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English Curriculum

ELA

Grade 8
Course Description: English 8 is designed to involve the student in applying reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in an independent manner through meaningful interdisciplinary tasks. Students will continue to develop an appreciation for literature through the study of literary elements in classic and contemporary selections. Emphasis is placed on moving from the literal to the abstract in the students’ critical thinking skills and in the use of language.

ENGLISH I

Grades 9
Course Description: This course will focus on a concentrated review of traditional English grammar with a goal towards writing and will introduce students to literature in the form of novels, short stories, poetry, and plays. Instruction will center on preparing the beginning high school student for the more advanced levels of high school English.

ENGLISH II

Grades 9
Prerequisites: English I 
This course engages students in an extensive study of the short story form, helping them to acquire a critical vocabulary and learn specifically about the literary elements of Plot, Character, Setting, Theme, Style, Tone, and Point of View. The writing component focuses on literary analysis and interpretation, with an emphasis on organization, structure, and thesis statement development. Regular vocabulary study is required. Students study multiple or longer works by major authors as well as literary criticism. The writing component focuses on research, with students preparing a major documented research essay on a literary topic.

ENGLISH III

Grades 11
Prerequisites: English I & II
English III focuses on an understanding of the works of major American writers. The literature units are studied in chronological order, beginning with the Colonial Period and ending with the Modern Period. Through an analytical study of literature, using essays, articles, short stories, and poetry, studies concentrate on historical influence, author’s purpose, and literary devices for various literary genres. A review of traditional grammar is emphasized throughout the course, especially those units that will enhance students’ writing skills. Major selections include The Crucible, The Testament by John Grisham, and The Great Gatsby.

ENGLISH IV

Grades 12
Prerequisites: English I, II, III
Course Description: English IV uses analysis and evaluation of drama, novels, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction essays as the foundation of the course. The main focus of the course is a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the Modern Period. Each unit contains, in addition to representative literary works, an emphasis on historical events, religious developments, and cultural context that influenced the writers of each period and their readers. Major selections include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth, and the works of classical poets of the different periods. Outside readings are chosen from British novels, most notably Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Brontë.

ENGLISH IV Honors (Southeastern Louisiana University Duel Enrollment)

Grades 12
Prerequisites: English I, II, III, Teacher Recommendation 
Course Description: uses analysis and evaluation of drama, novels, poetry, short stories, and nonfiction essays as the foundation of the course. The main focus of the course is a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the Modern Period. Each unit contains, in addition to representative literary works, an emphasis on historical events, religious developments, and cultural context that influenced the writers of each period and their readers. Major selections include Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Macbeth, and the works of classical poets of the different periods. Outside readings are chosen from twentieth-century novels. Also offered for Honors credit.