Course Catalog: English Department

FACULTY DIRECTORY: ENGLISH DEPARTMENT


Graduation Requirements:

Four years required.

COURSES OFFERED:

English 9

English 9

Grade 9

One-year course, Required

Prerequisite:

None

Description:

This course includes work to improve literacy skills by systematically studying literary genres and responding to texts in a variety of written and oral forms: personal essay, literary analysis, timed essays, letter writing, problem/solution essay, presentations, and film. Students focus on the writing process, which is supported by both expanding their vocabularies and learning the nuances of grammar. The analysis of literary techniques, studied in context through out the year, guide students’ development as critical analytic thinkers. Study skills, especially planning and organization are stressed. Course includes extensive use of media and an individual online portfolio.

English 9 - Advanced

English 9 - Advanced

Grade 9

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

Selection at time of Admissions based on student’s English grades, and STS Placement Exam

Description:

Students selected for this Advanced section are challenged to perform at a more demanding level, with a strong emphasis on composition and critical reading. This course includes work to improve literacy skills by systematically studying literary genres and responding to texts in a variety of written and oral forms: personal essay, literary analysis, timed essays, letter writing, problem/solution essay, presentations, and film. Students focus on the writing process, which is supported by both expanding their vocabularies and learning the nuances of grammar. The analysis of literary techniques, studied in context through out the year, guide students’ development as critical analytic thinkers. Study skills, especially planning and organization are stressed. Course includes extensive use of media and an individual online portfolio.

English 10

English 10

Grade 10

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

Academic English 9

Description:

This course explores multiple genres in classical and world literature including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Extensive reading and discussions are emphasized. Thinking and writing skills are extended through activities such as analytic essays, online activities, and research projects. Continued study of grammar, vocabulary, and the aims/modes of composition will build on the foundation work of Freshman English. Students will also begin to explore global issues with the intent of preparing to participate in the school’s Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) project during junior and senior years.

English 10 Honors

English 10 Honors

Grade 10

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

English Department recommendation based on student’s English grades, standardized test scores, and writing evaluation.

Description:

This course includes a classical and world literature outline, integrating history, philosophy, religion, and culture. It moves from ancient through medieval to twentieth century writers and thematically focuses on the “Heroic Journey.” Extensive reading, discussion, and research projects are emphasized. Written work includes short essays, research papers, a philosophical dialogue, review of grammar/usage, and vocabulary. Students will also begin to explore global issues with the intent of preparing to participate in the school’s Community Based Service Learning (CBSL) project during junior and senior years.

English 11

English 11

Grade 11

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

English 10

Description:

This course includes the study of the major themes in American literature through the study of canonical and contemporary literature. Students will read and respond to short stories, essays, novels, memoirs, and poetry. The class focuses on improving student analytical and personal writing. The writing process is continually emphasized as well as the final product. Student will respond to the class texts in a variety of written genres and will routinely read their writing and listen to others. Students will study literary terms and SAT vocabulary.

AP English Language and Composition 11

AP English Language & Composition 11

Grade 11

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

English 10 grade of B or higher, PSAT scores, GPA, teacher recommendation, and writing sample.

Description:

This course includes a detailed look at the art of writing and rhetoric with a strong emphasis on non-fiction texts and American literature. The curricular focus is on building critical reading skills along with learning the processes of writing in a variety of forms--narrative, expository, analytic, research, reflective, and argumentative. Students will be expected to respond to variety of texts by synthesizing source material and writing analytical essays with the goal of becoming a critical reader of all texts and writing effectively and confidently in their college and beyond. All students are required to take the AP test in May.

English 12

English 12

Grade 12

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

English 11

Description:

This course includes the study of world authors through fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama with both semesters devoted to a critical study of the relationship between literature and society. Emphasizing the personal themes of self-discovery, growth, and responsibility, as well as themes related to Catholic social teaching, the course is an integral component of the Community Based Service Learning Project (CBSL). Students hone skills in analytical reading and writing, discussing, and researching. The school year culminates in the students’ CBSL Project presentations in the spring.

AP English Literature and Composition 12

AP English Literature & Composition 12

Grade 12

One-year course required

Prerequisite:

English 11 grade of B or higher, PSAT scores, GPA, teacher recommendation, and writing sample.

