English Department

 

ENGLISH

DEPARTMENT

 

001   ENGLISH  1     1 CREDIT

Grade Level:  9

English I continues to develop students' language arts abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and thinking gained in the elementary and middle school.  Students study a variety of types of literature and practice the stages of the writing process by composing for a variety of purposes and audiences.  They refine their abilities to handle conventional matters of punctuation, spelling, and usage within the context of writing.  Students' writing experiences are not restricted to responding to and interpreting literature.

Students Expectations and Experiences:

  1. Review grammar rules and principles

  2.  Apply grammar principles to usage skills

  3.  Apply usage skills in writing and speaking

  4.  Increase vocabulary skills

  5.  Apply listening skills

  6.  Learn organization and outline skills

  7.  Apply organization and outline skills to prewriting

  8.  Learn how to write a good paragraph with topic sentence, development, and clincher

  9.  Apply mechanics skills to writings

10.  Learn to use the library and develop research skills by preparing research paper and research projects

11.  Recognize the elements of the short story

12.  Develop reading comprehension

13.  Develop skills in interpreting literature

14.  Develop an understanding of the literary genres

15.  Writing process with focus on argumentative, narrative, and informative writing

16.  Utilize technology in writing

 

002   ENGLISH  2     1 CREDIT

Grade Level:  10

Prerequisite:  Must have completed English 9

English II continues the refinement of students' skills in language arts.  Students read, respond to, and interpret a variety of types of literature and journalistic writings and continue their study of the writing process, reinforcing their writing skills in addressing a variety of audiences and purposes.  Student writing in context is used as the basis for teaching the skills of mechanics and usage.

Student Expectations and Experiences:

  1.  Review grammar rules and principles

  2.  Apply grammar principles to usage skills

  3.  Apply usage skills in writing and speaking

  4.  Increase vocabulary skills

  5.  Apply listening skills

  6.  Learn organizational skills and outline skills

  7.  Learn note-taking skills

  8.  Learn to relate organizational skills to writing skills

  9.  Apply knowledge of writing formats to actual writings

10.  Further develop research techniques by completing research paper

11.  Continue to develop understanding of the elements of literature as contained in the different genres

12.  Increase reading comprehension skills and interpreting literature skills

13.  Develop writing techniques through revision

14.  Continue writing processes with focus on argumentative, narrative, and informative writing

15.  Utilize technology in writing

 

003   ENGLISH  3     1 CREDIT

Grade Level:  11

Prerequisite:  Must have completed English 10

English III continues to develop students' competencies in language arts skills.  Content includes instruction in oral and written composition; study skills and reference and research techniques; and the historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance of American literature.  Continuing to practice the steps in the writing process, students write for a variety of purposes (e.g., to express thought and feeling, to persuade) and a variety of audiences (e.g., self, academic).  As in English I and II, mechanics and usage are taught within the context of students' compositions.

Student Expectations and Experiences:

  1.  Review grammar rules and principles

  2.  Apply grammar principles to usage skills

  3.  Apply usage skills in writing and speaking

  4.  Increase vocabulary skills

  5.  Apply listening skills

  6.  Apply research skills to research, organize, and prepare a research paper

  7.  Develop writing skills in various writing modes

  8.  Apply mechanics and usage skills in revising written work

  9.  Develop appreciation of American literature

10.  Comprehend the relationship among history, society, and literature

11.  Develop skills in interpreting literature

12.  Increase reading comprehension skills

13.  Demonstrate independent project and group work abilities

14.  Express oneself through oral presentation

15.  Continue writing processes with focus on argumentative, narrative, and informative writing

16.  Utilize technology

 

004   ENGLISH  4    1 CREDIT

Grade Level:  12

Prerequisite:  Must have completed English 11

English IV offers continued refinement of students' abilities in language arts skills.  Content includes appropriate experience in oral and written composition and the historical, cultural, and aesthetic value of English and/or world literature.  Continuing to write for a variety of purposes (e.g., to express thought and feeling, to persuade) and audiences ( e.g., self and others), students attain confidence in handling the stages of the writing process.  Special attention to writing about literature is given in the pre-college curriculum.  Language and mechanics concerns are dealt with in the context of student writing.

Student Expectations and Experiences:

  1.  Review grammar rules and principles

  2.  Apply grammar principles to usage skills

  3.  Apply usage skills in writing and speaking

  4.  Increase vocabulary

  5.  Apply listening skills

  6.  Apply research skills in preparing research paper or project with appropriate demonstration

  7.  Recognize errors in writing and correct writing

  8.  Work on revision techniques through language and style

  9.  Develop writing skills in various writing modes

10.  Develop appreciation of English literature

11.  Comprehend the relationship among history, society, and literature

12.  Develop skills in interpreting literature

13.  Demonstrate independent project and group work

14.  Express oneself through oral presentation

15.  Utilize technology

16.  Focus on college and career readiness

 

HONORS ENGLISH     1 CREDIT

005   Honors English 1                     

Grades 9    

Honors English is a course designed as preparation for the college bound student and 11th & 12th AP Classes.  Students enrolled in this program should expect an academic challenge and an emphasis in strict adherence to deadlines.   The class incorporates a study of grammar, composition, and literature.  The composition study will include completion of at least one literary writing, one reflective writing, and a research project.

