English Course Descriptions

English I and English I Honors

English I students will study literature, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works, U.S. documents “of historical and literary significance,” excerpts from an entire Shakespearean play, 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 IV

English IV students will study literature, historical documents, informational texts, poetry, drama, biographical works, U.S. documents “of historical and literary significance,” a Shakespearean play, and art from Great Britain and Europe to better gain a basic understanding of the influence of Great Britain’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.