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English

English classes are grouped by ability, and weighting occurs at the appropriate level.

ENGLISH I

Course Numbers:
English  I - Honors :
0111  Wgt. 1.06
English  I - CP-I         0113 
English  I - CP-II        0114             

Prerequisites: None, available to grade 9.

Credit:  1
Freshman English integrates the following:  an intensive grammar and usage study, a survey of literary genres, prescribed vocabulary and literary terms, and instruction in writing and composition skills.  This course also prepares students for the Ohio graduation test requirements.

ENGLISH II

Course Numbers:
English II - Honors: 
0211 Wgt. 1.06
English II - CP-I         0212
English II - CP-II        0214

Prerequisites: English I credit, available to grade 10.

Credit:  1
Sophomore English integrates the following:  the study of more complex grammar and usage, a study of American Literature and literary movements, prescribed vocabulary and literary terms, and further development of writing and composition skills.  This course also prepares students for the Ohio graduation test requirements.

ENGLISH   III

Course Numbers:
English III - CP-I
         0312
English III - CP-II         0314

Prerequisites: English II credit, available to grade 11.

Credit:  1
Junior English integrates the following: review of appropriate grammar and usage topics, a study of British literature and literary movements, prescribed vocabulary and literary terms, and continued emphasis on mastery of writing and composition skills.

ENGLISH  IV

Course Numbers:
English IV - CP-I          0412
English IV - CP -II        0413

Prerequisites: English III credit, available to grade 12.

Credit:  1
Senior English integrates the following: a final review of grammar and usage, a study of themes and topics through literature, prescribed study of vocabulary and literary terms, and emphasis on college-ready writing, composition, and research skills.

AP  LITERATURE   AND  COMPOSITION

Course Number:  0411                     Wgt:  1.06

Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation.  Available to Grades 11 & 12 for 2019-2020.  Available to Grade 11 only in 2020-2021.

Credit:  1                   
The course involves extensive challenging reading and continuous writing which focuses on the critical analysis of literature.  Special attention is given to analyzing the tone, diction, syntax, structure, theme, and point of view of significant literary works.

This course is designed for students who have taken at least one year of English at the Honors level and who are seeking college credit through a high school course.  Students receiving an acceptable grade on the examination may be awarded college credit in English.

AP LANGUAGE   AND  COMPOSITION

Course Number:  0410                     Wgt:  1.06

Prerequisites:  Teacher recommendation.  Available to Grade 12

Credit:  1       
This course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods. This course is designed for students who have taken at least two years of English at the Honors level and who are seeking college credit through a high school course.   Students receiving an acceptable grade on the AP exam may be awarded college credit in English.

READING SKILLS

Course Number: 0136

Prerequisites: None, available to grade 9 

Credit:  1
Reading Skills is offered to freshmen who test below grade level in comprehension or vocabulary skills on their eighth grade placement test.  Overall emphasis is placed on developing students’ self-awareness of their own reading attitudes and behaviors, reading processes, and the use of reading and writing as natural components of communication in everyday life.  In this context, students work on improving concentration, comprehension, vocabulary knowledge, study skills, self-esteem, reading for purpose, and writing based on reading.

CONTEMPORARY  LITERATURE                    

Course Number: 0527

Prerequisites: English I credit and current English teacher recommendation.
Available to grades 10, 11, 12. 

Credit:  .5
Contemporary Literature is a one semester elective, considered an enrichment to the basic English four year program.  This course studies novels, plays, short stories, and poems written in recent years.  Students will study major selections in addition to shorter pieces.  Selections are subject to change each year.  This elective is designed for those students who enjoy reading and discussing contemporary literature. 

CREATIVE  WRITING  I

Course Number: 0547

Prerequisites: English I credit and current English teacher recommendation. 
Available to grades 10, 11, 12. 

Credit:  .5
This class requires completion of approximately one creative writing assignment (poems, short story, personal narrative) per week in addition to daily writing warm-up activities.  Using both writing prompts and original topics, students work on writing and technique each day in class.  All students are required to submit work to both the literary journal, Reflections, and an outside publication.  Each student presents the entire semester’s work in a final collection portfolio.  There is an additional emphasis on performance of works.

CREATIVE WRITING II

Course Number:  0557

Prerequisites: Available to grades 10, 11 and 12.
Student needs an 85% average in Creative Writing I and recommendation of Creative Writing teacher(s).

Credit:  .5
This class concentrates on students’ strong points in form and technique.  Students create showcase portfolios, work independently, and submit work for publication. This entails approximately one creative writing assignment per week in addition to daily writing warm-up activities.  There is an additional emphasis on performance of works.  Students also oversee the publication of the literary journal, Reflections.

JOURNALISM 

Course Number:  0567 (semester)   0569 (year)

Prerequisites: Recommendation from English teacher.
Available to grades 10, 11, and 12.

Credit:  .5 / 1
This course teaches journalistic skills such as news writing, feature writing, editorial writing, headline writing, copy editing, and interviewing.  Students apply these skills through the publication of the online school newspaper, The Milestone.  Emphasis is placed on independent work skills.  Students may take more than one semester of Journalism.

ADVANCED JOURNALISM

Course Number: 0587

Prerequisites:  At least one semester of Journalism.  Recommendation from Journalism teacher.

Credit:  1
This year-long course develops college-level journalistic writing and leadership skills and provides practical application of technology and media.  Students assume leadership roles in the publication of the online student newspaper and create a portfolio of work published in external publications.

YEARBOOK 

Course Number: 0577                      Wgt. 1.04

Prerequisites:  Recommendation from English teacher. 
Available to grades 10, 11, and 12.

Credit:  1
This year-long course teaches the skills necessary to publish the school yearbook, Countdown.  Students will learn aspects of publication including theme and development, organization and content, layout and design, and writing and editing.  Emphasis is placed on the independent work skills.

ADVANCED  YEARBOOK 

Course Number: 0597                       Wgt. 1.04

Prerequisites:  Yearbook I and recommendation of Yearbook I teacher.
Available to grades 11, and 12.

Credit:  1
This year-long course develops professional publication and leadership skills. Students assume the role of editor in the publication of the yearbook, critique page design and content, and make decisions concerning theme, ladder, budget, design, etc.

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