 

HONORS ENGLISH     1 CREDIT

006   Honors English 2                   

Grades 10    

Honors English is a course designed as preparation for the college bound student and 11th & 12th AP Classes.  Students enrolled in this program should expect an academic challenge and an emphasis in strict adherence to deadlines.   The class incorporates a study of grammar, composition, and literature.  The composition study will include completion of at least one literary writing, one reflective writing, and a research project.

 

15   AP ENGLISH           LITERATURE & COMPOSITION            1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

Grade Level:  12

This course is designed for the student who has a strong motivation and the desire to work hard.  Students who successfully complete the course will have the opportunity to take a standardized exam for college credit.  Consider this course to strengthen analytical thinking, reading, and writing skills.  The curriculum will consist of select works of literary merit culled from a variety of genres and periods from the 16th century to the present.  While students will be exposed to a variety of works, it is important to note that several works will be studied in depth.  In addition to the selected readings, writing is an integral part of the AP English Literature and Composition course.  Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature andinclude expository, analytical, and argumentative essays.  Throughout the course, emphasis is placed onhelping students develop stylistic maturity, which, for AP English, is characterized by the following:

A wide-ranging vocabulary used with denotative accuracy and connotative resourcefulness;

A variety of sentence structures, including appropriate use of subordinate and coordinate constructions;

A local organization, enhanced by specific techniques of coherence such as repetition, transitions, and emphasis;

A balance of generalization with specific illustrative detail; and

An effective use of rhetoric, including controlling tone, maintaining a consistent voice, and achieving emphasis through parallelism and antithesis.

 

 

17  AP ENGLISH            LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION              1 HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT

 

Grade Level:  11-12 (after 2014-2015, this class for 11th only)                      

This course will serve as English III or English IV and will adhere to the AP Guidelines for AP Language and Composition.  This is an intensive expository writing class designed to strengthen and develop analytical thinking skills and advanced writing skills.  Students, by reading a wide variety of mostly non-fiction works and by writing frequently, will become skilled in creating original works for various purposes and audiences.  Also, students will develop an appreciation of how writers organize and create meaning in various text forms.  Students will learn, identify, and use literary conventions in their own writing.  This course will require a major emphasis on independent reading and thinking as well as on vocabulary development and usage.  Students must be mature enough to work consistently, independently, and successfully on the college level.  In addition, they must exhibit a mastery of Standard English, utilize the stages of the writing process, become skillful in argumentation, develop ideas in various ways, and use documentation in an acceptable manner.

 

 

1101            ENGLISH 101                 DUAL CREDIT

 

Grade Level 11-12        Can be substituted for English 11 or English 12      ACT English & Reading Score  20 or above

Focuses on academic writing.  Provides instruction in drafting and revising essays that express ideas in Standard English, including reading critically, thinking logically, responding to texts, addressing specific audiences, researching and documenting sources.  Includes review of grammar, mechanics, and usage.

 

.1102       BASIC PUBLIC SPEAKING      DUAL CREDIT

Hours: 3  Course ID: 000311

Prerequisite:  Current placement scores for college level reading established by KCTCS, or completion of DRE 030 or RDG 030 or CMS 185 AND (current placement scores for college level writing established by KCTCS or completion of ENC091) OR consent of instructor.  Lecture: 3 credits (45 contact hours).  Gives platform experience in the fundamentals of effective speaking

 

 

1110        ENGLISH 102                             DUAL CREDIT

Hours:  3   Course ID:  000468

Prerequisite:  English 101

Emphasizes argumentative writing.  Provides further instruction in drafting and systematically revising essays that express ideas in Standard English.  Includes continued instruction and practice in reading critically, thinking logically, responding to texts, addressing specific audiences, and researching and documenting credible academic sources.     NOTE:  Credit is not available by special examination.

 

1104        INTRODUCTION TO  INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION    DUAL CREDIT

Hours: 3  Course ID:  000315

Prerequisite: ((Current placement scores for college lever reading established by KCTCS, or completion of DRE 030 or RDG 030 or CMS 185) AND  (current placement scores for college level writing established by KCTCS of completion of ENC 091)) OR consent of instructor.

Examines basic verbal and nonverbal concepts affecting the communication process in various interpersonal contexts.  Requires participation in written and oral activities designed to develop and improve interpersonal skills.  Includes perspective-taking, relationship and conversation management, effective listening, conflict management, communication climate, communication anxiety, and cultural gender differences in interpersonal communication.