The ninth grade English curriculum lays the foundation for the overall four-year program. Ninth grade students will write in a variety of forms, building on earlier experiences in written expression while exploring and correctly using the conventions of language and vocabulary. Students will learn and use techniques of oral communication and critical/strategic reading skills exploring a variety of literary genres. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.
Building on the fundamental concepts taught in ninth grade, the tenth grade English curriculum will further assist students in developing an awareness of the diversity of cultures in the global community as reflected in literature. Tenth grade students will write in various forms to demonstrate skills of evaluation and analysis while refining the usage of language conventions and vocabulary. Students will explore the principles and techniques of literary criticism, conduct research, and document career options. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.
Eleventh grade students will continue to develop techniques of discussion and written expression through critical reading of American authors and poets with emphasis on an analysis of the interrelationships of culture and literature. Students will produce compositions that are more sophisticated, using various formats. Each student will also create a significant writing product requiring basic mastery of research, documentation, and synthesis of ideas from a variety of sources. Techniques of oral communication will be strengthened. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.
The twelfth grade English curriculum is the culmination of the students' study of language, literature, and writing in high school. Students will explore primarily the works of Great Britain and the British Commonwealth to refine skills in critical reading, literary analysis, and written expression. Students will be required to write a number of compositions that apply critical reading skills and various methods of literary criticism, as well as compositions to inform and persuade. Successful completion of this course earns one required English credit.
This course explores the various areas of dramatics in order to give an understanding and appreciation of the art form. Students will participate in pantomime, improvisation, directing, acting, and technical theater.