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Course Descriptions

 

English 7

Students will explore vocabulary and literary elements/rhetorical devices.  In addition, the course will focus on different types of writing: narrative, descriptive, compare and contrast, expository, persuasive, and journal writing. Summer reading is required for this course. This course is taken by all 7th grade students.

English 8

Students will explore vocabulary and literary elements/rhetorical devices further. Summer reading is required for this course.  This course is taken by all 8th grade students.

English 9

This class focuses on grammar, composition and vocabulary (Latin/Greek based Vocabulary From Classical Roots). The fundamentals of literature are continued from Middle School studies with conflict, plot structure, theme and poetic elements intertwined through reading. In addition to in-class reading, students are assigned extra books throughout the year from a prepared reading list.  As writing is a key to communication, this discipline is consistently exercised through in class prompts and essays and assigned homework. Summer reading is required for this course.  This course is taken by all 9th grade students not taking English 9 Honors.

English 9 Honors

Grammar, composition, vocabulary (Latin/Greek based Vocabulary from Classical Roots), and writing are included in the emphasis of this class. With the elements of conflict, plot structure, theme, and poetic elements intertwined, in addition to in-class reading, students read extra books from a prepared reading list to continue to lay a foundation for reading comprehension and understanding.   As writing is a key to communication, this discipline is consistently exercised through in-class prompts and essays and assigned homework. Summer reading is required for this course.  Prerequisites: Students must have a yearly grade average of 90% in English 8 and teacher recommendation to be eligible for this class.  This course is taken by all 9th grade students not taking 9th grade English.

English 10

Classic books such as The Pearl, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, and The Scarlet Letter, are included in the curriculum for English 10 along with an introduction to Rhetorical Strategies and Devices. A heavy emphasis on writing clearly defines the four types of writing: Descriptive, Expository, Narrative, and Persuasive.  A systematic step-by-step development of a research paper is processed during the second semester. Outside reading books are required for this class per choice from prepared lists.  Latin/Greek based Vocabulary from Classical Roots encourages students to develop a vocabulary system for ACT or SAT tests. Summer reading is required for this course.  This course is taken by all 10th grade students not taking Honors English 10.

English 10 Honors

Honors English 10 is divided into two distinct subject classes:  Beginning first semester students are immersed in World Literature.  Literary offerings include, but are not limited to, The Pearl, Silas Marner, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird, Night, and The Scarlet Letter.  The focus on the author’s use of rhetorical devices, stylistic elements, and other writing emphasis helps students develop a clear understanding of the value of literary works. Latin/Greek based Vocabulary from Classical Roots encourages students to develop a vocabulary system for ACT or SAT tests.  Summer reading is required for this course.  Second Semester:  A heavy emphasis on writing clearly defines the four types of writing: Descriptive, Expository, Narrative, and Persuasive. An extra outside reading book each month is required and a systematic step-by-step development of a research paper is processed during the second semester.  Prerequisites: Students must have a yearly grade average of 90% in English 9 or an 88% in Honors English 9 to be eligible for this class and teacher recommendation. This course is taken by all 10th grade students not taking English 10.

English 11

1st Semester - Composition - Continued work from the previous school year on the four basic writing styles and additional Rhetorical Strategies and Devices as well as refreshing Grammar skills is important to the overall writing program. One outside reading book report (American authors, using various types and presentations) per quarter is required along with a research paper the first semester. Other class work includes oral presentation, role play, and group work. This course is taken by 11th graders not in Dual Enrollment.

2nd Semester - Literature - The American Literature text from Bob Jones University Press is used in this class with supplements from various texts. Tying classic literature to Biblical truths and historical facts is vital to class discussion. In addition to the text, a thorough examination of the play Our Town along with novels Scarlet Letter, Fahrenheit 451, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Great Gatsby is included in the curriculum. Vocabulary from Classical Roots (Fifer and Flowers) and thinking skills used to enhance ACT and SAT preparation.

English 12

1st Semester - Composition -Writing (Rhetorical Strategies and Devices), grammar review, memorization, and oral presentations are required as well as one additional book report per quarter. Writing in various contexts, resume’ building, analysis of compositions and a variety of other writing options are included in this semester.  A research paper is required. This course is taken by all 12th grade students not taking Dual Enrollment.

2nd Semester - Using the British Literature text from Bob Jones University Press with supplements from various texts, senior English 12 study begins in the Middle Ages and continues through the present day writers of Britain. Intertwining British history with literature allows for a more effective understanding of works written during each time period. Class discussion includes understanding Biblical truths in the works read. In addition to the text, a thorough examination of Macbeth, Hamlet, Tale of Two Cities, Lord of the Flies, and Pride and Prejudice is discussed. Vocabulary from Classical Roots (Fifer and Flowers) continues word building with the use of Latin/Greek roots.

Dual Enrollment English

English Composition I provides instruction and practice in the writing of at least six (6) extended compositions and the development of analytical and critical reading skills and basic reference and documentation skills in the composition process. English Composition I may include instruction and practice in library usage. ENG 101 English Composition I is taken in conjunction with Jefferson State Community College - Prerequisite: Score of 18 or higher on the English portion of the ACT, admission to JSCC, must meet SMCS/JSCC dual enrollment requirements and pay JSCC tuition and fees. 1 semester of DE English Comp I = 3 semester hours of college credit.