Language Arts 8: Eighth graders learn research basics, then apply their knowledge to prepare speeches. They also learn oral interpretation skills, and writing in/for the media. Writing original poetry and short stories round out the year.
Introduction to Literature 8: Units of study include Friendship, Families, Historical Fiction, Humor, Women in History (biography), Science Fiction. In these units students read all genres of literature. Included are vocabulary, a study of the elements of literature, and writing exercises based on the units. A book report on a young adult novel of choice is required each quarter.
English 9: Units of study include the short story, the Epic, poetry, drama, non-fiction including biography, and the novel. Essays include a personal narrative and a four minute speech. Various writing activities are included within the units. Shakespeare is introduced through the study of "Romeo and Juliet." Class novel is A Christmas Carol.
A book report on a young adult novel of choice is required each quarter.
English 10: A continuation of Freshman English, literary elements are studied through short story, poetry, drama, and the novel and "Julius Caesar". Nonfiction essays and novels are studied in detail. A demonstration speech is required. Writing activities will include narration, persuasion, and comparison/contrast. A book report on a young adult novel of choice is required each quarter.
English 11: A study of American literature through modern American lit. The survey includes novels and plays pertinent to the eras. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Red Badge of Courage, To Kill A Mockingbird, "A Raisin in the Sun," "The Crucible" are some major works to be studied. Essays of comparison/contrast, narration, and persuasion are required. Students are required to research a current American problem and prepare a public address speech. A book report on a young adult novel of choice is required each quarter.