The English Department's 2008-2009 Program of Studies

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					North Lawndale College Prep Charter High School The English Department

Program of Studies (Overall Course Offerings)
2008-2009

English Department Pathways
The English Department pathways (below, represented graphically) offer each student the best opportunity for mastery of his/her English language arts skills. The student’s standardized test scores determine placement in an initial pathway; however, the student/parent/guardian, teacher, and counselor determine potential later movement from one pathway to another.
English III: Classic Literatures English Department Elective English IV: Composition and Rhetoric English Department Elective

English I: World Literatures

English II: American Literatures

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English I: Read 180 Honors English I: World Literatures

Honors English II: American Literatures

English III: AP English Literature and Composition

English IV: AP English Language and Composition

Core Courses
COURSE TITLE: English I: READ 180 LEVEL: 9th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: Placement based on test scores COURSE DESCRIPTION: Taken as a complimentary course to World Literature (Regular), this course utilizes interactive books and experiences to provide intensive daily instruction in reading comprehension. Using engaging books that reflect the experiences of many of the students, reading instruction can be adjusted to support each student’s individual needs, ranging from individualized instruction to small and whole group instruction. Additionally, this course introduces students to several genres and terms of literature; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; introduces research techniques and citation methods; and explores several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English 1: READ 180, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: English I: World Literatures LEVEL: 9th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: Placement based on test scores COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course utilizes world literatures to introduce students to various genres and terms of literature; emphasizes intensive development of reading comprehension skills; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; introduces research techniques and citation methods; and explores several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English 1: World Literatures, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period.

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COURSE TITLE: English I: World Literatures LEVEL: 9th Grade (Honors) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: Placement based on test scores COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course utilizes world literatures to introduce students to various genres and terms of literature; emphasizes further development of reading comprehension skills, while also beginning to develop the processes of effective critical reading and thinking; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; introduces research techniques and citation methods; and explores several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English 1: Honors World Literatures, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: English II: American Literatures LEVEL: 10th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: One of the English I courses COURSE DESCRIPTION: Utilizing African-American, Asian-American, European-American, Latino, and Native American literatures (and one non-American work, a Shakespeare play), this course focuses on the philosophical movements, major writers, and themes of American literatures. This course further develops reading comprehension skills while beginning to develop the processes of effective critical reading and thinking; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; further develops research techniques and citation methods; and expands the student’s models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English II: American Literatures, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: English II: American Literatures LEVEL: 10th Grade (Honors) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: One of the English I courses COURSE DESCRIPTION: Utilizing African-American, Asian-American, European-American, Latino, and Native American literatures (and one non-American work, a Shakespeare play), this course focuses on the philosophical movements, major writers, and themes of American literatures. This course continues to develop effective critical reading and thinking; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; further develops research techniques and citation methods; and expands the student’s models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English II: American Literatures, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: English III: Classic Literatures LEVEL: 11th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: One of the English II courses COURSE DESCRIPTION: Utilizing classic literatures — from Sophocles to Chaucer to Shakespeare to Orwell to Achebe to Wright to Marquez and Morrison, among many others, this course focuses on notable themes spanning world literatures. This course further develops the processes of effective reading comprehension, with an increasing emphasis toward critical reading and thinking skills; emphasizes writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the fundamentals of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; further develops research techniques and citation methods (the student will research and write “The Junior Research Essay”); and expands several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for English III: Classic Literatures, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period.