Description:

Senior AP English is a college-level seminar with three major goals: to study and hone the process of writing; to analyze literary works of international and historical merit; and to prepare for the National AP English Exam in May. Students will learn to critique their own writing and other students’ through professional assessment, self-evaluation and peer response. The class requires a willingness to critically investigate the philosophical, psychological, socio-cultural, and aesthetic qualities of works of literature. The Senior Service Project (the Community Based Service Learning Project or CBSL) is an integrated component of this course. All students are required to take the AP test in May.

Creative Writing

Creative Writing

Grade 12

One-semester course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Instructor recommendation.

Description:

This course is designed to challenge and engage students interested in literary creation, providing them a foundation for further creative exploration. Students will be exposed to many aspects of the writing process including generating ideas, writing and revising drafts, editing; reading excerpts from outstanding works of literature to investigate how successful writers create characters, plot, and scene; write extensively and participate in candid helpful critiques of their own work and that of their peers. Students will develop such writing resources as voice, imagery, characterization, dialogue, and narration. While investigating various genres such as genre fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and screenplays, students will produce an independent project. Experimentation is encouraged.

Advanced Speech & Debate

Advanced Speech & Debate

Grades 10-12

One-year course, Elective

Prerequisite:

Successful completion of Public Speaking and/or Department approval. Audition may be required.

Description:

This course is a performance class available to students interested in competitive forensics and debate. The course builds on the skills learned in the Public Speaking course and will refine the students’ preparation methods, presentation techniques and confidence. In preparation for competition, students will learn oral interpretation (literary and dramatic) and debate. The debate component will develop critical thinking, argumentation and research strategies, effective speechwriting, and the talent of persuasion using both affirmative and negative opinions. Class level and public debates will be the primary focus of the class. Mock Trial will be another forum for student skills acquired.

AP Seminar

AP Seminar

Grades 10, 11, 12

Year One of the AP Capstone Program

Prerequisite:

English teacher recommendation, Written proposal.

Description:

AP Seminar: AP Seminar is the first of the two courses that make up the AP Capstone program. This course will extend and complement our school’s Community Based Service-Learning program (CBSL). In this yearlong course, students develop and strengthen analytic and inquiry skills, exploring two to four relevant issues chosen by the student in collaboration with the teacher. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles; research studies; literary, foundational and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances.

AP Research

AP Research

Grades 11, 12

Year Two of Capstone Program

Prerequisite:

AP Seminar

Description:

AP Research is the second course in the AP Capstone™ program. AP Seminar is a prerequisite for AP Research. If you earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on four additional AP Exams of your choosing, you will receive the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. The goal is to tie the research to the student's interests and in many cases to their CBSL project.

ESL I

ESL I

Grades 9 -11

One-year course. Required of all International Students.

PRE-REQUISITE

None.

DESCRIPTION

ESL I is designed to augment academic English skills to prepare students to be as successful in their general studies in high school. This course will build upon the skills that the student has already acquired in earlier ESL grammar courses, serving to increase the student’s overall linguistic ability in the English language and daily classroom work. Students will work intensely on improving speaking and listening skills plus reading and writing. Each week includes a lab session targeting listening and speaking. ESL I will be using TOEFL-based vocabulary. Students will experience a classroom approach that will aim to prepare them for high school classes as well as ESL II and the TOEFL.

ESL I will be taken in every international student’s first year unless they have taken one year of ESL in a previous American high school and have received a grade of B or higher in both semesters.


ESL II

ESL II

Grades 10 - 12

One-year course. Required of all International Students.

PRE-REQUISITE

None.

DESCRIPTION

ESL II is designed to elevate Academic English skills to high levels of proficiency in preparation for advanced high school classes, standardized tests such as the TOEFL and the SAT, and to prepare students to move on to a college-level English proficiency after graduation from CNHS. Upon completion of ESL II, the expectation is that the student will be able to achieve a high proficiency in speaking and listening skills along with written and reading comprehension fluency aligned with advanced classroom materials. In ESL II, many cultural elements are explored through the medium of the target language and in writing and reading.

As well as regular class lessons, students will have a weekly lab-based session to put the theory learned in class into practice.

No student will “test out” of the ESL II requirement unless s/he has taken two full years of ESL in a previous American high school with a grade of B or better in all semesters. For questions about this policy, please contact the Dean of Curriculum.

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