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AP English

COURSE: A.P. English
GRADE: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Strong English skills, grades, test scores
CREDIT: 1 credit

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AP English engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of poetry and prose. Through the close reading of selected works in various genres, students deepen their understanding of the ways authors and poets use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as smaller-scale elements such as the use of figurative language: imagery, symbolism, and tone, etc.

The AP course includes intensive study of works from various genres and periods ranging from the Renaissance to the Post-Modern era in American and British literature, concentrating on works recognized for possessing “literary merit.” Students will read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity in order to absorb its richness of meaning and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.

In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values the literature reflects and embodies; careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.

AP English is designed for preparation for the advanced placement language and composition test. Students who choose to take the AP exam may pay a fee (Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch may also qualify for a "fee-reduced" exam) to earn possible college credit.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Brit Lit I

Brit Lit I is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an overview of the British literary tradition from the Anglo-Saxon period to the beginning of the Modern era, roughly AD 800-1800. Students will become familiar with the linguistic, cultural, and political history of Great Britain through the focused study of literary trends and major authors of each era. In addition, this course is designed to enhance and supplement the research skills and independent critical and analytical literacy skills that students work to develop throughout their English studies at SGHS.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Brit Lit II

GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITES: None
CREDIT: 1/2 per semester

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
British Literature II is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an overview of the British literary tradition from the Romantic, Victorian and Twentieth Century. Short Stories, poetry, essays, novels, and plays written by British, Scottish, and Irish authors are studied. Students will become familiar with the linguistic, cultural, and political history of Great Britain through the focused study of literary trends and major authors of each era. In addition, this course is designed to enhance and supplement the research skills and independent critical and analytical literacy skills that students work to develop throughout their English studies at SGHS.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Communication Arts 1

This course is designed to focus on expanding reading comprehension, writing skills, and vocabulary. Students will learn how to take notes on a daily basis (through teacher guidance and on their own), write in their own journals, and learn the basics of research techniques. We will be exploring different literary styles and themes and comparing them to our own lives and experiences. Grammar and vocabulary will a part of the learning process and incorporated into all writing assignments and projects. This class is as fun, hard, or easy as you make it – work hard, ask questions, do your homework, study, and we will have fun learning together!

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Communication Arts II

COURSE: Communication Arts II
GRADE: 10, or 11 after Communication Arts I
PREREQUISITES: Combination of teacher recommendation & standardized test scores.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Communication Arts II covers units focused on novels, short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, grammar, vocabulary, composition, the research process, and speech. A research project involving periodicals, books, primary sources, and internet sources will be completed during Semester 1.

Communication Arts II is a year-long required English course, completed in either the sophomore or junior year, which is divided into two semesters and is designed to provide students with continued support in the development of the literacy skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Throughout the course, students will continue to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects while studying multiple genres: poetry, short stories, narratives, speeches, critical essays, and novels. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development. During the second semester, students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Communication Arts III

COURSE: Communications Arts III
GRADE: 11, or 12 after Communication Arts II
PREREQUISITES: Combination of teacher recommendation & standardized test scores.
CREDIT: 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Communication Arts III covers units focusing on novels, short stories, poetry, drama, nonfiction, grammar, vocabulary, composition, speech, and the research process.

Communication Arts III is a year-long required English course, completed in either the junior or senior year, which is divided into two semesters and is designed to provide students with continued support in the development of the literacy skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Throughout the course, students will continue to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects through the study of multiple genres: poetry, short stories, narratives, speeches, critical essays, and novels. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development. Students will receive explicit guidance towards the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Composition

COURSE: Composition
GRADE: 10
PREREQUISITES: Honors English I, Lang. and Lit.
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays including argumentative, informative, and narrative. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. In addition, each student will complete a comprehensive research paper project. Students will also read short stories and novels, analyzing the story elements from a variety of authors.

Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project which is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Composition

COURSE: Composition



GRADE: 10



PREREQUISITES: Honors English I, Lang. and Lit.



CREDIT: 1/2







Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. A comprehensive research paper project will be completed by each student as well as a variety of other types of writing. Short stories will be read to analyze the story elements of a variety of authors.







Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project that is a graduation requirement.



Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Compostion

Composition is a required sophomore English class. Students will learn the writing process by composing a variety of essays. Proper sentence structure and writing formats will also be studied. A comprehensive research paper project will be completed by each student as well as a variety of other types of writing. Short stories will be read to analyze the story elements of a variety of authors.
Composition is the second part of a year-long required English course (unless student took Honors English), usually completed in the sophomore year, designed to provide students with a continuation of the overview of the American literary tradition and to solidify their foundations in the literacy and writing skills necessary to complete the English requirements at SGHS. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of projects and class activities. Directed vocabulary and grammar enrichment will support students’ overall literacy development, and students will receive explicit instruction in preparation for the independent research project that is a graduation requirement.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Creative Writing

COURSE: Creative Writing
GRADE: 12, 11, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will learn various processes of brainstorming in order to compose various genres of creative writing. Students will also read various examples of creative writing in novels, memoirs, poetry, and short stories. In addition, students will write poetry, short stories, personal memoirs, children’s literature, and a multi-genre project, which will consist of conducting preliminary research on an approved topic.

Within their creative writing, students will use imagery to enhance the effectiveness and develop a personal, individual style with a natural voice. Students will use appropriate language and style for a specific audience and purpose. Students will choose words effectively, learn to workshop with peers, and learn to edit one’s own papers. Students will also learn to vary sentence structure and style.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

English I

COURSE: English I



GRADE: 9



PREREQUISITES: None



CREDIT: 1







COURSE DESCRIPTION:







English I is a survey course that introduces students to all other offerings at SGHS. English I (semester 1) includes experience with units in novel, short story, drama, grammar, composition, and mythology. English I (semester 2) includes novels, nonfiction, research process, research speech, Romeo and Juliet, poetry, composition and grammar.







Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Film & Fiction

COURSE: Film and Literature
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: ½

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Film and Fiction is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an introduction in film literacy and an opportunity to critically compare storytelling in various text and film forms. Students will become familiar with film terminology, a variety of film genres, and particular stories in both written and film forms.



Students will read various genres of literature, focusing on novels, novellas, short stories, poetry, children’s literature, graphic novels, and plays. Class discussion and focused writing exercises will cultivate not only the critical, analytical, and evaluative literacy skills that students develop during their English studies at SGHS, but their imaginative reading and writing and viewing sensibilities as well. In addition, students will write various essays on what they read and see on screen, focusing on argumentative, informative, and narrative styles.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Frontier Lit.

Although this class is an English course, the literature and discussions are often historical in nature. Native American culture will be examined through literature and research projects. We question what is the “frontier”? As well as examining the “myth of the West”. Fools Crow, Indian Country, This House of Sky, short stories from The Last Best Place, excerpts from The Journals of Lewis & Clark, and an independent MT Author project constitute much of the reading. Writing (journals, essay, and formal papers), hands-on projects, and tests occur frequently. Homework scores, quizzes, and/or note checks happen daily. Grammar and vocabulary will a part of the learning process and incorporated into all writing assignments and projects. ☺

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Honors English

COURSE: Honors English I

GRADE: 9

PREREQUISITES: Advanced course for freshmen English students with demonstrated aptitude and ability based on past performance and staff recommendations.

CREDIT: 1



COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Honors English is a survey course that introduces students to all other offerings at SGHS. English I (semester 1) includes experience with units in research process, research speech, Romeo and Juliet, poetry, novel, short story, drama, grammar, composition, and mythology. English I (semester 2) includes American literature, novels, nonfiction, composition, vocabulary and grammar. Students who complete this course will be scheduled to take Composition the fall of their sophomore year to complete their underclassman preparation in English. The second semester of their sophomore year these students will be free to take any junior/senior English offering.

Teacher: Mrs.Gardner

Journalism I

Students will read and analyze excellent journalism in textbooks, non-fiction, and periodicals ranging from local to worldwide sources. Students will become active, responsible, well-informed journalists. Students will conduct effective interviews, take effective pictures, print pictures effectively, and write effective news, features, sports and editorial articles. Students will complete a photo essay. Students will sell ads and prepare ads as well as layout the school paper using publishing technology.Students are responsible for online paper articles. Speaking and listening skills are honed through radio and video journalism projects

Second semester of this course becomes more production oriented.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Language and Literature

Language and Literature is designed to introduce students to Latin & Greek word roots to help improve vocabulary and understanding. It also includes an emphasis on Grammar and its role in writing complete, well-rounded, interesting compositions. Grammar study will be incorporated through the use of Dailies and worksheets and personal writings. The American literary selections will explore a broad sampling poetry, short stories, essays, and novels from the 17th through 20th Centuries. It will be important to consider a variety of historical and cultural influences that generated the different types of literature for which America has become famous. Work hard, ask questions, do your homework, study, and we will have fun learning together!

