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English I Grade Level 9
Prerequisite(s): None

Description: English I will teach students to develop many skills necessary for success in high school, college, and life. Students will read, discuss, and write about both classic and contemporary literature. Coursework will explore literature in the forms of the short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, novels, and the epic. The practice of grammar will take place on an ongoing basis. Students will develop and use research skills.

English II, Grade Level 10

Prerequisite(s): English I

Description: English II is offered in accordance with Louisiana’s Common Core State Standard. In this course, students will:  read, respond, analyze, reason, problem-solve, proofread, use informational sources, listen, write and speak using Standard English grammar. The course also focuses on vocabulary development, reading comprehension, and persuasive and expository writing. A variety of literary genres are studied, including: biographies, autobiographies, novels, short stories, essays, poetry, letters, myths, memoirs, legends, periodical articles, and dramatic literature.  Famous speeches are covered and oral presentations are prepared and presented. An emphasis is placed on cooperative learning and critical thinking skills. Grammar studies focus on application in writing and proofreading. 

English III Grade Level 11

Prerequisite(s): English I & II

Description: English III is an integrated study of literature, grammar, and writing. The literature focuses on a survey of American literature from the earliest settlers to modern times. Students will exercise critical thinking skills as well as demonstrate competence in writing, speaking and listening. Writing exercises include paragraphs, essays, research-based literary criticism, and a major research paper.

English III-Honors/AP English Language and Composition Grade Level 11 – 12

Prerequisite(s): C or above in English I & II Honors; also, must have principal, teachers and parent approval.

Description: English III-Honors is an Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course. The literary component of the course covers a range of genres, including nonfiction, fiction, drama and poetry. The course will also explore American and global themes of literature. Students will analyze the style and rhetoric of works studied. In analysis of style, students will explore how elements of language-such as tone, diction, syntax-influence the overall meaning. Through analysis of rhetoric, students will examine various appeals, aspects of writer’s credibility, irony, and the overall use of logic to explore how effectively an author presents her/his position. Writing assignments will cover both the expository and argumentative aspects of writing. Students will discern how writing styles of authors have evolved over the last several centuries.

Course content includes, but is not limited to: Meno by Plato; Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston; and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman. The academic objectives of this course adhere to those outlined by the College Board in preparation for the Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition. 

English IV Grade Level 12

Prerequisite(s): English I, II, & III

Description: English IV is offered in accordance with Louisiana’s Common Core State Standards. The course is designated for seniors and is an integrated study of British literature, grammar, writing, and Senior Project. Students read, respond, analyze, reason, problem-solve, listen, write, and speak using Standard English grammar. This course focuses on proofreading, comprehending, using information resources, vocabulary development, as well as persuasive and expository writing. An MLA-style research paper is required as one of the four Senior Project components. The portfolio, physical product, and presentation must also be completed as part of the Senior Project.

English IV- Honors / AP Literature Grade Level 12

Prerequisite(s): C or above in English I - English III Honors; also, must have the principal, teacher's, and parent approval.

Description: This Advanced Placement (AP®) English Literature and Composition course is designed to teach first-year, college-level reading and writing skills. The course follows the curricular guidelines described in the College Board AP® English Literature and Composition Course Description. The course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students will deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. Students will consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Students are expected to draw on this wide reading knowledge in discussions and writings. As students write and revise throughout the semester, coursework will address important rhetorical considerations. This includes audience awareness, rhetorical strategies, assertions and support, organization, and grammatical and mechanical standards for academic writing, vocabulary, sentence structure, and research documentation.

Students will survey significant literary texts from Western literary tradition in ancient Greece and Rome to contemporary works from American, British, and world writers. All texts will be studied in light of historical, social, political, artistic, and other contexts.

Creative Writing is a workshop class that integrates writing, reading, speaking, listening and visually representing. Students are led through daily writing exercises. They read and respond to one another’s work. They publish their works by creating portfolios, entering writing contests, making booklets, contributing to school displays, and participating in community poetry readings. Enrollment is based on teacher recommendation and submission of a portfolio of previous work.
This is a total newspaper publication course focusing on the basics of news-writing, interviewing, layout and design with an emphasis on modern computer-based desktop publication. Admission is based on teacher recommendations and on writing submissions. Work on the school newspaper mirrors real-life publication experience with adherence to deadlines and the selling of advertisement. Journalism is taught by a teacher certified in journalism.
Publications I (Yearbook) is a one-year course that introduces the student to the fundamental journalistic procedures required for the successful publication of a high school yearbook. Course content includes planning for book coverage, page design/layout, graphics, typography, writing, editing, photography, or videography, public relations, finance, advertising, ethics, and legal issues. Technology is integrated throughout the course. Enrollment is based upon application and teacher recommendation.