High School English

Students must complete four full years of Towle English to qualify for a diploma.

English 9/Introduction to Literature – one credit
In ninth grade, students apply grammatical skills in writing composition based on reading both fiction and poetry.  Figurative language with sound and rhythm patterns with poetry will be introduced and analyzed within poems.  Setting, characterization, plot, inference, point of view, and tone of various fictional readings will be explored as to how they work together to create a theme.  Students are introduced to writing a research paper.  Grammar and vocabulary skills are reinforced through practice. Summer reading and oral presentations are required.  Honors level is also offered.

English 10/ World Literature – one credit
Tenth grade English involves reading literature of the world’s cultures, from ancient to contemporary times, based on universal themes.  Student will study vocabulary, grammar and composition.  Research paper, oral presentations, and summer reading is required. Honors level is also offered.

English 11/American Literature – one credit
Students in eleventh grade English read selections by major authors in major movements of American literature.  Students are acquainted with contemporary historical and intellectual events and learn to recognize themes and symbols from American life in their reading of short stories, poetry and novels.  Essays and examinations will demonstrate student’s knowledge of literary styles and movements.  Vocabulary, composition, an 8-10 page research paper, oral presentations and group projects will be required.  Summer reading is required.  Honors level is also offered.

English 12/British Literature – one credit
Twelfth grade English includes a detailed study of British authors from the origins of the English language to the modern era.  Students study how historical, social, and intellectual movements affected different literary periods.  Essays and examinations will demonstrate student’s knowledge of literary styles and movements.  Vocabulary, composition, a 10-12 page research paper, oral presentations and group projects will be required.  Summer reading is required.  Honors level is also offered.