High School English Curriculum

Students that complete our high school English courses will be able to independently use strategies and draw meaning from various sources to acquire knowledge and communicate it effectively in real-world situations (e.g. discuss, debate, compose, produce, support with credible evidence, interview, critique, paraphrase, and summarize). Students are required to earn 4 credits in English to meet Georgia high school graduation rules.

Courses Offered

This year-long, one credit course focuses on the acquisition of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Through extensive reading of literary and informational texts, students develop an understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze the development of a text by considering an author’s choices in terms of thematic or central idea development, characterization, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets the understanding and use of parallel structure, phrases, clauses, semicolons, and colons; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening. Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

*The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course focuses on the acquisition of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills.  Through extensive reading of literary and informational texts, students develop an understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze the development of a text by considering an author’s choices in terms of thematic or central idea development, characterization, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets the understanding and use of parallel structure, phrases, clauses, semicolons, and colons; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening. Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  Other topics and skills specific to preparing students for the rigors of an Advanced Placement (AP) course will be integrated throughout the course.

 *The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Prerequisites: 9th Grade Literature & Composition

This year-long, one credit course builds upon the 9th Grade Literature and Composition course through a continued focus on the acquisition of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills.  Extensive reading of literary and informational texts continues to develop a student’s understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze the development of a text by considering an author’s choices in terms of thematic or central idea development, characterization, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets the understanding and use of parallel structure, phrases, clauses, semicolons, and colons; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening. Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Prerequisites: 9th Grade Literature & Composition (Honors Preferred) 

**Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course builds upon the 9th Grade Literature and Composition course through a continued focus on the acquisition of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills.  Extensive reading of literary and informational texts continues to develop a student’s understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze the development of a text by considering an author’s choices in terms of thematic or central idea development, characterization, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets the understanding and use of parallel structure, phrases, clauses, semicolons, and colons; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening. Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. 

Other topics and skills specific to preparing students for the rigors of an Advanced Placement (AP) course will be integrated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: 9th & 10th Grade Literature & Composition

This year-long, one-credit course is a survey of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Modern Era.  It builds upon the 10th Grade Literature and Composition course through a focus on the acquisition of higher level reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Through extensive reading of increasingly complex literary and informational texts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze texts by considering an author’s choices terms of thematic or central idea development, literary elements or ideas, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on more sophisticated argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to demonstrating a command of the conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets proper use of hyphenation, resolving complex or contested usage, and the variation of syntax for effect; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening.   Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  

 *The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Prerequisites: 9th & 10th Grade Literature HONORS preferred, teacher recommendation preferred. 

This year-long, one-credit course is a survey of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Modern Era.  It builds upon the 10th Grade Literature and Composition course through a focus on the acquisition of higher level reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Through extensive reading of increasingly complex literary and informational texts, students develop a deeper understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze texts by considering an author’s choices terms of thematic or central idea development, literary elements or ideas, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on more sophisticated argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to demonstrating a command of the conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets proper use of hyphenation, resolving complex or contested usage, and the variation of syntax for effect; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening.   Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.  

 *The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Prerequisites: 9th & 10th Grade Literature HONORS preferred, teacher recommendation preferred. 

This year-long, one credit course aligns to introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

*The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

NOTE: This course is accompanied by an AP exam.

Prerequisites: 9th & 10th Grade Literature & Composition, American Literature & Composition

This year-long, one credit course is a survey of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon Period to the present.  It builds upon the American Literature and Composition course through a continued focus on the acquisition of higher level reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language skills. Extensive reading of increasingly complex literary and informational texts continues to develop a student’s deeper understanding of how to cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis, reflection, and research.  Students analyze texts by considering an author’s choices terms of thematic or central idea development, literary elements or ideas, language, structure, and point of view or purpose. In conjunction with reading skills, the study of composition includes a focus on more sophisticated argumentative, informative/explanatory, and narrative writing as well as research skills.  Speaking and listening skills are acquired through participation in collaborative discussions as well as formal and informal presentations.  In addition to demonstrating a command of the conventions of English grammar and usage, language study targets proper use of hyphenation, resolving complex or contested usage, and the variation of syntax for effect; and students consider how language functions and affects meaning and style when writing, reading, speaking, or listening.   Vocabulary acquisition and use are also a part of language study and include determining the meanings of words and phrases, as well as understanding figurative language, word relationships, and nuances.  Language and vocabulary study are integrated within the context of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Prerequisites: 9th & 10th Grade Literature & Composition (HONORS Preferred), + American Literature OR AP Language & Composition. 

**Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

NOTE: This course includes an AP Exam.

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