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ENGLISH I: WORLD LITERATURE
At the English I level, writing, research, and the study of world literature are the main objectives of the course. The students learn sound writing skills with a focus on organization, clarity and logic. The writing assignments and literature selections complement both subject matter and follow a chronological sequence. Students develop and improve their analytical reading skills via both in-class reading assignments, as well as, through outside reading projects. Research and technology skills help students to develop the necessary tools to locate and present information. Students who successfully complete English I develop the skills they need to meet with success in all high school courses and are able to carry on independent research in any subject area and present that research in an appropriate medium. World Literature emphasizes cooperative learning, the use of multiple intelligences, and performance-based assessment. The class strives to hear the voice of each individual as students learn to listen actively, question, and comprehend. Students are asked to show their understanding of concepts and material in a variety of ways, both individually and collectively.
5 Credits 

ENGLISH II
The primary purpose of the English II program in literature and composition is to acquaint students with the major writers and themes in American literature from our nation’s inception to 1900. The literature is organized chronologically and exposes students to a variety of works from different authors and genres covering: Shakespearean drama, Colonial America, Romanticism, Regionalism / Realism.

This course emphasizes the developmental skills necessary to enhance students’ ability to read critically and understand not only the literature itself, but also the literary movements and influences that helped shape the prose and poetry of American writers.

In addition to literary study, students will focus on strengthening skills in critical thinking, writing, research, vocabulary, grammar, test-taking strategies and values clarification. The overall objective of English II is to provide a rich environment in which students develop and refine the critical reading, writing, and analytical skills required to achieve success.
5 Credits 

ENGLISH III
The primary purpose of the English III is to offer a sampling of American literature and film designed to capture the momentous conflict and change from 1900 to the present. The course is organized thematically with consideration to a diversity of voice and view. Themes include: The Hero Figure/Dreamer, Human Struggle and War, Family Relationship, Alienation: The Search for Personal Identity, Man and the Environment.

Analytical/ critical reading and viewing skills are emphasized, as well as the strengthening and refinement of writing skills. Formal prose and creative writing assignments assist in the development of the student’s personal voice and style. In addition to literary study and writing, students continue building strengths in vocabulary, grammar, research, and study skills. The overall objective of English III is to foster an understanding of the American experience through literature and film, and to experience self-discovery through the process of writing.
5 Credits 

ENGLISH IV
The English IV course centers on 21st century themes and skills. Specific units focus on the themes of medical ethics, scientific exploration, and global awareness and responsibility in literature and informational texts. The 21st century skills of critical thinking and problem solving, communication and collaboration are addressed. In addition to these, media literacy, creativity and innovation, and information literacy are incorporated into the units.

Students study a selection of classic and modern literature, artistic works, and informational texts. Reading or viewing selections stress the theme of the school through both fiction and non-fiction. English IV refines and enhances the knowledge and skills acquired during the first three years of the English program, and introduces students to more sophisticated concepts through reading, viewing and writing. The overall objective of English IV is to help students develop the necessary language, writing and analytical skills to provide a smooth transition to college study and to achieve success in the world.
5 Credits