English

Graduation Requirements
English I, English II, English III and English IV

Foundations of English I (10252X0FN) 1CR

Course Description: This course challenges students to acquire, master, and use skills in studying, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature (terms, types, elements). Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in this course prepares students for English I.

English I (10212X0A) 1CR

 Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: This course challenges students to acquire, master, and use skills in studying, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and literature (terms, types, elements). Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English I prepares students for college.  

English I (10215X0H) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

 Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: This course introduces the higher-level thinking skills in the study of literature (terms, types, and elements), writing, grammar and vocabulary. Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English I. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communication skills. 

English II (10222X0A) 1CR

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: This course builds on skills mastered in English I, especially as they apply to World Literature and writing. Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English II prepares students for college. The State EOC assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.

English II Honors (10225X0H) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. English II Honors applies the higher-level thinking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English II. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced placement program. Emphasis is placed on the study of world literature and on expository writing. The State EOC assessment is required and will count 20% of the final grade.

English III (10232X0A) 1CR

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: This course builds on skills mastered in English II, especially as they apply to American Literature, writing and research. Emphasis is placed on all communication skills. Mastery of skills taught in English III prepares students for college.

English III Honors (10235X0H) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.

Course Description: Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. English III Honors applies the higher-level thinking skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English II. This course is designed to prepare students for the advanced placement program.

AP English Language & Composition (1A007X0AP) 1CR (1 Extra GPA Pt) / Advanced English Language & Composition (10255X0AE3) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Advanced is taken in the Fall.
AP is taken in the Spring. (register for both courses)
Course Description: In this course students will learn to use the characteristic modes of discourse (narration, description, cause and effect, definition, persuasion, etc.) and to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Through speaking, listening, reading, and critical analysis, but chiefly through the experience of their own writing, students will become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, diction, and tone. Writing assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and mastering styles of various discourses, particularly argumentation; the primary literary focus here is nonfiction, fiction, and drama. An AP course is challenging and stimulating and takes substantially more preparation than other high school courses. It also gives greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment and goes into great depth. Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year.

English IV (10242X0A) 1CR

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.
Course Description: English IV requires students to extend the skills mastered in reading, writing, listening and speaking and to apply them to a survey of British Literature. Mastery of skills taught in English IV prepares students for college.

English IV Honors (10245X0H) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Enrichment Summer Reading Requirement: Set by individual school guidelines.
Course Description: English IV Honors requires students to demonstrate the ability to use analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in relation to a survey of British Literature. Students taking this course should have the English skills to meet a demanding course of study. This course’s rigorous academic pace demands high student expectations, a greater independence and depth of study than English IV.

AP English Literature & Composition (1A017X0AP) 1CR (1 Extra GPA Pt) / Advanced English Literature & Composition (10255X0AE4) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Advanced is taken in the Fall
AP is taken in the Spring (register for both courses)
Course Description: AP English engages students in the study and practice of writing and in an intense study of literary works. Weekly writing assignments focus on critical analysis of literature and include essays in exposition and argument. A minimum of one major analytical literary research paper is required. Through speaking, listening, and reading and through the experience of their own writing, students become more aware of the resources of language: connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax and tone. An AP course is challenging and stimulating and takes substantially more preparation than other high school courses. It also gives greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment and goes into great depth. Students are required to take the AP exam at the end of the school year.

Courses Available through ISS Virtual Online

English I (10212X0ONL)
English II (10222X0ONL)
English III Honors (10235X0ONL)
English IV Honors (10245X0ONL)

Debate I (10182X0A) 1CR (location SIHS)

Course Description: This course includes studies in verbal and nonverbal communications, listening and evaluation skills, as well as vocal and delivery techniques. Instruction involves research and outlining skills followed by speech writing and class presentations or extemporaneous, informative, persuasive, inspirational, and entertaining speeches. Debating skills are a major element of the class with students participating in several facets of debate. Media production and related skills are covered as an aspect of the course.

Debate II (10182X0B) 1CR (Location - SIHS)

Course Description: This course is a follow-up to Speech and Debate and continues the study of communication skills, evaluation skills, and further development of vocal and delivery techniques. The course will focus on styles of presentation in public speaking through analysis of historic speakers, telecasts, and in-depth speeches given in class. More time will be devoted to debate in this course with a concentration on debate technique and various types of debate (standard, cross-examination, and Lincoln Douglas debate). Other aspects of the course will be determined by student needs and interests.

