English Department

Students must earn a total of 4 credits of English in order to meet the graduation requirements of Richmond High School. Students cannot advance to the next class level until they have earned the previous credit and/or meet the prerequisite for that course.

 

Required

Elective

 

English 9*

English 10**

English 11***or

English 12**** or

 

Honors English 9*

Honors English 10**

AP English Language and Composition***

AP English Literature and Composition****

 

One Semester Courses

Creative Writing

English for Expressing: Speech

 

Yearlong Courses

Writing for Publication: Newspaper

Writing for Publication: Yearbook

English for Expressing: Theatre Arts

Film as Literature

 

*English 9 (1 Credit)

Students who do not earn a full credit for English 9 will not be allowed to enroll in any other English course until they have successfully earned credit in English 9. 

**English 10
(1 Credit)

Students who do not earn a minimum of ½ credit of English 10 will not be permitted to enroll in any other English course until they have earned said credit.

***English for Expressing: Speech 

 These courses are offered during the EVEN years based upon the year when school starts in the fall.  Ex. 2010-2011.

****Creative Writing

These courses are offered during the ODD years based upon the year when school starts in the fall.  Ex.  2009-2010. 



English 9

           Grade:  9                                  Credit:  1/year

            Prerequisite:  None

Description:  This course will focus on communication skills, with emphasis on written skills.  Activities will include the development of reading strategies as well as speaking, listening, and organizational skills.  Students will be guided by essential questions as they explore the themes of inter-relationships and self-reliance.  This course also deals with the principle parts of the following forms of literature: short story, novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction.  Students will also learn to recognize grammatical errors through the use of copy-rewrites.  

 English 9 Honors

           
       Grade:  9                                  Credit: 1/year

       Prerequisite:  Recommendation of 8th grade teacher.

Description:  This course will focus on literature and the writing process.  The literature will come primarily from the English 9 text but also include outside reading.  Students will be guided by essential questions as they explore the themes of inter-relationships and self-reliance.   Various types of expression will be practiced. Students will also learn to recognize grammatical errors through the use of copy-rewrites.  In addition, vocabulary development will also be emphasized.  Because this is an advanced class, expectations are high.

English 10

       Grade:  10                                Credit:  1/year

       Prerequisite:  English 9 (Full Credit)

Description:  This course will focus on American literature, culture, and history as it pertains to the development of early American ideals.  Students will be guided throughout the entire course by Critical Response and Stance questions.  Students will examine our nation’s growth to a culturally diverse modern America.  Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of our country’s heritage through the reading of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and historical perspectives.  Course objectives will include the continuing development of unified and coherent written and oral communication skills.  Students will also be introduced to research skills. 

English 10 Honors

           
       Grade:  10                                Credit: 1/year

       Prerequisite:  English 9 (Full Credit) and/or instructor permission

Description:  This course will be guided by Critical Response and Stance questions.  Students will survey the work of American authors, read representative samples, and discuss the evolution of American ideas.  This course provides instruction in the writing of essays.  It will include activities in pre-writing, writing, and editing of various kinds of composition.  Speech activities will also be included.  Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of our country’s heritage through the reading of novels, plays, short stories, poetry, and historical perspectives.  Students will also be introduced to research skills.  Because this is an advanced class, expectations are high.

English 11

       Grade:  11                                Credit:  1/year

       Prerequisite:  English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:  Selections covered in English 11 will focus on the theme of Transformational Thinking.  English 11 is divided into two semesters and will survey some of the finest examples of traditional and contemporary literature from Britain and the rest of the world.  Semester one is concerned with the Old English and Medieval Periods, the English Renaissance, and the 17th & 18th centuries.  Semester two will continue with the Transformational Thinking theme under the umbrella of the Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern Periods.  Students are required to read and compose poetry, essays, short stories, and read several novels throughout the year, including an outside reading novel.  Course objectives will also include the continuing development of oral communication and collaborative group skills. 

AP English Language and Composition

        Grade:  11                                Credit:  1/year

        Prerequisite:  English 10 (Full Credit), instructor permission

Description:  The goals of an AP English Language and Composition course are diverse because the college composition course is one of the most varied in the curriculum.  In this college course, you will write about a variety of subjects from a variety of disciplines to demonstrate awareness of audience and purpose.  Through expository, analytical, and argumentative writing, you will develop an awareness to write effectively and confidently in your personal and professional lives.  You will write in both formal and informal contexts to gain authority and learn to take risks in writing.  The college composition course encourages students to move beyond such programmatic responses as the five-paragraph essay and to consider more thoughtfully the citation of primary and secondary researched sources synthesizing such material in your compositions.  Comprehension through reading, personal experience, and observation is another method of honing composition skills, fostering self awareness as a growing writer.  The college composition course will focus on writing as a flexible process to be scrutinized.  Understanding content, purpose, and audience (the basics of the communication triad) will enable a developing understanding of communication through composition and rhetoric.

These experiences will prepare the AP English Language and Composition student for the AP English Language Exam.  There is a cost to take the AP exam and a student’s score may earn college credit.  The minimum score needed for credit varies from college to college.

