English 9 (1 credit) Required 9
The goal for English 9 is to build a solid foundation of reading, writing, and grammatical skills that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, themes, and tasks. Students will be introduced to the various genres of classic and contemporary literature as well as informational texts that will be read and analyzed throughout high school. Ninth graders will connect with and respond to texts by analyzing relationships within and across families, communities, societies, governments, and economies. Throughout the course, students will participate in choice reading, book clubs, and SAT prep as well as reading the anchor texts Romeo and Juliet and The Odyssey.
English 10 (1 credit) Required 10
English 10 is a class focusing on American Literature. There will be choice reading, Book Clubs (Overcoming Obstacles and Love), and required reading -- You Have a Friend in Me (To Kill a Mockingbird and Of Mice and Men) and Individualism and Integrity (The Crucible). Students will be required to participate in class discussions, group work, SAT prep, tests/quizzes, a multi-genre project, essays, and a research paper.
English 11 (1 credit) Required 11
This course is designed to prepare students for the rest of their lives...college and career readiness. Students will be reading, writing, speaking, and listening daily. We are also using the Book Love Approach: Choice Reading. Students will be expected to read at least nine works. Students will have a choice in Book Clubs (Coming of Age and Breaking the Norm) as well. There are at least three anchor units (Tuesdays with Morrie, The Little Prince, and Night) that is required of all students. Reading and writing assignments are chosen to enhance college and career readiness. Additional assignments may be added to the class as needed to enhance or reinforce skills, including SAT prep.
Senior English (1 credit) Required 12
The focus of the two term course is preparation of students to meet the standards and expectations established by the State of Michigan in Language Arts and to prepare students to make the transition from K-12 academic life to life beyond high school. Citizenship and community responsibilities will be stressed. Written and oral expression and reading comprehension in education and in business will be emphasized. Heavy emphasis is placed on independent reading and writing. Public speaking is a required element of the course.
Honors Senior English (1 credit)
Prerequisites: A/B grades in all English courses. Teacher recommendation.
The focus of the two term course is preparation of students to meet and exceed the standards and expectations established by the State of Michigan in Language Arts and to prepare students to make the transition from K-12 academic life to college academic life. Citizenship and community responsibilities will be stressed. Written and oral expression and reading comprehension in education and in business will be emphasized. Heavy emphasis is placed on independent reading and writing as well as literary analysis. Public speaking is a required element of the course.
Writing for Publication (1 credit) Elective 11-12
This is an exciting class where you will be creating and designing the school yearbook. This class also presents an overview of the field of journalism while teaching students to be consumers of mass media and to understand news-gathering and production. It includes basic news writing, reporting, editing and legal and ethical issues. Yearbook responsibilities include layout design, writing articles, deciding on themes, photography, and much more. You will develop your interviewing and interpersonal skills as well. Working as a team, you will experience a setting much like you will encounter in the corporate world. Projects will be assigned where you will be working independently, and deadlines must be met; therefore, you must be someone who is motivated and a self-starter.
Communications (.5 credit) Elective 10-12
The Communications course is designed for students to better understand the nature of sending and receiving messages. Content will include reading, writing, speaking and listening as the four types of human communications. Students will study problem solving techniques and practice active listening as a tool for problem solving. The class will involve role-playing, analysis of communication exchanges and discussions. We will be studying various models of communications. Evaluation will be in the form of traditional tests and projects. The course will examine how the various media operates as well as how it influences our culture. The course will include multiple projects, learning games, independent reading, public speaking, and written analysis.
Film Studies (.5 credits) ) Elective 10-12
Storytelling is the most common way that we communicate to one another. Stories told with film have a tremendous influence on our attitudes and perceptions of the world around us. In fact, films may be one of the most powerful tools in modern culture for shaping values and conveying information. By viewing, studying, discussing, and writing about film, students develop and demonstrate skills in technological, cultural, and media literacy, as well as critical thinking and problem solving-skills that will serve them well in the real world. The main components of the course will include viewing, reading, writing, analyzing, discussing, and synthesizing (making connections between self and society and between texts and society).
Mythology/Fantasy (1 credit) Elective 10-12
Prerequisite - English 9 completed with passing grade
Mythology is an English elective that is broken up into two separate semesters. In the first semester Mythology covers a variety of fantasy based fictions such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. In the second semester Mythology addresses the different origins of myth across a wide range of cultures. We will discuss Roman/Greek, Native Americans, Egyptian and Norse mythology. Students will be required to do group projects, discussion work, speeches, and written assessments.