Language Arts

English/Language Arts
Required Courses: Grades 9-12


ENGLISH 9A

A year-long, integrated, ninth-grade course, English 9A focuses on developmentally appropriate skills for students to become discerning readers, insightful writers, effective communicators, and perceptive listeners.  Students examine a variety of literary genres, including short story, poetry, drama, nonfiction, and novel.  The writing process emphasizes purpose, organization, and style.  Oral communication emphasizes effective listening and speaking techniques in both formal and informal situations as well as helping students to become more critical consumers of mass media.  Students refine skills identified in the ninth grade Indiana language arts standards and competencies, as well as test-taking strategies.

This class is offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

English 9 is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ENGLISH 9H
The Discovery of Self is the theme of the year-long, integrated, honors, ninth-grade course. Students investigate various genres of literature, including poetry, nonfiction, novel, and drama, to develop the theme.  Students develop skills in paragraph and multi-paragraph writing, including descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository, essays.  They, also, develop creative writing skills and consistently practice critical, creative and affective thinking.  Students refine Indiana language arts proficiencies/essential skills/content standards, as well as test-taking strategies, to ensure excellence in application of skills. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
The course is designed for students gifted and talented in language arts and self-motivated to meet academic challenges.  
High achievers who wish admittance to this course but do not meet gifted and talented requirements may apply for admission.

ENGLISH 10A
This year-long integrated, tenth-grade course continues to develop all skills outlined in English 9A.  A variety of reading materials representing different genres, cultures, times, authors, themes, and forms is studied.  Fiction and nonfiction works stimulate expository/technical writings and refinement of the oral and written processes.  Students refine skills identified in the tenth-grade Indiana language arts standards and competencies, as well as test-taking strategies.

This class is offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

English 10 is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ENGLISH 10H
The Uniqueness of Self is the theme of this year-long, integrated , honors, tenth-grade course, designed to improve students' oral communication skills, strengthen composition skills, and develop understanding of the history of theater and appreciation of dramatic and American literature.  Students refine Indiana language arts proficiencies/essential skills/content standards, as well as test-taking strategies, to ensure excellence in application of skills.  
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester 
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
The course is designed for students gifted and talented in language arts and self motivated to meet academic challenges.  
High achievers who wish admittance to this course but do not meet gifted and talented requirements may apply for admission.

ENGLISH 11A
This year-long, eleventh-grade course integrates the study of American literature, grammar, and composition (expository/technical and creative), and oral communication skills. Students further develop composition skills with an increase in emphasis on technical writing and academic writing.  In addition, students continue to develop skills in conducting research and in writing research papers.   Literature includes technical reading selections as well as fiction.  Literature study develops an understanding of the relationship between literature and culture as well as an awareness of the individual’s identity within that culture.

This class is offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

English 11 is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ENGLISH 11H
Factors in the Development of Self is the theme of this year-long, integrated eleventh-grade literature, composition, and oral communication course that focuses on the study of social, physical, metaphysical and historical influences on self-development. The course concentrates on the relationship between English literature and culture and the individual's identity within the culture. Through critical and creative thinking, independent inquiry, and affective responses, students produce a formal research paper, creative and expository writings, and group, class and individual projects. Students refine skills identified through the Indiana language arts standards, as well as test-taking strategies, to ensure excellence in application of skills. A structured summer reading and writing assignment is part of the course work. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
The course is designed for students identified high-ability students in language arts who are self-motivated to meet academic challenges.  
High achievers who wish admittance to this course but do not meet high ability criteria may apply for admission.

ENGLISH 12A
Through the integrated study of language, British and world literature, composition, and oral communication, this course continues to develop all skills outlined in English 9 through 11 and refines skills identified in the twelfth-grade Indiana language arts standards and competencies.  This year-long, twelfth-grade course teaches final refinement of writing skills.  This course increases students’ awareness and development of language art skills required of students to achieve success in post-secondary experiences, whether in the world of higher education or in the world of work.  With emphasis on the needs and future plans of the students, this course sharpens critical reading and interpretative skills to prepare students to make informed decisions as citizens of a democratic society. English 12A includes the completion of a long-term Senior Project.

This class is offered as a team taught inclusion course (with a general education and a special education teacher) which provides extra support for students who need accommodations, such as modifications of content and extended time for assignments/ tests.  

English 12 is also offered as a self-contained class.  Direct support is given by a special education teacher and an assistant in academic, social and emotional areas.  Some of these classes are general diploma lane classes, while others are functional academic classes which go toward a non-diploma track. 
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 
AP English Literature and Composition 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. The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods, concentrating on works of recognized literary merit.  
Credits: 2 credits, a two-semester course with 1 credit per semester
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
Students may earn three hours of college credit for English 101 through University of Southern Indiana’s College Achievement Program (CAP).

