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Upperclassmen Half Year Courses

Writing 3
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II.

Description: This course is a required course for all juniors choosing to take the half-year path of courses. This course is a re-introduction to the writing process focusing on non-fiction writing. Genres addressed will include persuasive writing, expository writing, personal narrative, some college writing, and timed writing. The course will address grade-level appropriate vocabulary and grammar instruction. Students in this course will engage in multiple Type 3 writing assignments and will be required to complete one full Type 5 writing at the end of the course in order to earn credit.

 

Literature 3
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II.

Students may elect to take one of the following Literature 3 concentrations:

Modern American Literature

Description: Students will read a variety of short pieces and novels from contemporary American writers, including a wide selection of works by African-American and Latino writers. Students will write several short papers that reflect critical thinking about literature.

American Sports Literature

Description: The course will examine the participant’s need to express herself/himself through the medium of sports. The course will focus on major issues in the sports world in addition to studying biographical material on a number of athletes. Reading, writing, speaking, listening skills and viewing will be emphasized.

Women’s Literature

Description: This course will focus on the literature of women throughout literary history. Women of various cultures from American and around the world will be represented. This course will require the reading of novels, plays, short stories and essays - in and out of class. Students will focus on critical thinking and writing about literature. Active discussions will require students to be well prepared to voice their views.

Young Adult Literature of the 21st Century

Description: The course in Young Adult Literature of the 21st century will focus on fiction written specifically for young adults from the year 2000 to now. Books will be chosen based upon recommendations from the American Library Association. Students will be required to read a variety of Young Adult Literature of a variety of genres and will be required to respond to the literature in a thoughtful manner. Students in this course will engage in multiple Type 3 and 4 writing assignments.

Writing 4
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Writing 3 or English III.

Description: This course is a one choice of required courses for all seniors choosing to take the half-year path of courses. Writing 4 introduces students to writing required in life past high school. Students will once again work on college writing, persuasive writing, and vocabulary in this course. In addition, students will be introduced to business writing including the resume, cover letter, and appropriate electronic communications (email). The course will address grade-level appropriate vocabulary and grammar instruction. Students in this course will engage in multiple Type 3 and 4 writing assignments and will be required to complete one full Type 5 writing at the end of the course in order to earn credit.

Literature 4
Half year - .5 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of either Literature 3 or English III.

Students may elect to take one of the following Literature 4 concentrations:

Modern World Literature

Description: Following in the footsteps of Modern American Literature, this course will focus on world literature written in the latter part of the 20th century through present day. Students will be exposed to contemporary works from around the globe and will be required to respond to the literature in a thoughtful manner. Students in this course will engage in multiple Type 3 and 4 writing assignments.

American Sports Literature

Note: Students who have successfully completed ENG 312 are ineligible for ENG 412.

Description: The course will examine the participant’s need to express herself/himself through the medium of sports. The course will focus on major issues in the sports world in addition to studying biographical material on a number of athletes. Reading, writing, speaking, listening skills and viewing will be emphasized.

Women’s Literature

Note: Students who have successfully completed ENG 313 are ineligible for ENG 413.

Description: This course will focus on the literature of women throughout literary history. Women of various cultures from American and around the world will be represented. This course will require the reading of novels, plays, short stories and essays - in and out of class. Students will focus on critical thinking and writing about literature. Active discussions will require students to be well prepared to voice their views.

Native American Literature

Description: Native American Mythology and Folklore is an introductory course with a focus on Native Americans with heavy emphasis on those in the New England area. Students will study Native American Myths and will study how various schools of thought have interpreted the myths over time. Students will analyze how modern writers and movie makers interpret the ancient stories. Students in this course will engage in multiple Type 3 and 4 writing assignments.

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