October 24, 2013

Language Arts

Total Credits Needed for Graduation: 4

Vision

The purpose of the language arts department is to introduce students to the world of literature, to evaluate that literature using a Christian world view, and provide students with the writing skills needed to communicate effectively.  The goal of the language arts department is to provide students with the ability to think critically and clearly and precisely express themselves through written and oral language. 

Standards

After completing the language arts requirements for graduation, a student will be able to analyze works of literature based on a Christian world view, use proper grammatical structure in writing and speaking, write various compositions including persuasive writing, research writing, creative writing, and critical essays, and comprehend various styles of literature including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, etc.

Recommended Sequence

Course Descriptions


English 9                      

Credit: 1
Prerequisite:   None
Key Texts: English Composition and Grammar, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich; Literature Gold, Prentice Hall

    This course will introduce student to a variety of styles of literature as well as grammatical concepts and styles of writing.  Students will study the mediums of poetry, non-fiction, short stories, novels, and drama.  Basic grammatical concepts will be review including parts of speech, parts of sentences, and punctuation.  Students will also be introduced to research writing as well as process and creative writing.

    British Literature         

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:  English 9 or Honors English 9
    Key Text: British and World Literature for Life and Work, South-Western Educational Publishing and other supplemental materials.

    Description: This course will introduce students to works of literature from around the world focusing in on Western Europe and Great Britain.  Student will be introduced to various authors from this area of world and introduced to the influences of this literature.  The types of literature that will be studied include poetry, non-fiction, short stories, and drama.  In addition, students will also focus in on various writing requirements focusing mainly on research writing.  Students will be required to write various research papers including an intense multi-genre research project.  Grammar, punctuation, and writing style will continue to be stressed.

    Honors British Literature         

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:  English 9 or Honors English 9
    Key Text: Literature & Language English & World Literature - 12 (purple level), McDougal Little, 1992. and other supplemental materials.

    Description: This course will introduce students to works of literature from around the world focusing in on Western Europe and Great Britain.  Student will be introduced to various authors from this area of world and introduced to the influences of this literature.  The types of literature that will be studied include poetry, non-fiction, short stories, and drama.  In addition, students will also focus in on various writing requirements focusing mainly on research writing.  Students will be required to write various research papers including an intense multi-genre research project.  Grammar, punctuation, and writing style will continue to be stressed.

    American Literature   

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:  English 9 or Honors English 9

    Description: This course will focus on many of the influential authors who have come from the United States.  Students will be introduced to the works and influences of this literature.  This class will be focused around various novels but will also include poetry, short stories, and drama.  At the end of this course, students will be able to recognize the theme of �The American Dream� that runs through much of the literature that come out of the United States.  In addition to the literature component of this class, writing will also be focused upon.  Students will work on polishing their writing skills including research, persuasion, process, etc.  Vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation will continue to be stressed. 

    Key Text: Literature of the United States, Holt, Rinehart, Winston (Elements of Literature, Fifth Course)

    Objectives:  Students will be able to:

    • apply their literature knowledge from English 9 to American Literature.
    • discuss how the theme of �The American Dream� flows throughout much of American Literature
    • communicate competently through writing skills.
    • apply a broadened vocabulary to their writing.
    • use literary analysis to discuss in class and on paper the literature they read.

    Honors American Literature      

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:  English 9 or Honors English 9
    Key Text: Literature of the United States, Holt, Rinehart, Winston (Elements of Literature, Fifth Course)

    Description: This course will focus on the theme of �The American Dream�.  Using this theme, students will be introduced to various poems, short stories, and authors that focus on the �dream� and how it has changed throughout the history of the United States.  We will begin looking at the forefathers and the dreams they ascribed to in developing this country.  Throughout the course we will look at various facets of the �dream� as it continues to change.  The novels The Scarlet Letter, O� Pioneers, and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman will be used to clarify this dream.  Each novel will look at new aspect of the dream from the Puritans, the women pioneers, and African-Americans.  The culmination of this course will be a multi-genre research paper on the American Dream in terms of the immigrants that came to this country.  Students will research an immigrant group and develop their own immigrant character who will deal with the issue of prejudice, hardship, and looking for the American Dream that many faced.

    Students will also do an in-depth study with various vocabulary words throughout the year.


    Advanced Composition            

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite:  Completion of both American Literature and British Literature or teacher recommendation.
    Key Text: Prentice Hall Reader, Prentice Hall, 2001

    Description: Advanced Composition is a course to help prepare seniors for their introductory college English courses. This classes surveys various types of writing: narrative, descriptive, definition, compare and contrast, cause and effect, argument and persuasion, etc. Along with writing an assortment of essays in these genres, students also study the contents of the genre as well as examples from other authors.

    Drama (when offered)              

    Credit: .5
    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation 

    Description: This course will focus on the basic concepts of the theater.  Students will learn to express themselves through voice and movement.  They will also be introduced to the technical and other backstage elements of theater.  This class will be involved in ministry through drama by staging skits for various chapel events.  The culmination of this class will be a main stage performance by the students.

    Objectives:  Students will be able to

    • display knowledge of theater terminology.
    • use various acting techniques in order to portray a character.
    • participate in the inner workings of a stage production.

    Speech (when offered)                         

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: None

    Description: The Speech class is a comprehensive program covering most aspects of the speech curriculum.  This course will give students the skills they need for communicating in daily life, including strategies used for public speaking, group discussion, speaking for a purpose, and speech delivery.  The communication process is studied first and then the student will deliver at least four speeches and one media demonstration.  The media presentation will be their final exam.

    Newspaper/Yearbook (when offered)        

    Credit: 1
    Prerequisite: None

    Description: With this course, students will be responsibly for regularly publishing a newspaper and designing a yearbook for the present school year.  In dealing with the newspaper, students will study proper writing techniques and set-up for a published newspaper.  Students will also study various media in order to determine how to write and what is effective in this medium.  Students will learn to use proper publishing software and the proper ethics and style for a Christian news organization.  The yearbook staff will be required to document the school year on film for an end of the year deadline.  Students will be responsible for photography, page set up, and overall completeness and appearance of this publication.

    Objectives:  Students will be able to:

    • publish a monthly newspaper.
    • create a professional yearbook.
    • use the newspaper as a tool in their daily lives.
    • write in various styles in order to get information to the public.