English/Language Arts

  • English 9A  03020A
    Throughout the English 9 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts; developing analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres. Students will read a variety of fictional texts ranging from micro fiction, short stories, and novels to practice identifying story elements and their impact on the author’s purpose. Students will also read a range of advertisements across marketing sub-genres to analyze how advertisers market a product and persuade consumers. Students apply their knowledge of informational texts to read critically, making inferences and analyzing bias. Student’s knowledge of argument is extended through immersion and study of two related genres: personal narrative and personal essay culminating in their writing their own personal essay.  **Pathway:Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03020B - English 9B.

    English 9B  03020B
    Throughout the English 9 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts; developing analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres. Students will read a variety of fictional texts ranging from micro fiction, short stories, and novels to practice identifying story elements and their impact on the author’s purpose. Students will also read a range of advertisements across marketing sub-genres to analyze how advertisers market a product and persuade consumers. Students apply their knowledge of informational texts to read critically, making inferences and analyzing bias. Student’s knowledge of argument is extended through immersion and study of two related genres: personal narrative and personal essay, culminating in their writing their own personal essay. **Pathway: Arts & Communication
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03020A - English 9A.

    English 10A  03120A
    Throughout the English 10 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. Across the course, students continue to deepen their skills of argumentation with close study and development of claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    PREREQUISITE: 03020A/B - English 9 or 03030A/B - Honors English 9
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03120B - English 10B

    English 10B 03120B
    Throughout the English 10 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. Across the course, students continue to deepen their skills of argumentation with close study and development of claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments.  **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03120A - English 10A.

    English 11A 03420A
    Throughout the English 11 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. In preparation for English 12 Language/Literature, students continue to deepen their understanding of the skills of argumentation through close study and development of the rhetorical model, claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03420B - English 11B.

    English 11B 03420B
    Throughout the English 11 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex examples of literature. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literary genres to a variety of nonfiction genres, including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. In preparation for English 12 Language/Literature, students continue to deepen their skills of argumentation and literary analysis through close study of literary themes, analysis of literary techniques and devices while continuing to practice developing effective claims, counterclaims, lines of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 11
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03420A - English 11A.

    English 12A 03440A
    Throughout the English 12 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. In preparation for a student’s post-secondary education, students continue to deepen their understanding of the skills of argumentation through close study and development of the rhetorical model, claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440B - English 12B.


    American Studies - English/Social Studies   03139A

    This 9th grade course is only available at North Farmington.  This is an interdisciplinary course combining Social Studies and English, open to students of all ability levels, where students will be exposed to multiple viewpoints while learning about the people and events that influence and shape our country. The course aims to create a challenging learning environment through the disciplined and integrated study of history and literature, where students will develop the skills for critical thought, analysis, empathy, and expression (written and oral) that are essential for citizens in a democratic society. 

    This course is team-taught by an English teacher and a Social Studies teacher, in a two-hour block, which allows for in-depth study, research, and the development of major projects.  This course satisfies the English 9 Language and Literature and U. S. History requirements

    CREDIT: 2.0 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9
    COREQUISITES: Students must take 03139A/B - American Studies - English concurrently with 1122A/B - American Studies - History.


    Diverse Perspectives in Literature 03452
    Diverse Perspectives in Literature is a one-semester course exploring the experience of minorities in America. In our study of this experience, the class will engage in challenging discussions of race, ethnicity, gender and other diverse facets of American identity. This exploration will be conducted through informational and narrative texts, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. The class will help students discover common bonds and unique features among cultures, while also improving students’ skills as fluent, literate and effective communicators. It is open to mature 10th – 12th graders. This course will receive an elective English credit but will not meet the state requirement for the fourth credit in English.  **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 10-12

    Journalism 03481
    This course is designed to offer a general introduction to the writing of news, editorials, features, reviews, and sports stories. Students will learn and practice clear, concise, and accurate writing. Students will also be introduced to desktop publishing and various styles of makeup. Students will be prepared to take Advanced Journalism and Yearbook. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Yearbook A 03490A
    Yearbook production is a challenging experience of photo journalism that requires involvement beyond the regular school day. Students will learn journalistic copy writing, magazine style layout, photographic and artistic design and financial responsibility. Students will also plan content; design, gather and organize information; meet deadlines, and work cooperatively with each other. As a result, this class requires motivated and responsible students. The end product of this ambitious project is a pictorial history of the year. **Career Pathway: Arts and Communications
    COURSE NOTE: This class does not fulfill the graduation requirements for English, and it may not fulfill a college/university's entrance requirement of four credits of English. This course is available for repeat credit. (This course will receive an elective English credit but will not meet the state requirement for the fourth credit in English.)
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03490B - Yearbook B.

