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English Department Courses

Students are required to successfully complete one English course per year.  In grades 9 and 10, a core English course is required.  In grade 12, and in some cases in grade 11, students are able to choose from a variety of interest areas to fulfill their English requirement.  These courses are taught at various levels, and students will choose according to their levels and their areas of interest for further study.

 

Literacy Courses:

            These courses are designed for students who are developing and refining literacy skills. Students in these courses will read a novel and a variety of short works including poems, short stories, narratives, plays, historical texts, and nonfiction articles.  The focus will be placed on building strategic literacy skills as well as developing a wider vocabulary through root word study and improving clarity in writing. Grammar skills will be reinforced throughout the course using the students’ own writing. A research unit is required along with a project or projects relating to studied works.

 

Academic Courses:

            Students in these courses will read novels and a variety of short works including poems, short stories, narratives, plays, historical texts, and non-fiction articles.  In addition, students will develop a wider vocabulary through root word study.  Grammar study will focus on more complex grammatical skills and concepts.  Students will write more extensively on various topics related to the course work.  The novel study will be extensive and involve more analysis and interpretation.  A research unit is required along with a project or projects relating to studied works. These courses will move at a faster pace and require independent reading.  

 

Honors Courses:

            The requirements of these courses will be the same as that of academic courses; however, students will be asked to delve even deeper into the core concepts of literature interpretation and analysis.  Students will also be required to write more extensively and apply more complex grammatical skills within their writing.  Students will be required to complete an outside reading project for all honors courses as well as a more extensive and in-depth research project.  

           

Choosing a level:

Students should follow the guidelines below when choosing between the three levels of the course:

        To enter an academic level course, the student must have obtained a minimum of a B in a previous core course or a C in a previous academic course.

        To enter an honors level course, the student must have obtained a minimum of a B in a previous academic course or a C in a previous honors course.  In addition, teacher recommendation must be obtained for all honors courses.

 

107841  Literacy and Literature 9 Part A (Weight – 1.1)                                                                 1.0 credit

This course will be scheduled during the first semester, meeting every day. The course will integrate grammar, writing, vocabulary and literature at an appropriately modified pace based on student need. A variety of writing types will be taught with added emphasis placed on the writing process. A focus is placed on building the skills of good readers, especially annotation and close reading techniques as it applies to the study of short stories, novels, nonfiction texts, and/or drama.

 

107941  Literacy and Literature 9 Part B (Weight – 1.1)                                                                   1.0 credit

This course is a continuation of Literacy and Literature Part A and will be scheduled during the second semester, meeting every day. Students will be given additional opportunities to strengthen their skills in the areas of grammar, writing, vocabulary and literature. The course will move at a modified pace based on student need. Skills of reading comprehension and literary analysis will again be a focus applied to the study of short stories, novels, nonfiction texts, and/or drama.

105145  Reading Strategies 9 (Weight – 1.1)                                                                                .5 credit

 

As literacy courses are designed for students who are developing and refining literacy skills, those who are scheduled for Literacy and Literature 9 may also be scheduled for Reading Strategies 9. Students in this course will learn ways to adjust their reading behaviors to deal with a variety of situations and reading purposes. Strong reading skills are essential to academic achievement at the secondary level. At this level, students will face many academic tasks that require “reading to learn.” Three indicators of effective reading are: fluency (reading speed), vocabulary, and comprehension (metacognition), and these will be a focus of the course. Students in Reading Strategies 9 will be introduced to intensive, strategic literacy skills and methods that can be applied to any content area-related material.

 

 

103731 Academic Language and Literature 9 (Weight – 1.1)                                                      1.0 credit

 

Language and Literature for grade nine is a year-long course, scheduled for every other day, that integrates grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literature. A variety of writing types will be taught with added emphasis being placed on the writing process. A focus is placed on building the skills of good readers, especially annotation and close reading techniques. Course literature includes various short stories, a novel, nonfiction texts, and a drama.

 

 

103721 Honors Language and Literature 9 (Weight – 1.2)                                                           1.0 credit

 

Honors Language and Literature for grade nine is a one semester course that integrates grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literature. A variety of writing types will be taught with added emphasis being placed on the writing process. A focus is placed on building the skills of good readers, especially annotation and close reading techniques. Course literature includes short stories, a novel, nonfiction texts, and a drama, but the rigor of the course will increase, and requirements will include one speech. Also at the honors level, students should expect one writing based on an outside reading.

