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Freshman Academic English
Freshman English Instruction - Language Arts
Freshman Honors English
Sophomore Academic English
Sophomore Honors English
American Literature
American Studies
AP Language and Composition
AP Literature and Composition
Chicago Literature
Choices in Literature
Classic and Modern Mythology
Creative Writing
Film In Literature
Graphic Novels
Language, Power, and Social Justice
Modes of Rhetoric and Composition
Senior English
Sports Literature
Throughout their four years of English studies, students develop their reading, writing, oral communication and critical-thinking skills in each course. Students will study a variety of literary genres, gain insight into the experiences of people of different cultures and eras, and ponder critical questions of the human experience. Through researching, writing and speaking for a variety of purposes, students further their abilities to form and develop logical arguments in a clear, coherent manner. The English program develops students’ academic skills, which supports both independent and collaborative experiences to achieve holistic growth while simultaneously preparing for standardized assessments and post-secondary experiences.

All students must complete all four years of English, including following the required sequence to obtain the four English credits to meet the graduation requirement. 

American Literature

Prerequisites: Sophomore English
Grade Level: 11
Semester: 2
Credits: 1

Students will study American literature from a variety of authors, styles, and historical contexts. This course addresses the grade 11 benchmarks of the Common Core State English/Language Arts Standards. Students will further develop their ability to evaluate, critique, and compare philosophies, ideals, morals, and values as presented in this country’s literature.

American Studies

Prerequisite: Sophomore English & American Government
Grade Level: 11
Semesters: 2
Credits: 2 (1 English, 1 Social Studies)

Students will learn the American historical timeline, the significance of major movements and changes in society reflected in the literary and fine arts, and lessons that can be learned in our own time by examining key eras and movements in America’s political, social and artistic history. This United States history class will be taken in conjunction with American Literature.

AP Language and Composition

Prerequisites: Honors Sophomore English
Grade Level: 11
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

AP Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of American Literature written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading will help students develop and understanding 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 the effectiveness in writing. This course is writing intensive; writing is an integral part of the AP Language and Composition course and exam. Students taking this course may be required to complete a summer reading assignment that utilizes skills in reading, writing and literature. Students may receive college credit by qualifying on an examination administered by the College Board.

AP Literature and Composition

Prerequisites: AP Language and Composition
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

AP Literature and Composition “engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways authors use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as such smaller-scale elements as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.” This course is writing intensive; writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course and exam. Students may receive college credit by qualifying on an examination administered by the College Board.

Chicago Literature

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Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

This course will focus on Chicago authors and literature based in and about Chicago. Chicago Literature will synthesize the history of the city with the words that have described it. Project-based learning and hands-on experiences will be utilized

Choices in Literature

Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

This course is designed with student choice as its foundation. Students will have the opportunity to select works of literature to read and study independently. Students should expect to read extensively as well as write and present their understanding of literary constructs from their reading selections.

Classic and Modern Mythology

Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

Students will read and discuss myths from both Western and non-Western cultures. Students will develop an understanding of archetypes and themes and how these themes are rooted in the mythology and folklore of the past. Students will also analyze how modern tales have been shaped by ancient myths.

Creative Writing

Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credits: 0.5

This course will afford students the opportunity to read and write in a variety of styles and genres. These will include poetry, short fiction, screenplays, and personal narratives. The focus of this course is on improving, expanding, and understanding  the application of techniques, conventions and theories of fiction and developing creative writing pieces.

Film In Literature

Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credits: 0.5

Students will not only study the elements of film-making and analyze how these elements create a film’s theme(s), but students will also come to understand how social, historical, and cultural contexts have an impact on that film’s theme(s).  Students will study film from early silent films to modern classics.

Freshman Academic English

Prerequisite: 8th grade placement process
Grade Level: 9
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

This course addresses the grade 9 benchmarks of the Common Core State English/Language Arts Standards. Students will develop their skills through an integrated study of literature, nonfiction, writing, research, and speech.

Freshman English Instruction - Language Arts

Grade Level: IEP Decision
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

Grade: 9

The course emphasizes use of the correct rules of grammar and written expression; improvement of written composition; instruction in the components of literature; instruction in the use of the Media Center; demonstration of the proper use of reference materials; demonstration of independent study skills; and improvement of oral expression in structured and unstructured situations.

Freshman Honors English

Prerequisite: 8th grade placement process
Grade Level: 9
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

In this rigorous course, students will increase their reading, writing, speaking, listening, research and thinking skills through the integrated study of literature, composition, and speech. The honors sequence prepares students to perform at the Advanced Placement English skill level by their junior year of high school.

Graphic Novels

Prerequisite : None
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

The Graphic Novel course focuses on the analysis of multimodal texts and sequential art as its own distinctive form of storytelling and reading. Students will learn about the principles that graphic novels are based upon including visual iconography, timing, motion, framing, expressive anatomy, line styles, and color. Students will write analytical papers about the novels they read, and they will read non-fiction texts and articles related to the study of sequential art. Students will also study and research works in a variety of genres.

Language, Power, and Social Justice

Prerequisite: none
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

This course examines the connections between language, power, and social justice. Using ideas and methods from linguistic anthropology, students will explore how current inequalities at the local, national, and global levels are perpetuated through language. Drawing on contemporary examples, students will learn how language can both produce and combat inequalities in many of these areas.

Modes of Rhetoric and Composition

Prerequisite: American Literature
Grade Level: 12
Semester 1
Credits: 0.5

This course will provide opportunities for students to study multiple modes/formats of writing with an emphasis on organization, clarity, and coherence. Students will use critical reading skills to research and clarify explanations and support arguments.

Senior English

Grade Level: IEP Decision
Grade: 12
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

Students will continue to develop their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills in an integrated manner with an emphasis on strategies that students can use beyond the immediate scope of the classroom.

Sophomore Academic English

Prerequisite:  Freshman English
Grade: 10
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

The course includes reading, oral presentations, and writing essays. The skills are derived from literature, everyday experience and consideration for future goals. The development of thinking skills and problem solving will be a priority. The students will be expected to participate in group activities, give speeches, edit and proofread written language, use the computer and complete all assignments in an acceptable manner.

Sophomore Honors English

Prerequisite: Honors Freshman English
Grade Level: 10
Semesters: 2
Credits: 1

In this rigorous course, students develop their reading, thinking, research, writing, speaking, and listening skills derived from the analysis of literature and the discussion of reader’s responses to that literature. The honors sequence prepares students to perform at the Advanced Placement English skill level by their junior year of high school.

Sports Literature

Prerequisite: none
Grade Level: 12
Semesters: 1
Credit: 0.5

In this course, students will read, analyze, and write about sports literature, making connections between sports, culture, and life.  Novels, biographies, short stories, essays, newspaper columns, magazine articles, TV and radio broadcasts, movies, the internet, and other mediums of communication will be studied