ENGLISH ELECTIVES
JOURNALISM

Journalism is a study of communications history including a comparison study of journalistic writing to other types of writing.  This course prepares students for newspaper and yearbook staff positions; it is not a student publication course. It emphasizes reporting and writing news stories in various journalistic styles and offers training in layout, design, headline and caption writing, and desktop publishing. Students learn the legal and social responsibilities involved in newspaper publications and the ethics of accurate and fair reporting. 
Recommended Grade Level:  Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12
Credits: 1 credit; one semester course
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma
Prerequisite for Student Publications: Newspaper and Student Publications: Yearbook.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS: NEWSPAPER
This course offers practical training in planning, publishing, marketing, and distributing the school's newspaper. Students working on the newspaper staff produce and distribute a regularly-scheduled newspaper. This course provides the study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, and note taking for the purpose of writing, editing, and publishing the newspaper for print. This course includes instruction and practice in effective journalistic writing forms and techniques as well as computer-generated layout and design. Students study representative examples of professional journalism while learning, discussing, and practicing responsible journalism.  
Recommended Grade Level:  Grades 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites:  Journalism 
Credits:  1-6 credits. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at advanced levels.  
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas. 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS: YEARBOOK
This course offers practical training in planning, publishing, marketing, and distributing the school's yearbook. Students working on the yearbook staff produce and distribute an annual yearbook. This course provides the study of and practice of gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, and note taking for the purpose of writing, editing, and publishing the yearbook for print. This course includes instruction and practice in effective journalistic writing forms and techniques as well as computer-generated layout and design.
Recommended Grade Level:  Grades 10, 11, or 12
Recommended Prerequisites:  Journalism 
Credits:  1-6 credits. The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at advanced levels.  May be offered over three years 
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas. 

CREATIVE WRITING
This one-semester course helps students develop writing skills used primarily in creating poetry and prose. Through processes of reading, writing, and critiquing, students work toward preparing publication-quality manuscripts. Students learn to manipulate language to convey ideas, feeling, moods, and visual images. Students become familiar with standard literary elements through the reading and study of published prose and poetry and practice using those elements in their own writing.
Recommended Grade Level:  Grades 10, 11 or 12
Credits: 1 credit; one semester course
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

FILM LITERATURE
Film Literature is a study of how literature is adapted for film or media and includes role playing as film directors for selected screen scenes.  Students read about the history of film, the reflection or influence of film on the culture, and issues of interpretation, production and adaptation.  Students examine the visual interpretation of literary techniques and auditory language in film and the limitations or special capacities of film versus text to present a literary work. Students analyze how films portray the human condition and the roles of men and women and the various ethnic or cultural minorities in the past and present.  FILM LITERATURE Project:  Students complete a project, such as doing an historical timeline and bibliography on the development of film or the creation of a short- subject film, which demonstrates knowledge, application, and progress in the Film Literature course content.  
Recommended Grade Level:   Grades 11 or 12
Credits: 1 credit; one semester course
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

ETYMOLOGY
Etymology, a one-semester course, enlarges students' vocabularies for application to reading, writing, and speaking. Students receive instruction in the derivation of English words and word families from Latin, Greek, and Germanic roots as well as prefixes, suffixes, and reasons for language change. The course introduces students to tools and resources for etymological study and encourages them to be curious about the English language. The course also provides a study of the connotative and denotative meanings of words in a variety of contexts. Students study the use of language in literary models, and they increase writing skills by creating compositions developed around vocabulary and language study. Further development of oral communication skills is enhanced through a variety of activities. 
Recommended Grade Level:  Grades 10 or 11
Credits: 1 credit; one semester course
Fulfills an English/Language Arts requirement for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas

READING ENRICHMENT
Reading Enrichment is a way for struggling readers to improve comprehension and word recognition. This class uses Achieve 3000, an online, interactive program centered on student abilities, to get students reading at grade level. Achieve 3000 offers nonfiction reading material based on reading level and state standards. This class is designed ensure both student learning and student growth.
Recommended Grade Level:  Grade 9 or 10 
Recommended Prerequisites:  None
Credits: 1-2 credits.  The nature of this course allows for successive semesters of instruction at advanced levels. 
Counts as an Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas
This course is for students who need additional support in vocabulary development and reading comprehension.  

Shepard Academy Course Descriptions 
English courses offered in the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice include the required courses at each grade level in addition to elective courses. These courses are designed for students who are self-motivated to meet academic challenges and who are interested in the Shepard Academy. For full course descriptions, see the Shepard Academy section of Harrison’s course descriptions.
Pre-Academy Freshman Block
English 9 Honors
Speech
Pre-Academy Sophomore Block
English 10 Honors 
Shepard Academy Junior Block
Advanced Placement Language/Composition (concurrent credit) 
Advanced Speech (concurrent credit)
Debate
Shepard Academy Senior Block
Advanced Placement Literature/Composition (concurrent credit)
Ethnic Literature

Center for Family and Community Outreach Course Descriptions  
The English course offered in the Center for Family and Community Outreach (CFCO) is English 12A, the required course at the senior grade level. The course is also offered as a concurrent credit course. For a full course description, see the CFCO section of Harrison’s course descriptions.