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Mod. English I

Teacher: Ms.Becker

Mod. English II

Teacher: Ms.Becker

Mod. English IV

Teacher: Ms.Becker

Mythology

COURSE: Mythology
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: NONE
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Mythology is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an understanding of myth as a way of assessing the world around them and investigating the relationship between myth and culture, society, and literature. In addition, students will become familiar with selections from Edith Hamilton’s text Mythology and study the archetypes of ancient Greece and how/why these archetypes are witnessed in everyday life. Along with studying archetypes, students will also study oral tradition, creation myths of various cultures, the Titans, the Olympians, Heroes (the unit including Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” and his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces), as well as the Trojan War, and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

In addition to developing students’ familiarity with various myths, this course is designed to enhance and supplement the research skills and independent critical and analytical literacy skills that students work to develop throughout their English studies at SGHS. Group work, discussions, oral presentations, individual projects, and storytelling skills will be developed. Lastly, students will write various argumentative, informative, and narrative essays; vocabulary and etymology will also be studied

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Novel

COURSE: Novel
GRADE: 11-12, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: None
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Students will read at least four novels from a variety of authors and genres to determine novel structure, characterization, and various literary devices such as symbols, foreshadowing, irony, etc. Students will compare and contrast elements within and between novels, one of which will be student-chosen for an independent reading unit.

In addition, students will write a variety of essays ranging from argumentative to informative to narrative. Setting, characterization, plot, theme, and symbols are examined. Lastly, students will keep a personal journal that reflects on the reading and classroom discussions.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Poetry

Define, recognize, and use a variety of figures of speech and poetic forms. Interpret and find meaning in a variety of poetry.Write poetry, using a variety of techniques.
Examine a variety of poems which develop a common theme.
Experience the power and beauty of rhythm, sound and sense.
Use word processing for setting up poem format. Examine visual, verbal and musical modes of poetry.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Science Fiction

This elective is designed to appeal to the student reader who enjoys the genres of science fiction and/or fantasy. The course is designed to distinguish science fiction from fantasy and how it reveals insight into the human condition, both real and imagined. We study the Hero’s Journey as defined by Joseph Campbell and examine the themes of utopia and dystopia through a variety of literature. We study a variety of authors (Shelley, Keyes, Orwell, Huxley, Rand, Clarke, and Asimov) so that students will broaden their literary interest, improve their reading comprehension, and enhance their writing skills.

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

Shakespeare

COURSE: Shakespeare
GRADE: 12, 11, Honors 10
PREREQUISITE: NONE
CREDIT: 1/2

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course encompasses a study of the Renaissance era in England, the British monarchy and rule of Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare as a playwright and poet, and incorporation of theatre and drama. Students will read aloud, study, and perform scenes from several plays including both comedies and tragedies. Students will also have the opportunity to watch the plays performed and view multiple cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Shakespeare’s language, character development, themes, and literary devices will be examined; common themes and techniques will also be compared and contrasted in all the plays studied.

In addition to the close analysis of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, students will write various essays that focus on the following writing styles: argumentative, informative, and narrative. Lastly, students will research the Elizabethan era and complete a final project that focuses on Shakespeare, his work, and the era in which he wrote.

Teacher: Ms.Perkins

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate is a semester-long elective English course designed to provide students with an introduction to the art of rhetoric and a variety of opportunities to develop their public speaking skills. Through formal informative and persuasive speeches, value and policy debates, and informal class presentations and discussions, students will not only cultivate their speaking and listening abilities, but they will enhance their critical, analytical and evaluative thinking skills as well. Focused work on spoken presentations will be supported by a variety of reading, research and writing activities as well as vocabulary enrichment

Teacher: Mrs.Lannen

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