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The English Department teachers are committed to providing high quality instruction designed to encourage students to become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers. Our courses introduce students to every literary genre: fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama. At all grade levels, we strive to teach our students the writing and verbal skills needed to make them successful communicators in the academic, professional and business worlds.

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103    9 ENGLISH Honors 

2Credits     (OneEnglish/One Elective)                                                            Grade9

Thishighly intensive, full year course will continue to emphasize mastery in theseareas:  reading comprehension,writing skills  (narrative,informational, and persuasive modes), vocabulary, grammar, and usage.  This English course develops mastery inspelling, mechanics, usage, and vocabulary, as well as improvement in sentence,paragraph, and essay development. Students will develop the skills necessary to compose a multitude offormal papers based on their reading. Students will engage in a wide variety of written and oral activitiesand projects relevant to the literature being read.  Great emphasis is placed on MLA-format and MLA-styleresearch.  Students must be highlymotivated, serious students of language and literature who are prepared tocommit to developing the sophisticated critical and analytical skills necessaryto enter AP English in the 12th grade. Students will be expected to engage in self-directed activities thatrequire above average reading and writing skills. Students will be expected toengage in self-directed activities that require above average reading andwriting skills and a great deal of personal responsibility.  Students will have the opportunity toread independently, books of their choice during Reading Workshop.  For maximum success, students must behighly self-motivated and be prolific readers and writers.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

106    9 ENGLISH College Prep

2Credits     (OneEnglish/One Elective)                                                           Grade9

Thisintensive, full year course will continue to build mastery in these areas:  reading comprehension, writing skills,vocabulary, grammar, and usage. Students will compose numerous papers using all three modes of writing:narrative/imaginative, informational, and persuasive.  A comprehensive approach to writing through emphasis onorganization, content, focus, style, and conventions prepares 9th graders tomeet the challenges they will face throughout high school.  A variety of reading and writingstrategies are taught to promote better and more prolific readers and writers.  Students are introduced to MLA formatand MLA research techniques. Teachers set high standards and place strong focus on personalresponsibility and pride in personal success. The intent of the full year 9thgrade English program is to produce students who feel confident in all of theirliteracy skills and who understand the importance and necessity of masteringtheir language.  Students will havethe opportunity to read independently, books of their choice during ReadingWorkshop.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

109    9 ENGLISH Career/College Prep

2Credits     (OneEnglish/One Elective)           Selected Enrollment         Grade9

Thisintensive, full year course will continue to build mastery in the fundamentalskills of communication by providing training in the following areas:  listening, speaking, reading, writing,reasoning, vocabulary, grammar, and usage.  Students will develop the necessary skills to composenumerous papers using all three modes of writing: narrative/imaginative,informational, and persuasive.  Acomprehensive approach to writing through emphasis on organization, content,focus, style, and conventions prepares 9th graders to meet the challenges theywill face throughout high school. A variety of reading and writing strategies are taught to promote betterand more prolific readers and writers. Teachers set high, yet achievable standards and place strong focus onpersonal responsibility and pride in personal success.  The intent of the full year 9th gradeEnglish program is to produce students who feel confident in all of theirliteracy skills and to understand the importance and necessity of masteringtheir language.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

127G   GA ENGLISH 9-10-11

2Credits (One English/One Elective)         SelectedEnrollment                  Grades9,10,11

Read180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs ofall students.  The program directly addresses individual needs throughadaptive instructional software, high-interest fiction and nonfiction, anddirect instruction in reading and writing skills.   This programconsists of four groups, whole group instruction, small group instruction,modeled and independent reading, and instructional software.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

115    10 ENGLISH Honors

1Credit                                                                                                 Grade10

Thiscourse will emphasize mastery of the fundamental skills of communication byproviding training in listening, speaking, reading, writing, andreasoning.  All standard-Englishcourses stress growth in spelling, mechanics, usage, and vocabulary as well asimprovement in sentence, paragraph, and essay development.  Students will develop the necessaryskills to compose formal papers based on their reading.  Students will engage in a wide varietyof written and oral activities and projects relevant to the literature beingread.  Students should be highlymotivated, serious students of language and literature who are prepared tocommit to developing the sophisticated critical thinking and composition skillsnecessary to enter AP English in the 12th grade.  Students will be expected to engage in self-directedactivities, which require above average reading and writing skills.