    Yearbook B 03490B
    Yearbook production is a challenging experience of photojournalism that requires involvement beyond the regular school day. Students will learn journalistic copy writing, magazine style layout, photographic and artistic design and financial responsibility. Students will also plan content; design, gather and organize information; meet deadlines, and work cooperatively with each other. As a result, this class requires motivated and responsible students. The end product of this ambitious project is a pictorial history of the year. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: Available for repeat credit.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03490A - Yearbook A.

    Acting 03510
    This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the tools and techniques of acting.  Students will learn about blocking plays and technical theatre terminology.  They will also learn improvisation and memorization techniques as well as theater terminology. Students will be expected to read plays, act out scenes, and do script writing. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: This course could also fulfill the Fine Arts requirement. This course may not fulfill a college/university's requirement of four credits in English.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Creative Writing 03520
    This elective course is designed for students who are interested in learning to develop their skills in writing poetry, short stories and/or plays. Extensive writing is assigned. Students will examine the work of professional authors and of fellow students as examples. Students will also learn and apply literary terminology and techniques. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12

    Public Speaking 03550
    This elective course is designed to help students make oral presentations knowledgeably and confidently. Students will learn how to select a topic, organize the appropriate information, appeal to a specific audience, deliver material effectively, and think critically. Students will also learn how to listen to and evaluate speeches given by others. Speech experiences will include informative speeches, debates, extemporaneous speeches, sales speeches and panel discussions among activities. This course will receive an elective English credit. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 9-12


    Honors English 9A 03030A
    Summer reading is required for Honors English 9. This is a challenging course designed for students who read avidly, write fluently, and have the ability to interrelate ideas and concepts. Students will be expected to read, compose, and think at a complex and sophisticated level. Throughout the Honors English 9 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts; developing analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres. Students will read a variety of fictional texts ranging from micro fiction, short stories, and novels to practice identifying story elements and their impact on the author’s purpose. Students will also read a range of advertisements across marketing sub-genres to analyze how advertisers market a product and persuade consumers. Students apply their knowledge of informational texts to reading critically, making inferences and analyzing bias. Student’s knowledge of argument is extended through immersion and study of two related genres: personal narrative and personal essay culminating in their writing their own personal essay. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: Teacher recommendation or individual requests with consideration of test scores required. Summer reading assignments required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Honors GRADE: 9
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03030B - Honors English 9B.

    Honors English 9B 03030B
    Summer reading is required for Honors English 9. This is a challenging course designed for students who read avidly, write fluently, and have the ability to interrelate ideas and concepts. Students will be expected to read, compose, and think at a complex and sophisticated level. Throughout the Honors English 9 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts; developing analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres. Students will read a variety of fictional texts ranging from micro fiction, short stories, and novels to practice identifying story elements and their impact on the author’s purpose. Students will also read a range of advertisements across marketing sub-genres to analyze how advertisers market a product and persuade consumers. Students apply their knowledge of informational texts to read critically, making inferences and analyzing bias. Student’s knowledge of argument is extended through immersion and study of two related genres: personal narrative and personal essay culminating in their writing their own personal essay. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: Teacher recommendation or individual requests with consideration of test scores required. Summer reading is required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Honors GRADE: 9
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03030A - Honors English 9A.

    Honors English 10A 03130A
    Summer reading is required for Honors English 10. This course is designed for students with sophisticated language arts skills. Students will be expected to read and write extensively and at an advanced level. Throughout the Honors English 10 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. Across the course, students continue to deepen their skills of argumentation with close study and development of claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. Another focus of the class will be to help prepare students for Advanced Placement Courses in grade 11. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: Recommendation by teachers or individual requests with consideration of test scores is required. Summer reading may be required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Honors GRADE: 10
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03130B - Honors English 10B.

