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Advanced Composition

Advanced Prose

American Lit to Civil War

American Lit Civil War to Present

American Prose

Career Communications

Creative Writing

Elements of Writing

English I

English II

General English I

General English II

Mass Communications
Publications
Speech
Speech II
Index

Prerequisites for elective language arts courses must include a strong foundation in language arts courses. The terminology Fundamental English Courses will be used in the descriptions below to represent the completion of either English I and English II OR General English I and General English II.

SUBJECT: ADVANCED COMPOSITION 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses and AMERICAN LITERATURE or AMERICAN PROSE
Content Description:
This course includes the different types of essays required at 4-year colleges. These essays include process analysis, comparison, cause and effect, definition, argument, and research. The writing workshop approach will be used to accommodate peer and teacher conferencing. Prerequisite: Five semesters of English, to include English II and American Literature or American Prose.


SUBJECT: ADVANCED PROSE
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses and AMERICAN LITERATURE OR AMERICAN PROSE; or Instructor Approval
Content Description:
Advanced Prose is an elective course designed to provide individualized analysis of the books read. Students will individually contract for the number of pages read each quarter and will have opportunity to discuss their perspectives with the rest of the class. Computer resources will be used to enhance perspectives. Students are required to read three books from the college-bound reading list.


SUBJECT: AMERICAN LIT to CIVIL WAR 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses or Instructor Approval
Content Description:
This course is a study of American literature, starting with early American pieces and working chronologically to the Civil War. Students will study a variety of genres, and the emphasis will be on connecting the literature to the history. The course will include analytical writing assignments. In addition, students will independently read works by American authors.

 

SUBJECT: AMERICAN LIT CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses or Instructor Approval
Content Description:
This course is a study of American literature, starting with the Civil War to the present. Students will study a variety of genres, and the emphasis will be on connecting the literature to the history. The course will include analytical writing assignments. In addition, students will independently read works by American authors. Students must have successfully completed English IIB or have instructor approval.

 

SUBJECT: AMERICAN PROSE
CREDIT: One Credit 
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses
Content Description:
American Prose is an elective course designed to acquaint students with American fiction and nonfiction. Students read books from a list of American classics, as well as biographies and American contemporary novels. The books will be read and analyzed as a whole group.

 

SUBJECT: CAREER COMMUNICATIONS 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses
Content Description:
This course teaches the necessary oral and written communication skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Topics include goals, first impressions, conflict resolution, communications, rules and ethics, and job search. Towards the end of the semester, the student will interview with community members. At the completion of the course, the student will have composed a resume and letter of application.

 

SUBJECT: CREATIVE WRITING 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses .
Content Description:
Creative Writing is a class that offers the student the opportunity to improve writing skills through practice and analysis. Most of the class time will be spent working in workshop format: creating, responding, and revising the writing. Specific strategies, such as dialogue, vivid verbs, similes, and extended ideas, are emphasized in each writing. Also, one day a week is allotted for large group work involving a variety of objectives to improve vocabulary and thinking skills. Assessment is based on the quality of each final draft and following the workshop format.

 

SUBJECT: ELEMENTS OF WRITING 
CREDIT: One Credit, Early Bird ICCC College Credit Class--ENG 101
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses and Jr ITED score of 31 or higher on Revising Writing or ACT of 14 or higher or COMPASS score of 38 or higher
Content Description:
This course provides opportunities for the improvement of oral expression and written composition, including grammar with emphasis on sentence structure. Comprehension skills are developed through reading and analysis of short articles. A review of letters of application and resumes is included.
This is a dual-credit course. It will be taught by a classroom instructor at the South Central Calhoun High School.

 

SUBJECT: ENGLISH I 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 9,10,11,12
PREREQUISITE: NONE
Content Description:
English IA focuses on the study of short stories, essays, poetry, and non-fiction excerpts. Students will work to improve reading and writing skills in these literature-based units. Writing workshop will be the setting for process writing practice and writing conferences. Required writing types include personal and expository composition. Students will be expected to write complete sentences using standard conventions, and they will be required to write the paragraph essay. English IA students will be required to complete all assigned work to pass the course. English IA is a prerequisite to English IB. Students who have completed English IA requirements are eligible to enroll in English IB.

