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English 9 11300G
Prerequisite: Pass Eighth Grade English SOL Test

Classroom instruction focuses on the presentation and critique of dramatic readings from literary selections and continues the development of proficiency in making planned oral presentations. Knowledge of literary terms and forms is applied in student writing and in the analysis of literature.

English 9 introduces significant literary works from a variety of cultures and eras, which span 1000 A.D. to the present. Writing encompasses narrative, literary, expository, and technical forms with attention to analysis and mastery of grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and the writing process.
 
English 9A 11301G
English 9B 11302G
 
Prerequisite: Approved Participation

These two courses focus on the same objectives as an English 9 class. It is designed so that the English 9 SOL are taught over the course of two semesters. The students will build on their knowledge in key areas of reading such as word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Data assessments are conducted periodically to monitor skills in reading. Students receive one English credit upon completion of English 9A and 9B.
 
Honors English 9 11300H
Prerequisite: Pass Eighth Grade English SOL Test

Language Arts will be taught with emphasis on various literary selections including poetry, short stories, and novels.

Experiences include writing poems, essays, short stories, scripts, and research papers, as well as participating in group discussions, and developing and preparing oral reports. This class receives honors weighted credit.

English 10 11400G
Prerequisite: English 9 or English 9A and English 9B or Honors English 9

Instruction focuses on developing students as skilled communicators. Small-group activities require reading and critiques of literary works from a variety of eras and cultures, including those cultures in World History.

Attention is given to analysis of printed consumer information, such as labels, owners' manuals, warranties, and contracts.

Student critiques of peer and professional work are used to improve personal writing skills.

English 10A 11401G
English 10B 11402G
Prerequisite: English 9 or English 9A and English 9B; Approved Participation

These two courses focus on the same objectives as an English 10 class. It is designed so that the English 10 SOL are taught over the course of two semesters. The students will build on their knowledge in key areas of reading such as word study.

Data assessments are conducted periodically to monitor skills in reading comprehension, spelling/word study, vocabulary development and writing. Students receive one English credit upon completion of English 10A and 10B.

Honors English 10 11400H
Prerequisite: English 9 or English 9A and English 9B or Honors English 9

This course emphasizes advanced composition, vocabulary, and literature. Students will engage in writing experiences including business letters, essays, and creative writing projects. Oral presentations are required. Students will read and study a variety of literary works including novels. This class receives honors weighted credit.

English 11 11500G
Prerequisite: English 10 or English 10A and English 10B or Honors English 10
Assessment: SOL tests

The instructional goal is to enhance a student's appreciation of literature through the study of both classic and contemporary American literature. Students make and analyze persuasive oral presentations with attention to accurate evidence and effective delivery.

Students identify themes and characterizations in American literature that reflect history and culture. Students also identify contributions of other cultures to the development of American literature.

Writing focuses on clear and accurate personal, business, and technical correspondence and research reports. Students develop expository and persuasive compositions by locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and citing pertinent information.

Emphasis is on organization and accuracy.

Honors English 11 11500H
Prerequisite: English 10, English 10A and English 10B or Honors English 10
Assessment: SOL test

This course will serve as an introduction to American literature. Selections are organized within a chronological framework.

Various authors and their works will be studied with emphasis on the short story, essay, poetry, drama, and novel.

Emphasis is also placed on vocabulary development, study and research, grammar usage, listening and speaking skills, and all aspects of composition, culminating in writing and orally presenting a research project. Reading novels is required. This class receives honors weighted credit.
 
AP Language & Composition 11961A
AP Language & Composition 11962A
Prerequisite: English 10
Recommendation: Honors English 10
Assessment: SOL tests

In order to receive weighted credit, students are required to take the AP exam.

The purpose of the AP English Language and Composition course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.

AP English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Through their writing and reading, the course will emphasize the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication.

Students will learn to read primary and secondary sources carefully, to synthesize material from these texts in their own compositions, and to cite sources using conventions recommended by professional organizations such as the Modern

Language Association (MLA), the University of Chicago Press (The Chicago Manual of Style), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Council of Biology Editors (CBE).

This class receives advanced placement weighted credit. Students sign up for the tests and pay a fee set by the College Board. Upon request, financial assistance is available based on need.

English 12 11600G
Prerequisite: English 11 or Honors English 11

The class focuses on the analysis of English literature, literature of other cultures, and classic works. The class teaches organizational skills, audience awareness, appropriate vocabulary and grammar, and verbal/nonverbal presentation skills.

Planning and delivering an effective 5-10 minute oral presentation is required. The student will produce a well-documented research paper, as well as technical and expository papers, which are logically organized and develop clear and accurate ideas.
Honors English 12 11600H
Prerequisite: English 11 or Honors English 11

Language Arts will be taught with added emphasis on vocabulary, composition, and English literature, as well as multicultural classic and contemporary selections. Literary works are organized within a chronological framework, providing further opportunities for making literary connections.

Students are motivated to make connections between the literature they read and their own lives. Emphasis is on critical thinking. Each student will write a documented informational paper and present it orally to a group, write analyses of literary works, and participate in a variety of other written and oral projects. Reading novels is required. This class receives honors weighted credit.
 
AP English Literature & Composition 11951A
AP English Literature & Composition 11952A
Prerequisite: English 11
Recommendation: Honors English 11
Assessment: In order to receive weighted credit, students are required to take the AP exam.

This yearlong, two-unit class may substitute for English 12. The instructional objectives are based on the College Board's

Advanced Placement Program. The course prepares students for the AP examination in English Literature and Composition.

Students are required to complete reading and writing assignments before entering the class. This class receives advanced placement weighted credit. Students sign up for the tests and pay a fee set by the College Board. Upon request, financial assistance is available based on need.
 
Capstone English Course 11760G
Prerequisites: Passed English 11; Minimum Proficiency on English 11 Reading and Writing SOL Test
Grade 12

Virginia’s College and Career Ready English Performance Expectations grade 12 capstone course contains high-interest contextualized content designed to give certain students an additional boost for competent and successful entry into college and careers. The course will add to students’ preparation for critical reading, college and workplace writing, and career-ready communications by enhancing skills in reading, the writing process, and creation of effective texts, and effective communications (speaking, listening, and collaborating).
 
Creative Writing 11710G
Prerequisite: English 9 or English 9A and English 9B or Honors English 9

This is an elective class designed to help students develop writing skills. The course focuses on writing, grammar, paragraph structure, and various writing styles. Students will learn how to express thoughts, feelings, and emotions through various types of writing.

Photo-Journalism I 12150G
Prerequisite: A writing and a photography sample
English 10 or English 10A and English 10B or Honors English 10

This course focuses on construction of the yearbook. Students will study aspects of journalistic writing including writing body copy, captions, and headlines. Layout and design as well as salesmanship are essential areas of the class. Students will study the guidelines of photographic composition and are expected to apply the guidelines to class assignments.

Photo-Journalism II 12160G
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism I

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship. Students will be assigned leadership roles as section editors and business managers, and will help in choosing themes and covers, proofreading, and selecting and cropping photographs. This class produces the yearbook.

Photo-Journalism III 12170G
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism II

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship. Students will be assigned leadership roles as section editors and business managers, and will help in choosing themes and covers, proofreading, and selecting and cropping photographs. This class produces the yearbook.

Photo-Journalism IV 12200G
Prerequisite: Photo-Journalism III

This course focuses on advanced mechanics of journalism, photography, layout design, copywriting, proofreading, and salesmanship. Students will be assigned leadership roles as section editors and business managers, and will help in choosing themes and covers, proofreading, and selecting and cropping photographs. This class produces the yearbook.