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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.

 

 

107431 Literature 9-10:  People and the Environment (Weight – 1.1)                              1.0 credit

 

Beginning with the mythology of indigenous peoples, moving through literature from various cultures, and ending with contemporary argument and rhetoric, this course will explore how humans developed the natural world and how those changes shaped humans in turn. It will review how we impact our surroundings collectively and individually, and what our ethical responsibilities are to our global and local communities. The course will end with an argumentative project that will allow students to make a case for what humanity’s relationship with nature should be. Course requirements will include projects and writing that encompass the ELA 9-10 standards.

 

107531 Literature 9-10: Power and the Justice System (Weight – 1.1)                             1.0 credit

 

This course will focus on literature and non-fiction surrounding questions of human systems of justice. Students will use the pieces from a variety of cultures and historical periods to decide when justice is successful or unsuccessful, why people should or should not pursue justice, and when the individual pursuit of power can lead to injustice. The literature will especially highlight justice in the courtroom and penal system. Course requirements will include projects and writing that encompass the ELA 9-10 standards.

 

107631 Literature 9-10:  Sci-Fi and Horror (Weight – 1.1)                                                      1.0 credit

 

This course examines the relationship between Horror and Science Fiction and the societies, cultures, and ideologies from which they are born. Students will exchange with both classic and contemporary Horror and Sci-Fi literature, with a focus on connecting themes from these texts to the real world advances, apprehensions, and fears that birth them. Students will answer a variety of big picture questions to build an understanding of this genre of literature. What makes us afraid? Who decides what is monstrous and what isn’t? How does fear influence us as people and as a society? Is the reality of our world or the fiction of our imaginations more terrifying? These topics and more will be thoroughly explored through a variety of texts.  Course requirements will include projects and writing that encompass the ELA 9-10 standards.

 

107831 Literature 9-10: Coming of Age in a Dystopian World (Weight – 1.1)                   1.0 credit

This course studies a group often excluded from formal high school study: teenagers! Through the lens of themes like the balance of hope and despair in the human spirit and the dangers of naiveté and cynicism, this course begins by reading literature to discover the threshold between childhood and adulthood. It will explore literature and non-fiction that will help determine whether teenagers are capable of making responsible decisions. By the end of the course, the tone will shift from the individual to the societal, ending with an argumentative piece about the impact teens can have on their world. Course requirements will include projects and writing that encompasses the ELA 9-10 standards.

 

107135 Information Literacy: Freshman Writing Seminar (Weight – 1.1)

(Grade 9 required)                                                                                                                      0.5 credits

This course provides students with a foundation in the essentials of rhetorical analysis, research, and writing in order to evaluate and form arguments, communicate effectively, and solve problems logically. Throughout each unit of this course, students will participate in reading, research, and discussion while building on their knowledge of informational, narrative, and argumentative writing structures. Students will leave this course having a better understanding of who they are as individuals, how they behave in groups, and what sort of community responsibility we all have. This course is designed to prepare ninth graders for future high school English courses as well as help responsible, critical-thinking community members.

 

V107135 Information Literacy: Freshman Writing Seminar VIRTUAL (Weight – 1.1)

(Grade 9 required)                                                                                                                     0.5 credits

 

Developed for students who are ready to take on the challenge of rigorous writing and reading instruction in a self-paced virtual environment, this course provides students with a foundation in the essentials of rhetorical analysis, research, and writing in order to evaluate and form arguments, communicate effectively, and solve problems logically. Throughout each unit of this course, students will participate in reading, research, and discussion while building on their knowledge of informational, narrative, and argumentative writing structures. Students will leave this course having a better understanding of who they are as individuals, how they behave in groups, and what sort of community responsibility we all have. This course is designed to prepare ninth graders for future high school English courses as well as help responsible,critical-thinking community members.

 

Prerequisite:Interested students must secure two recommendations from DSD staff. The evaluator must have interacted with you within the last semester (or last two marking periods). Recommendation forms can be found in the counseling office.  

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. Brackbill 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. Brackbill 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. Stokes 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)                                                                                             0.5 credits

 

625445 Literature II (Weight – 1.1)                                                                                             0.5 credits

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