English

  • Diane Tancredi, Department Chairperson – MVHS
  • Karen Lawson, Department Chairperson – NVHS
  • Diana Schill, Department Chairperson – WVHS

A student must be registered in a core English course each semester. The curriculum builds language skills sequentially from freshman through senior levels. Writing-based courses introduce, develop, and refine student skills in all aspects of the writing process including literary analyses, personal essays, and creative writings. In addition, reading development is approached through the various literature studied in each course. Literature at the high school level contains mature content.

The first THREE years of English course work consist of three full-year core courses: English 1, 2 and 3. Senior year, the student must take a minimum of two semester courses from the list of senior choices.

The Communication Electives (special-interest courses) may be taken in addition to the core curriculum, but do not count toward fulfillment of English requirements for graduation.

Because Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) course work is accelerated and more sophisticated, upper level work of high quality in a compacted time frame is demanded of students. The English Department has developed a recommendation process for student placement. These placement criteria are indicators of performance levels or standards for the Honors or AP courses and are available from the English Department.

English Course Listings

FRESHMAN COURSES

Course# Title Level Recommended prior course work includes
ENGL1001 English 1-Academic Literacy and Composition Yr. 9 Does not meet NCAA requirement
ENGL1020 English 1-Literature, Language and Composition Yr. 9
ENGL1000H English 1-Honors Literature, Language and Composition Yr. 9 Teacher recommendation

SOPHOMORE COURSES

COURSE# TITLE LEVEL RECOMMENDED PRIOR COURSE WORK INCLUDES
ENGL2002 English 2-Academic Literacy and Composition Yr. 10 Does not meet NCAA requirement
ENGL2000 English 2-American Literature and Composition Yr. 10
ENGL2000H English 2-Honors American Literature and Composition Yr. 10
ENGL2025B English 2-American Society (2-period block) Yr. 10

JUNIOR COURSES

COURSE# TITLE LEVEL RECOMMENDED PRIOR COURSE WORK INCLUDES
ENGL3000 English 3-Comparative Studies and Composition Yr. 11
ENGL3000A English 3-Advanced Placement Language and Composition Yr. 11
ENGL3000R English 3-Comparative Studies and Composition Yr. 11

Juniors not in ENGL3000R or ENGL3000A must take ENGL3000.

SENIOR COURSES

Course# Title Level Recommended prior course work includes
ENGL4000R English 4 – Media Communication and Composition Yr. 12 Does not meet NCAA requirement
ENGL4003A English 4-Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Yr. 12

Seniors not in ENGL4000 or ENGL4003A must take two courses from the following seven choices:

Course# Title Level Recommended prior course work includes
ENGL4001 English 4-Composition and Media Sem. 12  Does not meet NCAA requirement
ENGL4002 English 4-20th Century Literature and Composition Sem. 12
ENGL4004 English 4-Poetry and Composition Sem. 12
ENGL4012 English 4-World Literature 1 and Composition Sem. 12
ENGL4013 English 4-World Literature 2 and Composition Sem. 12
ENGL4007 English 4-Philosophy through Literature and Composition Sem. 12
ENGL4008 English 4-Communication and Composition Sem. 12

COMMUNICATION ELECTIVES

Course# Title Level Recommended prior course work includes
ENGL2012 Public Speaking Sem. 10-12 None
ENGL2013 Theatre Arts I Sem. 9-12 None
ENGL2014 Theatre Arts 2 Sem. 9-12 Theatre Arts I
ENGL2015 Creative Writing I Sem. 10-12 None
ENGL2016 Creative Writing 2 Sem. 10-12 Creative Writing I
ENGL2017 Newspaper Journalism Yr. 10-12 Instructor Approval
ENGL2018 Yearbook Journalism Yr. 10-12 Instructor Approval
ENGL2002L Reading – Academic Literacy Yr. 9 Placement required
ENGL1035 Literacy Strategies 1 Yr. 9 Placement required
ENGL2023 Literacy Strategies 2 Yr. 10 Placement required
ENGL3022 Literacy Strategies 3 Yr. 11 Placement required
ENGL2034C Online African American Literature Sem. 10-12 None