English

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, vocabulary, and outside reading. 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, vocabulary and outside reading 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: 80% 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 experience a survey of American literature as well as complete extensive work in grammar, composition, vocabulary, and outside reading.

 

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 student currently enrolled in English III Honors (or English II Honors).  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. 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 and YEARBOOK     1.0 credit

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 will also learn the principles of page design, copy writing, digital photography and online production of Quest, the Brother Rice yearbook. This course is open to all levels.

 

785 BROADCAST JOURNALISM     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 and bi-weekly radio podcast of Warrior Weekly.

 

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: 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.

 

FLOWCHART

BROTHER RICE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM FLOWCHART ENGLISH

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY

Michelle Neubauer, Chair – Ex. 2214
Chris Kase – Ex. 2212
Wendy Nuss – Ex. 2215
Julie Cencer – Ex. 2217
Ed Shaffer – Ex. 2014
Dawn Zink – Ex. 2211
Adam Walentowicz – Ex. 2282