• ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

    Please note that the English Language Arts Section includes various types of credits:

    English Courses – some are English credit and some Electives credit

    Speech and Debate Courses – all are Electives credit except for Debate 1 which counts for English credit

    Journalism Courses – either Career Technical Education (CTE) credit or Electives credit depending on course

    In addition to the core English courses, the English Language Arts curriculum is designed as a pyramid in which new skills are built on those acquired in previous years.  Every level of instruction, from English 1 (the base) to the senior year offerings (the apex), is dependent on and complements the other.

    Therefore, choices are limited in the freshmen and sophomore years so that all students learn the essential skills necessary to have a successful junior and senior year.  The State of Missouri requires a fourth English Language Arts credit which is met by the courses for Grade 12 below. It is recommended that students complete at least English 1 and English 2 before entering into the more specialized English elective courses, exceptions being Convergence Journalism and some Speech and Debate classes, which can be started as early as 9th grade. Note that some courses are semester-long courses and will need to be paired with another semester-long course to count as a year of credit.

    The courses are available to students at the following grade levels. Be aware that courses in the later grades may have prerequisites to join the class:

    Grade 9 

    • English 1 
    • Honors English 1
    • Debate
    • Public Speaking
    • Peformance Literature
    • Convergence Journalism 1 (year long)

    Grade 10

    • English 2 (year long)
    • Honors English 2 (year long)
    • Creative Writing 1
    • Creative Writing 2
    • Sports Literature and Composition
    • Reading Literature for Personal Enrichment
    • Competitive Speech and Debate
    • Peformance Literature
    • Convergence Journalism 2 (year long)

    Grade 11

    • English 3 (year long)
    • Creative Writing 1
    • Creative Writing 2
    • African American Literature Survey
    • Literature and Film
    • Poetics of Hip-Hop
    • Sports Literature and Composition
    • Reading Literature for Personal Enrichment
    • AP Language (year long)
    • AP Literature (year long)
    • Advanced Competitive Speech and Debate
    • Peformance Literature
    • Convergence Journalism 3 (Honors Option, year long)

    Grade 12

    • English 4 (year long)
    • Creative Writing 1
    • Creative Writing 2
    • College Communication Arts (recommendation only)
    • Introduction to College Writing (recommendation only)
    • African American Literature Survey
    • Literature and Film
    • Poetics of Hip-Hop
    • Sports Literature and Composition
    • Peformance Literature
    • Convergence Journalism 4 (Honors Option, year long)
    • AP Language (year long)
    • AP Literature (year long)

    In addition to the required classes, the English Language Arts curriculum offers a wide variety of electives for interested students.  Specialized reading and writing classes, school publications, drama, and speech and debate offerings can supplement the core instruction given in the required classes. Some of these classes may count toward Career and Technical Education.

  • 057011/057012
    English 1
    Infinite Campus Name: ENGLISH 1
    Grade(s): 09
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    057021/057022
    English 2
    Infinite Campus Name: ENGLISH 2
    Grade(s): 10
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of both semesters of English 1
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    057031/057032
    English 3
    Infinite Campus Name: ENGLISH 3
    Grade(s): 11
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of both semesters of English 2
    1/2 English credit each semester

    In this course, students will read and study literature that represents ideologies, institutions, and changes in American identity for different peoples and voices over time. Genres will include humor and satire, the essay, classic fiction, poetry, short story, performance literature, nonfiction, and novels. Students approach texts as readers, researchers, and writers, continuing to increase their stamina as a reader and the complexity of the texts with which they engage. Goals also include making connections between history, culture, institutions, ideologies, and literary movements. As writers, students continue to improve their independent writing craft with authentic writing tasks in creative writing, academic writing, research, and digital composition.
    057041/057042
    English 4
    Infinite Campus Name: ENGLISH 4
    Grade(s): 12
    Prerequisite:  Successful completion of both semesters of English 3
    1/2 English credit each semester

    In this course, students will read and study literature that helps them explore the idea of literature as a voice of the human experience. Genres will include voices of agency, academic and social criticism, poetry, short story, performance literature, nonfiction, and novels. Students approach texts as readers, researchers, critical thinkers, and writers, continuing to increase their stamina as a reader and the complexity of the texts with which they engage. As writers, students will view their writing as extensions of their self and vehicles of influence. They will approach their craft with attention to the nuances of language, style, and structure in conveying specific messages to a variety of audiences. Student writers will be able to make effective, independent decisions about their writing process, and publish capstone-quality research and digital compositions.
    057120
    Introduction to College Writing
    Infinite Campus Name: INTCOLLWRTG
    Grade(s): 12
    Prerequisite:  Recommedation Only
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    057130
    Creative Writing 1
    Infinite Campus Name: CREA WRTG 1
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None. May not be a substitute for English 1, 2, or 3.
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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 plays, short stories, poetry, personal narratives, and various other creative modes.
    057140
    Creative Writing 2
    Infinite Campus Name: CREA WRTG 2
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Creative Writing 1. May not be a substitute for English 1, 2, or 3.
    1/2 English credit each semester