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation

 

116    10 ENGLISH College Prep           

1Credit                                                                                                 Grade10

Thiscourse will emphasize mastery of the fundamental skills of communication byproviding training in listening, speaking, reading, writing, andreasoning.  All Standard Englishcourses stress growth in spelling, mechanics, usage, and vocabulary as well asimprovement in sentence, paragraph, and essay development.  Students will develop the necessaryskills to compose formal papers based on their reading.  Students will engage in a wide varietyof written and oral activities and projects relevant to the literature beingread.

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation

 

120    10 ENGLISH FLEX Career/College Prep                   

2Credits (1 English/1 Elective)                                                                    Grade10

Thiscourse stresses basic communication skills.  It meets for a full year.  Emphasis will be placed upon bringing students to the statestandard proficiency levels in reading and writing.  Students will receive training in clear and proficientwritten expression.  Students willhave the opportunity to improve their speaking, listening, and reading skillsby participating in classroom activities. This course is designed for those students who area enrolled in thelearning support program.

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

127 W   GA ENGLISH 9-10-11

2Credits (One English/One Elective)         SelectedEnrollment                  Grades9,10,11

Read180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs ofall students.  The program directly addresses individual needs throughadaptive instructional software, high-interest fiction and nonfiction, anddirect instruction in reading and writing skills.   This programconsists of four groups, whole group instruction, small group instruction, modeledand independent reading, and instructional software.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

130   11 ENGLISH Honors
1 Credit                                                                                          Grade11
This course addresses major social, political, artistic, intellectual, andliterary movements in America from 1600 to the present. Emphasis is placed onwriting, reading, academic research and critical thinking skills. Students arerequired to prepare regular writing assignments and oral presentations based onassigned course readings and texts of their own choosing, including a majorliterary research project.  The course will examine a number of canonicalworks of fiction and poetry, along with supplemental non-fiction articles,while simultaneously examining traditionally underprivileged voices in the Americanexperience. Students will be well prepared to make the transition to AdvancedPlacement English in their senior year.      
Prerequisite: B average or better in previous Honors level social studies andEnglish courses or an A average or better in previous College Prep level socialstudies and English courses, along with a teacher recommendation.  A summer reading assignment, whichspringboards into the first unit of study, is a requirement that needs to becompleted by the first day of school.

 

132    11 ENGLISH College Prep

2Credits  (1 English/1 Elective)                                                               Grade11       

Thisyear long course offers students an interesting perspective on our country’spolitical, social and cultural development by requiring students to read andrespond to the literature produced by its most prominent writers. Emphasis isplaced on writing, reading, and critical thinking skills. A number of majorliterary works, both fiction and non-fiction, will be examined in depththroughout the course. Students will engage in a wide variety of written andoral activities and projects relevant to the works being studied.  An American authors’ analysis researchpaper will be required. Grammar, vocabulary, SAT and KEYSTONE Reading and Writingprep are incorporated throughout the course. A summer reading assignment is arequirement that must be completed before the first full day of school.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation

 

136    11 ENGLISH Career/College Prep Flex

2Credits (1 English/1 Elective)                                                               Grade11

Theyearlong course focuses on important fiction and non-fiction works of Americanliterature. Emphasis is placed on the development of language arts skills,including reading, writing and critical thinking. Some major literary workswill be examined in depth throughout the course.  Students will engage in written and oral activities andprojects relevant to the works being read.  Grammar and vocabulary are on-going components of thecourse.  The course will also focuson developing writing skills stressing essay organization, use of vocabulary,proper mechanics and knowledge of content during the creation of informational,persuasive, and personal narrative paragraphs and short essays.  Students will also spend time preparingto succeed on the KEYSTONE reading and writing assessments.  A research paper on a chosen career isrequired, as well as a summer reading assignment.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

127B     GA ENGLISH 9-10-11

2Credits (One English/One Elective)         SelectedEnrollment                  Grades9,10,11

Read180 is an intensive reading intervention program designed to meet the needs ofall students.  The program directly addresses individual needs throughadaptive instructional software, high-interest fiction and nonfiction, anddirect instruction in reading and writing skills.   This programconsists of four groups, whole group instruction, small group instruction,modeled and independent reading, and instructional software.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