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COURSE TITLE: Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition LEVEL: 11th Grade (Advanced) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: An English II course and consultation with the English teacher and counselor COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course utilizes an intensive study of world literatures and genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama) to help the student achieve proficiency in analytical reading and writing. This course prepares the student for the Advanced Placement test in English Literature and Composition; students are required to take this exam. This course continues to emphasize writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the nuances of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; continues to develop research techniques and citation methods (the student will research and write “The Junior Research Essay”); and expands several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. In preparation for Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: English IV: Composition and Rhetoric LEVEL: 12th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.5 Credit PREREQUISITES: Either the English III course or AP English Literature and Composition COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines prose writing (e.g., biographies and autobiographies, fiction, essays, journalism, social and political writing, science and nature writing) and poetry across a wide range of time periods and rhetorical contexts. Students develop writing for a variety of purposes, audiences, and rhetorical contexts. This course stresses the nuances of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; continues to develop research techniques and citation methods; and expands several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. The student will research and write “The Senior Research Essay” and prepare the presentation for his/her Senior Project. In preparation for English IV: Composition and Rhetoric, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period. COURSE TITLE: LEVEL: LENGTH/CREDITS: PREREQUISITES: Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition 12th Grade (Advanced) Full Year and 1.5 Credit Either the English III course or AP English Literature and Composition and consultation with the English teacher and counselor COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course examines prose writing (e.g., biographies and autobiographies, fiction, essays, journalism, social and political writing, science and nature writing) and poetry across a wide range of periods and rhetorical contexts. Students become skilled at writing for a variety of purposes, audiences, and rhetorical contexts. This course prepares the student for the Advanced Placement test in English Language and Composition; students are required to take this exam. This course continues to emphasize writing in a variety of forms and for a variety of purposes; stresses the nuances of grammar and usage and the study of vocabulary and spelling, both for the purpose of improving the student's own reading and writing; continues to develop research techniques and citation methods; and expands several models of speaking, listening, and viewing. The student will research and write “The Senior Research Essay” and prepare the presentation for his/her Senior Project. In preparation for Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition, over the summer all incoming students will read a work of literature, selected each year by the English Department; an assessment of the summer reading will be part of the first grading period.

Elective Courses
These English elective courses are available to the student who wishes to take the course in addition to his/her required English course, thereby counting toward overall graduation credits, but not toward the five required English graduation credits. Some of the elective courses are one semester long and worth 0.5 credits; full year courses are worth 1.0 credit. COURSE TITLE: LEVEL: LENGTH/CREDITS: Creative Writing: The Writer as Artist 11th or 12th Grade (Regular) Full Year and 1.0 Credit
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PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of Present English teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course invites students to explore writing as an art form. Students will closely study the art of writing and trace the evolution of the writer through the study of literature. As students read poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama, they will attempt to find their own voices by writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. COURSE TITLE: Advanced Public Speaking LEVEL: 11th or 12th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Half-year or 0.5 credit PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of Present English teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course combines basic theories of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is placed on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support and audience analysis with special emphasis on informative and persuasive public speaking skills and techniques using longer, indepth speeches. Work in other speech formats may include extemporaneous, memorized, impromptu, manuscript, special occasion speeches, group decision-making and problem-solving. COURSE TITLE: Journalism I LEVEL: 9th or 10th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.0 Credit PREREQUISITES: Recommendation of the Journalism teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course produces the school’s newspaper and continues to develop a daily or weekly paper over the Internet. Students will learn about the history of journalism and how to write news, feature, and editorial articles. In addition, students will learn photographic skills utilizing both traditional film and digital cameras and both paper and film scanners. Besides word processing programs, students will learn how to use Adobe’s Pagemaker, Adobe’s Illustrator, and Adobe’s Photoshop in order to lay out the school’s newspaper and Internet paper. This is course must be taken after school. COURSE TITLE: Journalism II LEVEL: 10th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.0 Credit PREREQUISITES: Journalism I and the recommendation of the Journalism teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is offered concurrently with the Journalism I course; students in both take the course together. Students in this class function as editors to the publications, as well as mentors to the students in Journalism I. Journalism II students lead the design process for the publications. Additionally, these students will receive extensive training in the aforementioned technical skills of Journalism I. Students enter competitions in journalism and attend seminars related journalism. This is course must be taken after school. COURSE TITLE: Journalism III LEVEL: 11th Grade (Regular) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.0 Credit PREREQUISITES: Journalism II and the recommendation of the Journalism teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will involve advanced techniques utilizing PageMaker, PhotoShop, and Adobe Illustrator. Students also will learn advanced photographic skills in both digital and analogue photography, as well as skills in manipulating photographs utilizing computer software programs and paper and film scanners. Students will serve as mentors to Journalism I students and students writing for the newspaper who are not taking journalism. Students will also serve in editor capacities on the school newspaper. This is course must be taken after school. COURSE TITLE: Journalism IV LEVEL: 12th Grade (Honors) LENGTH/CREDITS: Full Year and 1.0 Credit PREREQUISITES: Journalism III and the recommendation of the Journalism teacher COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in the class will earn an honors English credit. Students in the class will assist in teaching the Journalism I class and take supervisory roles in the production of the school newspaper and the newspaper on the Web. Students will attend journalism conferences and camps and give workshops explaining writing skills and techniques in journalism. Students also will research one aspect of journalism. This is course must be taken after school.

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