English Course Descriptions

Required English Courses


English I & Honors English I

Prerequisite: None

English I students will study literature, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works, historical documents, and art from all genres to gain knowledge of culture, current events and themselves. They will gain the reading and writing skills necessary to write, analyze and evaluate detailed arguments. By the end of English I, students will read and understand increasingly complex texts at the upper end of ninth grade reading range.


English II & Honors English II

Prerequisite: English I

English II students will study literature, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works, historical documents, and art  from the Americas (Caribbean, Central, South, and North), Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East to come to a better understanding of world cultures, contemporary issues, and their world. They will fine tune the reading and writing skills necessary to write, analyze and evaluate detailed arguments. By the end of English II, students will read and understand increasingly complex texts at the upper end of the tenth grade reading range. Students are required to take the North Carolina English II End of Course Exam.


English III & Honors English III

Prerequisite: English II

English III students will study literature, historical documents, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works, and art from the United States to gain a better understanding of the U.S. in terms of history, literature and culture. They will develop the complex literacy skills necessary to compile information from sources into a meaningful and well written original text. By the end of English III, students are expected to read and understand increasingly complex texts at the high end of the 11th grade reading range.


Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Prerequisite: English II

This intensive, college-level course emphasizes the rhetorical structures of effective writing. Students study American Literature and its relationship to the historical and cultural trends of American society. An AP English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement.


English IV & Honors English IV

Prerequisite: English III

English IV students will study literature, historical documents, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works,  historical documents, and art from Great Britain and Europe to better gain a basic understanding of the influence of Europe’s history on world literature and culture. They will master the complex literacy skills necessary to gather and evaluate information into various kinds of original writing. By the end of English IV, students are expected to read and understand increasingly complex texts at the upper end of the twelfth grade reading range.


Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition

Prerequisite: English III

This intensive, college-level course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.