• The AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The AP Language and Composition course …enables students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers (The College Board, 2006).  Students entering AP English are already skilled in basic composition, and are proficient in their use of standard English grammar and mechanics. Expected here is refinement of these skills to develop sophistication and stylistic maturity in writing. Additionally, in accordance with Indiana standards, the course will follow a skeletal chronological core of canons.  Because learning to write is best fostered by reading, reflecting, and writing about serious issues, this course is designed to extend existing abilities to interpret and analyze a wide range of texts, to write and revise sustained arguments, to carry out independent research, and to integrate multiple sources into essays.  In addition to helping become a skilled writer who can compose for a variety of purposes and audiences, the course is also designed to enhance critical thinking skills.  Writing skills proceed from an awareness of the composing process, the way writers explore ideas, reconsider strategies, and revise; therefore, students will write essays and revisions that progress through several stages as students learn to interpret the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

    Course Outcomes

    Students will:

    1. analyze and interpret samples of good writing, identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques;
    2. apply effective strategies and techniques in their own writing;
    3. create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience;
    4. write for a variety of purposes;
    5. produce expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions that
    6. introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence
    7. drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations, and clear transitions;
    8. demonstrate understanding and mastery of standard written English as well as stylistic maturity in their own writings;
    9. demonstrate understanding of the conventions of citing primary and secondary sources;
    10. move effectively through the stages of the writing process, with careful attention to inquiry and research, drafting, revising, editing, and review;
    11. write thoughtfully about their own process of composition;
    12. revise a work to make it suitable for a different audience;
    13. analyze image as text; and
    14. evaluate and incorporate reference documents into researched papers.
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  • This course builds upon reading and writing skills achieved in English 8. Students will use the writing process to develop complete, clear essays.  They will read a variety of texts and explore ideas by writing about and discussing those texts. And  they will learn the steps in evaluating and documenting research sources and reporting findings from that research.  This class has many purposes including piquing studet interest in literature, helping students further develop their communication skills, and helping them prepare for the 10th grade ECA.

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  • English 10 builds upon reading and writing skills achieved in English 9.  You will use the writing process to develop complete, clear essays.  You will read a variety of texts and explore ideas by writing about and discussing those texts.  This class has many purposes including piquing your interest in literature, helping you further develop your communication skills, and helping you prepare for the 10th grade English End-of-Course Assessment (ECA).

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  • English 10 Honors:  Course Description

    The goals of English 10 Honors include preparing the student to articulate the subtleties and complexities of language through close readings of poetry, drama, short stories, and novels of the English canon as well as through analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in writing and literature.  The class will emphasize the lively discussion of ideas, and how the effective formulation of language and literature are engaged in our culture.

    English 10 Honors:  Goals and Objectives

    1. read authentic text, and understand the benefits through exposure to the richness of literature and develop language awareness, language competence, vocabulary assimilation, familiarity with test-taking skills and strategies.
    2. develop global comprehension and understanding of culture.
    3. involve pupils in the selection of the text and class formatting in order to give pupils a sense of ownership and responsibility.
    4. elicit vocabulary growth, introduce characters and setting, make predictions about genre and using prior knowledge to contextualize a story and to relate it to what is already understood.
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  • General English 12A

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  • This is the second part of English 12.

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  • This course is dedicated to helping students take that next step toward graduation.  This is supposed to be an environment where students can share digital files with teachers, teachers can share digital files with students, students can share digital files with students, where any member of the community can work on a common document.
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  • Humanities engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. This course will focus on the study of Humanities-Modern cultures and literature where students will not only become aware of the great, controversial, and beautiful ideas contained in literary history, but also examine the interactions between the writers’ purpose, subjects, and audience expectations. Assignments will consist of expository, personal, and persuasive writing, oral expression, vocabulary development, and research and analysis. Most writing assignments and projects will involve an exploration and analysis of rhetorical and linguistic choices as well as literary, cultural, and historical topics germane to the literature of study. 

    COURSE COMPETENCIES:           

    1. Trace the development of the major ideas and attitudes expressed in the literature of each period.

    2. Identify major authors and works of each period.

    3. Identify the characteristics of each literary movement.

    4. List and describe characteristics of literary types written during each period.

    5. Identify cultural, philosophical, historical, and religious influences on the literature of each period.

    6. Analyze, interpret, and evaluate samples of good literature from each period identifying and explaining an author’s use of rhetorical strategies and techniques.

    7. Create and sustain arguments based on readings, research, and/or personal experience.

    8. Write in a variety of genres and contexts both formal and informal, employing appropriate conventions.

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  • Speech is an energetic, competitive vocal sport.  Students compete at Indiana tournaments (meets) against other high schools.  The many competition events include discussion, poetry interpretation, and impromptu.

    Speech builds confidence, poise, and professionalism.  It looks great on an application or resume.  And it's fun!

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