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    Ninth Grade Honors English
    Prerequisite for this course is mastery of eighth grade advanced English and completion of
    summer reading assignments.
    This ninth grade English course provides the student with an accelerated program. The writing
    program will focus on the development of the multi-paragraph essay. Thus students selecting
    this course should exhibit mastery of the paragraph format. The writing process will be utilized
    for expressive and expository writing. Usage units will also be emphasized in conjunction with
    the writing program. In addition, oral communication and vocabulary will be an integral part of this
    course. Finally, literature will include an in-depth study of the short story, and longer fiction and nonfiction
    with each student developing a personal outside reading program.
     
    Ninth Grade College Prep English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of eighth grade proficient English and
    completion of a summer reading assignment. Ninth grade College Prep English is a course
    designed to furnish the college bound student with a well-balanced academic program. In
    this course the emphasis in grammar will be placed on usage units. Writing will focus on the
    refinement of the paragraph and the introduction of the five paragraph essay. The writing
    process will be utilized for expressive and expository writing. In addition, oral communication,
    vocabulary, and spelling will be an integral part of this course. The process also includes an
    introduction to the various genres of literature including the study of short stories, Romeo and Juliet,
    and a variety of longer fiction and non-fiction with each student developing an independent
    reading program.
     
    Ninth Grade English
    Prerequisite for this class are completion of eighth grade English and a summer reading
    assignment. Ninth Grade English is designed for students entering technical or business school, two-year
    community colleges or entering the work force. Emphasis will be placed on basic writing skills,
    grammar usage as well as communication skills. This course also includes an introduction to the
    various genres of literature including the study of short stories, Romeo and Juliet, and a variety of
    longer fiction and non-fiction with each student developing an independent reading program.
     
    Tenth Grade Honors English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of ninth grade Honors English and completion
    of summer reading assignments.Tenth grade Honors English presents the students with an accelerated
    program. Students selecting this course must already possess a mastery of writing skills which reflect
    strong sentence structure, critical thinking skills and paragraph development. Refinement of the
    multi-paragraph essay format is the main objective of the writing program, although emphasis is also
    placed on thought development as demonstrated in a variety of writing styles. The literature program
    focuses on a sampling of genres including: mythology, poetry, drama, and novels taken from world and
    contemporary literature. Students should expect to do oral presentations that will reinforce literature
    and communication skills. Vocabulary and grammar supplement the overall language experience.
     
    Tenth Grade College Prep English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of ninth grade College Prep English and
    completion of a summer reading assignment.Tenth grade College Prep English is designed for the college
    bound student. It is a challenging program aimed at improving all aspects of language skills development.
    The writing focus will increase understanding of the multi-paragraph essay along with developing sound
    writing skills as demonstrated with practice in the various stages of the writing process. The literature
    program centers on a sampling of genres including mythology, poetry, drama and novels, all from world and
    contemporary literature. Additionally, grammar and vocabulary study provide reinforcement to aid
    in the writing process.
     
    Tenth Grade English
    Prerequisite is successful completion of ninth grade English and completion of a summer reading
    assignment. Tenth Grade English is designed to meet the needs of students interested in attending a
    technical or business school, two year college degree programs or directly entering the work place. This course
    will enhance and develop communication skills needed in today’s world. Contemporary young adult
    as well as classical literature will be studied. Frequent writing assignments will be coordinated with
    the study of literature. Vocabulary development will also be an important part of this course.
     
    English 11 Advanced Placement: Language and Composition
    Prerequisite: Students in 10th grade Honors English:
    1. 92 or better in 10th grade Honors English
    2. Successful completion of a critical reading passage
    3. Successful completion of a timed writing
    4. MAP score must reflect AP level ability
    5. Completion of three summer reading assignments
    Advanced Placement Language and Composition is offered to college-bound juniors seeking a
    more in-depth approach to reading and writing about a text. This course differs from the 11th grade
    honors course both in its selections and assignments. This course is designed to be a college
    level seminar and will require extensive reading and writing assignments outside the classroom.
    Students choosing AP English Language and Composition should be interested in studying and
    writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on nonliterary topics. An AP course in
    English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written
    in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of
    purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions
    among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic
    conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students taking
    this course are strongly recommended to take the AP exam in the spring.
     
    Eleventh Grade Honors English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of tenth grade Honors English and
    completion of summer reading assignments. Eleventh grade Honors English presents the students
    with an accelerated program for the development of all language skills. Students selecting this
    course should demonstrate mastery of the essay format. The intensive writing program emphasizes
    critical thinking skills and focuses on research skills following the MLA style. Research papers
    and oral presentations will reinforce written and oral communication skills. In addition, the course
    includes a chronological survey of American literature supplemented with selected American works.
    The changing face of the American society will be analyzed and discussed in relationship to the
    works assigned.
     
