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Department Head : Connie Saho

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English Philosophy
:  In our students, we develop reading and literary analysis skills; we train them in the standard forms of competent, thoughtful, and creative oral and written expression; we stress the development of language as the essential means of expression and communication.

Courses


HP, ACP, CP1, CP2, CP3 American Studies I and II (freshman and sophomore years)

American Studies I and II are cross-curricular courses taught in collaboration by the English and Social Studies Departments.  Students will have the opportunity to study American literature and history thematically to develop an understanding of the cultural mosaic that is America.

American Studies I is taught in the freshman year and begins with a semester of intensive writing instruction. The writing section is designed to teach students how to write organized, well-developed paragraphs and compositions based from Ohio Department of Education rubrics for the Ohio Graduation Reading and Writing Tests. Students will create writing samples based from six different models that are listed in the state standards in English. Students will be able to revise final drafts of their writing for style and mechanics to 80% proficiency.  The second semester of freshman year and the sophomore year will emphasize the development of the American Dream as demonstrated by the literature and history of America. Common Core English Language Arts Standards will be addressed through the utilization of thematic units.

CP1, CP3 Short Story and Non-fiction (junior or senior year)

This course will use short stories primarily and additionally incorporate elements of non-fiction [i.e. speeches] to discuss literary elements including plot, symbolism, point of view, character, theme, rhetoric. Also, there will be specific focus on developing writing through use of literary criticism / analysis. Focus on thesis development, précis, and research writing will occur.  The Common Core English Language Arts Standards, SAT and ACT skills, and vocabulary practice will be addressed. 

ACP, CP1 Classical and Contemporary Drama (junior or senior year)

This course will use drama to discuss multiple literary elements including plot, symbolism, point of view, character. The course will develop writing skills outlined in the Common Core English Language Arts Standards as well as those necessary for college readiness. Writing will include significant focus on constructing arguments and analyses using textual resources and professional criticisms. Additionally, SAT / ACT and vocabulary practice and skill development will be addressed. 

ACP Mythology and Fantasy (junior or senior year)

This course will use mythology and fantasy constructs and writing to discuss multiple literary elements including plot, symbolism, point of view, character. The course will develop writing skills outlined in the Common Core English Language Arts Standards as well as those necessary for college readiness. Writing will include significant focus on constructing arguments and analyses using textual resources and professional criticisms. Additionally, SAT / ACT and vocabulary practice and skill development will be addressed. 

AP English Literature and Composition (junior or senior year)

This course is an advance placement senior program for Honors Level students to develop their critical insights, to improve their reading and writing skills, and to apply the learned skills to college level literature from the seventeenth century to the present. The student will be prepared through this course to take the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition, which can earn the student possible college credit. Taking the Advanced Placement Examination, however, is not a requirement of the course itself.

CP3 Reading I and II

Students may elect to take Reading I, or it may be recommended to them by their teacher or counselor. This course is for the freshman who would like to improve his reading comprehension, reading rate, study skills, and writing skills. Instruction will focus on reading comprehension and vocabulary-building strategies that help the student read and comprehend content area material more effectively. Instruction will also include test-taking strategies that will help the student be better prepared and more confident when taking standardized tests. Writing instruction will help the student to write with improved organization, clarity, and expression. This class is completed in addition to the student’s primary English course of study.

CP3 Reading III and IV

Students may be recommended to complete Reading II by their teacher or counselor. This course is for the sophomores and beyond who would like to continue improvement with his reading comprehension, reading rate, study skills, and writing skills. Instruction will focus on reading comprehension and vocabulary-building strategies that help the student read and comprehend content area material more effectively. Instruction will also include test-taking strategies that will help the student be better prepared and more confident when taking standardized tests. Writing instruction will help the student to write with improved organization, clarity, and expression. This class is completed in addition to the student’s primary English course of study.

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