English

General

Freshman Climb English

The purpose of Climb is to provide an environment for students which is designed to increase reading, writing, and thinking skills. The curriculum includes a special focus on developing reading and writing strategies for students who have a reading level at least one and a half years below grade level. In most instances, students enrolled in Freshman Climb English will also be enrolled in Targeted Reading Level 1. 

Semesters:
Level: 9
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Approval of the division leader.

Targeted Reading Level I

This two semester course is required for freshmen in need of stronger reading skills. Students will become better at making predictions, connections, and questions to find deeper meaning. They will apply strategies when reading difficult text and engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates. They will actively monitor and track their development as readers through a variety of methods, including a journaling system. They will support their opinions with examples and be able to apply strategies that will allow them to read successfully both in and out of school in which they can read successfully.  In most instances, students enrolled in Targeted Reading Level 1 will also be enrolled in Freshman Climb English. 

Semesters: 2
Level: 9
Credit: 1/2 elective credit per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation by the division leader.

Freshman English

This course provides the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in all other high school English courses.  As a result of taking this course, students will understand the elements of the writing process, develop fundamental writing skills, and apply grammar skills effectively.  They will read with comprehension and fluency and acquire, assess, and communicate information through research.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9
Credit: l/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation by the division leader.

Sophomore Climb English

The purpose of Climb is to provide an environment for students is designed to increase reading, writing, and thinking skills. The curriculum includes a special focus on developing reading and writing strategies for students who have a reading level that is below grade level.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation by the division leader.

Sophomore English

This two semester sophomore course links reading, writing, speaking, and listening in an integrated context. It includes a variety of texts that might include novels, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and drama. The units are designed so that students may learn to be thoughtful and analytical readers, writers, and speakers.

Semesters: 2
Level: 10
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: English 101/102

Junior Climb English

The purpose of Climb is to provide an environment for students designed to increase reading, writing, and listening skills. The curriculum includes a special focus on developing reading and writing strategies for students who have a reading level that is below grade level.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation of the division leader.

Junior English

Students will continue to develop the reading, writing, listening, speaking and research skills that were explored and developed in freshman and sophomore English. Students will be challenged to explore style, tone, and syntax for varied purposes and audiences. Students will explore a variety of genres of literature and nonfiction during this year-long course.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: English 113/114

Senior Climb English

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

The purpose of Climb is to provide an environment for students designed to increase reading, writing, and thinking skills. The curriculum includes a special focus on developing reading and writing strategies for students who have a reading level that is below grade level.

Semesters: 2
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation of the division leader.

College & Career Writing (*New Course for 2020-2021)

College and Career Writing strengthens the skills necessary for effective post-secondary writing.  The course covers sentence structure, usage, punctuation, paragraphing, prewriting, organization, drafting, editing, and proofreading.  This course is designed to prepare students to pass a college English placement test and to write effectively for a variety of career pathways.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Recommendation of the division leader.

Advanced Writing

Students will refine their knowledge of writing modes and develop their effective writing skills and strategies. Special emphasis is devoted to the writing process.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12 
Credit: 1/2  
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

British Literature I

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

British Literature I is a one semester course designed to introduce students to the literature and language of England. The chronological approach highlights the growth of a national literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Medieval, Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Puritan Times, ending with the 18th century Restoration period. Heavy emphasis is placed on Chaucer and Shakespeare.

Semesters:
Level: 12
Credit:1/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman, Sophomore and Junior English.                     

 

 

British Literature II

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

This course is designed to introduce students to the literature and language of England from the Romantics to the present. By surveying representative writings from the age of scientific, social, economic and political revolutions (Frankenstein, Wordsworth, Blake, and others) we establish our focus on the theme of change and the device of satire and trace them through the Victorian Era to modern times.  

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: l/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior English, as well as British Literature I.

 

    

Literature & Culture I (*New Course for 2020-2021)

Students will examine literature through various lenses.  As a result of this course, students will develop a curiosity for human express across cultures and time.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: l/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

Literature & Culture II (*New Course for 2020-2021)

Students will examine literature through various lenses.  As a result of this course, students will develop a curiosity for human expression across cultures and time.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: l/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior English, as well as Literature and Culture I.                                                  

Myth & Legend

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

This course examines mythology, hero stories, and epic poems that might include The Iliad and The Aeneid. A further unit of study concentrates on the hero's special attributes as they relate to other pieces of classic and/or contemporary literature.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12                                                    
Credit: l/2
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

Humanities I

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

Students study the ideas, feelings, accomplishments, and hopes of humanity as expressed in literature, art, photography, music, philosophy, history, and architecture. It is an experience in the arts through involvement in reading, class discussion, and frequent writing assignments.

Additional Information: This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Student athletes that have aspirations to compete at the collegiate level should not enroll in this course because it may negatively impact their scholarship opportunities or possibly impact other college entrance related matters.

Semesters:
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

 

Humanities II

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

This course is independent of Humanities I. Students study the ideas, feelings, accomplishments, and hopes of humanity as expressed in literature, art, photography, music, philosophy, history, and architecture. It is an experience in the arts through involvement in reading, class discussion, and frequent writing assignments.

Additional Information: This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Student athletes that have aspirations to compete at the collegiate level should not enroll in this course because it may negatively impact their scholarship opportunities or possibly impact other college entrance related matters.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English, as well as Humanities I.       

Best Sellers

Best Sellers is a literature based course focusing on best-selling literature from recent decades. Students will explore a variety of literary genres and themes and will read between five and seven books throughout the course of the semester. Class discussion, critical reading, and independent reading projects are the primary forms of assessment.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2  
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.                                 

Creative Writing

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

This course provides opportunities for students to express themselves in the writing of various literary forms. A journal may be required. Creative writing is a writing lab aimed at personal development in creative expression. 