Journalism I (10312X0A) 1CR

Course Description: Students who wish to work on the school publications should register for this course. It emphasizes the fundamentals of both yearbook and newspaper journalism. Writing is a central focus of this course and students will be expected to write for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Journalism II Newspaper Fall / Spring (10322X0NF / 10322X0NS) 1CR

Grade Level: 10-12 (by application)
Prerequisite:  Journalism I and/or Journalism teacher recommendation
Course Description: This class produces the school newspaper. Students are assigned jobs as follows: editors, reporters, artists, photographers, and business.

Journalism Honors Newspaper (10325X0NY) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Prerequisite:  Journalism I, at least two semesters of Journalism II Newspaper, and teacher recommendation
Course Description: Honors Journalism Newspaper is designed to challenge the advanced newspaper student who will serve as an editor for the publication. Students will have multiple opportunities to develop leadership and business skills as well as learn advanced techniques in photography, page design, writing, and editing. This course will actively involve students in a higher-level scholastic journalism experience that involves problem solving, critical analysis, and reflective thinking. Emphasis is placed on working as a team, meeting publisher’s deadlines, and adhering to ethical standards. Students are required to keep a portfolio of their work, attend workshops, and submit the newspaper for evaluation by NCSPA, JEA/NSPA, SIPA and/or CSPA.

Journalism Honors Yearbook (10325X0YY) 1CR (.5 Extra GPA Pt)

Grade Level: 11-12 (by application)
Prerequisite:  Journalism I, at least two semesters of Journalism II Yearbook, and teacher recommendation
Course Description: Honors Journalism Yearbook is designed to challenge the advanced yearbook student who will serve as an editor for the publication. Students will have multiple opportunities to develop leadership and business skills as well as learn advanced techniques in copywriting, layout design, photography, and theme development. This course will actively involve students in a higher-level scholastic journalism experience that involves problem solving, critical analysis, and reflective thinking. Emphasis is placed on working as a team, meeting publisher’s deadlines, and adhering to ethical standards. Students are required to keep a portfolio of their work, attend workshops, and submit the yearbook for evaluation by NCSPA, JEA/NSPA, SIPA, and/or CSPA.

Journalism II Yearbook Fall / Spring (10322X0YF / 10322X0YS) 1CR

Grade Level: 10-12 (by application) 
Prerequisite:  Journalism I and/or Journalism teacher recommendation
Course Description: This class is responsible for the production of the school yearbook. Students are assigned jobs in the editorial, layout, copy, pictures and business staffs.

Creative Writing I (10252X0CWA) 1CR (Location - LNHS, SIHS)

Grade Level: 10-12
Course Description: This course is designed to give students who have a special interest in writing an opportunity to explore and to experiment with various forms of writing. The course curriculum will advance from exercises designed to expand creativity to the writing of short stories, poetry, and plays. Each student is evaluated individually on the merit of work, progress, and participation in activities.

Creative Writing II (10252X0CWB) 1CR (Location - SIHS)

Grade Level: 10-12 
Prerequisite:  Creative Writing I and by application
Course Description: This class produces the school literary magazine. Students are assigned jobs as follows: senior and junior prose editors, poetry editors, art and photography editors, and layout production staff.

Film as Literature (10272X0F) 1CR

Grade Level: 11-12 
Prerequisite:  English II
Course Description: This course is designed to give students having a special interest in film an opportunity to think more intelligently about media and literature. Students will explore the film industry in the United States and abroad, film production, and movie criticism. This will be an intense course with emphasis on writing, thinking and reading/viewing. Students should expect the kinds of rigorous requirements typical of English classes. Film will be used as a vehicle for critical analysis and composition. Grades will be based upon effective participation in class discussions, tests, essays and research projects.

Holocaust Literature (10272X0H) 1CR

Grade Level: 11-12
Prerequisite:  English II
Course Description: This course will focus on the Holocaust starting with early anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as the state of Germany after World War I; however, the primary concentration will be on the years 1933-1945. Students will study autobiographical and historical accounts of the Holocaust, and they will take an in-depth look at the four main groups involved during this time in our world’s history: the perpetrators, the victims, the rescuers, and the bystanders. This course involves outside reading and written response, and it is designed for those interested in learning more about the history of, and the people involved in, the Holocaust.

ESL English Classes 1CR

10382X0AF    ESL English I Fall                                                                              10382X0AS    ESL English I Spring                                                                        10382X0BF    ESL English II Fall                                                                            10382X0BS    ESL English II Spring                                                                        10382X0CF    ESL English III Fall                                                                            10382X0CS    ESL English III Spring                                                                        10382X0DF    ESL English IV Fall                                                                            10382X0DS    ESL English IV Spring                                                                        Grade Level: 9-12
Course Description: ESL English is a course designed for students who are new arrivals in the United States and for whom the English language has not developed to a predetermined point of proficiency. The level of proficiency is determined by teacher observation and the Idea Proficiency Test (IPT).