    Honors English 10B 03130B
    Summer reading is required for Honors English 10. This course is designed for students with sophisticated language arts skills. Students will be expected to read and write extensively and at an advanced level. Throughout the Honors English 10 Language and Literature courses, students develop their knowledge of textual elements and structures, enabling them to engage in close reading of increasingly complex texts. They also develop analytical skills and strategies while moving from a variety of literature genres to a variety of nonfiction genres including foundational documents from American history, multi-media, and visual texts. Students work with literary non-fiction, literature, and informational text types in both their reading and writing. Across the course, students continue to deepen their skills of argumentation with close study and development of claims, counterclaims, line of reasoning, and building evidence-based arguments. Another focus of the class will be to help prepare students for Advanced Placement Courses in grade 11. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: Recommendation from teachers, or individual requests with consideration of test scores is required. Summer reading required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Honors GRADE: 10
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03130A - Honors English 10A.

    Advanced Journalism 03482A
    This course involved planning, writing, designing, and producing the school newspaper online and emphasizing the development of a complete journalist who is able to accept responsibility, handle sensitive issues, abide by the canons of journalism ethics, and work in a business-like atmosphere. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: This course is available for repeat credit.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced GRADE: 9-12
    PREREQUISITE: 03481 - Journalism

    Advanced Placement Language & Composition A 03230A
    This course is designed for students with special abilities and an interest in English. Students should be able to read rapidly and accurately and to write fluently with minimal mechanical difficulty. Students will read mature literature, discuss it analytically, and develop their own ideas through various kinds of writing experiences. A summer reading assignment will be required. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: A summer reading assignment will be required.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.  A writing sample may be required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11 &12
    PREREQUISITE:  Demonstrated high achievement in English classes, by instructor approval or self-nomination. 
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03230B - Advanced Placement Language & Composition B.

    Advanced Placement Language & Composition B 03230B
    This course is designed for students with special abilities and an interest in English. Students should be able to read rapidly and accurately and to write fluently with minimal mechanical difficulty. Students will read mature literature, discuss it analytically, and develop their own ideas through various kinds of writing experiences. A summer reading assignment will be required. **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: A summer reading assignment will be required.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.  
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11 & 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03230A - Advanced Placement Language & Composition A.

    Advanced Placement Literature & Composition A 03330A
    This AP course is designed to provide college-level experience in the critical analysis of literature. It is offered to those students who have demonstrated a strong interest in reading, discussion, and analysis of themes, genre, stylistic modes, and characterization. Considerable writing will be expected and summer reading will be required.  **Pathway: Arts & Communications
    COURSE NOTE: A summer reading assignment will be required.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.  A writing sample may be required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11 & 12
    PREREQUISITE:  Demonstrated high achievement in English classes, by instructor approval or self-nomination.
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03330B - Advanced Placement Literature & Composition B.

    Advanced Placement Literature & Composition B 03330B
    This AP course is designed to provide college-level experience in the critical analysis of literature. It is offered to those students who have demonstrated a strong interest in reading, discussion, and analysis of themes, genre, stylistic modes, and characterization. Considerable writing will be expected and summer reading will be required. Students will
    COURSE NOTE: A summer reading assignment will be required.  Students will be encouraged to take the AP Exam in May, from which they may earn college credit and/or advanced standing.  A writing sample may be required.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Advanced Placement GRADE: 11 & 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03330A - Advanced Placement Literature & Composition A.

    IBDP English A/B/C/D 19300A/B/C/D-IB

    This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade.  This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    IB ENGLISH A/B (grade 11) Language A: Language and Literature course introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a wide range of literary and non-literary genres. The formal analysis of texts is supplemented by awareness that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption.
    The course is organized into four parts, each focused on the study of either literary or non-literary texts. Together, the four parts of the course allow the student to explore the language in question through its cultural development and use, its media forms and functions, and its literature. Students develop skills of literary and textual analysis, and also the ability to present their ideas effectively. A key aim is the development of critical literacy.