 

 

107135 Information Literacy (Weight – 1.1) (Grade 9 required)                                                 0.5 credit

 

This course provides students with a foundation in the essentials of research and writing in order to communicate and solve problems logically. Additionally, students will learn how to navigate the Internet safely in an ever-changing digital landscape. Finally, students will be introduced to career planning by completing interest and skills surveys, researching careers of interest, meeting with professionals from all walks of life, and building job skills. The course has a culminating career research project that incorporates the essential learning of the course. 

 

 

103531 Academic American Literature 10 (Weight – 1.1)                                                            1.0 credit

 

This is an American Literature survey course. By reading and writing in a variety of styles, students will be prepared for the Keystone Literature Assessment. Students will learn important reading skills to apply to literature, both fiction and non-fiction, from the Colonial Period through the Postmodern Period. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, students will learn to write arguments, explanations, narratives, and research papers. Students will also study root words to broaden vocabulary skills and grammar as it applies to the improvement of writing. A research unit will culminate with an argumentative essay and speech. Students may also complete a critical reading and examination of a novel for an outside reading project.

 

 

 

103521 Honors American Literature 10 (Weight – 1.2)                                                                1.0 credit

 

This is an American Literature survey course. By reading and writing in a variety of styles, students will be prepared for the Keystone Literature Assessment. Students will learn important reading skills to apply to literature, both fiction and non-fiction, from the Colonial Period through the Postmodern Period. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, students will learn to write arguments, explanations, narratives, and research papers. Students will also study root words to broaden vocabulary skills and grammar as it applies to the improvement of writing. Students will complete an essay connected to a course text, and a research unit will culminate with an argumentative essay and speech. Students will complete at least one outside reading project.

 

** Students enrolled in all levels of American Literature 10 will be required to participate in the Literature Keystone Exam during the semester they are enrolled in the course. 

 

 

103541 Literacy and British Literature 11 (Weight – 1.1)                                                           1.0 credit

 

This course will be a chronologically arranged survey of British literature from Beowulf to the Romantic Era.  The course will focus on the Anglo-Saxon Period, the Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and the Romantic Era.  Special attention will be given to the ways that literature reflects the time in which it was written.  Students will build on the analysis skills developed in 10th grade by reading poetry, a play, novels, short stories, and supporting informational texts. Vocabulary and grammar concepts including the eight parts of speech, parts of sentences, clauses, and sentence structure will be examined throughout the course. A major research-based writing assignment will also be included.

 

 

103331 Academic British Literature and Composition (Weight – 1.1) (Grade 11)                       1.0 credit

 

This course will be a chronologically arranged survey of British literature from Beowulf to the Modern Era.  The course will focus on the Anglo-Saxon Period, the Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and the Romantic and Modern Eras.  Special attention will be given to the ways that literature reflects the time in which it was written.  Students will use deep analysis skills to interpret a wide variety of texts, including poetry, novels, plays, literary nonfiction, and informational texts. Vocabulary is studied for the duration of the course, and more advanced grammar concepts as well as a review of common grammatical rules will be examined throughout the course. Frequent writing assignments including a research paper allow students to hone their writing skills, and a speech gives them the opportunity to develop confidence speaking in front of a group. Students may also complete a critical reading and examination of a novel for an outside reading project.

 

 

103321 Honors British Literature and Composition (Weight – 1.2) (Grade 11)                           1.0 credit

 

This course will be a chronologically arranged survey of British literature from Beowulf to the Postmodern Era.  The course will focus on the Anglo-Saxon Period, the Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and the Romantic, Modern, and Postmodern Eras.  Special attention will be given to the ways that literature reflects the time in which it was written.  Students will use deep analysis skills to interpret a wide variety of texts, including poetry, novels, plays, literary nonfiction, and informational texts. Vocabulary is studied for the duration of the course, and more advanced grammar concepts as well as a review of common grammatical rules will be examined throughout the course. Frequent writing assignments and a more extensive research paper allow students to hone their writing skills. Finally, students will complete at least one outside reading project and a speech.

 

103941 Literacy and Contemporary Fiction (Weight – 1.1) (Grade 12)                                       1.0 credit

 

Literacy and Contemporary Fiction is a survey of literature produced in the last 75 years that reflects upon major issues facing modern American society. Students will read from a selection of compelling contemporary novels, short stories, and drama, making profound connections between the literature and the time in which we live. Personal reflection, class discussions, and the analysis of elements of literature will form the basis of the course. In addition, students will be expected to compose a research paper and deliver at least one speech. Writing, grammar, and vocabulary will be embedded throughout the course.