142    12 ENGLISH College Prep

1 Credit                                                                                                 Grade12

Thiscourse will emphasize mastery of the fundamental skills of communication byproviding training in listening, speaking, reading, writing, andreasoning.  Growth in spelling,mechanics, usage, and vocabulary as well as improvement in sentence, paragraph,and essay development are stressed. Students will develop the necessary skills to compose formal papersbased on their reading.  Studentswill engage in a wide variety of written and oral activities and projectsrelevant to the literature being read. A summer reading project isrequired.  Successful completion ofa research paper and a formal speech based on the paper are graduationrequirements. 

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation

 

143    12 ENGLISH Career/College Prep

1Credit                                                                                                 Grade12

Thesecourses stress basic communication skills.  At all grade levels, students will receive training in clearand proficient written expression. Students will have the opportunity to improve their speaking, listening,and reading skills by participating in classroom activities.  Successful completion of a researchpaper is a graduation requirement

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation   

 

144    12 ENGLISH General Academic

1Credit                                SelectedEnrollment                                         Grade12

Thiscourse mirrors the themes and skills emphasized in the traditional English CCPprogram.  It will stress growth offundamental skills of communication by providing training in listening,speaking, reading, and writing. All language arts courses stress the development of mechanics,vocabulary and usage, as well as improvement in sentence and paragraphdevelopment.  Students will alsoimprove on skills needed to compose formal papers based on their readings.  In addition, they will engage in a widevariety of written and oral activities and projects related to the literaturebeing read.  There is a careercomponent at this level.  Thiscourse is designed for those students who are enrolled in the learning supportprogram.  Successful completion ofa research paper is a graduation requirement.  Students will take an active role in readers’ workshop,where they will be required to read a novel independently at their individualreading level.

Prerequisite:  Teacher recommendation and IEP

 

145    AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT) ENGLISH – LITERATURE

2Credits                                                                                             Grade12

Studentsenrolled in the Advanced Placement Literature have elected to experience acollege level course.  The courseexplores sophisticated material in all the genres and requires highly developedreading and writing skills.  Coursedemands include frequent writing assignments and seminar discussions in whichparticipation is essential. Successful completion of a literary research paper is a graduationrequirement.  Depending uponenrollment, this course may be part of an AM pairing beginning at 7:25 AMeveryday.

Collegeslook favorably on students taking this challenging course and the AP test inMay.  The AP test is required inorder to earn AP credit.

Prerequisite:Teacher recommendation and Parent Signature Page.        

 

151    PLAY PERFORMANCE 1

152    PLAY PERFORMANCE 2/3

1Credit                                                                                         Grades10, 11, 12

PlayPerformance is for those who are highly interested in the performing arts andwho have also demonstrated acting talent in the pre-requisite DramaticArts.  Students must earn an A inDramatic Arts and obtain a recommendation from the acting teacher in order toroster for this advanced course. The major emphasis is placed upon script analysis, performance,directing, and research, and technical production skills.  Actors will discover the various stepsof performance and production, gaining experience with both internal andexternal acting technique. Students will explore the Stanislavski system, as well as otheracting/directing methods.  Studentswill be given the opportunity to participate in frequent evening field trips tothe theater as extended learning experiences.  Though these trips and visitations from assortedprofessional performers, students will develop a deeper understanding andappreciation of theatre arts. Although class will be applying what they learn before selectedaudiences on a regular basis, this is by no means the only goal for thecourse.  Students will complete anextensive dramaturgy project as a final exam for the course.  In addition, students will developadvanced communication skills, leadership, and directing techniques, and thetools for critiquing performances. Class materials will range from student-authored monologues to formalplay scripts.  Theatre games andphysical/vocal warm-ups will be taught. Actors must be ready to read, discuss, analyze, write, exercise,rehearse, perform, direct, and research. Thos interested in pursuing performing arts in college and as a possiblecareer choice will be given guidance and direction.  Students may be required to take Dramatic Arts more thanonce before they are permitted to enroll in Play Performance.

