English/Literature

AP English 3
Level: Manager
Length:  Semester
Credit: 1

This course is offered as an alternative to English 3 at Sci Tech.  The course is directly aligned with the College Board’s internationally-recognized Advanced Placement English Language and Composition course which focuses on non-fiction text, argumentation, Aristotelian writing theory, rhetoric and the synthesis of multiple primary sources in thinking, reading and writing.  AP English 3 is open to all students who are interested in pushing their boundaries and working vigorously to achieve English coursework and learning at a college level.  The course is designed to provide students with the experience of a college-level Rhetoric course, so students who successfully complete this course and the accompanying College Board AP Exam may be eligible for college credit.

AP English 4
Level:  Manager/Executive
Length:  Semester
Credit: 1

As an alternative to English 4, this course is offered to students interested in an intense study of literature and composition at a college-level of rigor, pacing and complexity.  Students will study British and American poetry, novels, drama and short fiction in an effort to broaden their understandings of philosophy, psychology, anthropology, mythology, history and culture through the perspectives of multiple authors.  Aligned with the College Board’s internationally-recognized Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition course, AP English 4 affords students the opportunity to learn at an accelerated level and potentially earn college credit for their work.

Creative Writing 1
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

In this one quarter elective course, the student with a particular interest in writing will have the opportunity to become a poet, a playwright, and a fiction writer. Writing and sharing writing with others helps the student both to appreciate and to produce imaginative prose and poetry. An ultimate goal of this course is to challenge students to publish their writing. This is an elective course.

English 1
Level:  Associate
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

This is a required, 1st-semester course for all 9th grade students at Sci Tech.  Students explore the overarching theme of Identity in a focused study of novels, drama, poetry and non-fiction texts.  Students are expected to read and write with fluency using MLA formatting for all formally written work.  This is the foundational English course designed to provide all students with an understanding of note-taking, reading and writing, research competency, and critical thinking.

English 2
Level: Associate
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

During this course, students are invited to explore how language and literature simultaneously emerge as products and producers of society. In the process, students begin building on the solid foundation of critical thinking, research skills, and writing proficiency established in earlier years to analyze literature on a more sophisticated level. Intensive focus on the major literary genres demonstrates to students how structures of communication contribute to meaning. While deciphering and interpreting how other writers have manipulated structure, text, and images to create meaning, students acquire the insight and techniques needed to communicate effectively themselves. To that end, the intensified study of rhetorical and literary conventions parallels instructional emphasis on developing organization and focus in the students’ own writing assignments. Major works studied include A Lesson Before Dying, Night, and Julius Caesar.

English 3
Level: Manager
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

The theme for this course is “Voices of the American Experience” in which students are engaged in reading, discussing, writing, and speaking opportunities about how the events from American history impact American literature. Investigation and inquiry through powerful essential questions guide the teaching and learning that occur in this accelerated course. The Language of Literature anthology will be used for many of the reading selections, however, students will also read several novels over the course of the semester that focus on the genres of drama, historical fiction, and nonfiction. This curriculum is enhanced with specific project-based and technology-based assignments.

English 4
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Semester
Credit: 1

Over the course of the year, students will read and analyze various works of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. All readings will be analyzed and evaluated in a literary and historical context so that the student will gain an understanding of the historical, cultural, and philosophical influences that shape literary art. During this semester, students will ultimately aim to master major writing modes (narration, exposition, and argumentation) in order to address their specific writing objectives and target audiences. Additionally, they will gain practice in creative, technical, and research writing through culminating response to literature pieces. Major works studied include Macbeth, Fences, The Kite Runner, and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Film as Literature
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Film as Literature (SCITECH ONLY) is an intensive quarter course designed for students interested in considering how film techniques are used to tell a story and how it differs from those used in literature. Students will consider how filmmakers purposely create a desired effect to develop theme, characterization, mood and plot. Students will view a selection of films, become familiar with film elements (shots, angles, lighting, sound, etc.) and how they are used to influence the audience’s perception and understanding.

 

Women’s Literature
Level: Manager/Executive
Length: Quarter
Credit: .5

Women’s Literature is a quarter-length course open to high school students. This course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of literature written by women, featuring prominent female characters. As they read, students, through a wide variety of works, will take into account the role of female characters, through the lens of feminist literary criticism, which examines, among other facets, work, the constraints of patriarchy, gender/beauty, sexism, and rights/issues. Writing assignments include, but are not limited to expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works. The course will culminate in a final research paper nested within the context of topics discussed over the quarter.

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