English Courses

ENGLISH 7

English 7 is a formational and foundational course which prepares 7th grade students for success in all academic areas. Students receive foundational skills in language arts, writing, speaking, and reading, including analysis of the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/favorite vacation speech.

ENGLISH 8

English 8 is a high school prep course for 8th grade students which builds upon the foundational skills learned in English 7. Students receive instruction and practice in skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading, including analysis of the novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/favorite Bible character speech.

ENGLISH 9

English 9 is the first level of high school English/language arts. Students receive instruction and practice in skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading. Highlights of English 9 literature analysis include a variety of African American literature, To Kill A Mockingbird, and an introduction to Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/topical speech.

ENGLISH 10

English 10 is a sophomore-level language arts class which builds on the skills acquired in English 9. Students will receive instruction in, practice, and show mastery of skills involving language arts, writing, speaking, and reading. Highlights of English 10 literature analysis include Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and two novels, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Students will prepare four book reports during the year and deliver two speech presentations to the class – an oral book report and an informative/topical speech.

INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH

International English is an elective course for Danielsen School exchange students in the English subject area. This class uses an anthology of texts in a variety of genres from all over the world, selected to give an understanding of English as an international language used around the globe. The main focus is on communication, both written and spoken.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

American Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 11th grade level. Students will read and analyze several classic American novels of the 19th century. Students will also learn to prepare a research paper according to standard manuscript form, be involved in a continuous vocabulary improvement program, and learn to write and edit with a clear grasp of the intricacies of capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.

WORLD LITERATURE

World Literature is an English/Language Arts course taught at the 12th grade level. Students will study, interpret, and analyze several formative works of world literature. Students will also learn advanced writing in the English language for both communicative and academic purposes, expand vocabulary with advanced terminology, and demonstrate solid understanding of the principles of English grammar and usage.

AP EUROPEAN LITERATURE

AP European Literature is designed to help students become careful, serious readers of a wide variety of literature, balancing both classic and contemporary works. The chosen literature for study will emphasize British and American writers from the 16th century to the 21st century but will also include a few from other cultures. The workload of the class will be consistent with that of a college literature course. An additional requirement is the national AP English Lit. & Comp. Exam given in May. Earning a grade of 3 or higher (out of 5) on the exam will enable students to receive college credit at most universities in the United States.