Prerequisite:Dramatic Arts and Teacher recommendation

   

161    DRAMATIC ARTS

1Credit                                                                                        Grades9, 10, 11, 12

DramaticArts is designed to develop each individual’s performance talent and ability towork successfully in pairs and groups on creative projects.  Students will develop actingtechniques, confidence, cooperative skills, and stage presence.  The class will concentrate on learningmethods for building a believable character.  These techniques include sensory awareness, physical andvocal work, stage movement, emotional work, script analysis, and characterdevelopment.  Students willexperience monologue and scene work with focus partners and extended rehearsalgroups.  Performers will also learnto give and accept constructive criticism as a valuable learning tool.  The semester will end with a fullproduction, utilizing the skills acquired in rehearsal and performance.  The production will be shared withselected audiences.  No priorexperience is necessary.  Studentsmay take no more than two semesters of Dramatic Arts for full credit.

 

162     SPEECH/COMMUNICATION   

1Credit                                                                                        Grades9, 10, 11, 12

Thiscourse will concentrate on improving the student’s ability to research, toorganize ideas, to defend a position, and to communicate effectively.  These valuable skills will benefitclass members in other classes in high school and college.  Effective speaking skills are also amust in today’s workplace. Coursework will include individual, team, and group efforts.  Each group member will develop skillsin decision-making, cooperation, and leadership.

 

Experienceswill include speeches designed to teach, inform, persuade, and motivate.  Students will become familiar withimpromptu speeches and also learn the art of debate through point/counterpointmini debates as well as formal speeches. Presentations will be filmed for the purpose of self and groupevaluation.  On-camera skills willbe developed, as will resume and job interviewing skills.  Speakers will learn to give and takeconstructive criticism as they move towards becoming more relaxed, confident,poised, and prepared communicators.

 

165    JOURNALISM

1Credit                                                                                        Grades9, 10, 11, 12

Thiswriting-intensive course focuses on getting your work published in both The Green Raider, Ridley High School’snewspaper, and in the Archive, RidleyHigh School’s yearbook. Although this class is an elective, Journalism isessentially an English class, and editing for grammar and punctuation are bothkey to success in Journalism. As such, you hone your writing and editing skillsas much as you do in a typical English class. You will learn how to write newsstories, features, editorials, book reviews, and sports stories. Additionally,you will be expected to interview students, teachers, and members of thecommunity to complete your stories. Also included in the class is anexamination of photojournalism, including an opportunity for you to takeeffective pictures and develop and print your own photographs.  You willexamine effective publication design and develop attractive pages that will showcaseyour work in writing, art, and photography. Students taking this course areexpected to be satisfactory writers.
Prerequisite: Honors or College Prep English and teacher recommendation

 

170    CREATIVE WRITING

1Credit                                                                                        Grades9, 10, 11, 12

Thiscourse is designed for students who are eager to expand their creative writingtalents.  The primary focus will beon personal expression in the following areas:  poetry, short stories, personal and fictional narratives,short descriptive writings, plays, dramatic monologues, feature stories, andjournal entries.  Inspirationaltechniques such as response groups, discussions, films, and guest speakers willbe incorporated into the course. Students who have developed a serious interest in writing are encouragedto join the staff of and submit their works for publication in Windscript. 

 

1809    PREPARING FOR THE SAT

.5Credit                                                                                        Grades10 and 11

Inthis course, college-bound students will become familiar with the Writing andCritical Reading sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test and test takingstrategies.  There will be a majorfocus on writing for the essay portion of the new SAT.  This course will review topics inreading comprehension, sentence completion, and vocabulary.  Students will be given practice SAT Itests.  This course partners wellwith College Prep and Beyond.

 

1819    COLLEGE PREP AND BEYOND for JUNIORS

.5Credit                                                                                                 Grade11

Studentsin conjunction with Guidance Counselors and their classroom teacher will learnto navigate the complicated and sometimes confusing college search andapplication process.  Skills beingemphasized will include interviewing and application/essay writing, listening,note taking, and study skills. Students will have access to college recruiters as well as onlineprograms to help sort out the selection process.  This course partners well with Preparing for the SAT.  This course will be run for juniorsonly in the 3rd and 4th nine-week marking period.  This course is aimed at students planning on attending a4-year college.

 


 


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