ENGLISH 1 READ 180 05708L
READ 180 is designed to emphasize fundamental reading and writing skills and to accelerate student achievement in reading. With the READ 180 model, students rotate through different activities which provide intensive and specific instruction in the areas of reading and writing. Individualized computer instruction builds skills in decoding, comprehension and fluency. In addition to an emphasis on reading, the course also includes other elements of the English 1 program and English 1 credit is given for passing the course.
READ 180 TUTORIAL 05707L
For students needing extra assistance in mastering fundamental reading and writing skills, Read 180 Tutorial class is offered. It is taught by the same teacher whom the student has for English 1. The course, designed by Scholastic Corporation and university consultants, utilizes individualized computer instruction in addition to self selected literature to build skills in decoding and comprehension. Tutorial Read 180 earns 1/2 unit per semester elective credit.
ENGLISH 1 05701L
The ninth grade English program consists of studying various forms of literature and composition, including mechanics and usage. Reading comprehension and analytic skills are expanded through the study of the short story, the novel, poetry, and drama. One Shakespearean play is included along with modern and classical works. Writing skills move from strengthening the paragraph into careful building of a significant five-paragraph essay. Mechanics and usage, vocabulary, spelling, and oral communication are emphasized.
ENGLISH 1 TUTORIAL 05700L
For students wishing or needing extra assistance with writing and reading skills and with the assignments in English 1, an English Tutorial class is offered. It is usually taught by the same teacher the student has for English 1. Tutorial earns 1/2 unit per semester. Tutorial earns 1/2 unit per semester elective credit.
ENGLISH 1 (Honors) 05801L
English 1(Honors) provides challenge and enrichment for students who are avid readers and good writers. All areas of the regular English 1 program are included, but literature and composition assignments in this course are longer and more complex than in the regular course. A weighted grade is given.
The South High Communication Arts Department determines placement into ENGLISH 1 (Honors) by assessment of the following:
(1300 or above on SRI)
The students selected are those who meet 4 of the 5 criteria above.
ENGLISH 2 CONCEPTS 05602L
ENGLISH 2 05702L
The study of literature, composition, and oral communication skills forms the basis of this course, which continues the work begun in English 1. The skills of analysis and critical reading are developed through poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Although some creative writing is included, the major emphasis in composition is on techniques and organizational patterns of exposition. Instruction in the writing of formal essays continues throughout the year. Special attention is given to problems of usage and mechanics which persist in students' oral and written English. Improvement in vocabulary is stressed, as is independent reading.
ENGLISH 2 (Honors) 05802L
English 2 (Honors) is for highly motivated students with well-developed skills in reading and writing. Including all the areas of study mentioned for the regular English 2 program, the Honors course is more demanding because of the quality of assigned reading, writing, and analysis. Students must be willing to read and discuss challenging texts and to write about the ideas and issues in these works. A weighted grade is given.
ENGLISH 3 CONCEPTS 05603L
This course is designed for students needing extra assistance with writing and reading skills to succeed in English 3.
ENGLISH 3 05703L
This course focuses on the variety of American themes and ideas presented in the novels, plays, essays, poetry and short stories of major American writers. Emphasis is placed on the
ENGLISH 3 (Honors) 05803L
This course presents an in-depth reading of major works by American authors through such thematic studies as the search for innocence, the frontier thesis, and the link between Puritanism, Transcendentalism, Realism, and Existentialism. Writers to be included might range from Bradford and Franklin to Emerson and Whitman, from Hawthorne and Melville and Twain to Hemingway and Fitzgerald and Steinbeck. Malamud, Bellow, and contemporary poets and dramatists may be included.
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING 057120
This course is designed for college-bound seniors as well as students preparing to enter a technical or business career after graduation. The course will focus on the elements of clear writing, well-organized expository essays, and critical thinking skills necessary for both expository writing and analytical reading. In addition, this course includes a review of the principles of grammar. The goals of the course are to prepare college bound students to write acceptable college-level expository essays; familiarize career students with technical and business writing; familiarize all students with the writing skills valuable in their everyday experience; and make students aware of the way language functions and affects their lives.
COLLEGE PREP COMPOSITION 1 057211
This course is equivalent to and preparation for college Freshman Composition. The course is designed to help students understand the art of persuasion and the relationship between subject and structure. Students will be expected to write critical and persuasive papers based upon the essays they read. A research project is required. If students elect to
COLLEGE PREP COMPOSITION 2 057212
This course is equivalent to and preparation for college Freshman Composition. The course is designed to help students understand the techniques of rhetorical manipulation, the art of persuasion, and the relationship between subject and structure. Students will be expected to write critical essays and persuasive paragraphs based upon the essays they read. College Prep Composition 1 is not a prerequisite for this course.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION Grades: 11-12 (Honors) 05920L
AP-English Language and Composition prepares students for the Advanced Placement examination in English composition. In addition to reviewing basic principles of English grammar, students will become familiar with nuances of style and rhetorical strategies. Students will write extensively in a variety of modes. Students may earn college credit through the AP examination or dual enrollment with St. Louis U or UMSL. A weighted grade is given.
