English Language Arts Courses

 

LAY6100     ADVANCED PLACEMENT [AP™] ENGLISH: LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION     YEAR

This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literary texts. All language arts benchmarks are addressed in this course.  Students read representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  In discussions and in their writing, students experience, interpret, and evaluate what they have read.

This course alternates with LAY6010 AP English Language and Composition. Completion of either AP course will count as completion of the Expository Writing requirement. Prerequisite:  Teacher Recommendation.

 

LCY1010     ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 1 (GRADE 9)     REQUIRED     YEAR

This course provides a balanced program of reading, writing, and oral communication. All of the ninth-grade benchmarks are addressed in this course. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are experienced as interactive and interrelated processes focusing both on meaning and on semantic, syntactic, and grammatical conventions. Students work with both informational and literary texts. The study of informational texts requires that students conduct research, extract and construct meaning, and complete tasks. The study of literature gives students an opportunity to read, interpret, and respond to literature personally and critically. Texts are carefully selected to include a range of traditional and contemporary, canonical and non-canonical texts in many genres. The study of language focuses on how it is used in relevant social contexts and how it is used by individuals to structure their perceptions and experiences. Honors section requires teacher recommendation.

 

LCY2010     ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 2 (GRADE 10)     REQUIRED     YEAR

This course provides a balanced program of reading, writing, and oral communication. All of the tenth-grade benchmarks are addressed in this course. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are experienced as interactive and interrelated processes focusing both on meaning and on semantic, syntactic, and grammatical conventions. Students work with both informational and literary texts. The study of informational texts requires that students conduct research, extract and construct meaning, and complete tasks. The study of literature gives students an opportunity to read, interpret, and respond to literature personally and critically. Texts include a wide variety of works that contribute to an understanding of our common culture and the culture of others and that reflect themes uniting all cultures. The study of language includes the description of language and its role in communication as well as the construction of meaning.  Honors section requires teacher recommendation

 

LCY3010     ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 3 (GRADE 11)     YEAR

This course provides a balanced program of reading, writing, and oral communication. All of the tenth-grade benchmarks are addressed in this course. Reading, writing, speaking, and listening are experienced as interactive and interrelated processes focusing both on meaning and on semantic, syntactic, and grammatical conventions. Students work with both informational and literary texts. The study of informational texts requires that students conduct research, extract and construct meaning, and complete tasks. The study of literature gives students an opportunity to read, interpret, and respond to literature personally and critically. Texts include a wide variety of works that contribute to an understanding of our common culture and the culture of others and that reflect themes uniting all cultures. The study of language includes the description of language and its role in communication as well as the construction of meaning.

 

LCY4010     ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS 4 (GRADE 12)     YEAR

This course provides a balanced program of reading, writing, and oral communication.  All of the twelfth-grade benchmarks are addressed in this course.  Students refine their knowledge of specific strategies within these strands and implement and evaluate the effectiveness of their choice of strategies. They develop greater precision and refinement in their use of written and spoken language.  Students work with both informational and literary texts.  The study of informational texts requires that students conduct research, extract and construct meaning, and complete tasks.  The study of literature gives students an opportunity to read, interpret, and respond to literature personally and critically.  Literary selections reflect a rich history of perceptions and ideas expressed by writers of the past and present. The study of language includes knowledge of its underlying principles and an understanding of how language functions in and is affected by social systems.

 

LTH5130     AMERICAN LITERATURE     SEMESTER

This survey course is designed to engage students in understanding and appreciating representative literary works from the various periods of the American experience. The American temperament, the search for values, and succeeding waves of immigrant groups to the American literary tradition provide possible thematic continuity for the course. Focus is on personal, interpretive, and critical responses to this literature. Writing and oral communications support students’ exposure to and experience of the selected works.

 

LTH5150     BRITISH LITERATURE     SEMESTER

A number of approaches are possible in reaching the objectives of this course: a survey from Old English to contemporary works, a selected period or periods, major writers in the tradition, or a cultural studies approach. Regardless of the approach, an in-depth study of appropriate selected works should emphasize student discussion, exploration, response, and analysis. Modes of exploration, response, and invention include oral communication and writing.

 

LWH5213/5212     EXPOSITORY WRITING 1/2     EXPOS. 1     REQUIRED     SEMESTER

In these courses, students focus on expository prose in the form of descriptive, analytical, and persuasive papers. They learn to discover and refine ideas, research information, compose and revise their thoughts, and edit their papers for sharing. They explore strategies to solve writing problems and learn to adjust their writing for diverse audiences. In addition, students engage in reading and discussion related to their writing. They develop the ability to look critically at their own work and the work of other writers.  This requirement can be replaced by completion of either AP English course