Freshman English Freshman English is a one-year course integrating studies of reading skills, writing skills, grammar structure, and literary forms. A research paper will be required. A review of grammar and mechanics is included in the course. A variety of literary forms will be studied, including a play and a novel. Required of all freshmen.
Speech Speech is a one-semester required course that fulfills an English credit. Students study communication as a gift from God and learn more about how to communicate effectively with others around them. Students give a variety of speeches, from informational to persuasive. The class stresses the importance of good preparation for public speaking as well as delivery skills. Prerequisite: Freshman English
This one-semester required course will study the many voices that have expressed and shaped the American character. These voices include the oral tradition of Native Americans, the Puritan tradition, writings of the Age of Reason, Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism. Students will write a research paper on an American author, work, or movement. Prerequisites: Freshman English
Media Literacy is a one-semester required English course. During the semester, students study media in a variety of forms, including music, movies, television, advertising and internet. Through a combination of readings, projects, lectures, discussion and examples, students develop a better understanding of the media business. They learn how different types of media communicate as well as how to both engage and participate in the media from a Christian perspective.
This one semester course will be a required junior level English course beginning with the class of 2010. This course focuses on the common thread of humanity that connects the literature of various cultures and time-periods. We will examine, interpret and analyze both the original social and historical context of these works and how they can be applied to our present day life. We will examine literature from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East so that we can hear these voices and perspectives and open our world to the world of the Other. Prerequisites: Freshman English, Speech, and American Literature.
The focus of this one-semester course is expository prose -- the most common fare in college assignments. Students will read, analyze, and compose essays. A review of grammar and a research paper are included. Recommended for any student who will attend college and who is not taking A.P. English. Prerequisites: Freshman English, Speech, and American Literature.
Advanced Placement English
This one-year, senior course in composition and literature has an emphasis on critical reading of the major works of Western Civilization. Students will come away with the skills necessary to independently interpret and analyze literary works and will be prepared to take the Advance Placement examination for possible college credit. There will be a short novel for summer reading and three independent studies during the school year. Prerequisites: Freshman English, Speech, and American Literature.
This one-semester elective course involves reading 5-7 contemporary, popular novels. Students will discuss and write about their reading, with an emphasis on developing Christian discernment. A list of possible bestsellers for the course will be available to students and parents before the term of study. Prerequisites: Freshman English, Speech, and American Literature.
Drama is a one-semester elective that fulfills an English credit. Drama is a highly interactive class that centers on performance and involves many aspects of theatre including preparation, improvisation, character development and analysis. Students are given multiple opportunities to participate in theatre and perform both individually as well as in groups. Students of all levels and interests can participate. Students are encouraged to attend at least one theatrical performance outside of class.
This one-semester elective course concentrates on the techniques of imaginative writing. The student writer will receive practice in various forms of poetry, the descriptive sketch, and short fiction. Models of creative writing from many different sources will be used, and all phases of the writing process, including prewriting and revision, will be stressed. No research paper is required. Prerequisites: Freshman English, Speech, and American Literature.