ENGLISH LITERATURE 1 057050
In this college-preparatory course of reading in English literature, students are expected to master important values and concepts in the varied works. Certain major authors selected for reading may include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, Dickens, Shaw, Greene, and others. Since major essays in both interpretive and comparative forms are assigned, students should have good skills in written expression.
ENGLISH LITERATURE 2 057060
This course is a continuation of English Literature 1; however, English Literature 1 is not a prerequisite for English Literature 2.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT: ENGLISH LITERATURE and COMPOSITION (Honors) 05904L
This is a full-year advanced placement course which offers seniors the opportunity to obtain college credit. Literature covered is wide ranging (classical, contemporary, and worldwide) and is representative of all literary genres from satire to comedy and from tragedy to the epic. The emphasis
CREATIVE WRITING 1 057130
This course provides the opportunity to explore various types of creative writing, including stories, poetry, script writing and other forms of personal writing. A study of the techniques and examples of such writings, as well as composing and evaluation of writing, is a mutual teacher-student process in this course. A prior knowledge of grammar, spelling, and the essentials of composition is desirable in this course. Permission of the instructor is required.
CREATIVE WRITING 2 057140
This course is a continuation of Creative Writing 2. However, Creative Writing 1 is not a prerequisite for Creative Writing 2.
GREAT WORKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD 1
Great Works of the Western World 1 examines the classical literary foundation of Western culture. Students will learn about Old Testament literature and explore Hebrew thought. In addition, students will study the Greek and Roman ideals. Ultimately, the course will analyze the impact of Hebrew, Greek, and Roman culture on contemporary civilization.
GREAT WORKS OF THE WESTERN WORLD 2
This course is a continuation of Great Works of the Western World 1. However, Great Works of the Western World 1 is not a prerequisite for Great Works of the Western World 2.
JOHN GRISHAM NOVELS AND SOCIAL ISSUES Grades: 11-12 057230
Love to curl up with a John Grisham novel? This one semester course is intended for enrichment and carries an English elective credit. It involves outside reading of the novels of John Grisham and in-class discussion of the social issues featured in each novel as well as varied methods of reader response. Required novels are A Time to Kill, and The Client, and The Runaway Jury. At least two other Grisham novels will be chosen by the class.
KURT VONNEGUT: SCIENCE FICTION AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY 057270
If you're already a Vonnegut fan, or if you've only read one novel and loved it, this course is for you! Kurt Vonnegut is
our oldest living American author. Together we will seek to put his work into perspective within the fabric of American life and literature. This one semester course is intended for enrichment and carries an English elective credit. It involves outside reading and in-class discussion of the social issues featured in each work as well as varied methods of reader response. Required works are Slaughterhouse Five, The Sirens of Titan, and Breakfast of Champions; the short story collection: Welcome to the Monkey House; and several essays. Additional reading of other Vonnegut works selected by the class will also be required.
UNITED STATES WOMEN IN LITERATURE AND HISTORY 057550
LITERATURE ACROSS CULTURES 057280
The approach to this cross-cultural literature course offers the student an opportunity to examine the various genre in different cultural experiences. First semester will include readings from Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South America. Representative authors will include Mark Mathabane, Yukio Mishima, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Students will also have an opportunity to select appropriate readings based on their individual interests.
IRISH LITERATURE AND CULTURE 057510
This course will examine Irish fiction and poetry in its cultural context. Students will read, analyze, discuss, and
write about Irish literature; however, as they do so, they will also be exposed to the rich variety of Irish culture. Students will study this literature in the specific context of Irish folklore, traditional dance, music and visual art. As students read the works of Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, and other prominent Irish writers, they will also become immersed in the culture in which these important literary works evolved. Students can expect music, art, architecture, oral story-telling all to be important components of this course.
COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY 057540
SHAKESPEARE AND HISTORY 057250
Students will read and see videotaped productions of some of Shakespeare's major historical plays. As they do so, they will also study both Shakespeare's historical sources and more recent historical analyses in order to see how art shapes history and history shapes art. In addition, students will perform brief scenes from the plays as they explore more fully the relationship among art, everyday life, and major historical events.