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English 9 - 12

English Credit: 1 Grade Level: 9 - 12

Prerequisite:

Passing the previous English grade level. Honors offered

Description of the Class:

Students concentrate on reading and analyzing literature, non-fiction and technical works, writing a variety of essays and real-world pieces, developing a greater vocabulary, exploring careers, developing speaking skills, and working towards personal and social development. Honors English classes have a summer reading assignment.

DE Great Books I and II

English Credit: 2 HS, 6 College Grade Level: 10

Prerequisite:

Pass SVCC placement test. This is a required Associates Degree class.

Description of the Class:

This course is part of the Associate Degree curriculum and serves as the English 10 requirement for graduation. Students must be accepted into the Associate Degree program to take this course. This course introduces selected great works of philosophy and literature with emphasis on close analysis of the text. Students are expected to contribute significantly to class discussions and thus must read texts for comprehension and context. Students will write competently about the literature in a variety of modes, will research in order to better understand the texts, and will increase their knowledge and understanding of allusions, prefixes, suffixes, and roots and will be able to apply that knowledge in discussion and in writing. Students are expected to complete a summer reading assignment. This is a writing intensive course that requires independent reading and writing assignments in addition to class meetings.

DE English 11 - College Composition I & II

English Credit: 2 HS, 6 College Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite:

Pass SVCC placement test. This is a required Associated Degree class.

Description of the Class:

This course introduces students to critical thinking and the fundamentals of academic writing. Through the writing process, students refine topics; develop and support ideas; investigate, evaluate, and incorporate appropriate resources; edit for effective style and usage; and determine appropriate approaches for a variety of contexts, audiences, and purposes. Writing activities will include exposition and argumentation with at least one researched essay. This class is offered for students who plan to enter college after graduation. This is a two-semester course which earns two credits for high school graduation and six credits for College Composition I and II (EDU 111 and 112). Students are expected to complete a summer reading assignment. This is a writing intensive course that requires independent reading and writing assignments in addition to class meetings.

DE English 12 - Survey of English Literature I & II

English Credit: 2 HS, 6 College Grade Level: 12

Prerequisite:

Pass SVCC placement test. This is a required Associates Degree class.

Description of the Class:

This class is offered for students who plan to enter college after graduation. The two semesters concentrate on preparing students for college level reading, writing, researching, and reasoning in the liberal arts. This course examines literary works from colonial times to the present, emphasizing the ideas and characteristics of our national literature. Students will study major English works from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present, emphasizing ideas and characteristics of the British literacy tradition. Students are expected to complete a summer reading assignment. This is a writing intensive course that requires independent reading and writing assignments in addition to class meetings.

DE Creative Writing - Poetry

English Credit: 1 HS, 3 College Grade Level: 11

Prerequisite:

Pass SVCC placement test. This is a required Associated Degree class.

Description of the Class:

This course is designed for students with an interest in self-expression in writing the genres of poetry, short story and drama. Students should expect assistance in writing skills, independent writing on a daily basis, vocabulary study, sustained silent reading, group feedback procedures, and in-depth study of literary elements with the idea of increasing style options and expertise. Previous writing experience is unnecessary, but interest is a must.

 

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