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31   ENGLISH 9

Grade Level: 9   Term: All Year (2 credits)   

English 9, an integrated English course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts in Grade 9 and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring a wide-variety of genres and their elements. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 9 in classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction. Students write responses to literature, compositions, business letters, and other grade appropriate assignments. Students deliver grade appropriate oral presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online information.

32   ENGLISH 9 ACCELERATED

Grade Level 9-10   Term: All Year (2 credits)

Accelerated English 9, an integrated English course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts in Grade 9 and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring a wide-variety of genres and their elements. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 9 in classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction. Students write responses to literature, compositions, business letters, and other grade appropriate assignments. Students deliver grade appropriate oral presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online information. Accelerated English courses will prepare students for Advanced Placement and ACP English courses by providing students with sophisticated texts, focusing on higher-order questions, working from the assumption that students can write coherently, and assessing students with open-ended essay questions.

33   ENGLISH 10

Grade Level: 10 Term:  All Year (2 credits)

English 10, an integrated English course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts in Grade 10 and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring universal themes across a wide variety of genres. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 10 in classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction. Students write short stories, responses to literature, expository and persuasive compositions, research reports, business letters, and technical documents. Students deliver grade-appropriate oral presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online information.

34   ENGLISH 10 ACCELERATED

Grade Level 9-10   Term: All Year (2 credits)

Accelerated English 10, an integrated English course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts in Grade 10 and the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts, is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring universal themes across a wide variety of genres. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparisons, and evaluation to read and respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 10 in classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction. Students write short stories, responses to literature, expository and persuasive compositions, research reports, business letters, and technical documents. Students deliver grade-appropriate oral presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online information. Accelerated English courses will prepare students for Advanced Placement and ACP English courses by providing students with sophisticated texts, focusing on higher-order questions, working from the assumption that students can write coherently, and assessing students with open-ended essay questions.

ENGLISH FOR JUNIORS & SENIORS

All English courses are open to all students above the Junior level unless a special prerequisite is stated in the course description or a special grade level is designed.

44   ENGLISH LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

This course includes the study of major British authors from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century.  We will explore Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, A Knight’s Tale, King Arthur, Canto 34 from The Inferno of Dante, Macbeth, Paradise Lost, and Gulliver’s Travels as well as other selected literature.  Writing, classroom discussion activities, music videos, projects, poetry, and reviewing current movies will provide opportunities for students to respond to, compare, and contrast literature both analytically and reflectively.

45   CREATIVE WRITING

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

Creative Writing is designed to equip students with imaginative writing skills through prescribed lessons in writing poems, stories, plays, and essays. Students will read and analyze the works of professional writers. Students will also be required to complete a series of poems, stories, and projects which are a requirement of the course. These projects substitute for a term paper or a final examination. Course work also includes lessons in grammar and punctuation when needed. Students should be willing to take part in discussions and share their writing orally with other class members.

47   EXPOSITORY WRITING

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

(General Diploma ONLY)

A teacher recommendation is a required prerequisite for enrolling in the class. This REMEDIAL COURSE is designed for upper class students with a marked deficiency in writing skills. It is intended for students who do not plan to further their formal education after high school. Class work consists of daily reading and writing activities, sentence-combining exercises, usage, and writing assignments using basic organizational patterns.

49   COMPOSITION

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

Composition is a college-preparatory course focusing on advanced writing skills. Students will primarily practice and improve academic essay writing, including:  expository, persuasive, and narrative styles. Students will learn to synthesize sources, and use MLA citation and format. Final Grades in the course are determined by a comprehensive portfolio of final drafts.

54H  COMPOSITION,  W131 IU

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

This course is Indiana University's required composition class. W131 is designed to help students think and write objectively and critically. Students will explore evaluative writing through summary, synthesis, and analysis. Those students who enroll in this course must purchase two textbooks before the first day of school. Students must provide sources or copies of the sources used in all research. All papers for this course must be typed. * Any student with a score of 670 or more on the SAT verbal section or a score of at least 32 on the ACT is exempt from W131 at IU. This course may be taken for high school or dual credit. It is strongly recommended that students not enroll in L202 and W131 in the same semester.  Students must be in 12th grade and have taken either 049, 060 or 091.

56   CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Grade Level: 11-12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

In this course, students will read literature from 1950 through the present day, including the close reading of four or five novels from American, British and/or other world literatures, as well as related nonfiction, poetry and various short stories.  Students will be asked to address literature within its historical contexts, paying particular attention to the peoples and the problems of the times periods – especially the ways in which the literature deals with those topical social issues. Some topics that may be covered included (but not limited to) immigration, race, class inequality, war, pandemic disease, terrorism, hunger, and other issues of social justice.  The course will be designed around the novels with supplemental readings enhancing the study of the longer works. Students will be expected to read all assignments on time, write one or two essays, and complete at least one academic project and one service-oriented project. Class will be discussion-based, so participation is necessary each day. This course is open to all juniors and seniors but the syllabus will be specifically designed for those students wishing to deepen their student of literature but who may not yet feel ready for AP Literature or L202.  This course may also be taken concurrently with those courses or any other English course. There are no prerequisites, but students are encouraged to take a composition course before or during the semester in which this course is taken.

64   BIBLE LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

This course will concentrate on a study of the writings of the Hebrews before and after the birth of Christ. The literary craftsmanship of passages from the Bible (the Bible as literature) and the relationship of a variety of stories, novels, poems, and plays to the Bible (the Bible in literature) will be studied. Oral presentations, formal essays, and a critical paper are required. A semester project will demonstrate an understanding of themes and issues presented in class. Students are encouraged to explore ways in which the Bible has influenced art, music, philosophy and law. Students are also encouraged to discuss and reflect on contemporary issues that relate to classical Biblical stories.

