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English

English Department

The HSM English department seeks to assist students in the development of the reading, writing, thinking, and speaking skills necessary for success in college and in life.  In doing so, the faculty promotes a shared responsibility of learning between the teacher and student.

Throughout the curriculum, students experience and appreciate a variety of literary genres that reflect both cultural and classical literary traditions. Yearly vocabulary studies, grammar lessons, and composition instruction provide the knowledge for effective written and spoken communication necessary for the workforce.  By the time they graduate, students are able to evaluate a text critically and perform the type of research required in college.

Junior High Curriculum

English 7 emphasizes the strengthening of basic skills in grammar and composition. Students become familiar with writing as a process as they improve their sentence and paragraph writing skills. Attention is placed upon the development of vocabulary and research skills. Outside reading is required.

English 7 Honors emphasizes the relationship between grammar and composition. The students become familiar with writing as a process, and they become proficient in writing various types of paragraphs. Attention is placed upon the development of vocabulary and research skills. An increased amount of outside reading is required. Prerequisite: Based on standardized test scores and previous English grades (no grade lower than a B).

English 8 emphasizes grammar and composition. The students become familiar with writing as a process as they improve their sentence and paragraph writing skills. Attention is placed upon the development of vocabulary and research skills. Outside reading is required.

English 8 Honors emphasizes the development of advanced grammar skills with application in composition. Sentence and paragraph skills are improved with an introduction to essay writing. Vocabulary and research skills are further developed. An increased amount of outside reading is required. Prerequisite: Based on standardized test scores and previous English grades (no grade lower than a B).

HIGH SCHOOL Curriculum

English I (1 Credit) integrates composition, vocabulary, and research skills in a genre-based approach to the study of literature. Students learn literary elements of the short story, classical drama, novel, and poetry.

English I Honors (1 Credit) integrates composition, vocabulary, and research skills in a genre-based approach to the study of literature. Students learn literary elements of the short story, classical drama, novel, and poetry. Additional reading and writing is required. Prerequisites: Based on standardized test scores and previous English grades (no grade lower than a B)

English II (1 Credit) incorporates vocabulary, composition, and research skills in a chronological study of American literature with historical and cultural background from pre-colonial times to the present. Prerequisites: Credit earned in English I or English I Honors.

English II Honors (1 Credit) incorporates composition, vocabulary, and research skills in a chronological study of American literature with historical and cultural background from pre-colonial times to the present. Additional reading and writing is required. Prerequisites: Based on standardized test scores and English I grades (no grade lower than a B).

English III (1 Credit) follows a chronological study of British literature with historical and cultural background beginning with the Anglo-Saxons. Students develop composition and research skills. Independent reading is required. Prerequisites: Credit earned in English II or English II Honors.

English III Honors (1 Credit) follows a chronological study of British literature with historical and cultural background beginning with the Anglo-Saxons. An increased amount of composition, research, and independent reading is required. Prerequisites: Based on standardized test scores and English II grades (no grade lower than a B).

AP English III (1 Credit) Description TBA

English IV (1 Credit) is a year-long study of composition with emphasis on various types of writing, including personal essay, resume, literary analysis, and research paper. Selections from world literature are incorporated as an impetus for writing. Vocabulary study and outside reading is included. Prerequisites: Credit earned in English III or English III Honors

English IV Honors (1 Credit) (Dual enrollment through LaTech-English 101/102 - 6 College Credits) English 101 - English 101 is the standard course for first year college students. It offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to English 102. Prerequisites: ACT composite score of 22 or greater and English sub-score of at least 18. English III grade no lower than a B. English 102- This course continues work of Composition I and includes preparation of a research paper from library sources. Prerequisite: English 101 or an English sub-score of 30 on the ACT.

AP English IV (1 Credit) is an in-depth study of English and world literature, with academic writing. The content includes additional interpretative work and advanced theme writing, stressing style and maturity, including a literary research paper. This course should lead the student toward testing out of college English courses. Prerequisites: Based on standardized test scores and English III grades (no grade lower than a B)

World Mythology and Epic (1 Credit) is an elective designed to provide the student with a beginning knowledge of mythology and the epic from Western and Eastern world cultures. Students will study world mythologies and their relationship to contemporary culture, exploring why such stories have remained timeless. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing