“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
Maya Angelou
“It is not in the starts to hold out destiny but in ourselves.”
William Shakspear
“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

NSHS English department

The English curriculum at North High encourages students to take more responsibility for their own learning and develop critical thinking skills. Courses are provided at appropriate skill levels to enable students to progress successfully in developing skill competence and mastery. The ability to communicate effectively is essential to success in the 21st Century. Reading with accuracy and understanding, and then applying and interpreting what is read produces thoughtful citizens for tomorrow’s work force. Communication, in either written or spoken form, is necessary for success in relationships, academic studies, and professional endeavors. If you have questions about placement or courses contact the English lead  Karri Gordon. 

9th grade

English 9 Composition and Literature  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

Composition: English 9 Composition is the first semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis will be placed on expository composition skills and standards. Studies of short literary texts will be included with an emphasis on demonstrating general knowledge and developing interpretations. Literature: English 9 Literature is the second semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis will be placed on the content and structure of a variety of texts. Students will engage in the study of literary analysis.

Prerequisite: None

Honors English 9 Composition and Literature Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9

See the Planned Course Statement for the description of English 9. In addition to the scope and sequenceof the course, opportunities for honors credit may include but are not limited to the following options: *Enrichment and/or depth of content standards, *Connections to cross curricular/real world applications, *Additional opportunities for self-selected inquiry and investigations, *Proficiency Grading: Students demonstrates that they consistently exceed the standard proficiency Please note: In a stand-alone honors class all grade level standards will be addressed while incorporating the above statements.

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

10th grade

English 10 Composition & Literature  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10

English 10 Composition is the first semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis will be placed on persuasive composition skills and standards. A study of informational and literary text will be included with a focus on developing interpretations. English 10 Literature is the second semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis will be placed on examining content and structure of literary text and a study of narrative form and composition.

Prerequisite: English 9

Honors English 10 Composition & Literature  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10

See the Planned Course Statement for the description of Eng 9. In addition to the scope and sequence of the course, opportunities for honors credit may include but are not limited to the following options: *Enrichment and/ or depth of content standards, *Connections to cross curricular/real world applications, *Additional opportunities for self-selected inquiry, and investigations, * Proficiency Grading: Student demonstrates that they consistently exceed the standard proficiency Please note: In a stand-alone honors class all grade level standards will be addressed while incorporation the above statements.

Prerequisite: Honors English 9 or Teacher Recommendation

11th grade

English 11  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11

English 11 is the first semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis is placed on the content and structure of a variety of both informational and literary texts. Students will develop skills related to writing a variety of expository texts. English 11 is the second semester of a year-long English course. Emphasis will be on studying the craft and structure of literary and informational texts, along with writing a range of text types, for a variety of purposes— specifically argumentation.

Prerequisite: English 9 & 10

AP English Literature and Composition  Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 12

In AP Literature and Composition, students engage in a careful study and discussion of texts in a variety of literary genres, and sharpen their awareness of authors’ uses of stylistic techniques while learning the essentials of literary analysis, criticism, and major literary time periods. In addition, this course teaches students to develop the mature voice needed for college level writing and also places special emphasis on the skills and confidence needed for in-class essay writing.

Prerequisite: English 11 / Teacher Recommendation

12th grade

English 12  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 12

English 12 is a year-long English course. This is a culminating course focused on preparing students for college and/or career. Emphasis is placed on the content and structure of a variety of both informational and literary texts. Students will write in a variety of modes for college and career readiness.

Prerequisite: English 9, 10, & 11

AP Language and Composition  Comp/Lit Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

AP Language and Composition is an intensive study of writing, argumentation, and analysis. Students will read and explore various forms of rhetoric and argument, write analytical and argumentative essays, and develop techniques for dealing with on-demand writing prompts. While the focus of this course is writing, students will read several major literary texts during the course. This course is designed for the college-bound students and offers college credit at many universities based on a student’s AP test scores.

Prerequisite: English 10 / Teacher recommendation

English electives

Mythology  Lit Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This class studies classical Greek and Roman mythology and to develop understanding of the archetypal patterns that form the basis of western thought, culture, and literature. Classical mythology studies the influences of Greco-Roman archetypes on history, religion, psychology, art, astronomy and philosophy, as well as literature.
Prerequisite: None

Public Speaking I  Lit Credit=0.5 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

In this class, students work to develop public reading and speaking skills, and develop confidence in those skills by giving speeches to persuade, inform, and entertain. The course is designed primarily for students in Grades 10-12, but open to 9th graders on an individual basis. Students must have passed both MSO in Writing and Reading prior to taking this course. Students may also give interpretive reading, participate in panel discussions, and in speech contests.

Prerequisite: None

Public Speaking II  Lit Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Public Speaking II is designed for students who enjoyed Public Speaking. This course allows students to participate in a variety of academic and “real life” speaking situations, from reading children’s stories for elementary students to competing in speech tournaments.

Prerequisite: None

Science Fiction Lit Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This course is designed to teach basic reading skills such as comprehension, evaluation, analysis, synthesis and application. The course will focus on reading in the genre of science fiction. Students will be expected to read and respond to various short stories, novels and films.

Prerequisite: None

Sports in Literature Lit Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: No Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This course is designed to teach basic reading skills such as comprehension, evaluation , analysis, synthesis, and application. The course will focus on fiction and non-fiction sport literature. Students will be expected to read and respond to various essays, short stories, novels, and films.

Prerequisite: Grade level required English class concurrent

Street Lit  English Credit=1.0 OUS: NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Students will improve their literacy skills through the exploration of what life is like in our cities and on the streets of the United States. This course will include diverse perspectives using a variety of texts such as videos, urban literature, non-fiction articles and spoken word poetry to explore topics relevant to the streets: gangs, survival, community, loyalty and self-determination.

Prerequisite: English 9 & 10