68   AMERICAN LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

In this course, students will study American Literature from its beginnings to present. Students will read short stories, essays, poems, novels depicting the evolution of American writing.  Selected authors will be studied in depth with a focus on different styles, techniques, themes, literary terms, and literary elements. There will be instruction and practice in a comprehensive range of language skills such as grammar, usage, and mechanics, with emphasis on writing and on integrating language skills and writing with the literature.  Grades will be derived from tests, essays, and other varied assignments.

69   AMERICAN FOLK LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

(General Diploma ONLY)

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation. This course is designed for students with marked deficiencies in reading and writing skills and is intended for students who do not plan to further their formal education after high school. It will cover the folk literature and tradition of America. Course work consists of daily reading and writing activities, lectures, discussions, and short research and writing projects.  Students will give multiple oral presentations.

70   INDIANA LITERATURE

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

This course involves literature produced by writers who were born in or lived in Indiana.  This is a study of representative works of authors of various periods with a concentration on Golden Age Writers.  The majority of the assessments for this class will be in essay form.  There is a required major project, oral presentations, analytical essays, and the reading of one complete novel and excerpts from others.

75H   LITERARY INTERPRETATION L202 IU ( (H)

ADVANCED ENGLISH, COLLEGE CREDIT

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

The first semester AP English Literature and Composition course is not required for those enrolling in IU’s ACP dual credit program.  This course is a part of the Indiana

University Advance College Project (ACP).  Students may receive both high school and college credit for this course.  Those intending to enroll for college credit will pay tuition at the beginning of each semester.  Please note that students that receive free and reduced lunches may qualify for tuition reduction or remission as well.  This course is intended to teach the skills and techniques essential to critical reading and intensive, careful writing. Emphasis will be placed upon discussion and close analysis of literature.  The range of work will include selected poetry, novels, and specially chosen short fiction. Assessments will include a few short micro-thesis essays (small papers designed to work on specific skills), several in-class quizzes, and four or five process papers which will be completed throughout the semester.  Students taking the course for IU credit will need to purchase personal copies of paperbacks used, including the textbook.  A good pocket dictionary for in-class use is also a necessity. All papers for this course must be typed.

76   CLASSICAL LITERATURE (Mythology)

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

Classical Literature surveys Greek and Roman literature, including authors from Homer to Virgil. This course focuses

on mythology as literature and examines characters, events, and plots as the basic material of Western creative imagination. Influences of classical literary patterns, themes and conventions on modern literature are also explored. Requirements include reading, oral discussion, testing, reporting, and writing creatively. Two written projects are required in this course.

79   SHORT STORIES

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

(General Diploma ONLY)

Students must have a counselor or teacher recommendation to take this course. This course is designed for students who need to improve comprehension and writing skills. The Short Stories course focuses on the relationships between the form and meanings in the genre. Students explore the distinct features of the short story; for example, that it is tightly focused, narrative, and fictional and that it has setting, conflict, climax, and resolution. Issues of audience, purpose, and historical development are also considered. Because the short story is a comparatively recent innovation, modernist and contemporary themes are also emphasized. Students are given opportunities to express their knowledge of this genre and its content through creative and analytical writing, class discussion, and other speaking experiences.

80   SPEECH

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

Speech is a course focusing on the application of oral communication skills.  Students will write and give multiple speeches including reflective, informative, persuasive, impromptu, and special occasion types.  Practice and collaboration with classmates will help students cope with fear of public speaking. Strong emphasis will be placed on students’ ability to write organized outlines and to utilize technology for both research and presentations.

82   ADVANCED SPEECH

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

In addition to the skills practiced in Speech, students in Advanced Speech will explore techniques for research and presentation that apply to the college curriculum:  group discussion, oral interpretation, collaborative presentation, rhetorical analysis, and debate. Special focus will be placed on analyzing famous speeches for their structure and rhetorical power.  

90 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS (Formerly Mass     Media)

Grade Level: 12   Term: One Semester (1 credit)

Technical Communication, a course based on Indiana’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts and the Common Core State Literacy Standards for Technical Subjects, is the study and application of the processes and conventions needed for effective technical writing-communication. Using the writing process, students demonstrate a command of vocabulary, English language conventions, research and organizational skills, an awareness of the audience, the purpose for writing, and style. TECHNICAL WRITING PROJECT:  Students complete a project, such as a multi-media advertising campaign for a generic product or idea or a multi-media proposal of an action plan to implement a project or service, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and writing progress in the Technical Communication course content.

91H   ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP

Grade Level:  11-12 Term: All Year (2 credits)

The focus of this course is learning to analyze the rhetoric used by writers and speakers, and to create successful arguments synthesizing academic sources with the student’s personal knowledge and experiences.  The content and presentation will model an entry level college composition course. Reading emphasis is on non-fiction. The writing process will include pre-writing, exercises, multiple drafts, peer reviews as well as instructor evaluation.  In this class there is emphasis on analyzing and creating argument using primary and secondary sources and knowing how to cite the sources using accepted conventions.

93H ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION  AP

Grade Level:  12 Term: All Year (2 credits)

This course follows the requirements for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) course and is the first of a two semester sequence designed to prepare students to take the AP exam at the end of the school year.  Students wishing to pursue the AP exam are strongly encouraged to enroll in English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement-Semester 2 as well.  This course is intended as a broad study of both British and American literary periods but with a focus on close analysis of literature.  Students will examine poetry, drama, short stories, and novels from the 16th Century to the 21st Century.  Literary elements such as, but not limited to, tone, figurative language, and theme, along with rhetorical intentions and practices, will provide a foundation upon which to begin an advanced study of literature.  Assessments may include projects and essays, but ample time will be given for practice AP exams and timed in-class writing (with emphasis on planning and revision).
 
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