English

  • ENGLISH I

    English I is the beginning course for all English students. Students will read, analyze, and respond to a variety of literary and informational texts. Students will develop their narrative, informative and argumentative writing skills through the steps of the writing process. Critical thinking,communication, research, language and grammar skills are also important elements of English I.

    HONORS ENGLISH I

    Honors English I sets the foundation for IB/AP classes and students who choose this level of study will most likely proceed through the Honors courses to the IB/AP courses in the junior and senior years. Students will explore informational text and a variety of literary genres at a more academically rigorous level than English I. Expectations of engaging critical analysis and discussions inside the classroom do require outside reading and preparation, which may include summer reading.

    ENGLISH II

    English II continues the study of English for all students. Students will read, analyze, and respond to world literature and informational texts. Students will continue to develop their narrative, informative and argumentative writing skills through the steps of the writing process. Critical thinking, communication, research, language and grammar skills are also important elements of English II.

    HONORS ENGLISH II

    Honors English II continues the preparation for IB/AP classes and students who choose this level of study will most likely proceed through the Honors courses to the IB/AP courses in the junior and senior years. Along with informational text, literature study includes texts from around the world and may include novels. The exploration of these texts are conducted at a more academically rigorous level than English II. Expectations of engaging in critical analysis and discussion inside the classroom do require outside reading and preparation, which may include summer reading.

    ENGLISH III

    English III builds upon the skills students learn in English I and II. Students read, analyze, and respond to American literature and informational texts. Students will continue to develop their narrative, informative and argumentative writing skills through the steps of the writing process. Critical thinking, communication, research, language and grammar skills are also important elements of English III.

    AP ENGLISH: LANGUAGE/COMPOSITION (AP tests are not given through SOL and families will need to find a different school to administer the test, please research this early if you choose an AP class)

    This is a college level class that has a higher level of rigor and personal preparation. Please consult with your current English teacher or guidance counselor, before enrolling in this class, if you have concerns regarding the increased expectations. This course focuses on preparing students to read non-fiction texts with breadth and depth, while also preparing students to write with insight on non-fiction texts. Students will learn to write persuasive and argumentative essays that deal with contemporary American society and will learn to evaluate and write about other authors’ arguments. This course is demanding and has the same writing and reading expectations as a university course. Students who complete this course are encouraged to take the appropriate Advanced Placement Exam. Consult with Guidance regarding college credit.

    ENGLISH IV

    Students will read, analyze, and respond to British literature and informational texts. Students will continue to develop their narrative, informative and argumentative writing skills through the steps of the writing process. Critical thinking, communication, research, language, and grammar skills are also important elements of English IV.

    AP ENGLISH: LITERATURE/COMPOSITION (AP tests are not given through SOL and families will need to find a different school to administer the test, please research this early if you choose an AP class)

    This is a college level class that has a higher level of rigor and personal preparation. Please consult with your current English teacher or guidance counselor, before enrolling in this class, if you have concerns regarding the increased expectations. This course is designed to develop an understanding of the university of human experience that is revealed through reading representative literature of several cultures. The course involves intense analysis of plays, novels, short stories, essays and poetry. This course is demanding and has the same writing and reading expectations as a university course. Students who complete this course are encouraged to take the appropriate Advanced Placement Exam. Consult with Guidance regarding college credit.