English 12

           
        Grade:  12                                Credit:  1/year

        Prerequisite:  English 11 (Full Credit)

Description:  A survey of literature, this course is anchored by the study of five novels that are supplemented by literature and texts from diverse genres.  Selections covered in English 12 will focus on the theme of Leadership Qualities.  Students are required to read and compose essays as well as creative writing in a variety of genres, all of which will culminate into an optional portfolio project due at each semester's end.  Course objectives will also include the continuing development of oral communication and collaborative group skills.  Summative assessments will be project-based involving research and multiple revisions.

AP English Literature and Composition

          Grade:  12                                Credit:  1/year

        Prerequisite:  AP English Language and permission of the instructor

Description:  This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  Through the close reading of these selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and entertainment for their readers.  As they read and write about these texts, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes as well as the other literary elements such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone.  Students will learn various theoretical approaches to analyzing and evaluating literature and other texts such as New Criticism, Structuralism, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Post-colonialism.  This theory based class for college-bound students deals with contemporary and sometimes controversial issues that the students will be required to examine, analyze, evaluate, discuss, and debate.

The content and work load of this course will reflect that of a college course as well as prepare students for the AP English Literature and Composition Exam.  There is a cost to take the AP exam and a student’s score may earn college credit.  The minimum score needed for credit varies from college to college.

Creative Writing

           
      Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

      Prerequisite:  English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:  This course will center on the students’ thoughts and emotions as expressed in a variety of written forms including short stories, satires, poetry, screen plays and descriptive narratives.  A goal of this class is to develop writing potential by using language as a way of communicating a message to the reader.  Because of this, we will be working with students from first through twelfth grade to gain insights on readers’ interests.

English for Expressing:  Speech

           
      Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

      Prerequisite:  English 9 (full credit) & English 10 (minimum 1 semester)

Description:  In this course, emphasis will be placed upon developing basic communication skills. An intensive study of the communication process will be covered.  Class work will focus on speaking and listening effectively and basic research and organization of information, including library skills and outlining.  Speech experiences will include informative and persuasive speaking, debate, and interviewing.  Students will also complete various projects and write evaluative essays.

Theater Arts: Intro to Theatre

       Grade:  9-12                            Credit: ½ per semester

       Prerequisite:  None

 *Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts.

Description:  Theatre Arts is a course that blends the appreciation of drama with the art of actual performance.  The basics of acting will be covered including movement, characterization, voice, make-up, set design and construction, and costuming.  Students will learn first-hand about show production when they work as a class to produce each of the major theatrical performances put on the main stage throughout the year.  Students will learn theatrical terminology and be exposed to influential playwrights.  This class may be taken more than once by students in the Arts and Communication Cluster.  

Theatre Arts:  Shakespeare on Stage

           
      Grade:  9-12                            Credit: 1/year

      Prerequisite:  None     

*Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts.

Description:  This course will focus on the study and performance of plays written by William Shakespeare.  Students will view various film versions of the plays and perform monologues, scenes, and adaptations.  Students will also study the Renaissance Period and the life of William Shakespeare.  Students will construct projects, write analytical and evaluative essays, and perform dramatically.  Students will also learn the basics of stage acting as well as set and costume design.  The course will culminate in the opportunity to work on a live production of a Shakespeare play for the Southeast Regional Youth Theatre at The Aud.  Students can choose to audition for the play or work behind the scenes.  Participation in this performance is NOT mandatory.

Writing for Publication: Yearbook

     Grade:  11-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

     Prerequisite:  Permission from instructor

 *Meets the Michigan Merit Curriculum requirements for Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts.

Description:  This class will focus on many different aspects of Yearbook fundamentals.  Spread design, writing, picture taking, digital imagery, editing, cropping of pictures, web-based software use, and advertising cost will be some of the many learning opportunities that students will experience.  All of this has to be done within a budget of approximately $25,000.  Students in this class will be assessed on overall knowledge of all aspects of Yearbook fundamentals from the beginning of the year to the finished product.  The Richmond High School Yearbook will be a high-quality book that will be fully developed and funded by the end of the school year.  This class may be taken more than once by students in the Arts and Communication Cluster. 

Writing for Publication: Newspaper

     Grade:  10-12                          Credit:  ½ per semester

     Prerequisite:  English 9

Description:  This class is responsible for publication of The Blue Devil’s Advocate.  Students will be assigned jobs as staff writers and possibly section editors in order to publish the tri-weekly school newspaper.  In addition, students will read news articles and will learn the basic fundamentals of writing different types of news stories, news vocabulary, layout, advertising and distribution.  This class may be taken more than once by students in the Arts and Communication Cluster. 

Film as Literature

     Grade:  10-12                          Credit: 1/ year

     Prerequisite:  None

Description:  This course is designed to instruct students how to view film as a form of literature – as a text that is meant to convey significant meaning.  Students will understand and analyze the manner in which this meaning is conveyed.  Students will also consider the cultural/historical context in which the film was created, the effect the film had on culture at its time, the impact the film had on future films, and the film’s relevance today. This course will teach the basic terminology needed to critically view, discuss, and write about films. This course will expand student awareness and understanding of films that they otherwise may never have experienced. Thus, many of the films viewed in this course will be from previous generations.  Students are encouraged to make comparisons to more contemporary films but also must learn to suspend their disbelief by considering how an audience of the time in which the film was made would view the film.  Overall, students should gain a greater appreciation for the art of film. This course will also include an anchor text – a novel that compliments one or more of the films that we read. This novel will need to be purchased by the student.

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