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Description of English Courses 5/24/2013

English/Language Arts


English 9 

This course provides instruction on selected works of world literature, poetry, and nonfiction and their literary elements.  Students are encouraged to know their lexile level of reading and work on improving their reading skills to achieve college and career readiness; this improvement is accomplished with class work and student selected independent reading and vocabulary strategies.  Grammar skills are reviewed, communication skills are practiced, and essays are written.   New standards have been included such as logic where students will analyze inductive/deductive reasoning in arguments as well as explain logical fallacies in those arguments.  Students study how informative texts (real-life, everyday texts) are structured and how the media uses different techniques to influence an audience. Media and technology are incorporated into the curriculum.  Summer reading is required and assessed at the beginning of the year.

 

Honors English 9 

This course of instruction challenges students to explore a variety of world literature, poetry, and nonfiction and their literary elements through classroom and independent reading. The reading of increasingly complex works will enable the students to advance in their reading skills.  Advanced writing and communication skills are developed through a variety of modes of writing, listening, and speaking.  New standards have been included such as logic where students will analyze inductive/deductive reasoning in arguments as well as explain logical fallacies in those arguments.  Students study how informative texts (real-life, everyday texts) are structured and how the media uses different techniques to influence an audience; these are also new standards. The course emphasizes learning through independent research and presentation skills, creative writing, and group projects in which technology and media are incorporated.  This course qualifies for “honors” points.  Summer reading is required and assessed at the beginning of the year.

 

English 10
This course is a continuation of the foundation formed in English 9 and includes intensive work in composition and further study of major works of world literature.  In addition, skill development to prepare for college admission tests will be emphasized.  Reading and writing continue to be emphasized, particularly in the Common Core framework. Students again choose works to read independently to meet college and career readiness.  Summer reading is required.

Honors English 10
This is a pre-AP course which continues the study of world literature with an emphasis on literary analysis and composition.  Multi-disciplinary research projects and college admission test preparation are major components of the course.  Admission requires parental request and/or teacher recommendation. This course is approved to receive Honors points.  Students should also register for 'Honors World History.'  Summer reading is required.

English 11
This course is a continuation of the foundation formed in English 9 and 10.  This course includes intensive work in composition and further study of major works of American literature with Common Core emphasis.  In addition, skill development to prepare for college admission tests will be emphasized.  Summer reading is required.

 

Honors English 11

This is an accelerated course which includes the study of American literature with an emphasis on literary analysis and composition.  Research projects and college admission test preparation are major components of the course.  Admission requires parental request and/or teacher recommendation. This course is approved to receive “Honors” points.  Summer reading is required.


Advanced Placement English 11-- Language and Composition
This course fulfills the requirement for English 11.  This year-long course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes.  The course follows the College Board curriculum and culminates in a nationwide examination which could earn college credit; it includes a literature study of primarily nonfiction, along with selected American literature.  The work level is rigorous, including narrative, exploratory, expository, and argumentative writing on a variety of subjects from personal experiences to public policies.  Completion of this course and AP Exam qualifies the student to earn “Honors” points; it is the “most rigorous” course available for juniors.  Summer reading is required.

English 12
This course provides instruction in a variety of writing purposes, including college-level essays and research.  Readings include major works of British literature.  Common Core standards are emphasized in readiness for college and/or career. Summer reading is required.


Advanced Placement English 12-- Literature and Composition
This course fulfills the English 12 requirement.  This year-long course demands a mastery of the English language, both spoken and written.  The course follows the guidelines of the College Board and culminates in a nationwide examination which could earn college credit for the student.  The work level is that of a college freshman, demanding strenuous outside reading, independent research, and interpretive writing.  Completion of this course and AP Exam qualifies the student to earn “Honors” points; it is the “most rigorous” course available for seniors.  Summer reading is required.

Dual Enrollment English 12
A year-long course which emphasizes composition, beginning with short persuasive essays and developing into critical writing based on literature.  Students use research and textual support from chosen works to support their essay arguments and study fiction, poetry and drama as they survey the literature of the Western World.  Students who complete this course will receive two semesters of high school credit from Red Bank High School and twelve semester hours of college credit from CSCC.  Students pay college fees and purchase textbooks each semester.  Summer reading is required.  An ACT of 19 or higher on the English subtest,  B average in English or principal approval is required (CSCC's guidelines).  This course is approved for “Honors” points.


Newspaper Staff/ Yearbook Staff
Journalism is designed to give qualified students the opportunity to learn various phases of newspaper and yearbook work while publishing The Blue and White or The Roar.  Interested students must apply to the staff of their choice and are then selected by the advisers.  Members of The Blue and White staff are required to have at least a B average in English.  These are year-long courses and students can earn two credits per year.

 

ACT Prep

This course is offered as an aid to students to help them learn the strategies in taking the ACT test and thereby help them in their goal of reaching college readiness scores.  The course concentrates on English and Math sections strategies and representative material.  The course consists of diagnosis tests, strategies, and practicing of those strategies to enhance scores.