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English

ENGLISH

The following English courses are graduation requirements:

English 1

English 2

English 3 or AP English Language

English 4

ENGLISH 1 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: None

English 1 students will be exposed to a variety of literature including, but not limited to poetry, short stories, drama, novels, etc. Student will begin a study of the various reading and writing strategies and grammar review and practices in order to produce successful writing pieces. Students will also participate in activities that introduce real-world writing, listening, and speaking skills.

HONORS ENGLISH 1 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: Meet benchmark scores on the EXPLORE test given in the 8th grade year (English score of 20) and/or Instructor approval.

Honors English I offers a more in-depth application of the English I curriculum. It is designed to prepare students for Honors English II, offering more challenging assignments and material.

ENGLISH 2 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: English 1

In English 2, students will be exposed to a variety of literature as well as elements of writing and reading. Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s). Students will continue to produce and refine successful writing pieces as required by the Department of Education. Students will continue to participate in activities that introduce real-world writing, listening, and speaking skills. Student will be required to complete the Quality Core English 2 End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course.

HONORS ENGLISH 2 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisites: Honors English I and/or instructor recommendation

Honors English II offers a more in-depth application of the English I curriculum. It is designed to prepare students for AP English during their junior year. It is much more challenging than English II and will have a heavy emphasis on analysis of text. Student will be required to complete the Quality Core English 2 End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course.

ENGLISH 3 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: English 2

In English 3, students will be exposed to a variety of literature. Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s). Students will also participate in activities and units of study that prepare them for real-world writing, listening, and speaking events.

HONORS ENGLISH 3 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisites: Honors English 1 & 2; Meet benchmark scores on the PLAN test given in the 10th grade year (English score of 15 and a Reading Score of 17) and/or Instructor approval.

Students will be exposed to a variety of literature. Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s). Students will also participate in activities and units of study that prepare them for real-world writing, listening, and speaking events.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 1 CREDIT (Weighted)

Pre-requisites: Honors English 1 and 2 or instructor approval

This class is taken in place of the required English 3 class. Students are engaged in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplined, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students need to be aware that this class is taught at a college level and must meet requirements of the College Board.

COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS ENGLISH 4 – TIER 1 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: 12th grade; ACT English Score of 15 or lower (COMPASS English of 59 or lower) and an ACT Reading Score of 17 or lower (COMPASS Reading of 79 or lower).

(English test score will override Reading test score on placement of those students not meeting the minimum English score.)

This course is for students who may not have attained the benchmark ACT score in English/Language Arts and Reading or the equivalent on COMPASS. Students will be presented a wide range of reading experiences with print and non-print materials that have literary, informational, persuasive, and practical purposes. The courses also require students to use the writing process and criteria for effective writing to demonstrate their abilities to write in a variety of forms and for multiple audiences and purposes. Students use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-learning strategies to make sense of their reading and thinking experiences.

COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS ENGLISH 4 – TIER 2 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: 12th grade; ACT English Score of 16 or 17 (COMPASS English score or 60-73) and an ACT Reading score of 18 or 19 (COMPASS Reading of 80-84).

This course is for students who need additional time and support to meet the benchmark ACT score in English/Language Arts and Reading, or the equivalent on COMPASS. Students will be presented a wide range of reading experiences with print and non-print materials that have literary, informational, persuasive, and practical purposes. The courses also require students to use the writing process and criteria for effective writing to demonstrate their abilities to write in a variety of forms and for multiple audiences and purposes. Students use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-learning strategies to make sense of their reading and thinking experiences. Speaking, listening, and observing skills are used to communicate information for a variety of authentic purposes. In addition, students continue to integrate inquiry skills and technology to communicate ideas

HONORS ENGLISH 4 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: 12th grade; ACT English Score of 18 or higher (COMPASS English of 74) and ACT Reading Score of 20 or higher (COMPASS Reading of 85).

Students not meeting the English or Reading criteria will be placed in COLLEGE/CAREER READINESS ENGLISH 4 – TIER 2.

