English II Pre-AP

This course spotlights the recursive moves that matter in preparing students for the rigor fo college-level reading and writing. English II requires students to apply practices to a new host of complex texts - the types of texts they will encounter in AP English course, college classes, and on the SAT/ACT. As readers, students develop a vigilant awareness of how the poet, playwright, novelist, and writer of nonfiction alike can masterfully manipulate language to serve their unique purposes. As writers, students compose more nuanced essays without losing sight of the importance of well-crafted sentences and sense of cohesion.

English III CP & Pre-AP
English III CP
This course is a survey of American Literature from Native American Oral Tradition through the Twentieth Century. Students will study literature, the characteristics of the different eras and genres, including poetry, short stories, drama, essays, and novels. Vocabulary will be developed through the study of words from the core works and, at times, from outside lists. Students will develop skills in reading and deconstructing literature, in oral language, and in writing. The conventions of grammar will be presented as part of the study of writing. The writing process will be an important element to this course, emphasizing persuasive, argumentative, interpretive, analytical and autobiographical writing styles.

English III - Pre-AP
This class is designed to prepare students “to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives”. (The College Board, AP® English Course Description) This course will require students to analyze effectively using rhetorical strategies in non-fiction, literature, film, art, and advertising found in American culture. This means students are expected to read critically, think analytically, and communicate clearly in both writing and speech.

Primary Learning Goals:Pre-AP is based on two important principles: 1) All students can perform well at rigorous academics levels that are reflected in curriculum and instruction. All students will be constantly challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level. 2) A belief that students can be prepared for higher intellectual engagement.