English Courses

World Literature 9

English 9 furthers students' skills in more advanced aspects of English grammar in connection to writing. Literature selections are intended to develop the students' understanding of and appreciation for the three basic genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama in light of the Christian perspective. Students are expected to communicate their responses in both oral and written formats.


American Literature 10

English 10 acquaints students with major American authors from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Compositions are assigned frequently to perfect grammar and strengthen writing skills. Students learn vocabulary skills with a concentration on determining meaning through context. Students will also be introduced to "timed" writings in order to prepare for the standardized tests necessary for college admission.


British Literature and Composition 101 (DE)

English 11 acquaints students with the great masters of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present and develops their analytical skills in reading. Writing skills are polished, with more attention paid to clear and logical expression. Composition assignments prepare the students for college writing and will stress the expository and persuasive essay styles. Students refine MLA formatting skills in preparation for college course work. Students will develop oral debating skills through practice and critique.


World Literature and Composition 102 (DE)

English 12 prepares seniors to become active, discerning readers and writers. Students transition from writing literature-based high school essays to developing critical analysis skills necessary for a variety of academic disciplines. Students focus on drafting, revising, and editing their essays with a specific detail to style, structure, and technique, using correct MLA formatting skills and mechanics. Students also concentrate on preparing and defending their position(s) orally and in writing. Students analyze a variety of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, to initiate topics of discussion and for essay development. One of the main goals for this class is to understand how language informs and shapes the culture, and how to respond appropriately in speech and writing.


Creative Writing (DE)

This course introduces students to creative writing in various genres. Its purpose is to develop and expand the student's imaginative writing processes and understand the human experience both historically and presently through reading and creative writing. This process includes identifying elements of writing and developing skills and techniques for creative writing in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writings. Most importantly, this class will cultivate within them an aesthetic appreciation for the beauty of language as set forth in example by our Creator through his Word, the Bible.


Journalism

Students will learn the art of reporting and writing news stories. Coursework will include reading current events and modern authors, writing original articles, and taking pictures for publication in the class-created school newspaper. Students will practice different styles of writing news, from features to opinion writing to investigative journalism.


Public Speaking (DE)

Students will explore the essential principles of sound public speaking. The focus is directed toward critical thinking skills as they apply to the three fundamental components of public speaking: speaker, audience, and message. These will be studied within a distinctly Christian framework wherein the basic skills of preparation and delivery are tailored to help Christians communicate in an effective, appropriate, and ethical way.


Media, Technology and Society (DE)

Students will examine the ways in which believers will recognize and embrace God's story in media and culture, resulting in a deeper relationship with God. Students will develop critical thinking skills as they consider the role of technology on our culture and world view.

*Courses with a DE denote a dual enrollment option for an additional cost. Students may take these courses without the dual enrollment option.