English Curriculum

  • Mashpee High School English Curriculum

     

    Course Description

     

     

     

     

     

    English – Grade 9 (H, CP)                                                                             1 unit

    Grade 9 English is designed as a survey course that will expose students to a variety of literary genres and cultural perspectives. Emphasis will be on developing competence in reading, writing, critical thinking, language skills, and expository speech. Literature studied will range from traditional to modern and include novels, plays, epics, short stories, poetry and non- fiction. Writing will focus on development of written expression, organization, research and use of proper MLA format. Writing assignments will include: outlines, essays, short stories and business letters. A three to five page research paper will be required. Awareness of cultural diversity and an understanding and acceptance of individual differences will be discussed. Literary concepts stressed: allegory, allusion, antagonist, aside, assonance, epic, epithet, foreshadowing, hyperbole, imagery, irony, metaphor, point of view, prologue, protagonist, pun, rhyme, rhyme scheme, setting, simile and stage directions.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    English – Grade 10 (H, CP)                                                                           1 unit

     

    Grade 10 English is designed to be an in-depth consideration of American literature based on a chronological format. The course offers an integrated program of study in the refinement of skills in critical thinking, critical reading/viewing, composition, research and listening. The student will critically read, respond to, analyze and evaluate a wide variety of American literature from all genres. Students will be provided with concentrated instruction in writing several types of expository and persuasive pieces. Essay topics emerge from the literature studied during the course with an emphasis on preparation for the MCAS/SAT. Students will also complete a three to five page literature-based research paper. Activities such as class discussions, individual and group projects including but not limited to incorporating technology, will be developed to help students increase proficiency in listening and speaking. Literary concepts stressed: allegory, blank verse, dialect, flashback, gothic literature, modernism, naturalism, onomatopoeia, realism, rhyme scheme, stream of consciousness, symbolism, tone and transcendentalism.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

     

    English – Grade 11 (H, CP)                                                                           1 unit

    Grade 11 English is designed to be an in-depth consideration of British literature. Most writing, reading, listening and speaking assignments will be related to the study of British authors and their works. Literature studied will range from Anglo-Saxon to modern times. An emphasis will be placed on a thorough understanding of the time periods involved. Fiction covered will include epics, drama, short stories, poetry and novels. Non-fiction will include memoirs, essays, literary criticism and letters. Literary devices such as analogy, antithesis, connotation/denotation, couplet, hyperbole, iambic pentameter, satire, parody, romanticism, soliloquy, primary source, lyric and paradox will be explored. Writing will focus on critical essays, creative writing, college application essays and formal research papers.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    English – Grade 12 (H, CP)                                                                           1 unit

    Grade 12 English is designed to be an in-depth consideration of World Literature. The course will explore various cultures from the perspective of their major writers, from classical to modern. Most writing assignments will be concerned with interpreting literature, but special attention will be paid to college essays in the first half of the year and research papers in the second half of the year. Literary terms to be mastered will include Bildungsroman, ambiguity, anti-hero, archetype, comic relief, diction, farce, free verse, genre, hyperbole, pastoral, pathos, repetition, rhetorical question, stanza and syntax.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Advanced Placement Literature and Composition                                        1 unit

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and grade of B+ or better in English 11 (CP) or C or better in English 11 (H)

    Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition is designed to be an extremely rigorous exercise in reading, thinking, analyzing and writing. Although this course is primarily an intensive literature survey, it will provide continued exposure in each of the traditional areas of language arts. Vocabulary enrichment, composition, speech and college-level study skills will be included. While a balance between teacher and student activity will be struck, students must understand that they accept a major responsibility in electing this course. To be successful, students will need to be highly motivated self-starters who can manage independent projects. Ideally, the course will culminate with the students passing the AP Literature and Composition exam in May. Students will be required to complete a summer reading list.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Advanced Placement English Language (AP)                                               1 unit

    This class is open to Juniors and Seniors who meet the prerequisites.

    Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation and grade of B+ or better in English 10(CP) or 11(CP) or C or better in 10(H) or 11(H)

    Advanced Placement English Language is intended to be a very rigorous exercise in reading, thinking, analyzing and writing. It is a course that prepares students for the English Language Advanced Placement Examination. Topics of study include an introduction of rhetorical analysis, elements of argument and analysis of visual rhetoric. Non-fiction texts (speeches, essays, memoirs, etc.) will be featured, but some relevant fiction will also be required reading. Students taking AP English must assume a major responsibility to complete work. To be successful, students will need to be highly motivated self-starters able to manage independent topics. Students will be required to complete a summer reading list.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Shakespeare for Everyone (H)                                                                      ½ unit

    This course is designed to provide students with reading and writing experiences in preparation for college work. This class offers students an opportunity to complete an in-depth study of some of Shakespeare’s best known works. Students will read and view film adaptations of the classic tragedies “Macbeth” and “Julius Caesar” and comedies “Much Ado About Nothing”, “As You Like it” and “The Tempest”. While performing is not the major thrust of this course, students will have the opportunity to perform and analyze sections of the plays. Students will write analytical essays, criticisms, evaluative essays, research essays and creative writings in drama.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Creative Writing (H)                                                                                      ½ unit

    This course is designed for students with demonstrable skills in writing. Works of professional writers will be analyzed and studied in terms of style, structure, technique and genre. Producing original essays, poetry, short stories and dramas will be the focus of this class. Instructional methods include the use of writing journals, peer-editing, character observation and performance, improvisation and related audio-visual materials. Students will be encouraged to submit their works for publication in professional periodicals, enter local, state and national contests, as well as create their own class publication.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Film as Literature (H)                                                                                    ½ unit

    Students enrolled in this course study film as an art form and as a form of communication. They are taught to “read” a film, analyzing its narrative structure, genre conventions, sub-text, technical and artistic factors and purpose. In addition, students examine how films often reflect the times and conditions in which they are made, and conversely, how motion pictures

    sometimes help shape attitudes and values in society. This course will enhance the analytical and critical thinking skills of the students.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Maritime Literature (CP)                                                                               ½ unit

    This course will combine a study of literature of the sea with elements of nautical sciences such as navigation, sailing and marine biology in order to draw significant conclusions about the importance of our maritime heritage. The text used will be American Sea Writing: A Literary Anthology, an extensive collection of maritime literature including fiction, non-fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present. Classics by such authors as Irving, Cooper, Melville, Twain and London are included as well as more modern offerings from writers such as Langston Hughes, Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Bishop and John McPhee. The combination of sea stories and maritime concepts, along with visit to local resources such as Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Whydah Museum and the New Bedford Whaling Museum will impart in the students a deeper appreciation for the sea and the ways in which maritime history has helped shape both our regional and national identity.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Adventure Literature (CP)                                                                            ½ unit

    This course is for students who wish to explore exiting first-hand accounts of adventure. For seniors contemplating graduation and what comes next, this is a timely class due to the focus on mental and physical challenge, personal growth and the courage to make tough choices. The class will study popular works of non-fiction such as The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition and Into Thin Air; A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster. Students will explore the fundamental psychological and cultural reasons why humans feel the need to push themselves to master great challenges, as well as look at the role adventure has played and continues to play in popular culture. The course will also examine the literary elements used by authors to create interesting and successful adventure narratives. Opportunities to practice non-fiction writing will be offered.

     

    Open to students in grade 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 6

     

    Introduction to Poetry (H, CP)                                                                      ½ unit

    This course is designed to help students understand and appreciate poetry through the study of a representative group of poems. This course will explore the following: Why write or read a poem, rather than an essay, novel or screenplay? The course will grapple with the question by focusing on the formal elements of poetry (sound effects, rhythm and meter, closed vs. open forms, diction, imagery, symbolism, allusion, etc.) and their relationship to meaning(s). This course will require various methods of presentation: lecture, discussion, listening/reading, group activities, audio-visual presentations and weekly writing labs.

     

    Open to students in grade 10, 11 and 12.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

     

    Public Speaking (H, CP)                                                                                 ½ unit

    Public Speaking is an activity oriented course designed to give students experience in a variety of speaking situations. Students present demonstrative, informative, and persuasive speeches in addition to participating in group discussion, debate and oral interpretation of literature. Emphasis is placed on preparing (research and organizational skills), delivering speeches, non verbal language, impromptu speeches, and language use, and word pronunciation. Students who are involved currently in school activities wherein an ability to speak in public is desirable or who are planning on careers wherein that skill would be a real advantage are urged to elect the course. This course is NOT intended as a replacement for a required English course.

    Learning Expectations emphasized: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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