English Department

To satisfy graduation requirements, each student must earn four credits of English:

English 1, English 2, English 3, and English 4


ENGLISH 1 COLLEGE PREP

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 9

English 1 addresses four strands of literacy: reading (both literary and informational texts), writing, listening and speaking, and language. Students read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, short stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts. Writing involves the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument with an emphasis on providing evidence to support a claim. Students have regular opportunities to conduct both limited and extended research and to share their findings in a variety of ways, including technology-based presentations, whole and small group discussions, and written products. This course continues to develop language knowledge and skills, enabling students to appropriately write and speak to the purpose and audience.


ENGLISH 1 HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 9
  • Summer Reading Required; Recommendation: An A in 8th grade English

Students in English 1 Honors have demonstrated above grade level skills in reading and writing and an ability to work independently and collaboratively. As in English 1 CP, students read a variety of increasingly complex tests and write in various modes, with the additional expectation of extended reading, writing, and research. Students must successfully complete at least one or more extended reading and writing assignments related to each unit of content.



ENGLISH 2 COLLEGE PREP

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 10
  • Prerequisite: English 1 CP or English 1 Honors

English 2 builds upon the skills developed in English 1 and continues to address four strands of literacy: reading (both literary and informational texts), writing, listening and speaking, and language. Students complete a survey of World Literature, including a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, short stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts. Writing involves the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument with an emphasis on providing evidence to support a claim while using increasingly sophisticated structures. Students have regular opportunities to conduct both limited and extended research and to share their findings in a variety of ways, including technology-based presentations, whole and small group discussions, and written products. This course continues to develop language knowledge and skills, enabling students to appropriately write and speak to the purpose and audience.


ENGLISH 2 HONORS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: YES
  • Grade 10
  • Summer Reading Required; English 1 CP/Honors with a recommended grade of B or better or Teacher Recommendation

Students in English 2 Honors have demonstrated above grade level skills in reading and writing and an ability to work independently and collaboratively. As in English 2 CP, students read a variety of increasingly complex texts and write in a variety of modes, with the additional expectation of extended reading, writing, and research. Students must successfully complete at least one or more extended reading and writing assignments related to each unit of content. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of grammar and language mechanics in both writing and speaking by the end of the year.


ENGLISH 3 COLLEGE PREP

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11
  • Prerequisite: English 2 CP or English 2 Honors

English 3 continues to develop skills in the four strands of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language through a survey of American Literature. Students are expected to read and analyze complex expository works of literary nonfiction, as well as various genres of American literature, in order to produce ample evidence to support inferences. Students will determine themes across multiple texts and express their thinking in writing and speaking supported by ample and relevant evidence from the texts. Writing involves the modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument with an emphasis on the analysis of text, including research with appropriate citations. Writing will also focus on revising for specific purposes and audiences and editing to demonstrate command of language and mechanics.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH 3 LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION

  • One Semesters
  • 1 credit 
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11
  • Summer Reading and Work Required; English 2 CP / Honors 

The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.


ENGLISH 4 COLLEGE PREP

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 12
  • Prerequisite: English 3 CP or AP English 3 Language & Composition

English 4 continues to develop and refine skills in the four strands of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and language through a survey of British Literature. Students are expected to read and analyze complex expository works of literary nonfiction, as well as various genres of British literature, in order to produce ample evidence to support inferences. Students will determine themes across multiple texts and express their thinking in writing and speaking supported by ample and relevant evidence from the texts. Writing will emphasize analysis of text, including research with appropriate citations. Writing will focus on developing increasingly sophisticated structures, blending modes of narrative, informative/explanatory, and argument, revising for specific purposes and audiences, and editing to demonstrate command of language and mechanics.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH 4 LITERATURE & COMPOSITION           

  • One Semesters
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 12
  • Summer Reading Required; Recommendation: English 3 CP or AP English 3 Language & Composition

The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

Students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.


 

ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (ENGL 1010) @ NORTHEAST STATE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 12
  • Required: ACT reading sub-score of 19; English sub-score of 18

Composition I introduces expository writing with particular emphasis on critical thinking and argumentation. Successful students master the entire writing process, including research techniques for the production of a formally documented paper.  Students will be able to earn 3 college hours from Northeast State with successful completion of this course.  This course will count as the English 12 requirement for graduation. Please see your counselor for further details.