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2  
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.                                                   

 

Creative Storytelling (*New Course for 2020-2021)

In this writing-focused course, students will develop their creative voices by reading mentor texts, using diverse storytelling approaches, and utilizing 21st century technology to connect with audiences that extend beyond the classroom.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2  
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.                                                   

Dramatic Literature (*New Course for 2020-2021)

Students are required to read and prepare written analyses of the works of the world’s major playwrights. This course also emphasizes all aspects of theatre: theatre history, technical theatre, and play production. Students are trained in skills of sense awareness, stage movement, stage speech, and the development of emotion and character. They select, rehearse, and present several memorized and carefully prepared scenes.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.    

Rhetorical Analysis of Media

*Course being retired at end of 2019-2020

In order to become critical consumers, students must learn to evaluate how their opinions, attitudes, and actions are influenced by what they see, watch, and read. In this course students will recognize, evaluate, and create varying types of media, including but not limited to advertising, news, film, television, and the World Wide Web. A heavy emphasis will be placed on formal writing and creative projects, as well as honing critical thinking skills. 

Additional information: This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse.  Student athletes that have aspirations to compete at the collegiate level should not enroll in this course because it may negatively impact their scholarship opportunities or possibly impact other college entrance related matters.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.                                                 

Mass Communication Analysis and Production (*New Course for 2020-2021)

This class with engage students in the analysis, creation, and delivery of messages designed to attract a mass audience.  In order to become critical consumers, students will learn to evaluate how their opinions, attitudes, and actions are influenced by what they view, read, and hear.  Students will become active, critical, and responsible consumers and producers of various types of modern mass communication. 

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.    

Speech

This course will develop students into competent communicators in a variety of contexts.  They will become more effective senders and receivers of information through research, analysis, synthesis and presentation.  They will also effectively understand, craft and utilize language. They will cover a broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group communication, and public speaking. The skills students learn will enable them to become an effective communicator and study the influence of such factors as public speaking, listening, nonverbal communication, interviewing, persuasion, and argumentation and debate.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

Honors

H Freshman English

This two semester course is a freshman honors course. Students who have already mastered the grammar and mechanics of writing will pursue higher-level thinking skills and more sophisticated composition forms and techniques. To be enrolled in this course an incoming freshman must exhibit superior language arts abilities.

Semesters: 2
Level: 9
Credit: 1/2 per semester 
Prerequisite: Placement by Division Leader

H Sophomore English

This two semester sophomore honors course links reading, writing, speaking, and thinking in an integrated context. Students are expected to have outstanding communication skills and are expected to work competently both individually and in teams.

Semesters:
Level: 10 
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: English 101H, 102H or teacher recommendation

H Junior English

This two semester honors course is targeted for students in grade 11.  Students will examine their role and responsibilities in a contemporary global society by engaging in diverse works.  They will apply critical reading strategies for comprehension and write well with attention to usage, punctuation, and style.  Students will also ethically acquire, evaluate, and employ diverse resources to communicate information and ideas for a variety of purposes.  Throughout the course, students are expected to take immediate responsibility for independent learning; guided practice will be provided when needed.  Students are expected to review and study class material consistently in addition to completing assigned homework.  These characteristics are necessary because the course moves at an accelerated pace.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: B- or better for students enrolled in Sophomore (H) is recommended.  For students enrolled in Sophomore English 210, teacher recommendation is required.

 

 

H Applied Inquiry (*New Course for 2020-2021)

The class is designed to engage students in the exploration of personal topics of interest using an inquiry-based approach in order to learn and practice the skills necessary to succeed in independent research and product-based courses in college and career.  Students will use a question-based model of inquiry to understand and explore real-world and personally-relevant topics. 

This course will prepare students to design research methods and to collect and analyze data as they consider multidisciplinary topics including and beyond the scope of the English classroom.  As a result, students will generate a new understanding they share with an authentic audience.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

H DC Speech (*New Course for 2020-2021)

This course will develop students into competent communicators in a variety of contexts.  They will become more effective senders and receivers of information through research, analysis, synthesis and presentation.  They will also effectively understand, craft and utilize language. They will cover a broad approach to oral communication skills including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group communication, and public speaking. The skills students learn will enable them to become an effective communicator and study the influence of such factors as public speaking, listening, nonverbal communication, interviewing, persuasion, and argumentation and debate.  *Limited Enrollment.  May be subject to lottery.

Semesters: 1
Level: 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior English.

Advanced Placement®

AP® Language & Composition

Students will recognize and analyze rhetorical strategies and devices (e.g. diction, tone, syntax, voice) in written work and utilize these skills to produce their own written arguments. Heavy emphasis will be placed on critical thinking and reading which will be useful in college classes as well as real life situations. During the second semester, students will build upon and refine skills and strategies. A goal of the course is to prepare students for the AP® Language and Composition exam.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11
Credit: l/2 per semester
Prerequisite: A or B average in previous English coursework is recommended. Approval of the Division Leader is required.

AP® Literature & Composition

The College Board describes this course as a “course that engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.” A goal of the course is to prepare students for the AP® Literature and Composition exam.

Semesters: 2
Level: 11, 12
Credit: 1/2 per semester
Prerequisites: A or B average in previous coursework is recommended.  Approval of the Division Leader is required.

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Matt Timmerman
Director of Curriculum and Assessment 
Email: mtimmerman@d155.org

Sharlene Montgomery
Cary-Grove High School
Division Lead
Email: smontgomery@d155.org

Michelle Streit
Crystal Lake Central High School
Division Lead
Email: mstreit@d155.org

Matthew Koll
Crystal Lake South High School
Division Lead
Email: mkoll@d155.org
 

Rachel Kautz
Prairie Ridge High School
Division Lead
Email: rkautz@d155.org