English Courses


During the 2019-20 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following English courses. To learn more about the English Department, please click here.


ENGLISH 9 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

In English 9, students will develop a common understanding of key literary elements and forms, as well as a common vocabulary for discussing them. In alignment with Common Core Standards, significant concepts will be targeted with the reading and thorough analysis of each individual text. The student is introduced to the technique of interpreting literature with special emphasis on reading strategies and skills, such as inference and main idea. In-depth study of recurrent themes will also be an integral part of the course. Students will be exposed to independent reading expectations and writing requirements. An accelerated sequential writing program is also included in this course with emphasis upon the writing of well-constructed multi-paragraph themes.

English 9 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


EFFECTIVE WRITING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

None

This is a required course in which students will study a variety of communication techniques. The major emphasis of this course will focus on the development of grammar, punctuation and the writing process. Students will be exposed to different methods of writing and public speaking and be required to write expository, persuasive and narrative papers. Students will be introduced to the various methods and stages of the research process to validate and enhance the writing process. The course also introduces speaking and listening skills.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ENGLISH 10 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10

English 9

The sophomore curriculum allows students to experience a variety of texts from several cultures and time periods. Each text provides a different cultural and literary experience. Students will gain a greater understanding of the historical framework of each piece. The literature and supplementary materials will provide each student with a multicultural perspective on worldly issues. In conjunction with the Common Core Standards, the sophomore curriculum possesses a rigorous writing and reading focus while building speaking and listening skills. The course requires students to actively work with their peers while defining themselves as readers and writers.

English 10 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


ENGLISH 11 | REGULAR

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11

English 10

The third year of English explores major themes that pervade American life, both past and present. By reading and viewing literature of every genre and other forms of cultural expression in the United States, students understand their literary and cultural traditions, interrogate their own roles in the world and become more effective critics and builders of American culture. We will investigate enduring questions that persist throughout American literature.

This course is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11

English 10 Honors or
teacher recommendation

This is a college-level course with a purpose to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers. These skills will allow students to read critically and write effectively in different modes in the college classroom and beyond.

Students will become increasingly more aware of how language works through the study of nonfiction in all its varied forms — essays, biographies, visual texts, letters, speeches, journalism, etc. Students will analyze what the writers say along with how they say it.

The writing will be formal and informal; it will primarily be responses to your reading, both analyzing it and emulating it, as well as creating original arguments and supporting them through logical development and appropriate style. Students will learn how to synthesize research materials and use proper MLA style.

This course will also offer students the opportunity to read American fiction and drama such as Fitzgerald, Salinger and Miller. ACT test prep will also be incorporated into the class.

Additionally, an important goal of this course is to help to prepare for the AP English Language and Composition exam given in May. The course will teach students the expectations of the AP examiners and will provide many opportunities for practicing writing and reading in the exam format. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


ENGLISH 12 | REGULAR OR HONORS

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

English 11

This course focuses on speaking, writing and analyzing literature. Students explore the universal theme of identity through various pieces of literature: nonfiction, fiction and Shakespeare. This courses focuses on literary analysis, speaking, writing and collaborative assignments, and it essentially helps students increase their inquiry-building skills. This course will expose students to various writing assignments that will help improve their writing skills for the collegiate level.

English 12 Regular is offered using a co-taught model for students needing extra support.


AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

12

AP English Language and 
Composition or teacher
recommendation

This is a college-level dual-credit course that is the equivalent of the first year of college rhetoric. It is based on the idea that many high school students can successfully complete college English at the high school level. This course will prepare the student to take and pass the Advanced Placement test given in May; successful performance on this test will earn the student college credit.

This course includes extensive training in all modes of discourse, including exposition, narration, argumentation and literary analysis. In addition, the course includes extensive reading and analysis of demanding and challenging literary works such as "Crime and Punishment," "The Sound and the Fury" and "Hamlet."

The underlying approach to the study of literature is textual rather than historical. The selections reflect a concern for depth rather than breadth. The student completing this course can expect to be a fluent, capable writer and a perceptive, critical reader. All students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.


READ 180

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

READ 180 is an intensive reading program designed to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly addresses the identified reading needs of students through the use of adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature and remediation of reading skills.


PUBLIC SPEAKING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

Public Speaking has the student expand upon the speaking and listening skills learned in Effective Writing with a focus on public speaking in various formats.


CREATIVE WRITING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one quarter)

10, 11, 12

None

Creative Writing has the student look at various fiction pieces, in addition to writing his or her own creative products. The formats the student will read and write will include poetry and short stories.


INTRO TO ACTING AND DRAMA

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

None

Intro to Acting and Drama is designed to give the student an appreciation of the world of theater and an opportunity to discover the artist we each hold within. In this course, students will study the wide range of knowledge demanded by theater and develop personally as they apply their newfound knowledge in classroom activities. This course enriches student's awareness, skills and self appreciation, enabling them to build a foundation for future arts development. Intro to Acting and Drama provides for diverse learning styles and capabilities and allows students to experience the joy that comes from artistic communication.


INTRO TO JOURNALISM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

None

The construct of this course will focus on the study of rhetoric in many different forms. Students will read a wide range of prose nonfiction and prose fiction in order to explore how reputable authors use linguistic patterns to persuade, inform, entertain and explore. The class is designed entirely around a project-based learning scenario in which students will create an original, authentic product that will be shared with the entire school district. The Tiger online newspaper will be a student-led publication created and distributed using a wide range of technological resources. Much like a real-world working scenario, students will be asked to conduct research to develop their ideas, revise their products and adhere to deadlines.