ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT

ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS DEPARTMENT

English courses are designed with one major goal--to improve communication skills. Because language skills are essential to all learning, students are required to complete 4 years of English / Language Arts credits. 

9TH ENGLISH: Grade=9, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

The emphasis in this course is placed upon increasing reading comprehension, written communication, and developing depth in critical thinking skills.  Correctness of expression, organization, spelling, and vocabulary are taught through individual exercises and short writing tasks.  Emphasis is placed upon developing the ability of the student to correctly express one or two basic concepts in writing. 

Group related activities are designed to develop student abilities in oral communication, effectively working with others, and aural skills.  Students are introduced to a variety of classic and contemporary literary works.   #1001

9TH ENGLISH HONORS: Grade=9, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

Highly motivated students who take this two-semester course will experience an in-depth study of literary terms and techniques and their application to a variety of literature.  Oral and written composition will stress organization, clarity, grammatical correctness, spelling, and vocabulary.  The Iowa Core Writing Standards will be emphasized.  The academic level is more rigorous and includes more work outside of class. #1000

10TH ENGLISH: Grade=10, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

The purpose of the course is to increase the student's competency in the use of the language, emphasizing building vocabulary and reinforcing the Iowa Core Writing Standards through a research composition.  Using a variety of literature genres as a basis, the course further enables students to express themselves for both social and academic purposes.  Students will investigate texts – literature, nonfiction, and film – as a means of understanding the “human condition.”  #1051

10TH ENGLISH HONORS: Grade=10, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=None

Note:  The best preparation for this class includes 9th Grade Honors English.

This two-semester course, for students with an advanced English aptitude and strong work ethic, fulfills the sophomore year requirement.  Honors English 10 asks students to investigate texts – literature, nonfiction, and film as a means of understanding the “human condition.”  Students will read, discuss, and write in response to a variety of supplemental texts.  Some of these texts will be read and studied as a class, and others will be read independently.  Assessments will primarily take the form of analytical and persuasive essay responses to course readings and discussions.  #1050


11TH ENGLISH: Grade 11, Year = 2CR, No Prerequisite

11th English is a survey course that emphasizes the study of various genres of literature while focusing on strengthening composition skills. Through individual and group assignments, students will improve communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, visual expression, and observation. Literary elements are learned and applied in order to draw conclusions about literature and life. Communication is developed and practiced through a process approach in response to literature and research. Students will be given multiple opportunities to develop and demonstrate understanding of rhetoric and expand skills in literary analysis. Students will compose writings using their understanding of rhetoric regarding issues discussed in class, through papers and journal reflections. Units covered include an introduction to rhetoric and effective persuasion, author’s craft and thematic analysis, dystopian literature, and censorship through novels, poetry, drama, non-fiction, and film. Students will also develop their vocabulary and grammar skills through reading and writing. #1100, 11002

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION: Grade 11, Year = 2CR, No Prerequisite

AP Language and Composition follows the guidelines stipulated by CollegeBoard and require “expository, analytical, and argumentative writing assignments that are based on readings representing a wide variety of prose styles and genres.” The course will emphasize critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis of ideas presented by authors. Students will be reading full-length non-fiction texts throughout the year through their independent reading. In class readings will pull from a broad range of non-fiction essays, film clips, excerpts, political cartoons, editorials, speeches, etc. The instructor will provide direct feedback as well as opportunities for peer review and student self-reflection in order to foster the development of the successful use of rhetorical strategies in students’ writing. #1102

12th ENGLISH: Grade 12, Year = 2CR, No Prerequisite

12th English is a survey course that emphasizes the relationship of language arts skills in everyday life. Through individual and group assignments, students will improve language skills in reading, writing, speaking, visual expression, and observation. Students will evaluate literature in the world around them. Analysis of a variety of genres and visual disciplines will culminate in multiple opportunities to create artifacts. Students will create a personal portfolio and be given multiple opportunities to synthesize their learning throughout this course. Units covered include bias in media, cultural influences, humor and transitional writing for life beyond high school. Students will also develop their vocabulary and grammar skills through reading and writing. #1151, 11512

AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION: Grade 12, Year = 2CR, No Prerequisite

AP Literature and Composition follows the curricular requirements outlined by CollegeBoard and focuses on building the skills necessary for college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking. The texts include works from a variety of time periods and genres, and the writing assignments include in-class essays as well as formal process essays with several opportunities for revision. In this college-level course, you will be asked to read and analyze challenging, provocative, dense, and sometimes controversial material. You will also be expected to come to class prepared to challenge yourself and others with interesting discussion points. #1150

ENGLISH FOR REAL LIFE:  Grade=12, Year=2 CR, No Prerequisite

English is more than just a bunch of boring old stories and painful writing tasks.  In the real world, English skills are critical to survival and success.  The course focuses on creating purposeful, personal, and business communication, and finding a life-long career interest.  This course coversę“˝
•    the skills of finding and keeping jobs. Students research prospective employers and organize a job search plan to track and follow-up on job contacts. Students learn what is expected in most new jobs and how to get along with co-workers. 
•    the job skills of writing resumes and completing applications for employment. Students learn how to complete an assessment of employment history and skills. Students develop an application resource guide, complete applications, and write a resume. 
•    the job skills of letter writing and interviewing. Students write cover letters, follow-up letters, letters accepting or rejecting job offers, and letters of resignation. Students learn the basics of interviewing, including preparing for the interview and responding to and asking appropriate questions. 
•    relevant information and practical application of methods to improve the effectiveness of on-the-job communication. Students demonstrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. The intent of this class is to assist the student in the area of on-the-job communication. This class is designed to prepare the student for the communication skills required to be successful within his or her chosen career. This course will also assist students with researching and finding vocational interests. #1160

ESL (English As A Second Language):
Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite= Level 1 based on the ELPA21

ELS is for students whose primary language is a language other than English

Students learn the basics of reading, writing, listening, and speaking of the English language. The course is taught from an English is the content area perspective. State approved English Language Arts (ELA) standards and English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards are supported by the course content. Students complete a variety of lessons in the content areas of math, science, and social studies to learn English which helps the student become literate in the English language. An ELPA21 score and/or teacher recommendation determine if a student is in need of this class. An ELPA21 score and/or teacher recommendation is also used to determine when a student will move to a general education class and no longer needs ESL services. #1317

COMPREHENSIVE LANGUAGE ARTS 1:
Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite= Teacher Recommendation based on ELPA21 score

CAL11 is for students whose primary language is a language other than English 

Comprehensive Language Arts 1 provides instruction in basic language skills, integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while placing great emphasis on the progress of individual students.  Course content depends upon students’ abilities and may include vocabulary building, improving spelling and grammar, developing writing and composition skills, reading silently or aloud, and improving listening and comprehension skills.  #1213

COMPREHENSIVE LANGUAGE ARTS 2:
Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite= Teacher Recommendation based on ELPA21 score

CLA2 is for students whose primary language is a language other than English

Comprehensive Language Arts 2 continues to provide instruction in basic language skills, integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening, while placing great emphasis on the progress of individual students.  Course content depends upon students’ abilities and may include vocabulary building, improving spelling and grammar, developing writing and composition skills, reading silently or aloud, and improving listening and comprehension skills.  #1214

SPEECH: Grade=11-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Public speaking skills are necessary for success in the 21th century. Students learn the key concepts and basic principles of public speaking and communication. An emphasis is placed on the development of poise, self-confidence, and responsiveness of an effective speaker. Students learn to select material, research effectively, and organize and develop various presentations. Students construct coherent oral messages and communicate these to large groups. Speeches include the following: personal experience, opinion, demonstration, informative, entertaining, and persuasive.  In addition, speaking activities may link to specific careers or include units on argumentation and debate, oral interpretation, drama/theater, radio/television, and ceremonial speeches (commencement, eulogy, tributes, dedication, etc.).  #1251

