English & Language Arts Courses

In order to be better equipped to share the truths of Christianity, it is essential that Christians be able to communicate properly.  Therefore, the English curriculum will develop a student’s oral and written communication skills and prepare the students to be effective witnesses in this world.

It is also important that students be able to effectively study literature in order to have the opportunity to examine important questions in life, be able to form a Christian perspective, and appreciate God-given talents and abilities.  Elements of the English curriculum prepare students to evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the spoken and written word.

Students are required to complete four (4) credits in English for graduation.  Additionally, students are required to complete a half credit (0.5) in Speech for graduation.


Classical Literature & Composition

Length: Full Year
Grade: 9-10
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 1.0

The composition component of this course provides an in-depth review of the fundamentals of grammar. The types of writing will include writing essay answers, journaling, and 5-paragraph essays. Other major writing projects will also occur, including a research paper, descriptive essay, and persuasive paper.

The literature component of this course includes a preparation of the students for a more in-depth study of literature by exposure to a variety of types of literature and literary terms. Students will read short stories, poetry, two novels, and a Shakespeare drama.

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World Literature & Composition

Length: Full Year
Grade: 9-10
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 1.0

In an effort to understand the larger world that God has placed us in, Students in World Literature & Composition will study literature from around the globe, searching to discover similarities and differences that exist across cultures. Students will begin with the most familiar: North American writers and then travel around the world jumping to Europe, Asia/Oceania, Africa, The Middle East, and Central and South America. The course will conclude with a unit on Folk and Fairy Tales from around the globe.

The composition component of this course provides an in-depth review of the fundamentals of grammar. The types of writing will include essay responses, journaling, 5-paragraph essays, and creative short stories. Two major writing projects will also occur: a research paper and a faith-based reflective paper.

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American Literature & Composition

Length: Full Year
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 1.0

American Literature starts the school year studying Fahrenheit 451. Students will discuss why literature is important especially in this age of Technology. Students will next follow a chronological study of the american voice following the important literary movements within American Thought: Colonialism, the Age of Reason/Enlightenment, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Modernism, and finally Postmodernism.

The composition component of this course is intended to solidify the students’ own personal writing styles as well as to ensure that students are fully prepared to move on to post-high school education. In an effort to reach these goals, a review of grammatical concepts will occur, and students will be asked to critically analyze their own writings. Students will participate in a variety of writing projects, such as alternate endings to novels, narratives from a different point of view, and scholarship and/or college application essays. Two major writing projects will also occur: a research paper and a reflective paper.

 

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British Literature & Composition

Length: Full Year
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 1.0

The composition component of this course reviews and analyzes advanced grammatical concepts, such as complex sentence structures, appositives, gerunds, and more. Students will participate in various writing projects, such as poetry, autobiographical writing, journaling, and more. Two major writing projects will also occur: a research paper first semester and a faith-based paper second semester.

The literature component of this course exposes the students to the great works of British literature. Students will read poetry, personal narratives, short stories, and more. The students will also read a Shakespeare drama and two novels.

 

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Honors English

Length: Full Year
Grade: 11-12
Prerequisites: Academic Honors Program or teacher recommendation
Credit: 1.0

This course is weighted on a 5.00 scale and is writing emphasis.

Students in Honors English will be begin the school year studying Fahrenheit 451. Students will discuss why Literature is important especially in this age of technology. Next, Students will look at a chronological study of the american voice following the important literary movements within American Thought: Colonialism, the Age of Reason/Enlightenment, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Modernism, and finally Postmodernism. Also included in the Honors course are special units on the Native American voice, the Immigrant experience, and Literature for Change (looking specifically at teh Anti-Slavery and Civil Rights Movements).

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Speech

Length: Semester
Grade: 9-12
Prerequisites: None
Credit: 0.5

This course satisfies the half credit (0.5) Speech requirement for graduation.

This course introduces public-speaking skills, covering such elements as topic choice, writing the speech, audience analysis, selecting a message, and public speaking guidelines. Speaking projects will include an introduction speech, impromptu speeches, demonstration speech, informative speech, persuasive speech, as well as dramatic and choral readings. Students will be given the opportunity to practice professional job interviews and discuss interviewing etiquette; local business executives/owners will visit the classroom to help conduct these interviews. The students will also heavily emphasize the rules and techniques of participating in a formal debate.

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