English

Classics (Middle School English)

Page Fletcher, Instructor

Classics                                                                                                            0 credit/Middle School English

Course Description:

Classics is a middle school English course designed to prepare students for exceptional high school performance by seeking to ground them in grammar, writing, literature and vocabulary. Since the concepts previously taught in “Classics I” and “Classics II” are reviewed, reinforced and solidified each year, the two courses have been combined, yet not duplicated from one year to the next. This allows students to take the course as needed or desired (1-3 times) without repetition. Using IEW Style and Structure, Shurley Grammar techniques with added diagramming, Teaching the Classics plot outlines, genre studies, and Sadlier Oxford vocabulary, students will be able to join others in saying, “Thank you for preparing me for high school English!”

Areas of particular focus for the coming year include: literary analysis, which teaches students how to analyze elements of literature including setting, plot, characterization, imagery, allusions, and parallelism; literary devices commonly used by authors; and how authors succeed in conveying tone, theme, character, irony, and point of view. 

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Honors English I – General Literature

Sarah Melchers, Instructor

Prerequisites: If the student has never taken an English course at the MHSRC, then an English placement test will be required. If a placement test is necessary, please call the MHSRC at 358-9282 or send an e-mail message to mhsrc2@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to take a placement test in April or May.

Primarily designed for ninth graders, but suitable for advanced eighth graders, this class will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature.

Keyboarding skills and access to a personal computer and printer are essential.

Course Objectives:

  • A thorough review of introductory grammar principles and a systematic study of advanced vocabulary, along with reading comprehension exercises designed to strengthen critical reading skills. 

  • Appreciation of short stories, poetry, plays, essays and novels. Identification of basic literary elements and terms; beginning skills in interpretation, comparison, and analysis of literary works will be covered.

  • Composition of descriptive, narrative, and expository essays, creative writing responses to literature.

This course will be taught at the college preparatory/ honors level, although extra independent reading will be required of those who want to receive the additional credit for an honors course. Parents may contact the instructor for individual student accommodations. 

 

Honors English II – World Literature

Sarah Melchers, Instructor

Prerequisites: English I or its academic equivalent is required. Students will be expected to have a confident grasp of basic grammar and essay composition principles. A placement test will be required of students who have not completed English I with Mrs. Montgomery. If a placement test is necessary, please call the MHSRC at 358-9282 or send an e-mail message to mhsrc2@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to take a placement test.

Primarily designed for tenth graders, this class is also suitable for advanced ninth graders, or eleventh graders needing review in writing skills. This class will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature.

Keyboarding skills and access to a personal computer and printer are essential.

Course Objectives: 

  • A thorough review of grammar principles, a systematic study of advanced vocabulary, and reading comprehension exercises designed to prepare the student for the college entrance exams in critical reading.

  • Appreciation of short stories, poetry, plays, essays and novels, as well as a formal study of literary modes, devices and rhetorical strategies.

  • Composition of expository, persuasive and analytical papers, some creative responses to literature. Primarily, however, this class focuses on formal essay writing and a research paper.

This course will be taught at the college preparatory/honors level, although extra independent reading will be required of those who want to receive the credit for an honors course. Parents may contact the instructor for individual student accommodations.

 

Honors English III – American Literature

Sarah Melchers, Instructor

Prerequisites: English I and  II, or equivalent coursework, is required. If the student has never taken a language arts course with Mrs. Montgomery, then an English placement test will be required. If a placement test is necessary, please call the MHSRC at 358-9282 or send an e-mail message to mhsrc2@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to take a placement test. 

Designed primarily for eleventh graders, but suitable for advanced tenth graders, this academically rigorous course will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, critical reading, composition and literature.

Keyboarding skills and access to a PC and printer are essential.

Course Objectives: 

  • A systematic study of advanced vocabulary, a thorough review of grammar, and reading comprehension exercises designed to prepare the student for college and entrance exams in writing and critical reading.

  • A chronological study of non-fiction and fiction pieces in the American literary tradition. Appreciation of short stories, poetry, plays, essays and novels, as well as identification of literary elements and terms. Some interpretation, comparison, and analysis of literary works will be covered.

  • Composing primarily analytical papers in response to literature, this course assumes a solid background in expository writing. The writing portion of this class focuses on analytical and persuasive essay writing, timed essays, and a research paper. Rhetorical devices for effective writing and speech will be studied extensively. During spring semester, students will do business writing, career assessment, job interview training, and introduction to the college application process.

This course will be taught at an honors/AP level, although extra independent reading will be required of those who want to receive the credit for an honors course. Teacher will make recommendations after the first semester to those she feels confident will pass the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam, if this is a desired path. Parents may contact the instructor for individual student accommodations.

 

Honors English IV – British Literature

Sarah Melchers

Prerequisites: English III or equivalent coursework is required. A confident knowledge of literary terminology and advanced composition skills will be expected. If the student has never taken a language arts course with Mrs. Montgomery, then an English placement test will be required. If a placement test is necessary, please call the MHSRC at 358-9282 or send an e-mail message to mhsrc2@gmail.com to schedule an appointment to take a placement test. 

Designed primarily for twelfth graders, but suitable for advanced eleventh graders, this honors/AP level course will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, composition and literature. 

Keyboarding skills and access to a PC and printer are essential.

Course Objectives: 

  • A systematic study of advanced vocabulary, a thorough grammar review, and an in-depth study of literary terminology and rhetorical strategies.

  • A chronological study of non-fiction and fiction pieces in the British literary tradition. Appreciation and analysis of short stories, poetry, plays, essays and novels from British literary tradition, as well as investigation of author background and historical influence on literature, will be emphasized.

  • Review of creative, persuasive and analytical writing principles, a college application project in the fall assists student in preparing for college admissions; during the spring semester, a unit of journalism will also be covered. Research paper writing skills will be assumed.

This course will be taught at the honors/AP level, although extra independent reading will be required of those who want to receive the credit for an honors course. Teacher will make recommendations after the first semester to those she feels confident will pass the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam, if this is a desired path.

Parents may contact the instructor for individual student accommodations.