English

English 1:

Course Title:                 English I
Course Length:            Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                 9

English I is a required course for graduation. Students will improve their reading, writing, and language skills while thinking critically and reading a wide range of texts.

Course Outline:

Writing personal narratives
Writing expository essays
Persuasive writing
Grammar and mechanics
The short story
Biographies and personal recollections
Poetry
Drama

 

English 2:

Course Title:               English II
Course Length:           Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                10
Prerequisites:           English I

English II is a required course for graduation.  This course is designed in part to prepare students for admission to a university.  English II will focus on building a solid foundation in language and communication.  As part of that foundation students will continue to develop reading skills through the study of quality literature as well as the study of narrative, expository, persuasive, and technical text and the various characteristics of each. Along with reading skills, students will also focus on developing their individual writing styles. While reinforcing writing skills in narrative, expository, and persuasive modes, students will also continue practice in grammar, mechanics, and usage.  As part of English II students will also learn researching skills and incorporate the information learned into research papers, projects, and speeches.  Another aspect of this course will include increasing students vocabulary.  Students are required to read to 2 SRC books each 9 weeks.

Course Outline:

Journal Writing
Personal Narratives
Expository Writing
Research Writing
Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage
Vocabulary Building

Elements of Fiction
Narrative Text
Expository Text
Persuasive Text
Technical Text

 

English 3:

Course Title:               English III
Course Length:            Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:                 11
Prerequisites:               English II

English III will take students on a historic look at the development of American Literature while also focusing on improving writing, grammar, mechanics, usage, and vocabulary skills. Students will explore literature from our country’s beginning as well as the historical context in which the literature was written.  Students will read, analyze, and discuss The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne), To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee), and The Crucible (Miller) in addition to essays, short stories, and poems by authors such as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Dickinson, Whitman, and Frost. The six-trait writing model will provide the foundation for writing and assessment.  Students will write often using the writing process while being taught specific strategies for each stage of the writing process.   Students will write a research paper and several essays including compare and contrast, problem solution, persuasive, as well as an editorial, character sketches, and critical evaluations. Vocabulary building focusing on Greek, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon roots, prefixes, and suffixes will help students with both reading and writing skills.  Students will also have the opportunity to view literary classics that will provide an opportunity to compare and contrast discussions.  Students will make a power point presentation to the class over an important American author and present several short oral presentations. This course is designed in part to prepare students for admission to a university.

Course Outline:

Journal Writing
Persuasive Writing
Research Writing
Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage
Vocabulary building
American Literature
Narrative text
Expository text
Persuasive text
Technical text

 

Comp I / Advance Literature:

Course Title: Comp I / Advanced Literature
Course Length:          Full Year Course (1 credit)
Grade Level:               12
Prerequisites:             English III

Comp I/Advanced Literature is a required class for graduation. This course is designed in part to prepare students for admission to a university.  This class is divided into two semesters.  The each semester is designed as a dual credit class in partnership with Colby Community College that allows students to receive credit to meet their high school requirement and receive 3 hours of college credit each semester for Comp I & II through CCC.  In the first semester students will focus on writing through the use of the six-trait writing model and the writing process to develop a variety of essays such as personal narrative, descriptive, compare/contrast, and cause/effect to meet the college requirement for this class. The second semester of this class will focus on persuasive writing that leads to the completion of a research paper.  Students will take a historical look at the literature of England, and the historic context in which the literature was written.  Students will be exposed to such great literature like Beowulf, Gilgamesh, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth and authors like Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, and Dickens.

Concepts Taught:
Journal Writing
Personal Narratives
Expository Writing
Research Writing
Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage
Vocabulary Building
English Literature