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Courses | English

Through our English curriculum at ANC, we endeavor to provide our students with the experiences and skills necessary for the expression of ideas. Every ANC student is encouraged to have an approved college dictionary for personal use. Unless otherwise noted, English meets four periods per week for 4 points credit per term and is College Prep weight.

Girls English Courses
Boys English Courses
English 1– Grade 9† English 1 – Grade 9†
This course serves as an introduction to all genres from classic to modern literature. Various artistic forms will be studied including epic poetry, the novel and short stories. Emphasis will be placed upon fundamental written analysis and literary interpretation.
This course seeks to improve your English skills, which include how you read, how you articulate your ideas out loud, and how you write. Different assignments will focus and emphasize improving different skills. English class is all about how humans communicate with each other, and communication is all about
expressing what a person wants.
● Characters express what they want through inner monologue, dialogue, actions, and interactions
with other characters.
● Authors express what they want from the reader through a myriad of literary devices such as
character, setting, and theme.
● Teachers express what they want from their students through oral and written instructions (kind
of like what you are reading right now).
As teachers, our goal is to make our students better communicators.

English 2 – Grade 10† English 2 – Grade 10†
This course builds on the fundamentals of literary techniques and analysis learned in Freshman English. A particular emphasis is placed on developing an increased compassion for the human condition via storytelling and writing. Course material includes myths, legends and Bible stories, modern short stories, classical fairy tales, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing and A Raisin in the Sun.  A grammar review, as well as multiple essay-writing workshops, are designed to enhance the students’ technical and creative writing proficiency. Students give frequent oral presentations, write reading responses, essays, critical analyses, original stories and frequent entries in their journals.  They also complete one research project. This course builds on the fundamentals of literary techniques and analysis learned in Freshman English. A particular emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication skills with the hope that students will improve their ability to read, write, listen and speak with clarity. Students use journaling and discussion to consider their own lives and values through the experiences of the characters they read about. Grammar and sentence structure are reviewed and effort is made toward developing a mastery of the five paragraph essay. Public speaking plays a prominent role in the weekly schedule of the class. Major texts in the recent past have included: Of Mice and Men, The Green Mile, Lord of the Flies, Fist Stick Knife Gun, and Animal Farm, along with selected myths, fairy tales, and short stories
English 3 – Grade 11† English 3 – Grade 11†

A chronological survey of American literture from the Puritan Age to the 20th century. Consideration will be given to the transition of cultural thought from one literary period to the next. Texts studied include the classic works The Scarlet Letter and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as well as more modern or contemporary pieces such as The Glass Menagerie and The House on Mango Street. In conjunction with analysis, this course emphasizes a varied approach to the appreciation and understanding of literature. This course offers both a standard and honors track.

In addition to regular coursework, honors track expectations will include the following:

  • all essay tests - students will have some choice with the questions, but must complete four essays within the allotted time
  • 4-6 page Scarlet Letter paper employing an immediate thesis style, whereby the thesis comes in the opening statement vs. the five-paragraph location
  • research a 20c. literary period and face off on Q+A panel of their peers
  • lead at least one class discussion on a given text
  • daily evince personal engagement with the text to augment regular class discussions
JUNIOR ENGLISH: 19th Century – Current Affairs Literature The goal of this English class is to make you better communicators. This course will hone your communication skills. Different assignments will focus on and emphasize improving certain areas. This class is not Freshman English all over again. It is designed to be harder, push you more, and get ready for your senior year and beyond high school.

Think of English class like a gym for your brain. Your brain needs exercise or it will stagnate and eventually atrophy. Similar to the gym, if you only do what is easy and comfortable it is difficult to make progress. One of my goals is to make you leave your comfort zone while still staying safe. One of the methods teachers use to gauge your progress is through your ability to read, comprehend, and follow directions. It tells us whether you understand or not. This course will focus on three main questions: Do you prefer to live in blissful ignorance (darkness), or suffer under the weight of knowledge (light of understanding)? How does the Liminal State play a role in our search for truth and wisdom? Why did the author feel compelled to write this story? This syllabus covers both College Prep and Honors Track. For those that take the Honors Track, I will expect more in all aspects of the class, including academic, civil, and moral behavior.

English 4 – Grade 12† English 4 – Grade 12†
This course builds on the fundamentals of literary techniques and analysis learned in Freshman English. A particular emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication skills with the hope that students will improve their ability to read, write, listen and speak with clarity. Students use journaling and discussion to consider their own lives and values through the experiences of the characters they read about. Grammar and sentence structure are reviewed and effort is made toward developing a mastery of the five paragraph essay. Public speaking plays a prominent role in the weekly schedule of the class. Major texts in the recent past have included: Of Mice and Men, The Green Mile, Lord of the Flies, Fist Stick Knife Gun, and Animal Farm, along with selected myths, fairy tales, and short stories
This course examines what it means to be a good citizen, a good husband, and a good father. The written works for this course are: Elements of Style (Strunk and White), Beowulf (Burton Raffel, Translation), Ordinary People (Judith Guest), The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien), Bright Lights, Big City (Jay McInerney), Life of Pi (Yann Martel), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Ken Kesey), Hamlet (William Shakespeare), and How Green Was My Valley (Richard Llewellyn). In addition to reading, students will receive several opportunities to demonstrate their writing talents. Senior English ultimately aims to help young men cultivate wisdom by aligning their intelligence with charity. The Advanced Placement option is Honors Weight and has prerequisites, some which must be fulfilled prior to the start of school in the fall.
 
Co-Ed English Courses
Basic English Grammar and Writing Skills (ESL Freshman English) – Grade 9
This course will instruct the student in basic English grammar, sentence structure, paragraph formation, vocabulary and the basic structure of the 5 paragraph essay. Students will practice language speaking skills as well. Studies will incorporate English literature reading and writing assignments and oral reporting.
Introduction to Film – Grade 11
This course is an introduction to the study of film with an emphasis on developing the language and general understanding necessary to read a film as a text, and discuss it critically as an art form. Through close examination of masterpieces in American film, students learn methods of film interpretation and analysis, as well as genre and auteur theory. The program of study is designed to develop a strong general understanding of the inception and evolution of modern film-making, basic film techniques and terminology; where filmmakers source their ideas; creating and decoding symbolism on screen; and filmmakers’ use of emotional manipulation.
†Required.

 

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