    Eleventh Grade College Prep English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of tenth grade College Prep English and a
    summer reading assignment. Eleventh grade College Prep English is designed for students serious about
    attending college. This course will concentrate on increasing the students’ understanding of vocabulary,
    essay writing, and literature. The writing program is designed to refine the students’ abilities in essay writing
    with special focus on thesis and development. The course also includes a chronological survey of American
    literature from 1600 to the present. The changing face of the American society will be analyzed and
    discussed in relationship to the works assigned. Selected American works will be incorporated.
     
    Eleventh Grade English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of tenth grade English and completion of a summer
    reading assignment. Eleventh grade English is designed to meet the needs of students interested in attending a
    two-year community college, a business college, a technical college, or going directly into the work force.
    This course will concentrate on reading skills using American Literature as well as writing, grammar,
    usage, mechanics, and vocabulary. The writing program is designed to refine the students’ abilities
    with special focus on the writing process and development of a research style paper. Selected
    American works will also be incorporated into the curriculum.
     
    English 12 Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition
    Prerequisite: Students enrolled in 11th grade Honors English or AP English 11
    1. 92 or better in Eleventh Grade Honors English or 90 or better in 11AP
    2. Successful completion of a critical reading passage
    3. Successful completion of a timed writing
    4. MAP score must reflect AP level ability
    5. Completion of three summer reading assignments
    Advanced Placement English is offered to college-bound seniors seeking a more in-depth approach
    to literary studies. The course differs from the senior course in both its selection of literature and its
    examination of literary genres. The course is designed as a college level seminar and will require
    extensive reading and writing assignments outside the classroom. Students not enrolled in the
    accelerated track, who are considering taking this course must seek the advice of their current
    Honors English teacher. These students must also enroll in twelfth grade Honors English in the
    spring of their junior year or the spring of their senior year as English Literature is necessary for
    success on the AP exam. Students taking this course are strongly recommended to take the AP
    exam in the spring. Many colleges and universities grant credit or advanced placement to students who
    achieve high scores on the advanced placement English examination given in May by the College Board.
     
    Twelfth Grade Honors English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of eleventh grade Honors English and
    completion of summer reading assignments. Twelfth grade Honors English challenges the refinement of
    expository written communication skills as well as skills in oral communication. Various essays and specifically
    designed projects supplement the intensive literature program which represents a comprehensive, chronological study
    of British Literature. Class discussion will emphasize themes, historical influences, literary analysis, and literature’s
    reflection of society and self.
     
    Twelfth Grade College Prep English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of eleventh grade College Prep English and a summer reading
    assignment. Twelfth grade College Prep English is designed for college-bound students who will be continuing
    their academic education. This course emphasizes the refinement of the students’ skills in both oral
    and written communication. Frequent assignments will include essays and projects designed for unit
    assessment which are a part of the chronological survey of British literature ranging from historical
    influences to literary analysis.
     
    Twelfth Grade English
    Prerequisite for this course is successful completion of eleventh grade English and completion
    of a summer reading assignment. The twelfth grade English course is designed for students interested
    in attending a two year community college, a business college, a technical college, or entering the Armed
    Forces, or entering the work force. Students will study a variety of communication skills and practice for
     the PSSA test retakes. Writings will consist of functional writing in the real world as well as refining the
     students’ academic writing skills. The students will also read literature, especially selected British works
    designed to reinforce basic ethics and social values on a universal level.
     
    Public Speaking I
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: The student should be enrolled in college prep or honors English and possess
    sound speaking skills. This course is designed for the student who wants to improve his/her public
    speaking skills. It will be devoted to building self-esteem and developing fundamental speaking skills
    for the purpose of making oral presentations.
     
    Public Speaking II
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite: Public Speaking II is only available to those students who have successfully
    completed Public Speaking I with an 85% or better average. Advanced speaking skills in the area of
    persuasive and debate topics will be the focus of the course.

    Creative Writing
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite:
    • Students should be enrolled in college prep, honors, or advanced placement level English and
    possess sound writing skills.
    • Students must be willing to write everyday.
    This is an elective designed to improve students’ writing ability. The course will provide an overview
    of various writing forms and techniques. The course focuses on students analyzing, synthesizing,
    and producing writing samples of the various genres such as: short story, poetry, prose, comedy,
    drama, mystery, children stories, narrative and descriptive pieces. Students will be required to
    present material orally along with maintaining and producing portfolios that showcase their writing
    competency in various creative writing forms. The literary magazine is produced by this class.
     
    Creative Writing II
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    Prerequisite:
    • Students who have successfully completed Creative Writing I with 87% or higher
    • Recommendation of Creative Writing I teacher
    • College-bound students who meet the department criteria for enrollment in Honors courses.
    Students who register for Creative Writing II will further enhance their writing skills in an accelerated,
    challenging classroom atmosphere. Students will be required to demonstrate application of learned
    skills and can assist in the production and publication of the literary magazine.
    SAT Verbal Prep Class
    Grades 10, 11
    .5 credit
    This 45-minute elective is designed to instruct sophomores and juniors in skills and techniques to
    improve their strategies for and scores on the verbal sections of the Critical Reading and Writing
    sections of the PSAT and SAT. The course is intensive in its study of vocabulary, both through
    word lists and through practice with prefixes, suffixes, root words, and work origins as useful to
    sentence completion questions. The students will also develop critical reading and timed essay
    skills. Additionally, the course will examine and review grammatical concepts as covered on the
    writing section.
     
    SAT Verbal Prep-Honors
    Grades 10, 11
    .5 credit
    Students opting to take SAT Verbal for Honors credit will supplement course material with more
    rigorous tests, enrichment projects, and higher expectations on standard coursework.
     
    English as a Second Language (ESL)
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    English as a Second Language is a mandatory course for English learners, designed to facilitate the
    acquisition of the English language. This program focuses upon listening, speaking, reading and
    writing skills, fundamental to English language proficiency in a social and academic context. The
    academic instruction is made accessible to the students at their levels of English language proficiency.
    Credits will be awarded based on classroom hours obtained.

    Beginner Level:
    Students must schedule for one block during the Fall semester as well as one block during the Spring semester. 1 credit
    Intermediate Level:
    Students must schedule for one block during the Fall semester as well as one block during the Spring semester. 1 credit
    Advanced Level:
    Students must schedule for one period during the fall semester. .5 credit
    Advanced Level:
    Students must schedule for one period during the Spring semester unless exited from the ESL program. 5 credit.
    The .5 Advanced credit classes are available to allow students to fulfill the required hours as they demonstrate
    proficiency before exiting from the ESL program. 
     
    Journalism
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    This is an elective course open to students in grades 9–12 who have demonstrated
    mastery (80%) in their previous year’s English class. This course provides an overview
    of the history, technique and theory of journalism. Students will gain experience writing
    a variety of stories, including news, features, sports, and reviews. Students will explore
    various forms of print media including newspapers and magazines. Students will also
    learn how to practice sound journalism ethics, brainstorm, conduct interviews, shoot
    photos, and accurately construct, edit, and produce newspaper writing. Advertising and its
    critical role in the media will be examined as well. This class is highly recommended for:
    • Students looking to pursue a career in communications and/or publishing
    • Students who wish to be on the high school yearbook or newspaper staff
    • Students who would like to further develop and enhance their writing skills
     
    Journalism Honors
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    Prerequisite is completion of Honors English/Advanced 8th Grade English with an 85% average
    or higher. Taking the Journalism class for Honors credit will allow students the opportunity to examine and explore
    the same topics as the Journalism class as described below, though with greater sophistication and
    complexity. Students enrolling in the Journalism class for Honors credit will enhance their research
    and presentation skills by serving as facilitators for classroom instruction and discussion.
     
     
     
    Yearbook Production
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    1 credit
    Yearbook Production is designed for students in grades 10–12 wishing to expand their knowledge of journalistic
    writing and media technology and expand their use of the English language for communication purposes. This
    course emphasizes the development of writing skills, communication skills, design skills, technology skills,
    photography skills, interviewing skills and time and conflict management skills to ensure the production of a
    quality yearbook.
    Yearbook Production will be offered at two experience levels.
    Yearbook Production I Journalism / no experience
    Yearbook Production II Honors, experience necessary (student may take this class more than once)
    Current Yearbook staff is encouraged to schedule this class. Documentation of years of experience
    should be provided from the current yearbook advisor to present to your Guidance Counselor when
    scheduling.
     
    Study Strategies
    Grades 9-12
    .5 credit
    Do you often study for tests and not do well? Do you avoid studying because you don’t know how?
    Do you read and reread and still not get it? This elective course is intended to prepare students for
    self-managing their own learning during high school and college. This course is designed to assist
    students with developing and using effective and efficient study skills on a consistent basis. This
    course will focus on student examination of their academic goals and learning how and when to use
    various study strategies to achieve those goals. Topics include strategies for goal-setting, learning
    styles, test-taking, note-taking, time management, and critical reading for academic success. Students
    will be required to demonstrate hands-on use of the study strategies to help them succeed in their other
    academic classes. Active participation in class discussions and projects is expected.
     
    Study Skills/Transitional Strategies
    Grade 9
    .5 credit
    Is the thought of going from middle school to high school a little overwhelming? A new place, new
    teachers, new expectations…This elective course is designed to assist students with transitioning
    to the new expectations of high school life, including developing organizational skills, time
    management, and accessing the academic and extra-curricular resources available at the high
    school. Topics will include getting and staying organized, goal-setting, test-taking, note-taking, time
    management, and review of basic reading and math skills.
     
    Enhanced Study Skills/Transitional Strategies
    Grades 10, 11, 12
    .5 credit
    Is your idea of organization putting all of your paperwork in one bag? Was the last time you consistently
    completed homework in elementary school? Having trouble passing classes because you are disorganized?
    Have no idea what you are going to do after high school? This elective course is designed to assist upperclassmen
    in getting organized and earning the necessary credits toward graduation with minimum hassle. Topics will include
    getting and staying organized, goal setting, test-taking, note-taking, time management, review of basic reading
    and math skills, and career exploration. This course is also available based on a teacher recommendation.