LITERACY SKILLS 9-10: Grade=9-10, Year= 2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Literacy 9-10 focuses on building comprehension and vocabulary in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Content is derived from English 9 and English 10. Students will develop skills to recognize main ideas and supporting details and analyze the author’s intent. In addition, students will develop oral
and written presentation skills including written expression, conventions of writing, and basic public speaking. All course work aligns with Iowa Core grade level standards. #303

LITERACY SKILLS 11-12: Grade=11-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision

Literacy 11-12 focuses on building comprehension and vocabulary in both fiction and nonfiction texts. Content from 11th and 12th English is modified. Students will develop skills to recognize main ideas and supporting details and analyze the author’s intent. In addition, students will develop oral and written presentation skills including written expression, conventions of writing, and basic public speaking. All course work aligns with Iowa Core grade level standards. #305

LANGUAGE ARTS ELECTIVE COURSE

DRAMA – ACTING: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Acting is a beginning performance and character analysis class.  Acting techniques such as movement, motivation, ensemble building, and character development will be taught and practiced through numerous activities.  Activities will be aimed at self-awareness and discovery by using imagination, focus, concentration, and body movement.  Participation is an important factor in the grading process.  Reading of dramatic literature will supplement the activity process and students will be required to keep a daily reflective journal as well as write monologues and an extensive character analysis.  #1261

DRAMATIC LITERATURE: Grade=10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Dramatic Literature is a course designed to introduce students to the world of theatre and its literature.  The focus of the class will be on dramatic works from various periods in history.  Students will be required to do script writing, read plays aloud, construct projects, and actively participate in play production.  The goal of this course is to help students better understand and appreciate the world of theatre.  #1260

TECHNICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION: Grade 10-12, Semester=1 CR, No Prerequisite

Students focus on script selection and analysis for production.  There will be emphasis on the dramatic structure of a play and students will receive advanced work in stage lighting, make-up, sound, historical research, and costuming. Much of this course is geared around actual stage application and design projects based on higher level thinking.  #1262

WRITING LAB: Grade=9-12, Year=2 CR, Prerequisite=IEP Team Decision, Concurrently Enrolled in an English Course

Written expression, organization, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary are reinforced.  Content for the course is derived from students’ schedules, required English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, or Mathematics courses. The purpose of the course is to provide additional supports for students requiring specially designed instruction. #447    


INDIAN HILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The following Indian Hills Community College courses are offered for concurrent credit.  Successful completion of these courses will result in OHS credit toward graduation AND college credit at IHCC. See proficiency requirements on page 10. OHS discipline and attendance policies apply. 


SPC112 PUBLIC SPEAKING: 
Grade=11-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

The purpose of Public Speaking is to enhance communication skills and to increase student interest and participation within the public and political sphere.  This course will prepare students for informational and formal speaking opportunities, and enable them to critically evaluate the rhetoric of others.  Students will be asked to identify the roles and responsibilities every voice has within a society, including their own.  Students will prepare and deliver 5-7 speeches. #SPC112

ENG105 COMPOSITION 1: 
Grade=12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

Composition 1 emphasizes competent writing skills focusing primarily on expository and analytical writing.  Using critical thinking and close reading skills, students will analyze, organize, and present diverse points of view on various social issues and/or literary works.  The primary focus of the class is writing.  Essays will be based on readings discussed in class.  Therefore, it is essential that students complete any assigned readings prior to class.  #ENG105

ENG106 COMPOSITION 2: 
Grade=12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, Composition 1, IHCC & OHS Credit

Throughout Composition 2, students will practice research writing using the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the American Psychological Association (APA) documentation style.  Students will write a minimum of one expository and persuasive essay of approximately seven-ten pages in length. The topic for these papers will be based on personal knowledge, informal and formal research.  Instruction will focus on organization, logic, evidence and style.  #ENG106

LIT101 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE: 
Grade=11-12, Semester=1 CR, Prerequisite= Proficiency Required, IHCC & OHS Credit

Intro to Literature surveys the basic literary genres. Emphasis is on analysis of fiction, poetry and drama. The student will be expected to read, think, and write critically about literature and to be familiar with basic literary terminology.    #LIT101