    A continuation of the techniques of Creative Writing I, this course is supplemented by attention to the style and interest of individual students. Special attention is paid by each student to particular literary models that will aid development.
    057260
    College Communication Arts
    Infinite Campus Name: COL COM ARTS
    Grade(s): 12
    Prerequisite:  Recommedation Only
    1/2 English credit each semester

    This course is designed for seniors who plan to attend college or a technical school after graduation from high school. The goals for the course are to improve reading comprehension of content-area textbooks; to increase vocabulary; to improve classroom skills; to improve writing skills; to learn study skills; to increase critical thinking and analysis; and to develop self-awareness and confidence as a student.
    057470
    Literacy Lab
    Infinite Campus Name: LITERACY LAB
    Grade(s): 09
    Prerequisite:  Department Recommendation
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    This course is designed to accelerate achievement in reading, writing, and communication. Connections are made to literacy skills and curriculum across disciplines. Emphasis is placed on increasing reading and writing stamina, practice within and across genres, engaging in critical and creative thinking and problem solving, and enhancing multiple types of communication.
    057490
    African-American Literature Survey
    Infinite Campus Name: AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  none
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    057530
    Literature and Film
    Infinite Campus Name: LIT & FILM
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  none
    1/2 English credit each semester

    Students will be introduced to the history of film and the rhetoric of cinematography. As students read, study, and develop an aesthetic appreciation for outstanding literary and visual (film) texts, they will compare the books to the corresponding films using concepts such as theme, characterization, conflict, satire and irony. The semester will conclude with an exit project focused on film.
    057590
    Reading Literature for Personal Enrichment

    Infinite Campus Name: READING LIT FOR PERS ENRICH
    Grade(s): 10 - 11
    Prerequisite:  none
    1/2 English credit each semester

    This course provides all students the opportunity to read, enjoy, and share ideas about books of their choice. Students will choose books for their reading level and complete post-reading comprehension questionnaires. A student's reading comprehension will be tracked throughout the semester. Sixty percent of class time will be reserved for individual reading; the remaining 40% will be used for enrichment writing and discussion of ideas in the works, whereby students can practice written response skills as well as small group discussion skills. The vision for this course is to develop the confidence and desire to make reading a life-long habit.
    057630
    Public Speaking
    Infinite Campus Name: PUBLIC SPEAKING
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Public Speaking builds confidence and poise. Students present a wide variety of speeches in an informal classroom atmosphere. Self-expression through speaking, listening, and critical thinking is emphasized. Evaluation is based on performance, criticism and reflection. College credit may be available for this course. Check with your instructor. This class is a prerequisite option for Competitive Speech and Debate. Can be taken for dual-credit for 10-12 graders only.
    057660
    Debate
    Infinite Campus Name: DEBATE
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  none
    1/2 English credit each semester

    Debate is designed to introduce the student with the procedures involved in a researched, structured verbal argument. The course centers on the current controversial issues. Organizational skills, as well as public speaking skills, are reinforced during the semester. In class debates put these skills into practice. This course may be taken for .5 English credit, but may not replace English 1, 2, or 3.
    057670
    Competitive Speech & Debate
    Infinite Campus Name: COMPETITIVE SPEECH AND DEBATE
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  One of the following: Debate, Oral Interpretation, Public Speaking, or Actors Studio 1
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Competitive Speech & Debate is an in-depth study of presentation techniques, particularly those used in competitive speech and debate. Students will focus on a particular competitive aspect: Public Speaking, Debate, or Oral Interpretation. Close study of that event will hone competitive skills. Students will also be introduced to other arenas of debate competition to prepare for the Advanced Competitive Speech & Debate course. Speech and Debate team participation is a requirement of this course.
    057780
    Performance Literature
    Infinite Campus Name: PERFORMANCE LITERATURE
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    Performance Literature allows students to select their own pieces of literature and find personal connection to it through performance. Self-selection, written analysis, and performance increases understanding and appreciation for the many forms of literature in the world. This course can be a fine arts, English, or elective credit. It may not replace English 1, 2, or 3. This class would serve as a prerequisite for Competitive Speech and Debate.
    057301/057302
    Convergence Journalism 1
    Infinite Campus Name: CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 1
    Grade(s): 09 - 12
    Prerequisite:  none
    1/2 CTE credit each semester

    Learn the roles and responsibilities journalists have when working in a multimedia newsroom. Student journalists will practice storytelling, photography, and design. See the program description for more information. Program description: Producing news across emerging and existing media platforms...social media, photography, broadcast, print, online. As a member of the production team, journalists will produce the student newspaper, yearbook, and other student news media. Being a student journalist gives students a voice and allows them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech. Students journalists learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce media for an audience. Student journalists learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining, and influencing their audience. These courses will offer a competitive edge to students pursuing any career as it enhances communication, confidence, leadership and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to travel to local, state, and national conferences. Coursework includes individual and group projects, guests speakers, field trips, leadership activities and community involvement.
    057841/057842
    Convergence Journalism 2
    Infinite Campus Name: CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 2
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  One of the following: Convergence Journalism 1, Beginning Journalism, Yearbook 1, Newspaper 1, Photojournalism, Photography 2, Digital Design, Broadcast & Production, Sports Production experience
    1/2 CTE credit each semester

