English Courses

Requirements: All students are required to take four years of the English course sequence. 

English I

This course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a study of literary genres (short story, the novel, the epic, drama, poetry). (Grade 9) (Cours # 1101)

English I Honors

This honors course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through an in-depth development of the literary genres of short story, essay, autobiography, novel, drama and poetry. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. (Grade 9) (Course # 1102)

English I - High Honors 

This advanced course is designed to develop the student's reading and writing skills through an in-depth development of the literary genres of short story, essay, autobiography, novel, drama and poetry. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student. Independent research and critical analysis are stressed. (Grade 9) (Course # 1103)

English II 

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a chronological survey of American literature. (Grade 10) (Course # 1201)

English II - Honors

This honors course focuses on an in-depth study of American literature from colonial to modern times. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. (Grade 10) (Course # 1202)

English II – High Honors

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of American literature from colonial to modern times. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique voice of each student. Independent research and critical analysis are stressed. (Grade 10)  (Course # 1203)

English III 

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a survey of English literature. Instruction in writing a term paper is an integral part of this course. (Grade 11) (Course # 1301)

English III – Honors 

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to contemporary writers. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work, including a term paper. (Grade 11) (Course # 1302)

English III – High Honors

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of English literature from Anglo-Saxon to contemporary writers. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student.  Independent research and critical written analysis are stressed. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written work, including a term paper. Students will have the option to take the Advanced Placement exam in English Language and Composition in May. (Grade 11) (Course # 1303)

English IV 

This course continues to develop the student's reading and writing skills through a survey of world literature. A term paper is also required. (Grade 12) (Course # 1401)

English IV – Honors 

This advanced course focuses on an in-depth study of world literature. Students must demonstrate a high level of competence in oral and written interpretation, including a term paper. Emphasis is placed on making critical and stylistic comparisons. A term paper is also required. (Grade 12) (Course # 1402)

English IV Literature & Composition – Advanced Placement 

This college level course covers a variety of genres and periods. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of ideas and themes, and other literary elements, as well as evaluation of style. The format of this course allows for the development of the unique responses of each student. Independent research and critical written analysis are stressed. A term paper is also required. (Grade 12) (Course # 1404)

ELECTIVES 

Creative Writing 

Students will learn to write a variety of forms of poetry and prose using select models and writing prompts. The class culminates with a reading of student work at Barnes and Noble Bookstore. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and performing arts. (Grade 10, 11 or 12) (Course # 1701)

Communications 

This course provides an introduction into the exciting and important field of modern communications and gives an overview of Interpersonal Communications and Mass Communications. Students also explore career opportunities in the media and advertising as well as in the field of Interpersonal Communication. (Grade 10, 11 or 12) (Course # 6801)

Journalism

This course examines looks at the role of the journalist in today’s society. Students will also explore basic news writing, editing, design and layout using desktop publishing and digital imaging software. Students contribute to the production of AHA’s student newspaper, The AHA Voice. (Grade 10, 11 or 12) (Course # 6811) 

Film 

This course is intended to increase the enjoyment of film by raising awareness of the ways a film communicates. Students will become more knowledgeable and critical viewers as we watch and discuss a series of films. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and performing arts. (Grade 10, 11 or 12) (Course # 6701)

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