English/Language Arts

Ninth-Grade English 


ENGL 041: In this course, students will learn effective strategies for reading fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; students will also explore and implement elements of effective writing. Writing assignments include a learning journal, a photo essay, a personal narrative, and a process paper. Students will learn new vocabulary and review grammatical concepts. ENGL 043: This course incorporates reading, writing, speaking strategies, vocabulary, Internet research skills, essay and speech writing, and texts from various genres; students will also have the opportUnity to use instructional multimedia and video interviews on an interactive DVD. This course is designed to open students’ eyes to new perspectives so they may develop their own ideas and a greater understanding of the world they live in.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters

Tenth-Grade English 


ENGL 045: Students will develop new perspectives through interpreting literature, expanding vocabulary, and writing creatively; students will also enhance their writing skills by examining point of view, character development, figurative language, and audience. ENGL 047 This course offers a myriad of reading and writing activities that are challenging and engaging; it is designed to strengthen students’ background knowledge in the genres of poetry, short story, myth, nonfiction, and novel.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Required Materials:
    • Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1994, 0-446-31078-9)
    • N/A, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962 Film (1988)
    • N/A, Dictionary (any one will work) (2004)
    • Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (1995, 9780486284927)
    • Michael Shaara , The Killer Angels (2004, 9780345348104)

Eleventh-Grade English


ENGL 051: In this eleventh-grade English course, students will learn about American literature by studying selections from the play The Crucible, reading the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, writing a research book report, and completing writing assignments that contrast historical and fictitious events described in literature. Students will also be studying Latin and Greek terms, developing their vocabulary, and enhancing their writing skills. ENGL 053: This course emphasizes literary, functional, and informational reading selections. A research report with outline, works cited, and in-text documentation will be required. The course includes analyses, original stories, and poems. Students will develop their writing style to improve effectiveness, clarity, and variety. 

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Required Materials:
    • Lee , To Kill a Mockingbird (1988, 9780446310789)
    • Miller, A , The Crucible : A Play in Four Acts( 1976, 9780140481389)
    • Arthur Miller , Death of a Salesman (9780141180977) 
    • Wilder , Our Town (2004, 0-06-051263-6) 
    • Neil Simon , Lost in Yonkers (9780452268838)

Twelfth-Grade English


ENGL 055: Students will develop a basic understanding of poetry as they analyze and isolate figures of speech, enhance their writing skills as several different rhetorical modes are practiced, and enlarge their vocabulary while becoming more proficient at punctuation. ENGL 057: Students will gain a basic understanding of rhetoric as they become more proficient in their writing, enlarge their vocabulary, and recognize how to skillfully approach poetry. Students will also learn to assess writing more effectively by using the Six Traits Analytical Model Writing Assessment.

  • Course Length: 2 Semesters
  • Required Materials:
    • Lewis, The Great Divorce (2002, 0-06-065295-0)
    • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (2006, 9780807014295)
    • Brokaw, The Greatest Generation (2001, 0-8129-7529-4)
    • Chacour, Blood Brothers (1984, 9780800793210)

WRIT 045: Creative Writing


This course guides students in writing fiction by learning and using the elements of creative writing: plot, character development, dialogue, description, scene, transition, and point of view. Two short stories are required. 9 lessons, 9 assignment submissions (7 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored instructor-graded final exam.

  • Course Length: 1 Semester

WRIT 049: Journalism


In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of modern journalism: reporting, interviewing, writing techniques, censorship issues, page design, and broadcast journalism. 8 lessons, 8 assignment submissions (6 computer-graded [Speedback] assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments); proctored computer-graded final exam.

  • Course Length: 1 Semester