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English 8th Grade - Academic
This course is designed to develop, strengthen, and broaden a student’s understanding and the use of language in its various forms. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and collaborative strategies are used purposefully to build knowledge and skills and to help students become independent readers, writers, and thinkers as they continue to progressively build the skills necessary for academic success in middle school and high school. The primary goals of the course are to foster independent learning, encourage in-depth exploration of the content, explore various genres, and develop academic habits of mind. Outside and summer reading are required. 

English 8th Grade - Advanced
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria
This course is designed with all the fundamentals of the Academic level class following the same scope and sequence. Through increased rigor, deeper thinking, alternate readings and assignments, and the development of more advanced products, students will further refine their reading and writing skills in preparation for their high school courses. Outside and summer reading are required.

Creative Writing 7th & 8th grade
1 Semester
The goals of this course include gaining a greater understanding of the components of various types of creative writing, fostering an understanding of and development of a personal writing process, and producing of multiple types of creative writing to include essays, short stories, and poetry. Among the methods we’ll use to achieve this will be the study of the diction, the imagery, and the tone of published writers. Having a better understanding of the choices writers make will help students understand how to communicate their own ideas of fiction. This course is for the student who wants to understand how writing happens, how to turn interesting thoughts into compelling words, and wants to create worlds with characters and dialog. Students will not be required to but will be strongly encouraged to share their work with the other students in the class.

Communication Applications  8th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit  ~ 1 Semester
Communication Applications is designed to teach the skills and strategies needed to become an effective communicator in a variety of “real life” situations. Students will build self-confidence while speaking in both formal and informal settings. Students are expected to identify, analyze, develop, and evaluate communication skills needed for professional and social success in interpersonal situations, interviews, group interactions, and professional or personal presentations. Assignments will focus on verbal and nonverbal messages, listening skills, and critical thinking. At the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate effectively and appropriately, which will allow them greater ease in expressing their thoughts and feelings. 

English I - 9th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school freshmen will be led to develop analytical reading, academic writing, critical thinking and presentation skills. Course content includes myth, short stories, poetry, drama, and novels. Analytic reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes writing including narrative, expository and argumentative. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.

English I Honors - 9th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 9th grade course with the addition of particular and specific attention to Pre-AP® standards and rigor set forth by the College Board in preparation for the rigor of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Outside and summer reading are required.

English II - 10th Grade World Literature
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school sophomores will learn specific writing skills and demonstrate their academic writing competence in various course assessments and projects. Course content includes short stories, poetry, drama and novels as well as a number of non-fiction essays and writings. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.

English II Honors - 10th Grade World Literature
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria
Students will follow the scope and sequence for the Academic 10th grade course with the addition of particular and specific attention to Pre-AP® standards and rigor set forth by the College Board in preparation for the rigor of Advanced Placement classes in high school. Outside and summer reading are required.

English III - 11th Grade American Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
High school juniors will encounter the American literary heritage from its beginning to the present. They will become familiar with the traditions from different periods in literature while reading essays, poetry, short fiction and various historical speeches and essays. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Outside and summer reading are required.

English III AP® - 11th Grade  Language and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria
The rigor of this college level course requires students to write in persuasive and argumentative styles as well as a variety of modes and for various audiences. Course content emphasizes analysis of rhetorical techniques and their application to a variety of writing situations. Students will also develop skills in collaboration and communication. Outside and summer reading are required. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

English IV - 12th Grade  British Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course prepares students for the reading, thinking, writing, and research tasks encountered in college course-work. Students will read, analyze and synthesize complex literary works and non-fiction prose to formulate their own academic arguments. Analytical reading instruction will extend understanding of literary elements and language. Writing instruction will extend development in various modes of writing. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. SAT vocabulary continues to be a focus. Outside and summer reading are required.

English IV AP® - 12th Grade Literature and Composition
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Previous levels of English and selection criteria
In this college level course, students explore literary works from different periods. Careful attention is given to close reading of literary texts and to their historical context. Students are expected to read complex texts with understanding and to write complex prose that communicates effectively with mature readers. In addition, students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective discourse, collaboration and reflection. Summer and extensive outside reading are required. The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board.

Creative and Imaginative Writing 9th - 12th Grade
.5 or 1 Credit ~ 1 or 2 Semesters
This interesting and diverse study of creative and imaginative writing allows high school students to develop increased skill, creativity, and versatility as writers. In the class, students will be provided the time to write independently and to share and critique their writings with others. In their efforts to perfect selected pieces of work, students will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of the reflective nature of the writing process, applying the conventions of usage and the mechanics of written English. Throughout the year, students will study and create from a variety of genres such as essays, short stories, poetry, and drama to stretch and improve their writing abilities. As a means of extending their knowledge of effective and creative techniques and forms of writing, students will be afforded the opportunity to create and publish the school’s literary magazine using pieces of their own written work, art and photography.

Film as Literature 9th - 12th Grade
.5 Credit ~ 1 Semester
Film as Literature is a course designed to allow students to experience different types of films as works of literature. Drama, comedy, science fiction/fantasy, short films, documentaries and other films worthy of study will be included within the coursework. Students will be expected to write persuasive, analytical and compare/contrast essays. Class time will include film viewing, class discussions, lectures, reading, response writing, and group projects.

Journalism I 9th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
This course is designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in an in-depth, hands-on experience in journalism and the news writing process. Students will learn various article formats and work towards developing their own voice using various writing styles.  Students will be responsible for the planning, design, and publication of the online school newspaper. This production process will involve news, sports, and feature writing, page and graphic design, photography, and business management.

Journalism II 10th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Journalism I
This course will build on and expand the knowledge and techniques learned in Journalism I. Students will serve as mentors for Journalism I students, modelling interviewing and editing techniques, coaching them in writing, and provide guidance as needed. Journalism II students will serve as section editors for the school online newspaper, focusing on advanced layout techniques, photojournalism, and broadcast journalism.

Journalism III - Honors 11th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
Prerequisite and Limitations: Journalism I and II
Students will take the leadership roles for the online student newspaper and serve as Managing Editors. Along with continuing their own writing and column assignments, they will create assignments for the newspaper staff, brainstorm ideas for features and special pages, take the lead in assigning video news packages for broadcast news, and work to promote the news department to the student body of Northland. They will also work with the Broadcast News Editors to create a cohesive program. Students will also have the opportunity to compete at Journalism writing completions. 

AP® Seminar  10th - 12th Grade
1 Credit ~ 2 Semesters
AP® is a foundational course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations where they can explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues by analyzing divergent perspectives. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies, and foundational, literary, and philosophical texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts, and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic works and performances. They synthesize information from multiple sources, develop their own perspectives in written essays, and design and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as a team. Ultimately, the course aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision so they can craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.  The College Board AP® Exam is required of students at the end of the year. Students will receive college credit based upon the advanced placement policy of the college they choose to attend. Students are responsible for the exam fee which is determined by The College Board. 

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