Language Arts

The emphasis of Seventh Grade Language Arts Curriculum is on diverse types of expression. Drawing on situations and varied texts, including public documents, students refine their understanding and use of language through oral language, written language, and other media/technology. In addition, students further develop their use of language for expressive, informational, critical, literary, and language usage purposes. Students read a wide range of texts to interpret and evaluate, and to further develop an appreciation for literature. Seventh graders increase comprehension strategies, vocabulary, an understanding of language structure and grammar rules, as well as high order thinking skills through their encounters with print and non-print text. Reading and writing instruction is linked, and students write for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students use effective sentence construction and further develop editing skills to improve sentence formation, usage, mechanics, and spelling.

Reading & Composition Honors

This course is an active and reflective experience of the reading and writing process. The students will work in the format of the reading/writing connection to explore a range of genres, including but not limited to fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fantasy, timed writing to a given prompt. Further topics to be examined in this course are the development of practical classroom applications of creating a literate environment. The question of, "What makes good writing?" will be explored throughout the course.

English I: World Literature Honors

This world literature course is a study of representative works from the Renaissance to present day. The course emphasizes the study of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. An important goal of the course is to promote an understanding of the works in their cultural/historical contexts and of the enduring human values, which unite the different literary traditions. The course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a structure designed around cultural diversity, as well as comparative and interdisciplinary analysis.

English II: American Literature Honors

American Lit. emphasizes reading strategies for students to know how a variety of literary works, themes, and cultural archetypes define literature. The course includes the concepts that distinguish the major genres: fiction, including short stories, fables, myths, novels, and drama; poetry; and essays. The literary elements inherent in the genres serve as concepts to extend the students' knowledge of literature and other print material such as informational texts. All selections serve as focal points for improving reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and grammar and usage skills. The course offers students numerous opportunities to practice the stages of a writing process, from planning to drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading in order to produce final products in narrative, descriptive, and expository writing. In addition, the students explore and use technology to access, organize, and present their ideas effectively.

English III: Multicultural Themes in Literature Honors

This course presents multicultural themes and perspectives through a variety of styles of literature. The styles of writing include a mixture of both fiction and non-fiction; poetry, short stories, and novels comprise the majority of the literature. Throughout the course, social influences upon writers and their works are explored with emphasis being placed on developing deeper understanding and awareness of cultural diversity as reflected in literature and the arts. The course will challenge the students in their writing, as a means of self-expression, formal communication, and research presentation.

English IV: Literature and Composition Honors

This course is designed to continue to develop the effectiveness of writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying rhetorical strategies, analyzing information from source texts, and writing arguments. The goal is to learn about the elements that define effective arguments and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts. Becoming a critical reader of both fiction and nonfiction works from various authors and time periods are what help make this course unique. Learning about the elements that define effective argument and composition through the critical analysis and interpretation of complex texts are what challenge the student's basic understanding of literature. Understanding the interactions among a writer's purpose, audience, subject, and genre and how each of these contributes to effective writing will be the desired result by year's end. These aspects are all tied together in order to enhance the students writing skills and understand better each stage of the writing process.

AP® Language & Composition

The AP® English Language course is developed based on AP® English language guidelines for students who are willing to do college-level work during high school.  Students should expect to devote sufficient time and energy to complete rigorous coursework—reading and discussion assignments, extensive writing, AP® test preparation, vocabulary, use of rhetoric, collaborative language arts assignments, and peer/group discussion activities.

AP® English Literature and Composition

This course is intended to give the experience of a typical introductory college literature course. It includes intensive study of representative works from various genres, periods, and cultures, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit. Reading in the course builds on the reading done in previous English courses. The students learn to read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work's complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form.

Writing is also an integral part of the AP® English Literature and Composition course and of the AP® Exam. Writing assignments in the course will address the critical analysis of literature and will include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. In addition, creative-writing assignments such as response and reaction papers, freewriting, or keeping a journal will help the student see from the inside how literature is written. The goal of both types of writing assignments is to increase the student's ability to explain clearly and cogently what is understood about literary works and how it's interpreted.