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 provides a proving ground in which students will improve their English-oriented skills including, reading comprehension, literary analysis, grammar, composition, and verbal expression. Through the examination of short stories, novels, plays, and multimedia projects the students will hold the mirror of literature up to their own lives.
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 storytelling, relationships and reflection. 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 toward master of the five paragraph essay as a means of clarifying thought about literature. Multiple presentations and performances are designed to enhance public speaking and dramatic skills. Major texts in the recent past have included: To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, and A Raisin in the Sun, along with selected myths, fairy tales, poetry 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
This course examines the literature from the 1800's up to the modern day and how the moral dilemmas encountered in our modern world are similar to those over 200 years ago. In addition to honing their reading and analytical skills, students will refine their public speaking and writing skills. This course offers both a standard and honors track. In addition to being held to higher level of assessment, honors track students will take on leadership roles and will have several outside assignments throughout the year.
English 4 – Grade 12† English 4 – Grade 12†

In this course, students are exposed to a chronological survey of British Literature from the Medieval Era to the end of the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on climbing the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, improving personal lexicons through focused vocabulary and grammar work, and challenging the student’s insight, creativity, writing and dramatic presentation skills. Course material includes personal essays, poetry, short stories, The Canterbury Tales, The Taming of The Shrew, Hamlet, and Corelli’s Mandolin. The Advanced Placement option is Honors Weight. The Advanced Placement option is Honors Weight and has prerequisites, some which must be fulfilled prior to the start of school in the fall.

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.
Expository Writing (Sophomore) – Grade 10
This course in expository writing course will provide an in depth practice of essay writing skills which are essential in the high school classroom. Students will work on mastering the five paragraph essay, focusing on the essay writing process and structure. Students will learn how to research and gather information, take notes, write essay outlines, and craft an effective thesis statement in addition to honing their paragraph structure. This course will also reinforce grammar usage. Students will learn how to effectively prepare for a research paper and utilize Chicago Style as well as MLA style of notation.
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.


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