Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition: An Advanced Placement English course in Literature and Composition should engage students in carefully reading and critically analyzing imaginative literature. The course should include intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.” (Advanced Placement Program Course Description: The College Board) Advanced Placement is a college-level courses and exams program for secondary school students. It is challenging and stimulating, and, compared to other high school courses, it often takes more time, requires more work, gives greater opportunity for individual progress and accomplishment, and goes into greater depth. A student may earn a year of college credit upon passing the exam.
English I: English 1 exposes students to a variety of genres that are entered upon transcendent themes, including the following: Literary Elements and a Writer’s Message; Heroism in Western Culture; Moral Dilemma; Youth on the Threshold; Culture and Conflict; and Introduction to Argument. Students will develop the following skills: analysis and synthesis of literary and informational texts; writing conventions and strategies; and speaking and listening techniques and expectations.
English II: English 2 emphasizes writing, speaking, and reading both core works of literature and informational texts. Students will develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, world literature.
English 3: English 3 will focus on exposing students to the literature and texts of the United States of America, from its origination to the present. This course will expand the role that literature, writing, and information literacy play in a student’s participation in and interaction with the world around him/her. The curriculum will act as a platform to explore how the world around us shapes our lives as well as how literature has impacted history and vice versa. The reading selections and activities are intended to deepen students’ interactions with the text and the issues embedded within the text so as to create critical thinkers and problem solvers who are able to contribute in a productive and positive way to their communities.
English 4: Expository Reading and Writing: This course presents the basics of expository reading and writing. Students learn, step-by-step, to write unified, coherent papers. While learning to write, students learn to think in an organized, systematic fashion. They also study effective uses of language, as well as methods of connecting ideas and expanding ideas by means of details and examples.
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