English Courses

English 9 - Full Year - 1 credit
211A & 211B Level 3
212A & 212B Level 4
213A & 213B Level 5
214A & 214B Level 6
The goal of English 9 is to further each student's ability to read with comprehension, write clearly, and think critically. Novels, short stories, poetry, and drama are covered in addition to intensive study of grammar and vocabulary. Homework, quizzes, tests, writing assignments, and class participation determine students' progress. In Levels 5 and 6 expect daily reading assignments.

English 10 - Full Year - 1 credit
221A & 221B Level 3
222A & 222B Level 4
223A & 223B Level 5
224A & 224B Level 6
The goals of English 10 are to enhance the student's ability to express himself clearly and effectively, to broaden the student's awareness of the appreciation for literature in its many forms, and to develop the student's ability to think and to reason. Reading includes a literature anthology and a variety of novels. Grammar review and vocabulary building are used extensively to prepare quizzes, composition work, and class discussion. In Levels 5 and 6 expect daily reading assignments and a Writing Portfolio Project each quarter. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 9 English.

English 11 - Full Year - 1 credit
231A & 231B Level 3
232A & 232B Level 4
233A & 233B Level 5
234A & 234B Level 6
The goal of English 11 is to increase the student's ability to utilize the English language effectively in reading, listening, writing and speaking. Reading comprehension should be improved for purposes of enjoyment, broadening one's horizons, and increasing understanding of human problems. Improved writing should help develop clarity in thinking as well as clarity in expressing oneself in either writing or speaking. From reading a survey of American literature, students gain a greater understanding of American culture and history. Other work includes vocabulary building, grammar and composition, and class discussion. In Level 5 and 6, research papers are required as well as daily reading assignments. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 10 English.

English 12 - Full Year - 1 credit
241A & 241B Level 3
242A & 242B Level 4
243A & 243B Level 5 .
The goal of English 12 is to continue to develop and strengthen the student's reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. This means reading with deeper comprehension, writing with greater precision and clarity, and listening with more critical attention. Level 5 focuses on a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, with the inclusion of variety of thematically-related works. Levels 4 and 5 address some major British works, but focus on thematically-related works which are tailored to the needs and interests of the students. Assessment is based on writing assignments, tests, quizzes, projects, oral presentations, participation and attendance. In Levels 5 and 6, expect frequent writing assignments as well as daily reading assignments. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 11 English.

AP English Literature and Composition - Full Year - 1 credit
276A & 276B Level 6
This course is an alternative to English 12 for students who want a challenging college-level course that meets College Board Advanced Placement Standards.
The material is organized as a chronological survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. In the context of this chronological focus of each unit, students will read selections from other periods, genres, and cultures that are relevant to the themes of the period being studied. Students will be asked to read extensively, read closely for detail as well as literary devices and structures, participate in discussion, and write insightful critical analyses of literary passages and works in both impromptu and prepared essays. Frequent, timed impromptu essay writing will be practiced because that is the format for the AP exam. A documented literary analysis essay is required. Open only to grade 12.
Students who wish to opt for college credit may take the Advanced Placement exam in May. (Exam fee is required.)