High School English
In the high school English program, students develop and refine:
- skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing of standard English
- vocabularies for reading, writing, speaking, and listening
- appreciation and close reading of texts chosen for relevance as well as cultural and historical importance
- the ability to analyze words using word context, origin, and structure
- the ability to write clearly and effectively
- the ability to use writing to demonstrate learning and for personal use
- the ability to collect, evaluate, and present information from a variety of sources and for a variety of purposes and audiences
- technology and computer literacy skills
The curriculum for advanced and advanced placement courses includes grade level Standards of Learning while providing a differentiated curriculum. Students work at an accelerated pace, are exposed to higher level thinking, participate in activities that promote and develop creativity and originality, and problem-solving strategies that increase the depth of the content.
Core English Courses include: English 9, 10, 11, 12, English Grade 10, 11, 12 Workshop, English 9 Literature and Literacy; Advanced English 9, 10, 11, 12; Advanced Placement English Language and Composition 11, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition 12, Dual Enrollment College Composition.
English Electives include: Public Speaking, Journalism I-IV, Yearbook Production, Photojournalism, Creative Writing I and II, and Humanities.
Core Text: A Core Text is required reading for all students of a grade level. Titles from the Supplementary Reading List may be taught in addition to or in place of the Core Text. Selection and use by the English teacher are dependent upon course requirements, instructional objectives, and availability.
District-wide standardized assessments assist in identifying students who are at risk in reading. Middle school students who need additional instructional time to meet the expectations of the literacy program receive assistance from a reading specialist housed in every middle school.