This semester course focuses on the study of long literary works. These units include a modern play, a novel, and a Shakespearean unit. Students will work to improve reading and writing skills in these literature-based units. In writing workshops, students will practice new types of writing, including listing, observation, research, and comparison/contrast compositions. English IB students will be required to complete all assigned work to pass the course. English IB is a prerequisite to English IIA.

 

SUBJECT: ENGLISH II 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL:10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF BOTH SEMESTERS OF ENGLISH I
Content Description: 
English IIA is a semester course. Students who have completed English IIA requirements will be eligible to enroll in English IIB. English IIB will focus on long literary works, including a modern play, a novel and a Shakespearean unit. Students will refine writing skills and will write more complex papers than in the previous English courses. Each student will also read two books and present book projects. A research paper is also required. English IIA is a prerequisite to English IIB.

English IIB is a semester course. Students who have completed English IIA requirements will be eligible to enroll in English IIB. English IIB will focus on long literary works, including a modern play, a novel and a Shakespearean unit. Students will refine writing skills and will write more complex papers than in the previous English courses. Each student will also read two books and present book projects. A research paper is also required. English IIB is a prerequisite to American Literature, Advanced Prose, American Prose and Advanced Composition, and World Literature.

 

SUBJECT: GENERAL ENGLISH I 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 9,10,11,12
PREREQUISITE:Teacher approval is required.
Content Description:
The first semester reviews the fundamentals of language arts: reading comprehension and composition. The primary purpose of this course is to help students become confident readers, writers, and speakers. We will study and practice reading strategies, vocabulary skills, and study skills. Composition will focus on process writing, sentence writing, and paragraph writing. Units will be literature-based, including short works of fiction and nonfiction

The second semester course expands upon the units in General English IA. We will emphasize nonfiction reading strategies and study skills. Composition will include types of paragraphs, forms of writing, revising and editing skills, and research skills. One unit will be built around a novel or a biography/autobiography.

 

SUBJECT: GENERAL ENGLISH II 
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year 
GRADE LEVEL: 9,10,11,12
PREREQUISITE: Teacher approval is required.
Content Description:
The first semester is a continuation of General English I. This program offers student-appropriate literature, strategy building, writing, and revising. In General English IIA, a variety of fiction and nonfiction mini-units which address various themes. Writing types include summary, description, analysis, comparison/contrast and opinion. These will be taught using a workshop approach.

The second semester expands upon the units in General English IIA. We will emphasize nonfiction reading strategies and study skills. Composition will include types of paragraphs, forms of writing, revising and editing skills, and research skills. One unit will be built around a novel or a biography/autobiography.


 

SUBJECT: MASS COMMUNICATIONS 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses .
Content Description:
This course involves studying various forms of communications, including TV, radio, video, magazines, advertisements, newspapers, music and camera angles. Learning different persuasive techniques used by the media will be emphasized. The skills of summarizing, differentiating, and expressing one's own opinion effectively will be evaluated. Censorship will be the topic of the culminating activity.

SUBJECT: PUBLICATIONS
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Two Semesters
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12 
PREREQUISITE:
Fundamental English Courses Through English I or Elements of Writing or Instructor Approval
Content Description:
This course will train students in the rules of basic journalism and law of the student press. Students will periodically compose, design and produce a school newspaper column. Interviewing techniques, writing styles, layout and design principles utilizing the computer will all be included in the course. Student will also be involved with helping to develop and prepare the school yearbook for the current year. Because of the levels of writing involved, it is recommended that students possess strong writing and editing skills before taking this class. Students must successfully complete the first semester of the course in order to take the second semester.

 

SUBJECT: SPEECH  
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL: 10,11,12
PREREQUISITE: ENGLISH I OR GENERAL ENGLISH I
Content Description:
All students are required to complete Speech for graduation; it is a one-semester course open to students in grades ten through twelve. The primary goals of this course are to teach students the skill of public speaking and to improve communication skills. Proper use of the voice and body in public speaking situations will be taught. Students will learn about verbal and nonverbal communication and how perception affects understanding. A variety of speeches (beginning with an icebreaker and including personal experience and informative speeches) will be given by the students throughout the semester.

 

SUBJECT: SPEECH II
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester 
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: SPEECH I
Content Description:
Advanced Speech is a workshop course in which the students pick the topics for presentation, both individual and group projects. During class students will work on their projects, receiving student feedback and teacher feedback before presenting. Grades will be based on quality of performances and effort/accomplishment.  

 

 

 

 

 

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