English

Freshman English

The Freshman classes are based on an even emphasis of vocabulary, grammar, writing, and literature. All students will cover a vast array of literature genres in order to develop a broader appreciation and awareness of the literature available. Assessment will include both a mix of essays, hands on learning activities, and class discussions. There is also an emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. All composition assignments will be assessed based on a rubric identifying the six traits of writing method. Students will practice writing in different modes (descriptive, expository, and persuasive, and research) as well as organizational and critical thinking skills. Writing, vocabulary, reading, and grammar assignments will occur regularly throughout the year. Ms. Kubick

Sophomore English

The Sophomore classes are based on an even emphasis of vocabulary, grammar, writing, and literature. All students will cover a vast array of literature genres in order to develop a broader appreciation and awareness of the literature available. Assessment will include both a mix of essays, hands on learning activities, and class discussions. There is also an emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and spelling. All composition assignments will be assessed based on a rubric identifying the six traits of writing method. Students will practice writing in different modes (descriptive, expository, and persuasive, and research) as well as organizational and critical thinking skills. Writing, vocabulary, reading, and grammar assignments will occur regularly throughout the year. Ms. Kubick

Junior English

English 11 is based on an even emphasis on vocabulary, speech, grammar, writing and literature. In terms of literature, the junior year of English is devoted to a semi-chronological study of American literature. All composition assignments will stress writing as a creative process based on individual growth and assessed using the 6 Traits of Writing method. Formal essays will also be used as critical responses to literature, as well as research-oriented writing, and will be structured to enhance organizational and analytic thinking skills. Writing, vocabulary and grammar assignments will occur regularly throughout the year. Each quarter students will be assigned non-fiction and fiction free reading as well as individual novels and class sets. Mrs. Osterman

Junior AP English

AP English Language and Composition is designed to present an introduction to college-level writing and rhetorical analysis. This course is based on critical reading and analysis of literary nonfiction (essays, letters, diaries, histories, sermons, speeches, satire, social criticism, and journalism) from a variety of authors. The literature covered over the course of high school should present AP students with works from multiple genres and literary periods spanning the 16th -21st centuries, but works read in this class will be from a primarily American English background. Students will analyze texts in terms of meaning, rhetorical devices employed to create and underscore that meaning, as well as stylistic choices employed by the author. All composition assignments will focus on critical analysis and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays, as well as research writing using standard forms of citation. Vocabulary and grammar assignments will also occur regularly throughout the year. Each quarter students will be assigned non-fiction and fiction free reading as well as individual novels and class sets. These reading assignments should focus on works likely to be seen on the AP English Language or Literature and Composition Exams. Mrs. Osterman

Senior English

English 12 is based on an even emphasis on vocabulary, speech, grammar, writing and literature. In terms of literature, the senior year of English is devoted to a semi-chronological study of British and world literature. All composition assignments will stress writing as a creative process based on individual growth and assessed using the 6 Traits of Writing method. Formal essays will also be used as critical responses to literature, as well as research-oriented writing, and will be structured to enhance organizational and analytic thinking skills. Writing, vocabulary and grammar assignments will occur regularly throughout the year. Each quarter students will be assigned non-fiction and fiction free reading as well as individual novels and class sets. Mrs. Osterman

Senior AP English

AP English Literature and Composition is designed to present an introduction to college-level literature study. This course is based on critical reading and analysis of works of literary merit. The literature covered over the course of high school should present AP students with works from multiple genres and literary periods spanning the 16th – 21st centuries. Students will analyze texts in terms of meaning, literary devices employed to create and underscore that meaning, as well as in terms of social and historical context. All composition assignments will focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytic, and argumentative essays, as well as creative writing assignments that allow students to experience writing imaginative literature. Vocabulary and grammar assignments will also occur regularly throughout the year. Each quarter students will be assigned non-fiction and fiction free reading as well as individual novels and class sets. These reading assignments should focus on works likely to be seen on the AP English Literature and Composition Exam. Mrs. Osterman

Speech Class

Speech class provides students with the opportunity to practice public speaking. They have the opportunity to craft informal speeches such as toasts, introducing people, and current event speeches. They also have the opportunity to create persuasive and informative speeches as well as honing their ability to debate a variety of topics. Because public speaking is an important part to any job, the goal is to create an atmosphere where the students feel comfortable practicing these important life skills.