ENGLISH

9TH GRADE ENGLISH:

Students will strengthen reading skills as they study fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Their study of writing will include business letters and a variety of essays. Vocabulary and speaking fundamentals will be addressed and practiced. Students will explore career opportunities and learn research skills, and will work with research resources.

Grades: 9 (full year)
Prerequisites: None.

ADVANCED 9TH GRADE ENGLISH:

Advanced 9th grade English meets the 9th grade English requirements. Additionally, this is an in-depth, accelerated English course with high performance standards. This course includes independent completion of comprehensive projects and extensive outside reading. Advanced English courses are pre-cursors to AP English classes.

Grades: 9 (full year)
Prerequisites: "B" or better in 8th grade English.

10TH GRADE ENGLISH I:

This course will specifically focus on the development of reading skills and strategies in the context of the larger 10th grade English curriculum. Students must meet established criteria for placement in this class.

Grades: 10 (full year)
Prerequisites:

10TH GRADE ENGLISH:

Students will develop reading strategies as part of an introduction to the study of world literature, which includes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. They will use the writing process to produce a variety of essays. Students will work on vocabulary skills, make oral presentations. The focus of the instruction in this class is preparation for the WASL.

Grades: 10 (full year)
Prerequisites: 9th English passed

ADVANCED 10TH GRADE ENGLISH:

Advanced 10th grade English meets the 10th grade English requirements. Additionally, this is an in-depth, accelerated English course with high performance standards. This course includes independent completion of comprehensive projects and extensive outside reading. Advanced English courses are pre-cursors to AP English classes.

Grades: 10 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

AMERICAN CULTURAL LITERACY:

This is a full-year, required course for students who have shown proficiency on the reading and writing portions of the WASL or successful completion of the Intermediate English course. This is the "core course" of American literature and will include readings in American Literature, culture, and history. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of American Culture.

Grades: 11, 12 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, WASL proficiency, or successful completion of Intermediate English course.

AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY:

This challenging, full-year class will focus on the major movements and themes of American literature. The reading and writing will help prepare students for college level work. This course is intended for students who have achieved proficiency in the reading and writing sections of the WASL.

Grades: 11, 12 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation / WASL proficiency

INTERMEDIATE ENGLISH:

This is a full-year class required for students who need to improve their writing and reading skills to the level of WASL proficiency. Students will work through a variety of valuable writing tasks that will help them develop into proficient writers. Students will also learn and practice a variety of explicit reading skills integrated with the various writing practices.

Grades: 11, 12 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

CREATIVE WRITING

Students will learn and practice writing skills of narration, description, dialogue, point of view, and tone. Major papers include short stories, poetry, personal narrative, review/critique, informal essay, and non-fiction. Students will also study works and techniques of professional writers, as well as review standard usage, spelling, and punctuation.

Grades: 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

CLASSICAL WORLD LITERATURE I:

This class will focus on the reading of classical literary works, including Greek epics, Shakespeare, as well as ancient and modern myths. There will be an introduction to philosophical considerations and their applications to current events.

Grades: 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

CLASSICAL WORLD LITERATURE II:

This class is an extension of Classical World Literature I. The emphasis will be on classical literature of the 19th century and self-selected modern literature from the 20th century. A student-determined project based on self-selected literature is also required.

Grade: 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation (Students may take CWL II without completing CWL I.)

ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION:

Students will study and write various analytical essays on literary and non-literary topics. The students will become skilled readers of prose and poetry written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and be able to compose skillfully in narrative, expository, and argumentative forms.

Grades: 11, 12 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION:

This course offers demanding college level study at the high school level for seniors. In this class students will learn the skills of close reading, college level essay composition, and they will become literate about some of the major intellectual movements and themes in Western literature.

Grades: 11, 12 (full year)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES:

This course for college bound students concentrates on teaching skills for college writing. Students will receive instruction and practice in writing tightly controlled compositions with clear ideas, unified thoughts, and correct mechanics and usage. The students will become familiar with traditional and technological resources available in a library and how to use them. Students will learn the research process and then use it to produce a complete, thoroughly documented, research paper.

Grades: 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.

SPORTS LITERATURE:

This course integrates reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills dealing with the themes and topics of sports. The class also covers the key elements of literature (plot, theme, setting, etc.).

Grades: 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: None

SCIENCE FICTION:

Students will study Science Fiction as an important genre in the history of literature. Through thematic studies of important novels and short works, students will examine Sci-fi from its origin to its present-day forms and explore the effects of technology on the modern world.

Grades: 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: None

JOURNALISM

Students will write different types of newspaper stories and will be responsible for the editorial production of the Breeze, the school newspaper. This class collaborates with Visual Communication II to produce the school newspaper.

Grades: 10, 11, 12 (semester or full year)
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.
NOTE: Students who are planning to attend a four-year college or university MUST take eight semesters of college-prep English. Journalism MAY NOT count as an English Class for this purpose

DRAMA I:

This class teaches theater history and stage terminology. Play critiquing is emphasized as well as beginning acting techniques. In-class participation in the stagecraft of an Oak Harbor High School production may be required.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: None.
NOTE: Qualifies for fine arts or English credit.

DRAMA II:

Improving acting skills, physical techniques, and voice control are emphasized. Performance in one-acts and in-class contributions to stagecraft of an Oak Harbor High School production may be required.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation.
NOTE: Qualifies for fine art or English credit.

ORAL COMMUNICATION:

This course will emphasize the development of communication skills (i.e. listening, visuals, verbal, nonverbal) using a variety of multimedia in small and large group settings.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: None

DEBATE IA:

This course is geared to highly motivated, self-directed, independent learners who seek intellectual challenges. It incorporates research, writing, and performing in preparation for forensics competitions.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher permission.

DEBATE IB:

This second semester debate class will focus on the in-depth study of logic. It will also provide the opportunity to apply debate skills through Student Congress and Mock Trial. This course can be repeated yearly.

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester)
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation. Students may enter this course without taking Debate IA

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL):

This course is designed to build language proficiency and focuses on developing speaking and listening skills by enhancing self-confidence and promoting appreciation for all cultures. This course is offered after school, 7th period, for all eligible students. Students are grouped in regular classes for support as they earn credit toward high school graduation. Students are monitored daily and may receive assistance during their regular class periods.

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12 (semester) 7th period
Prerequisites: Must be in ESL program or recommended by a counselor.

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