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. Through the thematic lens of inter-relationships, self-discovery, and self-reliance, they will consider how they build and maintain relationships, how their relationships impact others, and their responsibility to society.
English 10 (1 credit) Required 10
English 10 is a class comprised of American Literature. There will be a thematic approach to the following units: Beauty Within, Power of Love, You have a Friend in me, and Individualism and Integrity. Students will be required to participate in class discussions, group work, Act prep, tests/quizzes, a multi genre project, essays and a research paper.
English 11 (1 credit) Required 11
Students will complete multiple reading and writing assignments for each unit in the course. Reading and writing assignments are chosen to enhance college readiness. Additional assignments may be added to the class as needed to enhance or reinforce skills. Readings include: fiction and nonfiction, modern and classic literature. Students will be expected to read nine works. Each work will require one major written assignment, one presentation and one test for assessment.
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 classic literature and public speaking.
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 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 reading, writing, analysis, class discussion, and synthesis (making connections between self and society and between texts and society).
Mythology/Fantasy (1 credit) Elective 10-12
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. Prerequisite is passing English 9.