stories, essays, and dramatic scripts.
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. This class produces the yearbook.
Photo-Journalism III (12170G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: Photo-Journalism II

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship. 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 or Grade Level: 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.
Journalism I (12001G)
This course is designed to teach practical applications of journalistic concepts in ethics, layout, staffing, and reporting. This class produces the school newspaper and other media assignments.
Journalism II (12102G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: Journalism I

This course is designed to teach practical applications of journalistic concepts in ethics, layout, staffing, and reporting. This class produces the school newspaper and other media assignments.
Journalism III (12113G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: Journalism II

This course is designed to teach practical applications of journalistic concepts in ethics, layout, staffing, and reporting. This class produces the school newspaper and other media assignments.
Journalism IV (12124G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: Journalism III

This course is designed to teach practical applications of journalistic concepts in ethics, layout, staffing, and reporting. This class produces the school newspaper and other media assignments.
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.
Reading Across the Curriculum (01161G)
Prerequisite or Grade Level: Approved Participation

In this course the student will build on their knowledge in key areas of reading such as word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. The student will learn to analyze the sound, pattern, and meaningful relationships among words through interactive learning and activities. Fluency will be targeted to improve reading rate, accuracy, and expression. Vocabulary and comprehension strategies will be taught through a variety of genre (fiction and non-fiction). Writing will incorporate the use of graphic organizers. This course will consist of direct instructional (whole group) and differentiated instructional (small group) activities.