English

English I

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

In this course, students read and analyze works of AMERICAN LITERATURE from Colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction. The literary works provide opportunities for critical writing and creative projects. Students develop vocabulary skills and refresh their knowledge of grammar, usage, and mechanics in preparation for standardized tests.

HP English I

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 1

The American Studies course is taught on the freshman level. As such, the course incorporates both a genre study and a literary periods perspective. In addition to examining genres such as poetry, speeches, short stories, novels and dramas, it will also place an emphasis on writing (writing skills, narrative, persuasive, and expository).

English II

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1

This course introduces students to a variety of authors and selections from WORLD LITERATURE, including nonfiction, novels, poetry, short stories, and drama. Students will develop expository, personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing skills and will apply the rules of grammar, mechanics, and usage. This course requires written literary analysis through the discussion of the of literature and develops thinking, organizing, and interpersonal communication (verbal and nonverbal). Students will also engage in the research process and develop stronger vocabulary.

HP English II

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 1

The World Literature course is taught on the sophomore level. As such, the course incorporates both a genre study and a literary periods perspective. In addition to examining genres such as poetry, speeches, short stories, novels and dramas, it will also place an emphasis on writing (writing skills, narrative, persuasive, and expository). Anchor texts include Outliers, The Odyssey, “Othello”,and Night.

Options to fulfill Requirements for English in grades 11 & 12

Science Fiction

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Science Fiction, Dystopia, and Utopia focuses on teaching writing, reading, and critical thinking skills through fiction. Common Core Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating writing practice as well as developing frames of reference for how to read and analyze multiple pieces of literature. The students will read the following books, Short Stories: I, Robot [Isaac Asimov], Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (Orson Scott Card, editor), Brave New World and 14 Related Readings [Aldous Huxley], The Road [Cormac McCarthy], A Canticle for Leibowitz [Walter A. Miller], Feed [M.T. Anderson], Looking Backwards [Edward Bellamy], Cat’s Cradle [Kurt Vonnegut], 1984 [George Orwell], The Hunger Games [Suzanne Collins], Catching Fire [Suzanne Collins], Mockingjay [Suzanne Collins]

Short Stories- Non Fiction

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Short Story and Non-Fiction focuses on teaching writing, reading, and critical thinking skills through short stories and non-fiction. Common Core Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating writing practice as well as developing frames of reference for how to read and analyze multiple pieces of literature. . The students will read the following books, • “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane, “The Fall of the House” of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Cold Equations” by Tom Godwin, “What You Pawn I will Redeem” by Sherman Alexie, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin, “The Egg” by Sherwood Anderson, “The Open Window” by Saki, “You Could Look It Up” by James Thurber, “The Blue-Winged Teal” by Wallace Stegner, “The Outcasts of Poker Flat” by Bret Harte, “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, “The Masque of Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe”

Mythology and Fantasy

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

In this course students read and analyze MYTHS from around the world and our novels are FANTASY selections such as The Lightning Thief and the Percy Jackson series, The Harry Potter Series, The Lord of the Rings. Students will develop expository, personal narrative, descriptive, and persuasive writing skills and will apply the rules of grammar, mechanics, and usage. This course requires written literary analysis through the discussion of the literature and develops thinking, organizing, and interpersonal communication (verbal and nonverbal). Students will also engage in the research process and develop stronger vocabulary.

Contemporary Drama

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Classical and Contemporary Drama focuses on teaching writing, reading and critical thinking skills by exploring the works of classic Greek, Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, European and American Playwrights. Common Core Standards will be incorporated into the classroom with a primary focus on incorporating writing practice as well as developing a frame of reference for how to read and analyze various plays. Both American and World Literature selections will be used to reach the core objectives of this course.

Sports Lit and Comp

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

Because many of the students at LaSalle High School are involved in athletics, the content of a course in Sports Literature should prove both highly engaging and motivating for them. The abundance of sports-related resources available will also allow for a good deal of rigor and differentiation within the course. Course content will be presented in two major units: (1) Glory, Heroism, Triumph, and Tragedy, and (2) Current Issues in Sports.

AP English Language

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

This Advanced Placement Language and Composition course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. As an AP course, this class is a college level course, which is taught on a high school campus. The AP exam, which is offered in the spring, gives students who did well on the exam the opportunity to be granted college credit by most colleges in the United States. This course is devoted to the study of great works of primarily nonfiction and the analysis of the rhetorical techniques that are used. The student will experience and evaluate authors and ideas through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing about what was read and analyzed, honing the skills that effective readers use in the analysis of literature and that good communicators use in both oral and written formats. In addition, a significant emphasis is placed on developing the writing skills of the student through varied writing assignments, which include writing to the analysis essay, the synthesis essay, and the persuasive essay.

AP English Literature

Grade Level: 11,12

Credit: 1

Prerequisite: Teacher’s Signature

This Advanced Placement Literature and Composition course is designed to comply with the curricular requirements described in the AP English Course Description. As an AP course, this class is a college level course, which is taught on a high school campus. The AP exam, which is offered in the spring, gives students who did well on the exam the opportunity to be granted college credit by most colleges in the United States. This course is devoted to the study of great works of literature by major authors since the Renaissance. The student will experience and evaluate authors and ideas through reading, thinking, discussing, and writing about what was read and analyzed, honing the skills that effective readers use in the analysis of literature and that good communicators use in both oral and written formats. In addition, a significant emphasis is placed on developing the writing skills of the student through varied writing assignments, which include writing to understand, writing to explain, and writing to evaluate. If the student keeps up with pace of the assignments and enters into the spirit of discovery, he will enhance the intellectual inquiry of the class and discover new horizons in literature.

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