    IB ENGLISH C/D (grade 12)Through the study of a wide range of literature, the Language A: Literature course encourages students to appreciate the artistry of literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts, through close study of individual texts and passages, and by considering a range of critical approaches. In view of the international nature of the IB and its commitment to intercultural understanding, the Language A: Literature course does not limit the study of works to the products of one culture or the cultures covered by any one language. The study of works in translation is especially important in introducing students, through literature, to other cultural perspectives. The response to the study of literature is through oral and written communication, thus enabling students to develop and refine their command of language. Language A: Literature is a flexible course that allows teachers to choose works from prescribed lists of authors and to construct a course that suits the particular needs and interests of their students. 

    IB Language & Literature Curriculum

    COURSE NOTE: Honors English 9 and 10 are strongly recommended. This class is a two-year college-level course (four semesters), started in 11th grade. Each semester builds upon the previous semester in content and skills. This course can be taken as part of the IB Diploma Programme OR as an individual course separate from the Diploma Programme. 

    Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning. The most important aims of assessment in the Diploma Programme are that it should support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning. Both external and internal assessments are used in the Diploma Programme. IB examiners mark work produced for external assessment, while work produced for internal assessment is marked by teachers and externally moderated by the IB.  An optional final exam is available for college credit in the spring of senior year.

    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: International Baccalaureate GRADE: 11
    COREQUISITES: Grade 11 takes 19300A/B -IB - IB English. Grade 12 takes 19300C/D-IB - IBDP English. 
     
    Flim Analysis
    In the same way that any other English class requires students to read literature and use it as a learning tool, this course also asks students to “read” films by studying them closely. Students will watch a wide variety of films in the course, using them as the anchor texts for course activities and assignments. Course work will lead students through activities designed to develop skills in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking. Writing is a significant component of the course, and students can expect to be writing narrative, expository, and persuasive pieces at a level of sophistication.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12 
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.   Second Semester Only
         
    Sports Literature & Composition
    This course will allow students to analyze perspectives between sport and society through literature and writing extensive practices. Reading and writing will be focused around issues in the sports world and other current events. Students will practice informative and argumentative writing in different modes of publication. Reading selections will include fiction and informational texts.
    CREDIT: 0.5 TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only
         
    Mystery: Fiction and True Crime
    This course will focus on the study of the genre of mystery – fiction and true crime – and their conventions. Course work will lead students through activities designed to develop skills in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.
      TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only
         
    Graphic Novels and the Visual Narrative 
    Students analyze both the written and visual components of comics, graphic novels, and other visual narratives. Students will craft their very own comic and/or graphic novel as the culminating summative assessment. Course work will lead students through activities designed to develop skills in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.
      TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only
         
    Ideas that Shape the Modern World
    Students will explore complex issues from an interdisciplinary humanities lens. Course work will lead students through activities designed to develop skills in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.
      TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only
         
    Diverse Global Voices
    This course is designed for the student who seeks more knowledge about diverse cultural experiences. Course work will lead students through activities designed to develop skills in reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking.
      TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only
         
    African American Literature

    African American Literature invites students to explore the rich and diverse literary heritage of African Americans. This course provides an in-depth examination of the profound and often underrepresented voices that have shaped the American literary landscape. From the narratives of enslaved individuals to the dynamic expressions of the Harlem Renaissance and contemporary works, students will engage with a spectrum of literary genres, including novels, poetry, essays, and plays. Through close readings, critical analysis, and class discussions, students will navigate the complexities of African American experiences, addressing themes such as identity, resilience, social justice, and the ongoing pursuit of equality. This course seeks to inspire students to critically engage with these texts, fostering a deeper understanding of the multifaceted contributions of African American writers to the world of literature. 

    The course emphasizes an exploration of the diverse voices within the African American literary tradition, offering a nuanced understanding of the intersections between race, identity, and societal structures. Through reflective project-based learning opportunities, students will not only refine their analytical and interpretive skills but also cultivate a profound appreciation for the beauty and significance of African American literature within the broader scope of American letters.

      TYPE: Regular GRADE: 12
    COREQUISITES: If you take this course, you must also take 03440A - English 12A.    Second Semester Only