This course will be offered for those students that do not want to take the college class from Somerset Community College. This course is for students who have met the benchmark ACT score in English/Language Arts and Reading, or the equivalent on COMPASS. Students will be presented a wide range of reading experiences with print and non-print materials that have literary, informational, persuasive, and practical purposes. The courses also require students to use the writing process and criteria for effective writing to demonstrate their abilities to write in a variety of forms and for multiple audiences and purposes. Students use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-learning strategies to make sense of their reading and thinking experiences. Speaking, listening, and observing skills are used to communicate information for a variety of authentic purposes. In addition, students continue to integrate inquiry skills and technology to communicate ideas

DUAL CREDIT ENGLISH 4 - (ENGLISH 101 & ENGLISH 102) 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: 12th grade; ACT English Score of 18 or higher (COMPASS English of 74)

This course will be offered for those students that want to take the college class from Somerset Community College and are willing to pay for the required tuition and books required by Somerset Community College. This course is for students who have met the benchmark ACT score in English/Language Arts and Reading, or the equivalent on COMPASS. Students will be presented a wide range of reading experiences with print and non-print materials that have literary, informational, persuasive, and practical purposes. The courses also require students to use the writing process and criteria for effective writing to demonstrate their abilities to write in a variety of forms and for multiple audiences and purposes. Students use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-learning strategies to make sense of their reading and thinking experiences. Speaking, listening, and observing skills are used to communicate information for a variety of authentic purposes. In addition, students continue to integrate inquiry skills and technology to communicate ideas.

ENGLISH 101-WRITING I (Somerset Community College) 3 Credit Hours from SCC

Pre-requisites: Appropriate English placement score on Compass (74) or ACT English sub-score of 18 or higher.

Focuses on academic writing. Provides instruction in drafting and revising essays that express ideas in Standard English, including reading critically, thinking logically, responding to texts, addressing specific audiences, researching and documenting sources. Includes review of grammar, mechanics, and usage. NOTES: (a) credit not available to special examination; (b) ENG 101 and ENG 102 may not be taken concurrently.

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course. Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered.

ENGLISH 102-WRITING II (Somerset Community College) 3 Credit Hours from SCC

Pre-requisites: ENG 101

Emphasizes argumentative writing. Provides further instruction in drafting and systemically revising essays that express ideas in Standard English. Includes continued instruction and practice in reading critically, thinking logically, responding to texts, addressing specific audiences, and researching and documenting credible academic sources. NOTE: Credit is not available by special examination.

Students are responsible for college registration, books and tuition for this course. Tuition is due within the first week the class is offered.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE 1 CREDIT (Weighted)

Pre-requisites: AP English Language; Teacher recommendation

Students MUST take the AP test of AP English Literature and Compositions for AP high school credit.

This class is taken as an elective credit using an online tool known as nice-net. There will be different meeting dates throughout the school year either before or after school. Only students who are extremely self-motivated will do well in this class. There will be no waivers to get in this class. You can be admitted by meeting the pre-requisites.

MEDIA 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: Approval of Instructor – Robin Smith

The purpose of this course is to edit and produce the school yearbook. The students are given formal instructions in elements fundamental to the production of such media. Students will understand the cultural, historical, and social impact of mass media and artistic features unique to each medium

JOURNALISM 1, 2, 3, & 4 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: None

This course will focus on newspaper study; newspaper production; news information gathering; proofreading; journalistic writing. Students will also publish and online school newspaper. Students may repeat this course.

HORROR FICTION 1/2 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: None

This course will offer an in-depth study of the most famous works of horror in literature. Students will read and discuss works by authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Stephen King, and others. This course will focus on the aspects of horror in literature and what makes works “scary” over literary periods.

CREATIVE WRITING 1/2 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: None

In this course, students will be given the opportunity to work independently and in groups on various aspects of creative writing. Study will focus on short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn the fundamentals of writing in these various literary genres and be given peer and instructor feedback on their own writing.

PUBLIC SPEAKING 1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite: None

Public Speaking is designed to cover the basic skills needed to be a strong speaker in varoius situations. Students will be required to speak in both formal and non-formal settings. Students will also be asked to prepare various presentations and speeches. Focus will be placed on skills such as enunciation, projection, eye contact, body language, etc. In addition, students will study how to make certain their speeches/presentations are organized and achieve the desired effect. Special attention will be given on prerparing appropriate Powerpoints and other visuals to aid in speaking and presentations.