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    Instructors: Matt Schrowe  |   Jennie Rehder  |  Jack Clinton

    REQUIRED COURSES

    ENGLISH 9 (01001) – Required, Open to grades 9 – 12
    Prerequisite: None

    English I is a survey class covering a variety of different genres in preparation for higher-level English courses. During this semester, students will be reading and exploring five (5) different literary Genres: Mythology and Folklore, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Non-Fiction to include Information and Visual Media. In addition to these genres, students will be reading four (4) novels and one play across the semester: Mister Pip, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Long Way Gone, Of Mice and Men, as well as Romeo and Juliet. In addition to reading samples from these various different genres, students will demonstrate writing competencies through a Descriptive Essay, Persuasive Essay, Compare and Contrast Essay, Narrative Essay, and Research Paper.  Students need to be able to analyze information from increasingly complex sources and then turn around and compose their thoughts into well-organized written works. They also need to be able to stand in front of a class and express their thoughts through presentations and other visual media.

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    ENGLISH 10 (01002) – Required, Open to grades 10 – 12
    Prerequisite: English I

    English II is a survey class covering a variety of different genres in preparation for higher-level English courses. During this semester, students will be reading and exploring five (5) different literary Genres: Mythology and Folklore, Poetry, Fiction, Drama, and Non-Fiction to include Information and Visual Media. In addition to these genres, students will be reading four (4) novels and a play across the semester: Fools Crow, The Great Gatsby, Inherent the Wind: When the Emperor Was Divine, and A Separate Peace. In addition to reading samples from these various different genres, students will demonstrate writing competencies through a Descriptive Essay, Persuasive Essay, Compare and Contrast Essay, Narrative Essay, and Research Paper. . Students need to be able to analyze information from increasingly complex sources and then turn around and compose their thoughts into well-organized written works. They also need to be able to stand in front of a class and express their thoughts through presentations and other visual media.

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    ENGLISH 11 (01003) – Required, Open to grades 11 & 12
    Prerequisite:  English 9 & 10
    Required Materials:  Journal

    English 11 explores American literature ranging from the Colonial Period to the present-day. We will be reading dramas, poetry, short stories, and novels. Writing in this class will include research, journaling, persuasive, informative, and narrative essays. In addition, there will be group projects to build cooperative skills, and extensive vocabulary review.

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    ENGLISH 12 (01004) – Required, Open to grade 12
    Prerequisites: English 9, 10, & 11
    Required Materials:  Journal

    English 12 students will experience a global literature approach to both classical and contemporary genres. The curriculum for this course will incorporate the Montana CCR Anchor standards and will include test essay questions, persuasive, comparative, and expository essays, as well as a research paper, poetry, and response papers. Journaling writing is a requirement, as well as grammar and vocabulary review. Units we will explore will be Native American, Irish, African, East Indian, and Middle Eastern literatures; the Medieval Ages; Shakespearean drama and poetry.


    ELECTIVE COURSES

    CLASSIC MYTHOLOGY (01069) – Elective, Open to grades 10 – 12
    Prerequisite: None

    Classical Mythology is a survey of ancient world (Greek and Roman) stories about heroes, gods and the universe and illustrates the influence of these myths on the art, literature and culture of the modern world. This course thus presents a truly inter-disciplinary approach, which considers literary and artistic themes from such diverse perspectives as theology, sociology, anthropology, and history. Classic Mythology will include analysis of ideas such as “The Heroic Journey,” “Women in Myth,” and “Creation Stories Around the World.”

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    COMX 111 INTRO TO PUBLIC SPEAKING (01151) – Elective, Open to grades 11-12
    Credits: 3 college credits, 1 high school credit
    Core Class for College: Verbal Communication

    Public Speaking is a course designed to aid students in overcoming speech anxiety through preparation and presentation of speeches in a variety of formats.  This a public speaking skills acquisition course with a two-part objective: (1) improving abilities to access, retrieve, and evaluate information (2) in order that the information might be used in effective public performance. This course will fulfill the core requirement in verbal communication in College. 

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    SURVEY OF SHORT STORIES (01061) – Elective, Open to grades 11-12
    Prerequisite: None

    The Survey of Short Stories class the will look deeply into this most simple literary art form. The class will read all the classics, and mega-classics, from the oldest to the most contemporary.  We will also work analyze as dissect these stories to understand what makes them great, or, not so great. As a class we will study all the components and literary devices encompassed within these works we read.  Also we will write papers analyzing exactly what the writer created in these stories and how he or she did it.  Finally we will take what we have learned and create stories of our own, as well as developing screenplays and making short movies from existing stories. watch the video

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    CREATIVE WRITING (01104) - Elective, Open to grades 11-12
    Prerequiste: Previous literature classes and/or Junior English.

    This Creative Writing course offer students the opportunity to develop and improve their technique and individual style in poetry, short story, drama, essays, and other forms of prose. The emphasis of the courses is on writing; however, students may study exemplary representations and authors to obtain a fuller appreciation of the form and craft. Although most creative writing classes cover several expressive forms, others concentrate exclusively on one particular form (such as poetry or playwriting). watch the video

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    AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION (01005) – Commencement Honors, Open to grades 11 & 12
    Prerequisite:  English 9 & 10
    Required Materials: Journal

    Students in this introductory college-level course read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of nonfiction prose selections, deepening their awareness of rhetoric and how language works. Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their abilities to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own composing abilities. Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts. Students examine and work with essays, letters, speeches, images, medias, and imaginative literature. During the course, a wide variety of texts (prose and image-based) and writing tasks provide the focus for an energetic study of language, rhetoric, and argument. Throughout this semester students prepare for the AP English Language and Composition Exam, and may be granted Advanced Placement, college credit, or both as a result of satisfactory performance.

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    AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (01006) – Commencement Honors, Open to grades 11 & 12
    Prerequisite: English 9 & 10, AP Language
    Required Materials:  Journal

    Advanced Placement (AP) English is one semester in reading, discussing, writing, and rewriting. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors’ narrative techniques, the course prepares students for the AP exam and for college and career challenges. AP English requires students to be prepared and motivated to work on a college level. Through various class activities, especially student-conducted seminars, the teacher acts as a consultant and facilitator, allowing students to assume responsibility for learning.