ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

The English program develops critical reading, clear and logical writing, knowledge and appreciation of literature. Although every course requires reading, thinking, and analytical and creative writing, the sequence of courses is designed to foster an increasingly sophisticated and mature command of language and literature. Writing is a continuing emphasis throughout the curriculum helping students to express themselves and their opinions more persuasively and clearly, both in speech and in the written word. The mechanics of academic discourse are addressed on an individual basis through the writing assignments. Students improve their facility with parts of speech, syntax, grammar, punctuation, and rhetorical modes of development in the context of their own attempts to clarify and persuade. Successful students will demonstrate their ability to assert a thesis and support its points with extensive textual evidence, and to argue their points of view persuasively.

Honors English 9

2 Semesters
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 8th English

Course Description: 
Freshman English explores the cultures of Mexico, England, The Middle East and North America. It is a cross-curricular course with Global Perspectives. During the year we will uncover the literature, the key authors, the poetry, the short stories, the vocabulary, and the problems of each of these cultures. During the year students will be expected to write essays, research papers, poetry, short stories and other various forms of writing. Also, students will be expected to know the eight parts of speech and be able to write using those different parts of speech. Class time consists of reading, class discussions, writing, note taking, research, presentation, and implementation of the MLA format.

Honors World Literature 10

2 Semesters
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman English

Course Description: 
Students will study the chronological development of literature by culture or time period, read representative literature from each culture or time, and focus on major themes found in the writings. Students will continue to develop writing skills through analysis of literature, evaluation of ideas, and creative writing. The students are expected to read and critique specified books the school year. Students should enjoy reading and writing and be willing to spend the time required to produce high 
quality work.

Honors American Literature 11

2 Semesters 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Sophomore English 

Course Description
In American Literature, students will study the chronological development of American literature by reading representative selections and will recognize the impact of historical and political issues on the authors and their writing. Students will continue to develop writing skills through analysis of literature, evaluation of ideas, and creative writing. The students are expected to read and critique specified books during the summer before 11th grade. Students should enjoy reading and writing and be willing to spend the time required to produce high quality work. 
Dual Credit Class.

Honors British Literature 12

2 Semesters 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Junior English 

Course Description: 
In British Literature, students will study the chronological development of British literature by reading representative selections and will recognize the impact of historical and political issues on the authors and their writing. Students will continue to develop writing skills through analysis of literature, evaluation of ideas, and creative writing. The students are expected to read and critique specified books during the summer before 12th grade. Students should enjoy reading and writing and be willing to spend the time required to produce high quality work. 
Dual Credit Class.