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English Teachers
Page Updated: August 22, 2017
Mr. Jon Prive
Room 318
Ms. Janelle Scheckler
Room 315
Ms. Tayler Urban
Room 319
Mrs. Maria Van Norman
Room 316

Courses Offered:
English I
Academic English I
Honors English I
English II
Academic English II
Honors English II
English III
Academic English III
Honors English III
English IV
Academic English IV
AP English Literature & Composition
LCCC College English 105
Creative Writing
Public Speaking
SAT Prep English, Reading, & Writing

English I (15113)
Academic English I (15116)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 8 - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
English I is designed to prepare students for academic success in grades 10, 11, and 12. English I will develop literature and expression skills. Students will read, analyze, and interpret literature across many genres. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken expression.

Some unites covered in this course include: short stories, novels, mythology, the writing process, and vocabulary development.

Honors English I (15118)
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors English Application, recommendation of Grade 8 English teacher, and a grade of 90% or higher in Grade 8 English - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Honors English I is an accelerated version of Academic English I. Reading skills, vocabulary development, and the writing process will be stressed. Reading & discussion of various literary genres will be a major portion of the course. The research paper will be introduced and will be required. Grammar and usage will be covered as the need arises. Written practice for the KEYSTONE will be addressed. Shakespearean drama will be introduced. Summer reading is required.

Some units covered include the following: Short stories; KEYSTONE Preparation; the Writing process; Drama; Reading skills; The Research paper; and the Novel.

English II (15123)
Academic English II (15126)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
English II is designed to prepare students for academic success in grades 11 and 12. English II will develop literature and expression skills. Students will read, analyze, and interpret literature across many genres. Students will demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken expression. Some units covered in this course include: short stories, novels, drama, the writing process, and vocabulary development.

Honors English II (15128)
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors Application and a grade of 90% or higher in Academic English I or 80% or higher in Honors English I - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
An accelerated version of academic English I, Honors English II introduces the literary genres of the short story, novel, drama, and poetry. Vocabulary development is stressed along with the writing process and common methods of development. A culmination of these writing skills will be evident in the research paper. Independent reading, research, and a class play are required. Summer reading is required.

Some units covered in this course include: Independent Readings - the Novel; The Short Story; Drama; Poetry; Arthurian Romance; The Writing Process; and The Research Paper.

English III (15132)
Academic English III (15136)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Academic English III is a college preparatory course for students who anticipate formal instruction beyond high school. Emphasis is placed on an intensive study of literature and writing with a connection to American history. Students will also continue their study of Shakespearean drama and will read and analyze selected novels, short stories, poetry, and essays. Vocabulary will be studied in preparation for the SAT and for better understanding of the assigned literature. Writing and reading exercises will prepare students for the KEYSTONE examination. In addition, process writing, with emphasis on the literary theme and the five-paragraph essay, will prepare students for the skills necessary to achieve success in future courses and, eventually, college.

Some units covered in this course include: The American Drama; the American Novel; Comprehensive study of American Literature through selected short stories, poems, and essays; SAT Preparation; KEYSTONE Preparation; The Writing Process and Composition; Shakespearean Drama.

Honors English III (15138)
Prerequisite: Completion of Honors Application and a grade of 90% or better in Academic English II, 80% in Honors English II - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
An accelerated course, Honors English III entails critical analysis of American literature and authors. Students will trace the history of American literature and explore every literary genre and many literary devices. Early in the course, students will write several paragraphs, impromptu and planned, and will eventually work toward a multi-paragraph paper (theme). A culmination of student writing skills will be evident in the research paper. Once students are accepted in Honors English, they will be given a summer reading list of at least five major literary works in which they will be evaluated utilizing differentiated instruction.

Some units covered in this course include: Voices for Freedom; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Death of a Salesman; William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and The Tempest Theme writing; Defining an American; Oral expression; Paragraph writing; KEYSTONE Reading/Writing Preparation; The Human Spirit and the Natural World; Forging New Frontiers; Study Island; Research paper; and Vocabulary Enrichment.

