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English Courses 2014-15

Honors Senior English/Literature of Europe
Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This course will focus on preparing students for success in freshman level English 101 and 102 courses through reading, writing, speaking, and research. Students will review standard English writing and composition conventions and read and respond to a variety of genres within the literature of Europe from the ancients to the moderns.
Prerequisite: Passed HSPE reading and writing; minimum SRI score of 1041. Recommend current academic success.


Honors Senior English/British Literature

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This course will focus on building success in college English courses through reading, writing, speaking, and research. Students will review standard English writing and composition conventions and read and respond to a variety of genres within British literature from the ancients to the moderns.
Prerequisite: Passed HSPE reading and writing; minimum SRI score of 1041.Recommend current academic success.


ESOL Tutorial

Grades: 10-12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This class is open to any current or previous ELL student enrolled at Shelton High School. Beginning and intermediate ELL students will be given priority. The class period will be used to work on assignments from all of the students' classes during the regular day, receiving help in their Native language when possible.
Prerequisite: Current or previous ELL at Shelton High School or instructor permission.


ESOL Intermediate English

Grades: 10-12; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
All of the basic skills learned in ESOL Beginning English will continue to be expanded with more emphasis on reading and writing. The mechanics of written English will be stressed as well as using more complex forms and grammatical structures.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESOL Beginning English or placement based on English language testing.


ESOL Advanced English

Grades: 10-12; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Listening comprehension and speaking continue to be emphasized, as well as improvement of reading and writing skills. Students learn how to express ideas more clearly using more complicated grammatical structures and vocabulary.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of ESOL Intermediate English or placement based on English language testing.


ESOL Beginning English

Grades: 10-12; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
All students whose home language is not English and who do not score sufficiently high on the English Language Proficiency test are required to take ESOL. This level of ESOL is designed for non- or limited-English language learners. All four language learning areas are stressed: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. However, emphasis at the beginning is placed on listening and speaking.
Prerequisite: Proper placement based on English language testing


Essentials of English

Grades: 10-12; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will be tested to determine course placement and may not self-select the course. Depending upon test scores, students will be placed in appropriate level: Essentials of English A, B, or C. While the focus of the course is improving student reading skills, writing and grammar skills also will be taught. Writing essays will be required. A focus of the course will be on the skills to prepare for national assessments. Students who test out of the reading program will be placed in the next appropriate level.
Prerequisite: Placement test or English Department recommendation.


Speech: Introduction to Public Speaking

Grades: 11-12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Through writing and delivering various types of speeches, students will master the fundamentals of public speaking. Research, reading nonfiction, argumentation, and essay writing will be required elements of this course. Seniors will have scheduling priority.
Prerequisite: None.


College Prep Writing

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This college-preparatory class develops skills for college-level writing, including summarizing, researching, reading and analyzing a range of sources and responding to them, considering a variety of perspectives, speaking, and using appropriate writing conventions.
Prerequisite: Strong writing skills.


The Craft of Creative Writing

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will learn the craft of writing by engaging in a wide variety of writing experiences, studying writing techniques of authors, and drafting various written pieces to include narratives and argumentation. Reading nonfiction, completing research, working with editing groups, and presenting will be elements of this course.
Prerequisite: None.


Sophomore Honors English

Grades: 10; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will read and analyze challenging fiction and nonfiction novels, plays and poetry. Students will complete assignments including essays, research papers, short stories, poems, grammar assignments, and group projects. Homework, attendance, and a strong work ethic are required. A focus of the course will be on the skills to prepare for national assessments.
Prerequisite: Minimum SRI score of 1021. Strong English skills and current academic success.


Junior English/Early American Literature

Grades: 11; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will demonstrate command of standard English conventions and read and analyze U.S. literature prior to the twentieth century, completing related writing assignments. Students will study the elements of argument and apply them in an essay and will complete a research paper and presentation based upon an early American author.
Prerequisite: None


Junior English/Twentieth Century U.S. Literature

Grades: 11; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and read U.S. literature of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, completing related writing assessments. Informational speeches and essays will be required for the course.
Prerequisite: None


Junior Honors English

Grades: 11; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This course involves an in-depth study of American literature. Composition, research, and presentation skills are vital for success. Writing effective college-admission essays and SAT preparation will be embedded into course units. Students need to expect to read challenging, advanced level materials, to participate fully in class activities and discussions, and to consistently complete daily homework assignments.
Prerequisite: Passed HSPE reading and writing; minimum SRI score of 1031. Recommend current academic success.


Myths and Legends

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will explore the classic mythology of the Greeks and Romans as well as legends from various cultures. Activities will include presentations, comparative literary analysis, argumentation, and projects involving story telling. Research and nonfiction reading will be included.
Prerequisite: None.


Science Fiction

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will read a variety of works from great science fiction authors. Literary study will focus on themes such as good versus evil, critique of society, utopia versus dystopia, and the role of technology. Requirements will include literary analysis, argumentation, book reports, a project, and an oral presentation. Research and frequent reading of nonfiction will be included in the course.
Prerequisite: None.


Sports Literature

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will study the diversity of the sports experience, the role of sports in society, and the basic elements of a sport, such as competition, personal goal setting, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Course work will include reading sports-related nonfiction and fiction, research, argumentation, writing reports and personal essays, as well as presentations.
Prerequisite: None.


Business English

Grades: 11-12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Added Value:  College Credit (available)  Industry Certification Cross-Credits with: English or Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will focus on proper grammar usage, basic punctuation, spelling and vocabulary. Students will be required to read nonfiction, including at least one business-related book. Writing will focus on the composition of business correspondence as well as letters of argumentation, refusal, adjustment and collection. Research and presentations will be included as elements of this course.
Prerequisite: None.


Sophomore English

Grades: 10; full-year course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
This course focuses on the standards for language, speaking, literature, research, nonfiction, and writing both expository and argumentative essays. A focus of the course will be on the skills to prepare for national assessments.
Prerequisite: Read at grade level SRI of 1021.


English Composition 102

Grades: 11-12; one semester course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Added Value:  College Credit (available)  Industry Certification
Course Description:
Students will develop skills in research-based academic argument through assignments involving evaluation, analysis and synthesis of multiple sources. Assessments will be based upon university standards. A fee for college credit is required.
Prerequisite: Must pass English Composition 101 with a C- or better.


Creative Writing: Poetry

Grades: 12; one semester course; 0.5 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Description:
Students will study the elements of poetry and incorporate them into their own writing, while studying the writing techniques of other authors. Writing experiences will include free write and formatted styles such as sonnets and haiku, as well as essays. Students will orally share written work and involve classmates for the purpose of giving and receiving feedback. Research and nonfiction reading will be included.
Prerequisite: None.


English Composition 101

Grades: 11-12; one semester course; 1.0 credit(s)
Fulfills:  Elective  Meets Requirement  Occupational Ed
Course Added Value:  College Credit (available)  Industry Certification
Course Description:
Students will develop skills necessary for academic writing, including summarizing, reading sources critically and responding to them, synthesizing multiple perspectives and using academic writing conventions. Assessments will be based upon college standards. A fee for college credit is required.
Prerequisite: Student must pass a placement test.

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