ENGLISH I

1.0 Credit
In keeping with the Common Core State Standard Initiative guidelines for English language arts, English I establishes a foundation upon which students will build skills and understandings deemed necessary to become college and career ready.

Areas addressed by the CCS Initiative within this class include reading literature and informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language use.

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ENGLISH II

1.0 Credit
In keeping with the Common Core State Standard Initiative guidelines for English language arts, English II establishes a foundation upon which students will build skills and understandings deemed necessary to become college and career ready. Areas addressed by the CCS Initiative within this class include reading literature and informational texts, writing, speaking and listening, and language use.

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ENGLISH III

1.0 Credit
American Studies provides an integrated studies approach to American History and Junior English. A two-hour block, the course combines the chronological approach to American History with the literary, dramatic, and oral selections representative of the American experience. Students should expect an in-depth study of American cultural and should be capable of performing in peer groups on extensive projects. Critical thinking skills will be utilized to challenge student perceptions, and assessments will occur through oral presentations and a variety of written work in addition to traditional tests. This course addresses the requirements for both American history and junior English. Students will receive one grade for the combined course.

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ENGLISH IV

1.0 Credit
Senior English fulfills the requirement of a fourth year of English. Composition, grammar, vocabulary, research and study skills, reading and thinking skills, oral expression, and writing of forms, applications, and resumes are included. The course also includes a survey of world literature from the Greeks and Romans to the twentieth century, with a review of literary terms. A research project is required of each student.

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CREATIVE WRITING

This course offers an opportunity for students to analyze a diverse selection of literature as well as to develop extensively their own creative writing talents. Students are required to write a play, a selection of various styles of poetry, a short story, and other types of compositions. Emphasis is placed on the development of original ideas, mechanics, vocabulary, and writing styles.

TECHNICAL WRITING

This course is a comprehensive and flexible introduction to technical and professional communication. Exercises such as brief memos, summaries, formal reports and proposals will parallel the writing demands students will face both in college and/or on the job. Using a variety of technology from word processing to Internet access will also be a focus of the course. Prerequisite courses are Computer Applications and Sophomore English.

BUSINESS ENGLISH

The purpose of this course is to provide instruction in English language arts with emphasis on specific language skills as they relate to various occupations.

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