High School English
(from the Hanover Schools Program of Studies)

English 9 (Advanced) / English 9 Pre-Baccalaureate (E751)
Course No. E151 Year - 1 Weighted Credit
Students will study world literature extensively to develop skills in
recognizing themes and applying them to their own experiences.
They will focus on communicating this knowledge in appropriate
oral and written forms. In addition, students will enrich their
knowledge of vocabulary to provide better communication and
comprehension skills. Stylistic development in prose style as well as
effective use of grammatical conventions will be emphasized in
formal and informal essays. Students will learn effective
techniques of oral presentation.
 

English 9
Course No. E152 Year - 1 Credit
Students will study various literary genres to develop skills in
recognizing themes and applying them to their own experiences.
They will focus on gaining knowledge and understanding of both
short stories and novels and communicating this knowledge in
appropriate oral and written forms. In addition, students will use
a variety of sentence types for effective communication with an
emphasis on basic punctuation and usage. They also will enrich
their vocabularies to develop better communication and comprehension
skills. Finally, students will use the writing process in
formal and informal essays, as well as demonstrate proficiency in
public speaking.

English 10 (Advanced) / English 10 Pre-Baccalaureate (E757)
Course No. E157 Year - 1 Weighted Credit
Students will develop reading and listening proficiencies through
interaction with a variety of literary genres and will demonstrate
knowledge of the correct usage of language. Vocabulary study
will be enhanced through literature study. Developing persuasive,
expository, narrative, and descriptive writings will be addressed;
however, the focus will be on developing expository writing,
which asserts and supports a position. Developing proficiency in
public speaking, analyzing consumer information, and writing a
résumé also will be addressed in this course.
 

English 10
Course No. E158 Year - 1 Credit
Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of
various literary genres including poetry, drama, short stories,
nonfiction, and legends. In addition, they will develop persuasive,
expository, narrative, and descriptive writings with a focus on
expository writing, which asserts and supports a position. Further
study will include vocabulary-building, correct language usage,
public speaking, and consumer information.
 

Advanced Placement English 11: Language and Composition
Course No. E160 Year - 1 Weighted Credit
Available only at Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry High Schools
Students will engage in the careful reading of various literary
works. The majority of the works studied in this course will be
non-fiction with an American emphasis. Works of fiction including
poetry, short stories and novels also will be analyzed. Students will
hone understanding of language by analyzing the individual
work’s language, purpose, and intended audience and will also
consider its structure, meaning, and value, and its relationship to
contemporary experience as well as the context in which it is
written. Additionally, students will study the rhetoric of photographs,
films, advertisements, comic strips and music videos.
Students will be involved in the study and practice of writing and
will learn to recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical
strategies. Through speaking, listening, and reading, but
chiefly through the experience of their own writing, students
should become more aware of the resources of language: connotation,
metaphor, irony, syntax, diction and tone. Assignments will
focus on the critical analysis of prose and will include essays in
exposition, and argument. The desired goals are the honest and
effective use of language and the organization of ideas in a clear,
coherent, and persuasive way. Students at the pilot schools are
required to take the Advanced Placement Examination administered
by the College Board and may receive college credit for satisfactory
scores.

English 11 (Advanced)
Course No. E162 Year - 1 Weighted Credit
Students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of
literature of the United States through a chronological approach
with brief discussions about the historical background of each
literary period. This survey of U.S. literature will serve as the core
in developing proficient communication skills. Using a variety of
forms, including persuasive, expository, and scientific/technical,
students will develop facility in the writing process. Vocabulary
instruction will be enriched with literature study and SAT preparation.
In addition, with the goal of success in college and professional
pursuits, students will demonstrate proficiency in delivering
public speeches, composing letters of application, developing
résumés, and documenting research papers.
 

English 11
Course No. E163 Year - 1 Credit
Students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of
United States literature through a chronological approach with
brief historical background discussions of each literary period. In
addition, students will expand their vocabularies, prepare for the
SAT, and demonstrate proficiency in public speaking. Writing
instruction will focus on persuasive, expository, narrative, and
descriptive writing as well as letters of application, a résumé, and
a documented research paper.
 

Advanced Placement English 12: Literature and Composition
Course No. E170 Year - 1 Weighted Credit
The course content includes a study of master works of British and
world literature. Critical approaches to understanding literature
and the composition of critical essays are stressed. In-depth essays
which synthesize information from multiple sources are required.
Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement
Examination administered by the College Board and may receive
college credit for satisfactory scores. For students who request
reimbursement at the time of application and score 4 or above on
the AP exam, the school district will reimburse the exam fee.

English 12
Course No. E173 Year - 1 Credit
Using a chronological approach to the study of English literature,
students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the
historical background of each literary period. Vocabulary study as
well as correct language usage will be stressed. Along with
demonstrating proficiency in public speaking, students will write
both persuasive and expository compositions, as well as a
documented research paper.

ESL - Grades 6 - 12 Year - 1 Credit
Course No. E116 (ESL6) E182 (ESL9)
E117 (ESL7) E183 (ESL10)
E118 (ESL8) E184 (ESL11)
E185 (ESL12)

ESL instruction is intensive teaching in English especially designed
for limited English proficient (LEP) students. In order to assist pupils
with the language acquisition process, teachers might bring LEP
students of diverse languages together as a group for whole-group
instruction; in other instances, they might pull students out of their
elementary classrooms individually for a certain period of time for
one-on-one work in ESL. A primary goal of ESL is to help students
understand, read and write English in order to communicate in
social settings, to achieve academically in all subject areas, and to
behave in socially and culturally appropriate ways. In order to
realize these goals, LEP students require meaningful oral language
practice. In addition, regular reinforcement of English skills in the
home can be instrumental in helping a student become proficient
in his/her new language.

Creative Writing - Grades 10 - 12
Course No. E176 Year - 1 Credit
Course No. E177 Semester - 1/2 Credit

This course allows students to explore the process of writing in a
workshop setting. Students will write, share, critique, and attempt
to publish a wide variety of genres with a focus on poetry, fiction,
memoir, and drama. One goal of the course is to expose students to
types of writing not typically taught in the English or Journalism
classroom. As participants in writing workshop, students will
explore the craft of writing through several stages, including
prewriting, drafting, revision, and editing. As a group, students will
collaborate to critique and mentor each other as they grow as a
community of writers. Through study of authors, students will
examine models of good writing and discuss techniques they can
use themselves. Students in creative writing may elect to contribute
to the production of the literary magazine.

 

Historical Literary Perspectives - Grades 11 & 12
Course No. E175 Semester - 1/2 Credit
Historical Literary Perspectives is an expansion of a course that
previously focused solely on the novel, but that now will include
the study of other genres as well. In this course, students will be
exposed to autobiographies, fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction
as the basis for conducting an in-depth study of multicultural
literature. Increasing scholarly understanding of the contributions
of each of our country’s principal minorities (African American,
Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American) is a
primary objective of the course, but an emphasis will be placed on
literary analysis of writings by African-American authors or about
the African-American experience. A study of various time periods
in United States history will provide a backdrop for the study of
literature. The ultimate goal of offering the course is that,
through the humanistic study of a variety of writings, students will
obtain a better understanding of themselves, their culture, and of
people of other cultures with whom invariably they will interact.
Note: Student should pair this course with another semester course.