English IV (15143)
Academic English IV (15146)
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English III - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
In twelfth grade, students move towards academic independence and college-and-career readiness. Students grapple with demanding texts by integrating previously learned skills to analyze and evaluate the writer’s premise, purpose, and argument in both informational and literary text. Students conduct sustained research and engage in sharp distinctive writing while making informed decisions, solving problems, evaluating the credibility and accuracy of sources, and noting discrepancies among the resources.Using previously learned competencies, students master skills such as asking their own questions, solving their own problems, and leading their own class discussions. Finally, students continue to develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to master purposeful and independent expression.

Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition (15149)
Prerequisite: Completion of AP Application and a grade of B- or better in Academic English III or Honors English III - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
The Advance Placement Literature and writing course follows the guidelines set forth by the AP English Course Description. The literary genres of prose fiction, drama, and poetry from the sixteenth century to contemporary times will be studied within the structure of this course. Readings and analysis will occur as group discussions and as homework assignments. Written and oral interpretation will also analyze how social and historical values influenced literary forms and language. An exam comprised of both an objective and an essay section will follow each literature unit. A variety of writing modes will include writing to understand, to explain, and to evaluate. Assignments calling for complex analysis involving structure, style, and themes will culminate in a research paper on a literary topic. Other writings will include expository essays, extended analysis, timed in class responses, and a class journal that will allow for informal exploratory activities. Opportunities to revise and rewrite after receiving instructional feedback from your teacher and/or peer editor will be afforded. These revisions will work to improve sentence structure, to achieve coherence, and to maintain a consistent voice. All formal essays will be evaluated on a nine point AP grading scale. Weekly vocabulary lessons will encourage the use of a rich, varied, and exact vocabulary and will raise an awareness of the resources of language.

LCCC College English 105 (15150)
Please refer to the Dual Enrollment section of the Program Planning Guide
In College English, students write essays, develop a research paper, and master library skills. Students strive for sound logic, effective use of details, appropriate diction, and correct grammar and mechanics. Students study models of good writing, which include student essays as well as professionally written essays.

Creative Writing (15147)
Prerequisite: Completion of Creative Writing Application; sophomore, junior, or senior standing; an 80% or higher English grade - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
This course provides an environment which fosters creativity and allows students to stretch their imaginations through writing. Students study professionally written work which acts as a model for student projects including: poetry, personal memoirs, interview profiles, short stories, art-inspired poetry, etc. In the spirit of creating a community of writers, students are encouraged to publish and orally share their work in the school environment. Students are also required to submit a project to a professional publication for publication. A daily journal is a major requirement for this course as well as reading aloud all final writing samples for peer evaluation.

Some units covered in this course include: Personal Writing; Expressive Writing; Descriptive Writing; Narrative Writing; Column Writing; Critical Review Writing; Literary Writing; Poetry Writing; Persuasive Writing; Memoir Writing; Writing About Literature; and Writing for Publication.

Public Speaking (15168)
Prerequisite: Sophomores, juniors, or seniors only - Meets Daily - 1.0 Credit
Students enrolled in this course will study and apply effective methods of both verbal and nonverbal communication. Different types of speeches and characteristics of effective speakers will be emphasized through use of both original and professional works. Students will give approximately 10 – 12 speeches such as: speech to inform, speech to persuade, speech of presentation, demonstration speech, personal experience speech, speech to entertain, pet peeve, etc. Students are required to maintain a Reflection Log which will be evaluated twice during the semester.

Some units covered in this course include: Perception of self and other; Establishing a Communication Foundation; Interpersonal Communication; Principles Of Speech Communication; Informative Speaking; Persuasive Speaking; Demonstration Speaking; Speaking to Entertain; Speaking to Present; and Interviewing for Information.

SAT Prep English, Reading, & Writing (15098)
Prerequisite: Juniors - Meets every other day - 0.5 Credit
This course is aimed at high school juniors who are planning on taking the SAT exam. Students will learn about the structure and scoring of the SAT exam. Practice SAT exams will be frequently used to gain familiarity with both multiple choice and student-produced response questions. Critical English material needed for the exam will be reviewed by instructors.