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    057011 & 057012
    English 1
    Grade(s):  9 
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  None

    In this course, students will read and study a variety of genres connected by powerful themes in the world. Genres will include short story, storytelling, poetry, spoken word and other performance literature, novels, and non-fiction. Students will grow their reading stamina and comprehension and analysis skills, and make personal and global connections within and across texts. Students will approach texts as a reader and a writer. As writers, students in this course will strengthen the craft of writing, focusing on meaningful processes of topic and evidence exploration, matching organization structures or forms to audience and purpose. Students will practice effective communication skills in writing, audio composition, speaking, collaborating, and listening.


    058011 & 058012
    Honors English 1
    Grade(s):  9 
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  Department recommendation

    In this course, students will read and study a variety of genres connected by powerful themes in the world. Genres will include short story, storytelling, poetry, spoken word and other performance literature, novels, and non-fiction. Students will grow their reading stamina and comprehension and analysis skills, and make personal and global connections within and across texts. Students will approach texts as a reader and a writer. As writers, students in this course will strengthen the craft of writing, focusing on meaningful processes of topic and evidence exploration, matching organization structures or forms to audience and purpose. Students will practice effective communication skills in writing, audio composition, speaking, collaborating, and listening. It is designed for the student who has an exceptional interest in language arts, desires an accelerated language arts program, or intends to take advanced placement courses in English. A weighted grade is given.  


    057021 & 057022
    English 2
    Grade(s):  10
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  Students must have passed at least one semester of English 1

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents multiple perspectives. Genres will include memoir, poetry, short story, performance literature, narrative nonfiction, and novels. Goals include broadening the student’s reading life, increasing reading stamina, deepening analysis skills across and within text, and making connections between the world and others. Composition continues to focus on improving the craft of writing, and growing each student’s independent skills as a writer with authentic writing tasks that blend writing modes to best match audience, purpose, and style in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition. The Missouri English 2 End of Course (EOC) Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.  


    058021 & 058022
    Honors English 2
    Grade(s):  10
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 1 and Department recommendation

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents multiple perspectives. Genres will include memoir, poetry, short story, performance literature, narrative nonfiction, and novels. Goals include broadening the student’s reading life, increasing reading stamina, deepening analysis skills across and within text, and making connections between the world and others. Composition continues to focus on improving the craft of writing, and growing each student’s independent skills as a writer with authentic writing tasks that blend writing modes to best match audience, purpose, and style in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition. It is designed for the student who has an exceptional interest in language arts, desires an accelerated language arts program, or intends to take advanced placement courses in English. A weighted grade is given. The Missouri English 2 End of Course (EOC) Assessment is given at the conclusion of this course.


    057031 & 057032
    English 3
    Grade(s):  11
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  Students must have passed at least one semester of English 2

    This course focuses on the variety of ways the American dream and identity has evolved for different groups of people over time, as presented in the novels, plays, essays, poetry, and short stories of American writers.  Emphasis is placed on development of the student as a critical reader and intentional writer.  Students continue to develop their composition, rhetoric, research, critical thinking, vocabulary, communication, and study skills.


    059201 & 059202
    AP English Language and Composition
    Grade(s):  11
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 2 and Department recommendation

    AP English Language and Composition offers students a college-level course experience.  It helps students strengthen the effectiveness of their writing through close reading and frequent practice at applying nuances of style and rhetorical strategies in a variety of modes.  American Literature and a variety of non-fiction texts provide models of rhetorical strategies, opportunities for synthesis and analysis, and additional preparation for success in the senior year college-level AP English Literature and Composition course.  This course prepares students for the AP English Language and Composition exam, which offers the opportunity to earn college credit through the AP examination.  Students may also earn college credit through the University of Missouri – St. Louis if the student has applied, has registered, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.  A weighted grade is given.


    057200
    Composition
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  Senior standing, English 3 and Department recommendation

    Composition is a college-preparatory course dealing extensively with the organization and style of the various kinds of essays and term papers that the student will be expected to write in his college career. A knowledge of basic essay structures and components, the foundations of grammar, and previous success as a writer are necessary.  Writing assignments will be based on literature, social studies, current events, and controversial issues.  College credit may be earned through the University of Missouri at St. Louis if the student has applied, has registered, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.  


