Department Chair: Susan Leuschen

Department Purpose: Prepare all students to communicate, comprehend, interpret, appreciate, and create, using the English language.


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English 9

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

This year long, genre-based course examines novels, short stories, plays, poetry and novellas. Students encounter a series of experiences in researching, writing, speaking, presentation skills and analysis of literary elements. Time is devoted to grammar and MLA documentation style along with an intensive study of vocabulary.

Honors English 9

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Scoring at the 90th percentile or higher on the 8th grade Placement Test in Language

Course Description:

This year long course provides highly collaborative experiences, presentations and activities while encountering a variety of literary genres. Students apply Aristotelian and Socratic concepts to literary analysis, and develop a rhetorical understanding of grammar and vocabulary to enhance writing. This course requires assignments that develop confidence in reading, writing (including MLA style documentation) and speaking.

World Studies

Course Credit: 4

Course Description:

World Studies is an interdisciplinary English/History block course designed for sophomores. In it, students will be exposed to history and literature of the world from pre-history to modern time. This yearlong course which meets for two class periods every day devotes considerable time connecting and evaluating key historical information with major pieces of literature. Unit themes covered include Early Civilizations, Empires of the Ancient World, Regional Civilizations, Early Modern Times, Enlightenment and Revolution, New Global Age and World Wars and the World Today. In addition, students will connect to our current global community.

Honors World Studies

Course Credit: 4(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of A in English 9 or B+ or higher in Honors English 9 or current English instructor recommendation

Course Description:

Honors World Studies is an English/History interdisciplinary block course designed for sophomores. Students will be exposed to history and literature of the world from pre-history to modern time. This yearlong course which meets for two class periods every day devotes considerable time connecting and evaluating key historical information with major pieces of literature. Unit themes covered include Early Civilizations, Empires of the Ancient World, Regional Civilizations, Early Modern Times, Enlightenment and Revolution, New Global Age and World Wars and the World Today. In addition, students will connect to our current global community. Students are expected to apply and demonstrate unit themes through a variety of assessments. Student will complete one diversity experience per quarter outside of class time and will also participate in two field trips.

American Studies

Course Credit: 4

Course Description:

American Studies is a one year interdisciplinary block course designed for juniors and taught jointly by American Literature and American History instructors. This course utilizes a thematic approach to study American culture from prehistory to the future. The units include: The American People, Immigrations and Ethnic Heritage; The American Identity, The Colonial and Revolutionary Era; The West, American Independence and Individualism; The Civil War, Conflict and Conscience; American Industrialization, Man and Machine; Decades of Change, America Comes of Age; WWII and the Cold War, The Age of Conformity; Modern America, The Age of Diversity; The Twenty-First Century.

Honors American Studies

Course Credit: 4(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of A in World Studies or B+ or higher in Honors World Studies or a current World Studies/Honors World Studies instructor recommendation

Course Description:

Honors American Studies is a one year interdisciplinary course taught jointly by American History and American Literature instructors. In this block scheduled class, students will experience a thematic, in-depth study of American history, literature, and culture from the earliest Native Americans through the twenty-first century Americans of today. Students who register for this course should expect extensive reading and writing, with emphasis on higher level analytical skills necessary for success on the college level. Students will read a number of major works of classic American literature in addition to the readings completed in the American Studies history and literature textbooks. Each unit will also require students to devote time outside of class to individual and/or group projects.

Senior English

Course Credit: 2

Course Description:

Senior English is a yearlong course that surveys the major writers of England and the British Isles. After a chronological study of the political and cultural heritage of the era, students will analyze, evaluate, and interpret British contributions to various genre: novel, essay, short story, drama, and poetry. In preparation for college, the student will focus on the research paper, poetry explication, and the personal essay, and practice using electronic information retrieval systems for research. This course is one of the two options that fulfill the Skutt Catholic senior year required English course credits.

Advanced Placement English: Literature & Composition

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: An A average in the English portion of American Studies or B+ or higher in the English portion of Honors American Studies, and current English instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course offers a full year genre-based study of literature from many cultures and literary movements. The composition portion of the class includes literary analysis, literary criticism, literary research, and timed writing. The course is designed to prepare students to earn college credit through the AP exam or dual enrollment through Midland University and is one of the two options that fulfill the Skutt Catholic senior year required English course credits.

AP English: Language & Composition

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: An A average in the English portion of World Studies or English portion of American Studies or B+ or higher in the English portion of Honors World Studies or the English portion of Honors American Studies, and current English instructor recommendation

Course Description:

Students in this course will be engaged in becoming skilled readers of nonfiction prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both writing and reading will make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to the effectiveness of writing. This class rigorously prepares students for the AP exam and can be taken for college credit through the Midland University Dual Enrollment Program.

Creative Writing

Course Credit: 1

Course Description:

Creative Writing provides the emerging writer with the opportunity to actively learn and engage writing’s core fundamentals: imagery, voice, character, setting, and story. Students will employ these fundamentals in the development of personal essays, fictional stories, and poetry. As a workshop course, students will engage in all aspects of the writing process, from pre-writing to drafting to publishing. Students will be required to demonstrate timely completion of daily and weekly writing exercises, four long-term writing projects, and a final portfolio their work. This course is for the beginning writer who desires to improve and/or explore his/her writing skills.