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English I

This course includes the study of literary forms such as short stories, plays, poetry, novel and essays. Also, the course will focus on elements of composition, especially paragraph development, with grammatical concepts and punctuation reviewed as needed. Speaking skills will be developed through the writing and delivery of oral presentation, both individual and group. Research and writing skills will be further developed through the research paper. Vocabulary study is required throughout the year, primarily in association with the literature study.

English II

Prerequisite: English I

This course develops communication skills in areas of writing and understanding literature. In composition, the focus is on paragraph development to express and support ideas. Grammatical usage, spelling, punctuation and capitalization are dealt with in the context of written assignments. Students will also develop skills in writing well developed essays. Skill in understanding literature will be developed through a study of the elements of literature, literary terms and vocabulary in short stories, drama and novels. Spelling and vocabulary study is required throughout the year.

Quarter 2- English II will be reading 1984 by- George Orwell

Quarter 3- English II will read The Giver by- Lois Lowry

Quarter 4- English II will be on William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar"

English III

Prerequisite: English II

This course continues to develop communication skills in the areas of writing and understanding literature. In composition, paragraph development is reviewed and expanded with an emphasis on outlining skills to organize and develop the essay. Students will develop writing skills and work on problem areas in grammatical usage, spelling, punctuation and capitalization through formal and informal writings. Skills in understanding literature will be developed through a study of 19th and 20th Century American literature. Spelling and vocabulary study is required throughout the year.

Quarter 3- English 3 will be reading My Antonia-by Willa Cather

Quarter 4- This quarter will focus on John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men And George Orwell's Animal Farm

English IV (Pre-College English)

Prerequisite: English III

This course is a seniors' course which previews college-level approaches to composition, literature and speech skills. Composition skills will be further developed through understanding of the patterns of logical and illogical reasoning. Students will write several compositions, using research skills, such as opinion, persuasion and literary criticism. Grammatical usage, spelling, punctuation and capitalization will be dealt with as needed on an individual basis. The emphasis will be on sound reasoning and logical support. Speaking skills will be developed through the research, writing, and presentation of a research project. Skill in understanding literature will be developed through a study of English literature with an emphasis on the historical development of English literature. Spelling and vocabulary study is required throughout the year.

Sem 1- Beowulf, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Gilgamesh, Geoffery Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, Boccaccio's The Decammeron, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Le Morte d'Arthur a brief study of the legend of King Arthur including A&E Biography of King Arthur and the movie First Knight, and the short morality play "Everyman"

Sem 2- William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Macbeth, Pygmalion, and Bless Me Ultima

Yearly- One research paper each semester 6-8 pages long, Senior memory book, and Journals each Monday.

Speech

This course is designed to help students develop into more competent speakers and efficient listeners by focusing on the nature of communication with an emphasis on developing the skills and behaviors necessary. Students will deliver approximately 5 speeches that accomplish each of these purposes: inform, persuade and demonstrate. Students will enhance speeches and develop skills using audio/visual materials such as Power Point programs and overhead projectors.