Language Arts

LITERATURE 9                                   

Full Year Course-2 credits

Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: none

Being an active and effective reader is vital to the success of high school.  Literature 9 focuses on reading strategies and then applies them to nonfiction, drama, short stories, and the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  Various reading skills will be the focus as the year progresses.  The study of allusions by the study of mythology will be a unit focus.  Vocabulary will also be emphasized.

 

WRITING 9

Full Year Course-2 credits

Grade Level: 9

Prerequisite: none

Written communication is vital to success in school and eventually any occupation.  Writing 9 will focus on grammar, research skills and documentation, and of course, writing.  Driving the course will be the national program of Six Traits plus One Writing program.  Throughout this course we will identify ideas, voice, organization, word choice, conventions, and sentence fluency in well-written paragraphs and essays.  These skills will cumulate in a term paper.

 

CREATIVE WRITING

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite: Writing 9

Using the 6+1 traits of writing as its foundation, this course would focus on the creative aspects of writing.  Units to be covered include:  journalism and its unique writing needs (newspaper, television, and advertising), poetry, fiction, technical writing, and narration.  We will focus on writing for a variety of audiences.  Included will be an intensive study on the qualities of good writing, including figurative language, content, focus, organization, and style.  Vocabulary development in conjunction with good writing will also be emphasized.  Chances for publication in various contests around the area are possible.

 

ENGLISH II                                          

Full Year Course-2 credits

Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite: none

This required course for all second-year students covers four major units of study.  It covers an introduction of basic speech technique, literature, composition, and an introduction to Shakespeare and the Shakespearean play.  The course is required for two semesters of study.  Class analysis will emphasize oral presentation, listening skills, writing ability, and an understanding of the fundamentals of the language through reading and comprehension.

 

AMERICAN LITERATURE                

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: none

This class emphasizes the great works of American authors.  Major units of study include Native American writings, revolutionary war literature, the Romantic era, poetry, and 20th century authors.  Class analysis will emphasize writing, reading checks, participation, listening and reading skills, and exams.

 

WRITING FOR EVERYONE             

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite: none

Because writing is an integral part of the world today, this course is designed to familiarize students with the many types of communications they will encounter after high school in their personal and social lives, the business world, and post-high school institutions.  The art of communication will be stressed with reviews of usage, grammar, and punctuation skills.  Students will write a variety of compositions ranging in focus from descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and expository.

 

COLLEGE COMPOSITION I (ICN Course)

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level:11 & 12 (TAG)

Prerequisite: consent of administration

The student will develop skills in written communication through various experiences including expository, persuasive, and research papers.  Instruction will also include basic research and documentation skills.

 

COLLEGE COMPOSITION II (ICN Course)

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11 & 12 (TAG)

Prerequisite: consent of administration

This course focuses on the use of argumentation skills in both reading and writing.  Students write several essays on current and enduring issues using critical analysis, research, and advanced writing skills.

 

CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE                   

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11-12, elective

Prerequisite: none

This is a course which offers an opportunity for reading many and varied types of modern novels plays.  Students have a wide choice of material which includes easy, medium and challenging literature. Depending on difficulty, students may expect to read 12 to 21 novels or plays a semester.  This class fulfills the literature requirement.

 

ADVANCED READING                                     

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11 & 12, elective

Prerequisite: American Literature and one Literature elective

Advanced Readingis a course designed to allow students the opportunity to read a variety of literary genre most commonly requested by universities and colleges.  Much reading will be on an individualized basis along with class selections which will be analyzed and discussed as a group.  Emphasis will be on techniques of analyzing literature as to literary components, similarities/contrasts with other works, insights into human motives and the complexities of human relations, and an awareness of the author’s role in historical, cultural, and social changes.  Personal insights, opinions, and ideas which can be effectively explained and supported in spoken and written form will be stressed as a natural outcome of the students’ reading.  This class fulfills the literature requirement.

THEATRE/DRAMA                                             

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11-12, elective, also see Fine Arts

Prerequisite: none

During this semester course, students will study acting technique and will read several well-known plays.  Costuming and make-up and other aspects of theatre will also be discussed.  Class assessment will emphasize participation and performance, both individually and in group activities, as well as journals and play reports.  Although reading is a part of this class, the class does not study literature and does not fulfill the literature requirement.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ARGUMENTATION

Semester Course-1credit

Grade Level: 11-12, elective

Prerequisite: none

The purpose of this class is to give students the tools for defending their opinions and positions.  The emphasis will be on the ability to think fast and speak well, but there will be other elements of the class which will entail prolonged preparation of briefs, cases, and evidence.  Before a student can defend a position, s/he must choose a position.  To do that, the student must have the ability to think critically, reason, and form arguments that are logical and sound.  Students will argue both extemporaneously and in formal debates, either team debate or Lincoln-Douglas.  Students will also work cooperatively to solve problems and reach consensus.  To do well in this class, students must be present and participate.  Many activities will not be able to be made up in the event of an absence.  Alternative projects can be provided, but without the possibility of argument, grades will suffer.

 

WORLD LITERATURE                                      

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11-12, elective

Prerequisite: none

This course offers the student a sampling of a wide range of world literature.  The student will read both fiction and non-fiction with a view to understanding the culture and philosophy from which the literature has sprung.  Poetry, plays, essays, and mythology will be studied as well as short stories and the novel.  Class analysis will emphasize position papers and group discussion.  This class fulfills the literature requirement.

 

 

ENGLISH LITERATURE                                   

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level:  11- 12, elective

Prerequisite: none

This course will follow the chronological history of English literature from Old English to late Nineteenth Century.  Representative samples which may include poetry, plays, essays, short stories, and/or the novel from each of the major periods will be examined.  The student will experiment with writing and speaking in Old and Middle English as the influence of cultural changes in the language is traced.  Hopefully, the student will gain an appreciation of the ever-changing nature of a living language.  This class fulfills the literature requirement.

 

College Speech (ICN course)

Semester Course-1 credit

Grade Level: 11 &12 (TAG)

Prerequisite: consent of administration

Emphasis is placed on actual speaking experiences.  Instruction focuses on the theory of preparation and presentation, application and practice, observation and listening, and the giving of critical feedback.  Types of speeches assigned will include informative, persuasive, and special occasion.