ENGLISH DEPARTMENT



The English Department focuses instruction so students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in literary history with an understanding of religious, moral, and social values relevant to a developing faith life.
  • Communicate skillfully and effectively through print, visual, auditory, and technological media in the home, school, community, and workplace.
  • Implement research strategies using a variety of media, both electronic and print.
  • Utilize critical thinking in the interpretation of literature.
  • Develop various reading strategies to facilitate individual reading level/style.



1220 English I
(Grade 9; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course combines the study of literature, grammar, and composition. The student will learn terms and literary techniques and backgrounds used in short stories, poetry, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Greek mythology, and several paperback novels from the freshman reading list. Composition skills will emphasize correct sentence structure and writing a unified, coherent essay. The class will have a library unit to develop competence in research using both print and online materials. The class also focuses on grammar skills, parts of speech, sentence structure, and usage.

1224 English II
(Grade 10; 2 semesters; 1 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Students will read short stories, poetry, drama, Arthurian legends, and novels. Course objectives include developing the student’s ability to identify, analyze, and interpret plot, setting, characterization, narration, diction, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and theme. Students will be given the opportunity to identify and analyze different types of poetry such as sonnets, ballads, and dramatic monologues. In addition, students will identify and analyze major characteristics of drama and its particular forms. There will also be an opportunity for students to analyze and interpret selected elementary medieval romances. Students will learn writing techniques and demonstrate these skills in various writing assignments which will include essays of analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. There will also be the opportunity for the expansion of vocabulary.

1226 Great Books I/Essay
(Grade 11; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

All juniors will concentrate on the reading of Classic modern works of American and world literature. Students will interpret and evaluate the novels to determine and support a thesis statement and essay for novels. Students will also write argumentative essays and work to improve writing skill, style, and essay structure.

1227 Great Books II/Research Paper
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Completion of Great Books I/Essay

This course is a college-preparatory course which concentrates on the reading of literary classics and on learning the necessary skills for constructing a documented research paper. Students will discuss the literary value and techniques of the work and will interpret and evaluate selected novels. Also, students will apply research skills and will emphasize self-discipline in following directions, meeting specific deadlines, and implementing documentation.

1228 American Literature
(Grades 11/12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

Students will have a chronological study of some of the great works in American literature from its beginnings to the present. Authors include Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and John Steinbeck. Students will be asked to respond to the literature in writing and will work to develop independent reading skills and maturity in analysis.

1229 English Literature
(Grades 11/12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course is a chronological study of some of the great works in English literature from its beginnings to the present. Works read include Arthurian legend, The Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, modern short stories and poems, and a wide range of genre and writers. Students will be asked to respond in writing to literature and will work to develop independence in reading ability and maturity in analytical response to literature.

1230 World Classics
(Grades 11/12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course consists of a survey of important literary works from major authors in ancient Greece to the modern period. Selections from the cultures of Africa, Asia, and Europe are included. World Literature is designed to give students additional exposure to the various genres of literature, including the essay, short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. Students will be asked to respond to the literature in writing.

1231 Creative Writing          
(Grades 11/12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

This course combines reading with writing as a means of self-expression and self-discovery. Students will explore the genres of the short story, personal essay, poetry, and drama. Studying novels and other writing stimulates imagination and provokes consideration of moral and ethical values requiring the student to search within for expression. Students are encouraged to view language with an artistic eye and cultivate it as a form of creative expression.

1232 Writing for Publication
(Grades 11/12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: None

In this course students broaden their knowledge of print, social, and broadcast media. The history, ethics, and techniques of journalism will complement the major units of study, reporting, writing, editing, photography, video creation, social media communication, graphic design, management, advertising, and teamwork. In addition, students will learn computer publications tools like Adobe, InDesign CS3, broadcast production applications like iMovie, and social media networks like Twitter and Facebook.

1233 AP English
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Great Books I/Essay
Dual Credit through Lincoln University

This course is designed as an intensive study of literature and composition to prepare the advanced senior student. This course will demand skills in reading, writing, and thinking, and will require independent work. Only students who want to work at a more intense pace and at a mature level and performance should enroll in the course. It will include an intensive study of various types of literature: novels, drama, poetry, short stories, and expository writing covering themes common through literature and including writers who are considered foremost in literature (Shakespeare, both modern and classical poets, Charles Dickens, etc.) to develop close reading skills and a broad frame of reference of ongoing literary themes. Students will be expected to write frequently and will practice analysis, exposition, and critical essay skills. Students will also be taught proper research methods and will be asked to write a research paper. They will be required to do summer reading before the course. 

1210 English IV
(Grade 12; 1 semester; .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Instructor’s signature required

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to practice effective note taking, improve vocabulary, and review basic and advanced writing skills. The course will address reading comprehension in analyzing practical writings used in daily life. Various genres will be used for enhancing comprehension and analysis of contemporary literature. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to address individual strengths and needs.