English

  • English I (1 credit)
    Students will study the integrated approach to language, literature, and writing, using the writing process.  Mechanics, composition and skill development in manipulating word structure, spelling, vocabulary, and listening will be included.  Short stories, novels, plays, and poetry will be read and their components studied.

    Prerequisite:  None

  • Honors English I (1 credit)
    Students will develop concepts and skills in the writing process, language, literature, and reading.  Major topics of accelerated instruction will include a study of grammar, vocabulary, formal and informal essay writing.  Short stories, novels, plays, and poetry will be read and their components studied. 

    Prerequisite:  Meet Honors Requirements

  • English II (1 credit)
    This course will focus on a thematic approach to literature, and integrating the writing process.  Students will study the elements of literature, intensive grammar review and review reading and writing skills along with test taking strategies.  The course will also include reference and research preparation.

    Prerequisite:  English I

  • Honors English II (1 credit)
    Students will develop concepts and skills in writing through writing as a process.  Concepts in language, literature, and reading will also be studied.  Major topics of accelerated instruction will emphasize the major forms of writing.  The reading of novels will be encouraged through multiple assignments involving long-fiction.

    Prerequisites:  Meet Honors Requirements and English I

  • English III (1 credit)
    American Literature will be emphasized.  In addition, focus will be placed on the development of library and research skills to culminate in a research paper.  Grammar will be reviewed and taught as writing indicates needs.  The works of major American authors, novels, poetry, and drama will be studied.

    Prerequisites:  English I and II

  • Honors English III (1 credit)
    Students will develop concepts and skills in writing, language, literature, and reading. Major topics of instruction will include essays, novels, and vocabulary development.  American literature from its inception to the present day will be studied.  The research process will be required.  Knowledge of scholarship application process will be provided.

    Prerequisites:  Meet Honors Requirements and English I and II

  • English IV (1 credit)
    Students will review grammar as needed.  Students will complete at least one critical analysis paper. Students will study English literature and the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period through the present day.  A major research paper using MLA format will be required. 

    Prerequisites:  English I, II and III

  • Honors English IV (1 credit)
    Students will review grammar as needed, will write critical essays every six weeks, including one major essay on a major novel.  MLA format will be required.  Library research skills will be emphasized in addition to a historical approach to English Literature.

    Prerequisites:  Meet Honors Requirements and English I, II, and III

  • Dual Credit English IV (1 credit)
    Students will review grammar as needed, will write critical essays every six weeks, including one major essay on a major novel.  MLA format will be required.  Library research skills will be emphasized in addition to a historical approach to English Literature.  Through an agreement with Northwestern State University of Louisiana, students can earn up to six hours of college English credit while earning a high school English IV credit.  In the fall semester, students will be enrolled in English 1010 and in the spring semester, students will be enrolled in English 1020. 

    Prerequisites:  English I, II,  and III, senior status, ACT composite score of 18 and ACT English score of 18 and $100 tuition per semester for NSU credit.

  • Gifted English I, II, III, and IV (1 credit)
    Gifted English is an accelerated English course for students in grades 9-12 who have been evaluated gifted by state requirements.  Honors English credit is earned for the course.  Students are engaged in vocabulary and grammar.  The classes are accelerated in such a manner as to buy time out for extra gifted enrichment activities.  Educational field trips are an additional component of the course.

    Prerequisite:  Must be evaluated as gifted by State Requirements

  • Remedial English
    (May receive 2 remedial credits during High School (this is on all types of remedial classes))

    Students will review basic grammar and composition skills with emphasis on comparison/contrast, persuasive writing and short answer writing.  Several information sources will be used to develop lessons for these students.

    Prerequisites:  A score below the 35th percentile on the ITED test in Reading or Language Arts, or an unsatisfactory score on the Language Arts portion of GEE21.

  • Speech I (1 credit)
    This course surveys the various elements of public speaking, interpretive reading, theater, mass media and competitive speech events.

    Prerequisite:  None

  • Publications I, II (Newspaper) (1 credit each)
    This course will include the basic features of newspaper and magazine journalism.  Journalistic writing, graphics, design, layout, printing process and advertising will be included.

    Prerequisite:  Application submitted

  • Publications I, II (Yearbook) (1 credit each)
    Students will study the elements and processes of magazine and book publishing, including the school yearbook.  Emphasis will be on format, organization, selection of materials, and preparation of copy.

    Prerequisite:  Application submitted