ENGLISH COMPOSITION II (ENGL 1020) @ NORTHEAST STATE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 12
  • Required: Completion of Composition I with appropriate GPA

Composition II focuses on effective expository writing techniques through reading, analyzing and interpreting short fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction. Critical thinking, argumentation and logic are emphasized.  Students will be able to earn 3 college hours from Northeast State with successful completion of this course.  Please see your counselor for further details.


ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT (ELD) 9, 10, 11, 12, SUPPORT

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit each semester
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12

These classes address the needs of students whose native language is not English. ELD 9 and ELD 10 will count as two English credits. 


ADVANCED PLACEMENT SEMINAR

  • One Year 
  • 1 credit 
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11
  • Not a graduation requirement however passing AP Seminar and AP Research will substitute for the required English 4 credit if AP Research is taken in the 12th grade
  • AP Seminar will be paired with your AP or CP English class

AP Seminar is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational literary and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. Students learn to synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in research based written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT RESEARCH

  • One Semester (Fall)
  • 1 credit 
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 12
  • Not a graduation requirement however passing AP Seminar and AP Research will substitute for the required English 4 credit if AP Research is taken in the 12th grade

AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem, or issue of individual interest. Through this exploration, students design, plan, and conduct a year-long research based investigation to address a research question. In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question. Students explore their skill development, document their processes, and curate the artifacts of the development of their scholarly work in a portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4000–5000 words (accompanied by a performance or exhibition of product where applicable) and a presentation with an oral defense.


English Elective Courses

WATAUGAN 1 & 2 (JOURNALISM)

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit each semester
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12
  • Application required;  may be taken multiple times. Students must take both semesters

This class produces the yearbook.  Students will learn layout design, copywriting, photography, graphics, and advertising sales.  Production deadlines may require work beyond the school day.



 CREATIVE WRITING

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-12

This class will introduce students to the process and techniques of creative writing.  Students will experiment with various types of writing including the writing of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Class readings and media will expose students to various writing styles and provide examples of the successes and strategies of other writers.  Class time will be spent discussing the writing process, the assigned readings & media, and student writing.


  CREATIVE WRITING 2

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-12

In Creative Writing II, the student will be given the opportunity to develop a creative outlet through additional writing experiences in fiction and/or nonfiction. Creative Writing allows self-expression, exploration of various writing styles, and use of variety in diction, sentence structure, and format. Students will concentrate especially on poetry, short stories, non-fiction, and screenwriting. Works of great authors are examined and modeled, with a view to enhance the students’ own work. The class is conducted as a workshop with both teacher and peer conferencing. The end result of this course is a significant portfolio of original student written work.


FANTASY LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 9-11

This elective will undertake a reading and study of a broad spectrum of Fantasy Literature. Focus will begin with pivotal works of classic fantasy literature, dark fantasy, and urban fantasy. Attention will paid to standard fantasy archetypes and world building. Objective will be a survey of a broad spectrum of the genre and the techniques writers use to develop character and setting.


SDC SPEECH

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EPSO
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 11-12
  • All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the learning objectives. Students which meet or exceed the exam 'cut score' receive college credit that can be applied to any Tennessee public postsecondary institution.

Students will explore a variety of speaking situations (informative, small group, persuasive, and special event speaking) and different types of communication (interpersonal, small group, and public communication) using a variety of digital media (text, audio, and visual) through formal and informal settings.

 


ACT SUCCESS

  • One Semester
  • 1 credit
  • EOC: NO
  • Grade 10-11
  • This course is by counselor/administration only and is based on students ACT composite score.

ACT Success course is designed to assist students in understanding what the ACT is, why it is important for their postsecondary readiness, and how to interpret their progress/results.  The course will assist students in understanding how academic skills connect to career pathways and postsecondary opportunities.  ACT preparation will include content instruction as well as practice and familiarity with the structure and format of the ACT exam.  Students will learn ways to maximize their own scores.