    057120
    Introduction to College Writing
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3 and Department recommendation

    This course is designed for college-bound seniors, as well as students preparing to enter a technical or business career after graduation. The course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, and critical thinking skills necessary for both expository writing and analytical reading. In addition, this course includes a review of the principles of grammar.  The goals of the course are to prepare college-bound students to write acceptable college-level expository essays; familiarize career students with technical and business writing; familiarize all students with the writing skills valuable in their everyday experience; and make students aware of the way language functions and affects their lives.      


    057050
    English Literature
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3 

    In this college-preparatory course of English literature, also commonly known as British literature, students are expected to understand important values and concepts in varied works of English origin across a wide span of time.  Certain major authors selected for reading may include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, Dickens, Shaw, Greene, and others. Since major essays in both interpretive and comparative forms are assigned, students should have good writing skills.  


    057090
    Contemporary World Literature
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3 

    Contemporary World Literature examines the ways in which contemporary literature from around the world offers outstanding literary models that transcend the boundaries of nation and language.  Students engage with works from a variety of genres that are either written in English or translated to English from other languages.  In addition to well-known world authors, the course will also cover less-known and / or emerging authors.  The comparative framework of this class will prompt students to reflect on a vast array of themes related to contemporary global culture, to expand students’ literary landscape, and to enhance their capacity for critical thinking.   


    057490
    African-American Literature - A Survey Course
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3 

    African-American Literature traces the history and development of the Black writer in America from the beginning of slavery to the present day.  The course is recommended for students interested in becoming familiar with the origins, content, and techniques of African-American authors.  The range of study stretches from the origins in ancient Africa to the transformation into the American idiom and the development and establishment of African-American literature as a distinct yet integral component of the American experience.


    059041 & 059042
    AP English Literature and Composition
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3 and Department recommendation

    AP English Literature and Composition offers students a college-level experience.  This course covers literature that is wide-ranging (classical, contemporary, and worldwide) and is representative of all literary genres, from satire to comedy and from tragedy to the epic. The emphasis in the course is on reading and writing and analytical interpretation; it is presumed that the student is familiar with writing critical essays. This course prepares students for the AP English Literature and Composition exam, which offers the opportunity to earn college credit through the AP examination.  Students may also earn college credit through the University of Missouri – St. Louis if the student has applied, has registered, and has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.  A weighted grade is given.


    057130
    Creative Writing 1
    Grade(s):  11 - 12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  B average in English and/or Department recommendation

    The goal of this course is to encourage and nurture the student's innate creativity.  Students will study techniques used by professional writers and will be motivated with enticing writing activities designed to help them improve their skills while experiencing the pleasure of success.  Writing may include a play, a short story, in addition to many poems and personal narratives.  The exhibition of students' work produced in this class will be in the school's creative writing magazine.  


    057190
    Advanced Creative Writing 
    Grade(s):  11 - 12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  Creative Writing 1 and/or Department recommendation

    This course is offered to students who are interested in reading literature and in writing imaginatively. Students study proven works and use them as inspiration and as models. Students write short stories concentrating on different points of view, various methods of characterization, and unusual development of plot. In poetry, students work both in free verse and in specific poetic forms, with emphasis on the use of metaphor.  


    057890
    Sports Literature and Composition 
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3

    Sports Literature is an English Language Arts class that will examine the unique relationship between sports and society through literature by contemporary authors, columnists and other media. Students will read high-interest and thought-provoking texts including informational text, poetry, biographies, and commentary. Students will write a weekly sports column and research the history of how sports and social issues connect.


    057920
    The Poetics of Hip Hop 
    Grade(s):  12
    Credit:  1/2 English 
    Prerequisite:  English 3

    Professor Adam Bradley once said “every rap song is a poem waiting to be performed.” The Poetics of Hip-Hop, a semester-long English elective class, will investigate this quote. Throughout the course, students will approach rap/hip-hop music through the lens of an English scholar, exploring rhyme, meter, rhythm, storytelling, and various other tools that fuel classical literature studies. Students in this class will also read traditional texts such as essays and poetry to better fuel our understanding of contemporary lyrics. Not a class for students who simply “like rap music,” this course will continue the rigor and skills learned in previous English classes such as close reading, critical thinking, literary analysis, research, essay / digital compositions, and more. NOTE: given the nature of the course materials, students will be studying texts that have been labeled as “parental advisory” by the RIAA.