English

English I is a survey course which covers the basic styles and genres of literature and writing. It is designed to set up students for success throughout high school. Beyond academic comprehension, writing skills, and appreciation for literature, students will grow in their understanding of who God is and who he has created them to be.

English II is a survey course which builds off the material taught in English I. It covers the basic styles and genres of literature and writing. It is designed to set up students for success throughout high school. Beyond academic comprehension, writing skills, and appreciation for literature, students will grow in their understanding of who God is and who he has created them to be.

English III:  American Literature covers the major authors and works from American culture. Reading selections will differ greatly in genre and style. Some material will require more time and effort to comprehend than other literature courses. However, all selections have merit as literary works of art and as examples of the cultural development of the nation. Beyond academic comprehension, writing skills, and appreciation for literature, students will grow in their understanding of who God is and who he has created them to be.

English IV:  British Literature covers the major authors and works from British culture. Reading selections will differ greatly in genre and style. Some material will require more time and effort to comprehend than other literature courses. However, all selections have merit as literary works of art and as examples of the cultural development of the nation. Beyond academic comprehension, writing skills, and appreciation for literature, students will grow in their understanding of who God is and who he has created them to be.

Advanced Placement Language and Composition provides an opportunity for students to pursue and receive credit for lower-division college-level course work.  At a minimum, students must complete all assignments and homework, just as if they were participating in a college course.  The class will focus on writing skills in a variety of modes (i.e., analyzing text, responding to passages, and writing argument, persuasion, etc.).  The course will train students in critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking as they respond to a variety of texts that represent different time periods and cultures. The writing tasks are meant to prepare students to pass the AP Language exam in the spring.   Students will write effectively for a range of audiences and a variety of purposes, demonstrate mastery of the conventions of standard written language, and use the steps of the writing processes as needed.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition students will become better readers and writers, learning how to closely analyze the texts they encounter.  Through the careful analysis of such literary elements as figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone, students will begin to better appreciate an author’s style and structure and are then equipped to understand the themes of a particular work. Students will read a wide variety of texts that span various literary periods and genres.  While the course will require more reading than previous English classes, it is still a priority that students work closely with those texts, digging deeply as we explore those texts. This is accomplished through thoughtful reading of the texts, participation in whole class and small group discussions, and writing (both in class and out). Learning from each other and listening to what others have gained from their reading is a benefit of this AP course.