English

Ninth Grade

Tenth Grade

Eleventh Grade

Twelfth Grade

12 credits required for graduation

 

 

 

Required courses:

 

 

 

English 9, or

English 10 or

English 11 or

English 12 or

Advanced English 9

Advanced English 10

AP English Language and Composition

AP English Literature and Composition


English Department Philosophy

The English Department is a vital part of the educational program. We are committed to providing our students with instruction that is consistent and supportive of our Catholic Christian values. Rooted in the Academy’s mission, we strive to educate the whole student: intellectually, spiritually, morally, and emotionally.

The English Department plays a primary role in preparing our students for the world outside of school. Thus, we challenge our students to use the study of literature and language to become responsible, moral, and faith-committed members of their society. The study of literature shows students the relevance of the human experience to their own lives and exposes them to the rich cultural diversity that surrounds them. Instilling a love for reading and an appreciation of language in our students is a prime goal of the department. We encourage our students to be active participants in the learning process and to question themselves, their instructors, and each other. Our students learn to promote change rather than to accept life passively, particularly where it concerns the welfare of others.

To ensure that our students will be successful in the future, we teach effective written and oral communication skills. Realizing that the world is ever changing, instructors attempt to give their students the tools that they will need to speak articulately; to write clearly for various audiences; to use technology effectively and ethically; and to think critically, analytically, and creatively. Our goal is to create life-long learners.

Department Learner Outcomes:

Upon graduation students will:

  • Exhibit competent spoken and written communication.
  • Comprehend demanding literature and technical writing.
  • Demonstrate critical, analytical, creative thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Exhibit broad language and vocabulary skills.
  • Produce effective expository writing.
  • Gain respect for each individual’s diversity and point of view.
  • Experience assigned reading inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Acquire skills and practice for collaborative endeavors.
  • Be well prepared for college, career, and beyond.
  • Be proficient in using technology as a learning and resource tool. 

The Writing Across the Curriculum description can be found in Special Academic Programs.


English 9

3 credits

Prerequisites: None

English 9 is for all freshmen not enrolled in Advanced English 9.

English 9 features an integrated study of grammar which will be demonstrated in writing throughout a student’s career at the Academy of Holy Angels. The students will study Greek and Roman mythology in order to recognize literary allusions and references in future literary works. The students will utilize research and organizational skills and demonstrate what they have learned by performing a minimum of two speeches in front of their respective classes. Students will read and analyze short stories and poetry as well as major works of Farah Ahmedi, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Literature units will include analysis and the writing of five-paragraph themes.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate competency in writing three five-paragraph themes.
  • Students will read and study four major literary works and authors.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.
  • Students will learn to organize and present speeches in public.
  • Students will incorporate technology as an additional learning tool through the use of technology.

Advanced English 9

3 credits

Students must maintain a “C” average to remain in Advanced English.

Prerequisites:
Students wishing to register for Advanced English 9 must take an entrance exam offered in the spring of their eighth-grade year. A student considering Advanced English 9 should excel in English, have a grade of A in English 8, and have a score in the 90th percentile on the placement exam.

Advantages: Weighted grade; Advanced Placement tests junior and/or senior year

This is a class for a student who truly loves to read and who enjoys studying literature, possesses analytical skills, and likes working independently on challenging material. Advanced English 9 offers an in-depth study of Shakespeare, Sophocles, modern and classical novels, poetry, mythology, and short stories. There will be intense study of grammar and usage. The class will focus primarily on writing and critical thinking skills. Students are expected to read assigned texts during major school vacations.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will write several major essays including critical analysis of literature.
  • Students will read, discuss, and analyze works from various genres.
  • Students will make oral presentations.
  • Students will hone critical thinking skills.
  • Students will incorporate technology as an additional learning tool through the use of technology.
  • Students will study and recognize new vocabulary.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

AHA English DepartmentEnglish 10

3 credits

Prerequisites: None

English 10 is for sophomores not enrolled in Advanced English 10.

English 10 is composition and literature-based with emphasis on vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and literary elements. Students will examine diverse literature: Greek, American, British, and world. Selections may include: Catcher in the Rye, Oedipus the King, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Bean Trees, Lord of the Flies, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, short stories, and poetry. Students will write a formal research paper, working on it throughout the trimester. The course lays the foundation for English 11 and 12.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will write several short compositions (expository and creative) each trimester.
  • Students will write one five-paragraph theme of literary analysis each semester.
  • Students will read and study several authors and major literary genres.
  • Students will prepare and give oral presentations.
  • Students will study and recognize new vocabulary words.
  • Students will write a research paper with a rough draft and final copy.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure.

 


Advanced English 10

3 credits

Students must maintain a “C” average to remain in Advanced English.

Prerequisites: Advanced English 9

Advantages: Weighted grade; Advanced Placement tests in junior and/or senior year

Advanced English 10 begins with the history and literature of ancient England with Beowulf and continues with Chaucer and Malory. It includes writers from the Renaissance, the Age of Reason, Romantic Era, and the Victorians. Most selections are poetry and essays; however, the course also includes novels and plays by Shelley, Wilde, Bronte, and Shaw. Shakespeare’s Macbeth is read and analyzed. The students write several essays of literary analysis and are expected to compose creative prose and poetry. Students write a formal research paper.

