English

Middle School English

Laurie Lamb, Instructor

Course Description: This class is designed for seventh and eighth graders and will cover all key elements of a middle school English course: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature. Further description forthcoming.

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English I – General Literature (College Prep with Honors option)

Melinda Boyle, Instructor

Primarily designed for ninth graders this class will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature. An honors option is available.

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. 

 

English II – World Literature (College Prep with Honors option)

Melinda Boyle, 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.

Primarily designed for tenth graders, this class will cover all key elements of a high school English course: vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, composition and literature. An honors option is available.

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.

 

English III/IV – American/British Literature (College Prep with Honors option)

Melinda Boyle, Instructor

Prerequisites: English I and II, or equivalent coursework, is required.

Designed primarily for eleventh and twelfth graders this 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.