COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

111  |   ENGLISH I HONORS     1.0 credit

In this advanced course, the student is exposed to an intensive study of literature accompanied by a comprehensive program in composition, grammar, and vocabulary. This course is designed for the student who can work at an accelerated pace.


112  |   ENGLISH I     1.0 credit

In this course, the student will explore a systematic study of the various literary genres and do extensive work in grammar, composition, and vocabulary to enhance his written and verbal skills.


113  |   ENGLISH COMPOSITION     1.0 credit

In this course, the student will do extensive review and practice work in basic grammar, composition, and vocabulary.


114  |   INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE     1.0 credit

In this course, the student will be provided with an introduction to the basic literary genres through a systematic study of literature. The student will work extensively on reading comprehension.


211  |   ENGLISH II HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisite: 85% in English I Honors (or 90% in English I)

In this advanced course, the student will survey the best of American literature, from the time of the Colonies to the present, and trace some of the traditions and attitudes that have molded contemporary America. Designed for the student who can work at an accelerated pace; in this course, he will be expected to do outside reading and work extensively on composition, grammar and vocabulary.


212  |   ENGLISH II      1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English I or English Composition

In this course, the student will survey the best of American literature, from the time of the Colonies to the present, and trace some of the traditions and attitudes that have molded contemporary America. In addition, he will complete extensive work in grammar, composition, and vocabulary.


310  |   AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE and COMPOSITION     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in English III Honors (or English II Honors)

This is an extremely rigorous course, approved by the College Board, designed for capable and ambitious students. This class is equivalent to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing course. Utilizing the writing process and teacher and peer input, students will create evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays. Students will also work extensively in reading and analyzing the rhetorical elements and their effect in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods. Reading and writing activities in the course will expand the students’ knowledge and control of formal conventions of written language (paragraphing, vocabulary, diction, syntax, grammar, mechanics, usage, and punctuation). Students in this course will be required to take the AP English Language and Composition exam in May.

This course may be taken to satisfy the 11th or 12th grade English requirement.

»  A fee is charged for the AP exam.


311  |   ENGLISH III HONORS     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in English II Honors OR 90% in English II

In this advanced course, the student will survey the best of British literature and examine its influence on Western thought, especially in America. Designed for the person who can work at an accelerated pace, the student will be expected to do advanced work in composition, research, vocabulary, and independent reading with the intended purpose being to prepare serious and qualified students for the senior Advanced Placement English Program. Additionally, the student will write a research paper, prepare for ACT/SAT, and write a college essay.


312  |   ENGLISH III     1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English II

In this course, the student will chronologically survey British literature and its relevant history.  He will complete extensive work in composition, vocabulary and outside reading. Additionally, the student will write a research paper, prepare for ACT/SAT, and write a college essay.


315  |   MYTHOLOGY     0.5 credit    

World Mythology is a semester course where students explore major cultural myths and epics from around the world.  The students will interpret myths for their sociological, philosophical, and historical significance, identify various universal archetypes, themes, and symbols found in myths, analyze the cultural significance and relevance of important ancient stories, deepen knowledge of world cultures, and make connections between the text, society as a whole, and his personal experience.


411  |   AP LITERATURE and COMPOSITION     1.0 credit

Prerequisites: 80% in English III Honors

In this Advanced Placement course, the student will work extensively in reading (essays, short stories, novels, dramas, and poetry), writing, and developing vocabulary based on norms established by the College Entrance Examination Board. This is an extremely rigorous course designed for capable and ambitious students currently enrolled in the English 311 honors program. Students in this course will be required to take the English Advanced Placement Test at the end of their senior year.

»  A fee is charged for the AP exam.


412  |   ENGLISH IV — MODERN LITERATURE/EXPOSITORY WRITING     1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English III

In this course, the student will study contemporary literature, primarily in the form of essays, short stories, novels and drama. The student will work to improve his reading speed, comprehension, vocabulary skills and literary enjoyment through class discussion. Integrated with the reading program is a course of expository writing in which the student will work to improve his writing, both in form and content, and stimulate logical and critical thinking with accurate and fluent articulation.


783  |   JOURNALISM: NEWSPAPER     1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Grades 10-12, Essay

In this course, the student will learn both journalistic writing and desktop publishing.  The class will produce a monthly Chieftain and periodic special editions as required. Students also will learn the principles of page design, copy editing, digital photography and online production. This is a year-long course that meets every day. Enrollment is limited and open to sophomores through seniors, with preference given to upper classmen. All students must submit an essay detailing their reasons for wanting to join this class prior to enrolling in the course.


784  |   JOURNALISM: YEARBOOK     1.0 credit

Prerequisite: Grades 10-12

Students will learn the principles of page design, copy writing, digital photography and online production of Quest, the Brother Rice yearbook.


785  |   BROADCAST JOURNALISM     0.5  or  1.0 credit  

Broadcast journalism is a course that works with the Chieftain to bring the news to students, staff, parents and alumni. Students will learn how to broadcast news through video and radio, edit video and audio, interview, perform a newscast, operate the camera for news reporting, and learn storytelling techniques for broadcast. Students participating in this course will be part of the monthly segment of Chieftain Live radio podcast of Chieftain Chats. Students may enroll in this course for one semester or for the entire year. This course may be repeated.


788  |   JOURNALISM: NEWSPAPER INDEPENDENT STUDY     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

This course is also offered to upperclassmen as an Independent Study course with the approval of the teacher.  Students interested in independent study must meet with and obtain approval of the teacher before registration. This independent study course is graded by semester, not quarter.


789  |   JOURNALISM: YEARBOOK INDEPENDENT STUDY     0.5 credit

Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

This course is also offered to upperclassmen as an Independent Study course with the approval of the teacher.  Students interested in independent study must meet with and obtain approval of the teacher before registration. This independent study course is graded by semester, not quarter.

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