Students are expected to read assigned novels during major school vacations. They will sharpen their oral and written communication skills as they read, discuss, react, and support their opinions, keep a notebook, write compositions, and work cooperatively with others. 

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will write two major papers of literary analysis and criticism, and several shorter compositions each trimester.
  • Students will survey major authors and literary periods of British literature.
  • Students will study British history as it relates to literature.
  • Students will read and study major literary genres: novels, plays, several short stories and poetry.
  • Students will prepare and give oral presentations.
  • Students will study and recognize new vocabulary.
  • Students will write a research paper with a rough draft and final copy.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure. 

English 11

3 credits

Prerequisites: None

English 11 is for all juniors not enrolled in AP English 11.

This chronological survey of American literature allows students the opportunity to appreciate and understand their literary heritage as they make connections between the past and present. Trimester one begins with short selections of early American literature and The Scarlet Letter, and continues with poetry and selections from the Literary Nationalist era and America’s Golden Era. Trimester two covers mid-19th Century to the 20th Century as students read short stories and novels.

Modern literature includes The Great Gatsby (1925), The Harvest Gypsies (1930s), Death of a Salesman (1940s), Fences (1950s), Fools Crow (1986) and excerpts from The Things They Carried (1990). Students will sharpen their oral and written communication skills as they read, discuss, react and support their opinions, write, and work cooperatively with others.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will write one five-paragraph essay of literary analysis, literary criticism, or research each trimester.
  • Students will write summaries and various short compositions.
  • Students will read and study American authors.
  • Students will study American literature and history and read several genres: non-fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, and plays.
  • Students will prepare and give oral presentations.
  • Students will show competency in mechanics and punctuation.

AHA English DepartmentAP English Language and Composition

3 credits

Students must maintain a "C" average to remain in AP English Language and Composition.

Prerequisites: Advanced English 9, Advanced English 10; or an A average in English and teacher recommendation

Advantages: Advanced Placement Exam in Language and Composition offered in May; College credit through PACC Weighted grade

Students enrolled in AP classes will prepare for and take the AP exam in May. Any waivers must be approved by the instructor and the principal.

This class is for the serious, dedicated English student. Highly demanding, the course is taught as a college course. The student should be able to work independently on both in class and out of class reading and writing assignments. AP English Language and Composition will focus primarily on rhetoric, a survey of American literature and history, and nonfiction.

The class will concentrate on critical reading and rhetorical and stylistic analysis. The goal is to create strong writers. Students will write essays of all types: argumentative, expository, analytical, and personal. They will study a wide variety of forms of literature. They will become familiar with prose from various time periods, disciplines, and rhetorical situations. Instruction includes AP Language and Composition test preparation. Students are expected to read assigned novel during major school vacations.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will read and study many different types of literature.
  • Students will write a wide variety of essays.
  • Students will study and practice rhetorical speech and writing.
  • Students will learn to write for specific audiences and purposes.
  • Students will learn to identify and employ rhetorical strategies.
  • Students will read and study the literature and history of the United States. 

 


English 12

3 credits

Grade Level: 12

For all seniors: this class emphasizes skills that students will need in college courses.

The course will examine the literature of the world thematically. Trimester I will examine universal parallels of a hero through the study of The Iliad, The Aeneid, and other epics. Trimester I will also include a close study of Shakespeare’s Othello. Trimester II and III will focus on themes of reversal and fortune, the power of love, and tyranny and freedom using works by Achebe, Wiesel, Ibsen, Sophocles, Coelho, and many others. The course will incorporate background on the cultural values and context of the works.

Learner Outcomes

  • Students will write critical analysis, creative pieces, satire, comparisons and contrasts.
  • Students will study and recognize new vocabulary words.
  • Students will distinguish and apply the terms of literary analysis.
  • Students will be able to identify, examine, and analyze universal themes found in fiction and nonfiction.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in writing mechanics.

AP English Literature and Composition

3 credits

Students must maintain a "C" average to remain in AP English Language and Composition.

Prerequisites:  Advanced English 9, Advanced English 10, AP English Language and Composition, or an A average in English and teacher recommendation

Advantages: Advanced Placement in Literature and Composition exam offered in May College Credit through PACC Weighted Grade

For the serious, dedicated English student. Highly demanding, the course operates as a college course.

Students enrolled in AP classes will prepare for and take the AP exam in May. Any waivers must be approved by the instructor and the principal.

AP English Literature and Composition examines major pieces of world literature ranging from the classical to the modern. Students will read, discuss and analyze, and write about works by Shakespeare, Voltaire, Beckett, Camus, Sartre, Dostoyevsky, and many others. Additionally, students will study modern poetry, biography, and other forms of expository writing. Writing will be a major component of study, and students will receive instruction in various forms of prose styles. Instruction will include AP Literature and Composition test preparation. Students are expected to read assigned novels during major school vacations.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Students will write four to five major essays per trimester.
  • Students will read and discuss four to five major literary works per trimester.
  • Students will learn to research and use literary criticism.
  • Students will teach a literary work to the class.