English Department (Grades 9-12)
Teachers:
Jana Aman
Sarah Benefield
Jade Brannon, Reading Skills

Courses:

English I - Required of all ninth grade students.  Integrates writing, grammar and usage, literature, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. Presents the writing process:  planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofing; the study of form in personal narratives, descriptions, and expository papers with emphasis on persuasive writing. Includes reading a variety of multicultural literature: short stories, novels, tales, poetry, mythology, drama, and nonfiction. Emphasizes oral and written response to literature, distinguishing characteristics of various genres, literary elements, and vocabulary study.

English II - Required of all tenth grade students.  Develops descriptive, personal narrative, expository, and persuasive writing skills and includes grammar, mechanics, and usage.  Introduces a variety of authors and selections from world literature, poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and classical mythology.  Engages students in the research process. Stresses vocabulary development and requires written literary analysis through discussion of the elements of literature. Develops thinking, organizing, interpersonal communication (both verbal and nonverbal), and use of analogies, metaphors and their application to writing.

English III (American Literature) - Required of all eleventh grade students.  Offers opportunities to improve reading, writing, speaking/listening, and critical thinking skills through the study of American literature. Includes a variety of literary genres and multicultural writers in a chronological or thematic pattern. Emphasizes developing control in expository writing (thesis support), moving toward precision in personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing.  Refines research skills. Integrates grammar, mechanics, and usage into the writing process.

English IV (English Literature) - Required of all twelfth grade students.  Offers opportunities to improve reading, writing, speaking/listening, and critical thinking skills through the study of literary selections from British/English writers organized chronologically or thematically. Emphasizes developing control in expository writing (thesis support), moving toward precision in personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing. Refines research skills. Integrates grammar, mechanics, and usage into the writing process.

AP Language and Composition - Conforms to the College Board recommendations for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition Examination. Covers the study and application of advanced writing and the study of the English language. Stresses types of writing, rhetorical strategies, connotation, methods, of delivery, critical thinking and evidence of critical thinking in composition.  HOPE Rigor Course.

AP Literature and Composition - Conforms to the College Board recommendations for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Examination. Covers the study and practice of writing and the study of literature. Stresses modes of discourse, assumptions underlying rhetorical strategies, connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone. Emphasizes writing critical analysis of literature and includes essays in exposition and argument, poetry, drama, prose fiction, and expository literature.  HOPE Rigor Course.

Journalism - Students participating in Journalism produce the INDIAN, the school yearbook.  Special skills in art, photography, and creative writing are necessary. Students enrolling in this class must be willing to stay after school, work independently, and to see projects through to conclusion.