 

103931 Academic Contemporary Fiction (Weight 1.1) (Grade 12)                                                1.0 credit

 

Academic Contemporary Fiction is a survey of literature produced in the last 75 years that reflects upon major issues facing modern American society. Students will read from a selection of compelling contemporary novels, short stories, and drama, making profound connections between the literature and the time in which we live. Personal reflection, class discussions, and the analysis of elements of literature will form the basis of the course as students deepen their understanding of how literature reflects the society that creates it. In addition, students will be expected to compose a research paper, deliver at least one speech, and complete an outside reading project. Writing, grammar, and vocabulary will be embedded throughout the course.

 

 

103631 World Dramatic Literature (Weight – 1.1) (Grade 12)                                                    1.0 credit

 

Using an overview of theater conventions, stagecraft, and cultural context, students will study dramatic literature beginning with ancient Greek theater and ending with contemporary American drama. Students will build on their knowledge of informational, argumentative, and narrative writing structures. Students will continue their study of Greek and Latin roots. Course requirements will include a play review of a theater performance and production of an original drama.

 

 

104231 Humanities (Weight – 1.1) (Grade 12)                                                                             1.0 credit

 

Humanities is a course which focuses on the creative spirit of humankind through the study of art, literature, music, history, and philosophy. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectedness of each of the arts. Students will read a variety of literary, historical, and philosophical works, view a wide array of visual art, and listen to various musical compositions with the goals of understanding each individually and connecting those works to others in a meaningful way. Vocabulary is studied in context of the arts. A research paper and an outside critique assignment, as well as art, music, and writing projects, are part of this course.

 

 

103221 Honors American Literature II and Composition (Weight – 1.2) (Grade 12)                  1.0 credit

 

The course will concentrate on the study of novels and short stories by major American authors from various time periods. Works to be studied may include The Scarlet Letter, Huckleberry Finn, and The Great Gatsby along with the short stories of Ernest Hemingway.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

101111 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (Weight – 1.3)                      1.0 credit

 (This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year)

 

Course Overview as published by College Board: “The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.”

 

Prerequisites: Teacher approval required. To qualify for AP Literature at Donegal High School, students will need to earn an A or B in an honors English course in tenth or eleventh grade and also satisfactorily complete an admission essay. Prospective students should see Mrs. Berringer to receive a copy of the assignment prior to registering for the course.

 

Summer Reading Requirement: Over the summer, accepted students will read three novels and keep a reading journal which is due on the first day of class. Materials will be distributed prior to summer break.

 

 

 

101311 Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (Weight 1.3)                        1.0 credit

(This course will be scheduled to meet every other day for the full year)


Course Overview as published by College Board: “The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.”

 

Prerequisites: Teacher approval required. To qualify for AP Language at Donegal High School, students will need to earn an A or B in an honors English course in tenth or eleventh grade and also satisfactorily complete an admission essay. Prospective students should see Mrs. Berringer to receive a copy of the assignment prior to registering for the course.

 

Summer Reading Requirement: Over the summer, accepted students will read three novels and keep a reading journal which is due on the first day of class. Materials will be distributed prior to summer break.

 

 

101511 English Composition (Weight 1.3) (Grade 11 or 12)                                             1.0 credit

(College in the High School Course) - Approval of school counselor and principal required.

 

This Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus course focuses on the development of fluency in writing clear, forceful, and effective prose.  Students will learn and utilize the writing process for many modes of writing, including analytical, narrative, evaluative, argumentative, and explanatory writing.  Deep understanding of the grammatical concepts of the English language as well as proper form and citation will also be studied. In short, the course prepares the student for the many types of writing required in a college setting. Completion of this course results in the awarding of 3.0 college credits, transferable to any college or university that accepts transcripts from HACC. A nominal registration and course fee is required by Harrisburg Area Community College in order to participate.

 

Prerequisites: Must have taken an honors-level English course in 10th or 11th grade and submit a qualifying essay to Mrs. Lee for approval prior to registering. Students will also need to pass HACC’s entrance exam to take the course. Students who have applied in 11th grade and were not accepted are encourage to apply again for their senior year.

 

625345 Literature I (Weight – 1.1)                                                                                                .5 credit

 

625445 Literature II (Weight – 1.1)                                                                                               .5 credit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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