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  • ENGLISH 9

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    1309             Grade 9          1 credit  

    In the 9th grade ELA curriculum, students will read, discuss, and analyze contemporary, as well as classic texts, focusing on how complex characters develop through interactions with one another and how authors structure text, to accomplish that development. There will be a strong emphasis on reading closely and responding to text dependent questions, annotating text, and developing academic vocabulary in context.  We will also focus on the ability to make evidence-based claims, which will empower students with critical reading and writing skills emphasized in the Common Core.  Finally, we will be focusing on research skills and use of proper MLA citations to provide strong, thorough textual evidence to support student claims.  Writing assignments are frequent and varied, relying on original thought and analysis. Students will be expected to engage in class discussions and participate in group activities throughout the year.  A completed summer reading assignment is due on the first day of school. The assignment will be given to each LMS student by their 8th grade teacher, or mailed directly to students registering for LHS from other schools. It will also be available in the high school Counseling Center as well as on the school website, http://www.lancasterschools.org/lancasterhs.
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  • ENGLISH 10

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    1310            Grade 10                  1 credit

    The course is designed to prepare students for college entrance and the Comprehensive Regents Exam.  Several literary classics will be read and studied.  Vocabularies will be expanded through these studies and a program of workbook lessons.  Critical thinking and communication skills will be required for essay responses to literature. Basic principles of grammar and spelling will be reviewed.  Tasks 3 and 4 of the English Comprehensive Exam are a major part of the curriculum. 
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  • HONORS ENGLISH 10

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    1410            Grade 10               1 credit
     
    Prerequisite:  Application process includes average of 90% or better in English 9, a completed writing task, and two teacher recommendations.
     
    This course is strongly recommended for any student interested in taking AP Language and Composition or AP Literature during their Junior and/or Senior years.
     
    Literary topics for study include mythology, non-fiction and fiction prose and poetry. In addition to the above, there are a variety of selected short stories, essays, and articles, Shakespearean comedies and tragedies, all pieces suggested and developed though use of the Common Core Standards. Vocabulary study, several short critical analysis papers, and journal writings are developed from the literature. A major research project is assigned which is focused on evidenced-based research, as well as close reading techniques study. All parts of the English Common Core Exam are major parts of the curriculum study. A completed summer reading assignment is due on the first day of school.
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  • ENGLISH 11

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    1311          Grade 11              1 credit        NYSSB

    This course concentrates on fictional and non-fictional American Literature.  Close reading and analysis of novels, plays, short stories, and poems will lead to instruction on writing literary analyses, as well as expository, creative, and argument papers.   Argument writing will emphasize claim formulation, and the development, defense, and support of argument using textual evidence across genres and rhetoric strategies.  The American Dream and other major themes will be looked at through the writing of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Miller, Whitman, Dickinson, Steinbeck, and Wilson.  The range of conventional critical reading and writing skills necessary to show proficiency on the New York State English Comprehensive Exam and the New York State Common Core Assessment will be honed throughout the year.  All English III students will choose between a 12 hour community service oriented project, with quarterly assignments,  or  a comprehensive formal research paper.  Those students who opt out of the service project forfeit 100 points per quarter, as described above, and complete the research paper, given in May, as their final evaluation.
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  • AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION / ENGLISH 11 HONORS

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    1426                      Grade 11               1 credit       NYSSB

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 10 Honors or 11 Honors. Students completing 10 Honors must have an average of 90% or better. Students completing 11 Honors must have an average of 85% or better and must be ready for college-level writing. It is not recommended that
    students from English 10 Regents or English 11 Regents register for this course. All students must have a recommendation from their current English teacher.

    This is an intensive writing course designed to prepare students for the rigors of college writing and for the Advanced Placement Exam in composition. It is modeled after a typical “Freshman Composition” course and focuses primarily on rhetorical analysis of non-fiction books, essays,
    and articles. Rhetoric can be defined as “the study and the art of using language effectively.”  Using Aristotle’s model of the rhetorical triangle (Word/Logos; Author/Ethos; Audience/Pathos), students will learn to analyze the language choices authors use to create meaningful and
    persuasive texts. Students will write weekly essays focusing on analysis, persuasion, and synthesis while developing their own voice and style. A summer reading/writing assignment will be given in May and will be due the first day of school. Students will be asked to sign a contract upon registering for this course.
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  • ENGLISH 12

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    1312          Grade 12               1 credit           NYSSB

    This course will be divided into two semesters. In the first semester, all seniors will focus intensely on the technical attributes of the writing process required at both the college and post high school career levels. Individuals will be given the valuable opportunity to work with both their English IV teacher and a Bryant and Stratton professor, who have volunteered their time and expertise to assist in reversing the disturbing trend of incoming college freshmen and entry level employees who are either being assigned to remedial writing classes at the college level or denied employment.   Students will master the ability to construct thesis driven papers, develop a college admissions writing sample and thoroughly evaluate their own strengths and weakness within the writing process, to ensure their individual success after graduation.  

    Throughout the second semester, the course will focus on literature and literary criticism of works, which will also help prepare students for what they will experience after high school. Close reading, analysis and evaluation skills will be refined and honed, as these are an integral component of the Common Core Learning Standards.  Students will demonstrate their ability to conduct in-depth critical analysis of literature appropriate for their post high school studies. Discussion, reflection and evaluation, which will be text dependent, and the aforementioned, will be a major component of the second semester. 