    Journalists produce content for all student media platforms. This could include photography, posting on social media, telling stories, revising, and graphic design for the school publications. With exceptional work, journalists could step into a leadership role. See the program description for more information.Program description:Producing news across emerging and existing media platforms...social media, photography, broadcast, print, online. As a member of the production team, journalists will produce the student newspaper, yearbook, and other student news media. Being a student journalist gives students a voice and allows them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech. Students journalists learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce media for an audience. Student journalists learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining, and influencing their audience. These courses will offer a competitive edge to students pursuing any career as it enhances communication, confidence, leadership and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to travel to local, state, and national conferences. Coursework includes individual and group projects, guests speakers, field trips, leadership activities and community involvement.
    057851/057852
    Convergence Journalism 3
    Infinite Campus Name: CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 3
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  One of the following: Convergence Journalism 2, Yearbook 2, Newspaper 2
    1/2 CTE credit each semester

    Take your experiences from Course Level 2 to new heights! Develop leadership skills while contributing to the creation of student publications. Journalists can choose to earn an Honors Option with teacher approval. See the program description for more information. Students may contract to earn an honors option for this course.Program description:Producing news across emerging and existing media platforms...social media, photography, broadcast, print, online. As a member of the production team, journalists will produce the student newspaper, yearbook, and other student news media. Being a student journalist gives students a voice and allows them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech. Students journalists learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce media for an audience. Student journalists learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining, and influencing their audience. These courses will offer a competitive edge to students pursuing any career as it enhances communication, confidence, leadership and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to travel to local, state, and national conferences. Coursework includes individual and group projects, guests speakers, field trips, leadership activities and community involvement.
    057861/057862
    Convergence Journalism 4
    Infinite Campus Name: CONVERGENCE JOURNALISM 4
    Grade(s): 12
    Prerequisite:  One of the following: Convergence Journalism 3, Yearbook 3, Newspaper 3
    1/2 CTE credit each semester

    At this level you have the skills to lead and coach your peers through the process. You are a big part of this program's success because of your strong commitment to the program over the course of the years. You drive the creative concepts and every day production. See the program description for more information. Students may contract to earn an honors option for this course.Program description:Producing news across emerging and existing media platforms...social media, photography, broadcast, print, online. As a member of the production team, journalists will produce the student newspaper, yearbook, and other student news media. Being a student journalist gives students a voice and allows them to exercise their constitutional right of free speech. Students journalists learn critical thinking, researching, interviewing, writing, editing, and creating visuals while collaborating with other staffers to produce media for an audience. Student journalists learn how a free and responsible press can improve their school communities by informing, entertaining, and influencing their audience. These courses will offer a competitive edge to students pursuing any career as it enhances communication, confidence, leadership and global awareness. Students have the opportunity to travel to local, state, and national conferences. Coursework includes individual and group projects, guests speakers, field trips, leadership activities and community involvement.
    057890
    Sports Literature and Composition
    Infinite Campus Name: SPORTS LIT AND COMP
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    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
    Infinite Campus Name: THE POETICS OF HIP HOP
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    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.
    058011/058012
    English 1, Honors
    Infinite Campus Name: +ENGLISH 1
    Grade(s): 09
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    058021/058022
    English 2, Honors
    Infinite Campus Name: +ENGLISH 2
    Grade(s): 10
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    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.
    058620
    Advanced Competitive Speech & Debate (Honors)
    Infinite Campus Name: +ADV COMP SPEECH AND DEBATE
    Grade(s): 10 - 12
    Prerequisite:  Competitive Speech & Debate
    1/2 Electives credit each semester

    Advanced Competitive Speech & Debate is an in-depth study of presentation techniques, particularly those used in competitive speech and debate. Students will focus on both a Debate and an Event (either Public Speaking or Oral Interpretation). They will study those events closely, hone their competitive skills, and work to share their knowledge with beginning members. This course can be taken more than once. Speech and Debate team participation is a requirement of this course. A weighted grade is given.
    059041/059042
    AP English Literature & Composition
    Infinite Campus Name: +AP ENGLTCMP
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    AP English Literature & Composition offers students a college-level course experience. Literature covered 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 & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP exam. A weighted grade is given.
    059201/059202
    AP English Language and Composition
    Infinite Campus Name: +APENGLNGCMP
    Grade(s): 11 - 12
    Prerequisite:  None
    1/2 English credit each semester

    AP English Language & 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 & Composition course. This course prepares students for the AP English Language & Composition exam. Students have the option to earn college credit through the AP examination. A weighted grade is given.