42310111* Freshman English A
42310112** Freshman English B
42320111 Sophomore English A
42320112 Sophomore English B
42330111 Junior English A
42330112 Junior English B
42340111 Senior English A
42340112 Senior English B
42360311 Horror Literature
42360211 Science Fiction Literature
*Course numbers ending in 1 are first semester courses.
**Course numbers ending in 2 are second semester courses.
This Common Core-aligned course addresses two different essential questions: “What makes us the same and different?” and “What does it take to survive?” All reading and writing is related to these two questions. Students will read the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, considering the deep racial divide which existed in the 1930s. They will read the multi-genre text Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon as well as an essay and Travel Channel segment which all highlight different ways of thinking and viewing the world. Students will also read poetry and essays about universals, the values people from around the world have in common. In the survival unit, students will explore poems, short stories, speeches, and a monologue from The Miracle Worker which focus on issues of survival in the midst of tremendous odds. In response to these texts, students will write personal responses and brief analyses as well as complete a research project in response to a self-selected question. The research focus in this course is finding and evaluating credible sources as well as outlining and beginning citation.
This Common Core-aligned course addresses two different essential questions: “How does history shape who I am?” and “How have others made a lasting impression?” All reading and writing is related to these two questions. Students will read the memoir Having Our Say, which traces the effects of a century of American history on two one hundred year-old sisters. Students will also explore the impact of cultural, social, and political events on the lives and literature of Native Americans (“Trail of Tears”), women (“Women”), and African Americans (“Letter From Birmingham Jail,” “Passing”). Students will examine the lives of the great (Ozymandias) and not-so-great (Julius Caesar) – both in fiction and non-fiction – to determine why some people have such strong impressions on others. Students will write reading responses, brief analyses, and an argumentative essay. The research focus for this course is using evidence from sources within an essay.
The essential question for this course is “What was the promise of America?” All reading and writing is related to this question. Texts span pre-American years (1700s and before) through the 1940s. Students will read texts related to the earliest settlers including the voices of colonial slaves and women which were generally excluded from national conversations. They will also explore foundational American texts – the Bill of Rights and Preamble to the US Constitution as well as the pamphlet “Common Sense” – to understand the freedoms early Americans pursued. They will analyze a recent Supreme Court case in relation to these Constitutional rights. Students will also study universal “American” ideas in classical American literature, including poems (“The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”), essays (‘Common Sense”) and novels (Tom Sawyer and The Grapes of Wrath). In response to this reading, students will write journal entries as well as a personal essay focusing on a chosen American ideal.