    All English IV students will be given the opportunity to choose between CAP or CEP as a major component of the course.   CAP:Community Awareness Project is a 24 hour service oriented project.  CEP: Career Extension Project is a thoroughly researched college major or career choice project with an accompanying 14 hours of shadowing or interning related to what they wish to pursue after high school graduation.  Both projects include quarterly assignments, equaling 100 points each quarter.  Students who opt out of participating in either the Community Awareness Program or the Career Extension Project will forfeit the 100 points each quarter, as described above and instead will be assigned a 10-page research paper, disseminated in May on a topic of the instructor’s choosing, as their means for an end of the year evaluation. Students will leave English IV with both the understanding and confidence necessary to succeed academically and socially in the rigorous climate of today’s society.

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  • AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION / ENGLISH 12 HONORS

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    1412                  Grade 12                  1 credit                  NYSSB
     
    Prerequisite:  Two teacher recommendations (10th and 11th grade) and classroom average of 90%, or higher, at the time of scheduling for senior year.
     
    Students have been reading, writing, and studying various forms of prose and poetry throughout high school.  The process in English Literature and Composition involves a more in-depth approach to understanding and analyzing what students read, as well as considering structure, style, and specific elements, such as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.  This course is geared to prepare the 12th grade student for the National Advanced Placement Exam in Literature and Composition and/or to challenge the above average student of English.  Using a comparative analysis approach to literature, students read, analyze and compare works according to subject, form and point of view.  Literature is taken from over 600 years of poetry and prose. College application work is focused in September and October in the classroom and in conjunction with counseling using Naviance. Literature analysis, comparative study of writing styles, and techniques used through various centuries is studied.  A summer reading, writing, and research project is given in June and is due on the first day of class.
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  • CREATIVE WRITING

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    1314               Grades 11,12                 1/2 credit    

    This course focuses on many aspects of writing and the creative process.  Writing forms will include fiction, monologue, dialogue, poetry, creative non-fiction, narration, and playwriting.  Students will write daily in order to create a portfolio for evaluation and possible publication.
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  • DRAMA & FILM

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    1318            Grades 10, 11, 12                              1/2 credit
     
    This is a workshop course centering on the development of performance skills and techniques.  Students learn the skills of concentration, interpretation, and poise in activities that are fun and creative.  Pantomime, improvisation, and scene work are done in solo and group time.  Final project is a class-determined performance or production.
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  • HISTORICAL FICTION THROUGH LITERATURE & FILM

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     1320                  Grades 10, 11,12                               1/2 credit
     
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Crime Scene Investigator at the turn of the century  or a passenger on the Titanic?  How about a Roman Gladiator or Chicago mob boss?   Historical Fiction provides a richer understanding of a specific time period and brings personal stories into history.  This course offers students the opportunity to bring the past alive through reading Historical Fiction, viewing relevant films, researching related topics and creating their own pieces of Historical Fiction.
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  • JOURNALISM I

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    1316                  Grades 10, 11,12                1/2 credit
     
    The student will learn the fundamentals of print journalism: writing, editing, and producing a paper.  Evidence of this knowledge will be shown in the staffing and production of the school's newspaper. This is a "hands-on" course.
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  • JOURNALISM II

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    1336            Grades 10, 11,12             1/2 credit
     
    Broadcast media is the focus of this course.  The course will address current media issues including television advertising, radio and television news, talk shows, and entertainment news.  Students will have an opportunity to create their own commercials and talk shows.  The goal is for students to be more aware of the way broadcasters and media outlets try to influence and shape their decisions, from current news events to which products they buy.  Students DO NOT need to take Journalism I in order to sign up for this course.
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  • MYTHOLOGY

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    1430            Grades 10, 11, 12             1/2 credit    

    Embark on a journey back to the Mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. Come discover the stories of the gods and goddesses and heroes of ancient times.  Fight with Achilles on the battlefield of Troy.  Ride along with Odysseus inside the Trojan horse. Learn how myths shaped the ancient Greek and Roman culture including how they thought, lived, and expressed themselves.  Come explore the enduring power of ancient mythology as it shapes modern literature, art, film and music, while competing in a class-wide simulation to achieve ancient supremacy.
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  • PUBLIC SPEAKING

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    1414            Grades 10, 11,12                  1/2 credit
     
    This course provides students with a variety of speaking experiences.  Class activities meant to increase self-confidence in the student will include: prepared, extemporaneous and impromptu speaking.  The final exam will consist of one prepared 10 minute presentation.
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  • SHAKESPEARE: FROM STAGE TO MODERN MOVIE SCREEN

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    1319               Grades 10, 11, 12                 1/2 credit  
     
    This focus of this course is to encourage appreciation for William Shakespeare, perhaps the greatest playwright in the English language.  Even though he lived and died four centuries ago, his influence in both our literature and culture can still be seen today.  Studying the texts of some of his plays as well as viewing some of the many film versions of his works  will enhance students’ understanding of this literary genius.
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  • SPORTS IN LITERATURE

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    1275             Grades 10, 11,12               1/2 credit  
     
    This course will focus on various topics of athletics as they are portrayed in literature. Students will study themes such as: Definition of Sport, Hazing, Steriods/PED, Females in Athletics, Positive/Negative Role Models, Out of Control Fans, and Current Events. These themes will be viewed through various magazines, newspapers, online sources, and novels. Students will complete various writing assignments on these topics. Students enrolling in this class should have an interest in both athletics and literature.
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