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English Department

4.0 English Credits are Required for Graduation

(One credit per year)

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH I, 9th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading. This class includes a survey of literature and experience in writing expository and literary themes. Other literature covered will be Julius Caesar, The Odyssey, Animal Farm, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Great Expectations.  In addition to those longer works, students read various short stories, including a unit focused on the detective genre.  Students also complete a research presentation project in conjunction with a grade level trip to Washington, D.C. During each unit, students learn about the historical events, poetry, and politics that shaped and influenced the different ages.

HONORS ENGLISH I, 9th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading novels. This course covers much of the same curriculum as English I, but at an accelerated rate. In addition, the course includes more writing and the study of two additional plays: Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Students also complete a research presentation project in conjunction with a grade level trip to Washington, D.C. Prerequisites: Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 84 in 8th grade English.

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH II, 10th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading. Major representative selections of the short story, poetry, prose, drama, and the novel are studied. The course studies significant authors such as Williams Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Ray Bradbury, and Sandra Cisneros. The course also is designed to refine skills in grammar, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, composition, research tools, and speaking. Writing assignments, both formal and informal, include journals, comparison/contrast and literary essays on setting, character and theme. Students create a project researching a person/organization devoted to serving others and analyze that person/organization’s impact on the community. Prerequisite: English I

HONORS ENGLISH II, 10th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading novels. Major representative selections of the short story, poetry, prose, drama, and the novel are studied. The course studies significant authors such as Williams Shakespeare, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, and Sandra Cisneros.  In addition to assigned course reading, students will read a novel of their choosing outside of class and create a project illustrating its literary merit. The course also is designed to refine skills in grammar, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, composition, research tools, and speaking. Writing assignments, both formal and informal, include journals, comparison/contrast and literary essays on setting, character and theme. Students select and read a classic short story; after annotating and researching, students create a project analyzing the importance of both author and short story. Students also create a learning portfolio second semester. Prerequisites: English I; Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 84 in English I.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION, 11th Grade

 

The AP English Language and Composition course cultivates the reading and writing skills that students need for college success and for intellectually responsible civic engagement.  The course guides students in becoming curious, critical, and responsive readers of diverse texts, and becoming flexible, reflective writers of texts addressed to diverse audiences for diverse purposes.  The reading and writing students do in the course should deepen and expand their understanding of how written language functions rhetorically: to communicate writers' intentions and elicit readers' responses in particular situations.  The course cultivates the rhetorical understanding and use of written language by directing students' attention to writer/reader interactions in their reading and writing of various formal and informal genres (e.g., memos, letters, advertisements, political satires, personal narratives, scientific arguments, cultural critiques, and research reports).  All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, with a cost of approximately $95. Prerequisites: Honors English I and II; Enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 93 in Honors English II

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH III, 11th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading.  The course consists of a comprehensive study of American literature from the founding fathers to the present, including such writers as Longfellow, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Crane, and Fitzgerald.  Complete works studied include The Crucible and The Great Gatsby. Grammar, mechanics, and usage will be reviewed as needed to improve ACT and SAT scores and writing.  Students write papers of literary analysis and a Persuasive Research Paper after studying logic and fallacies.  A special and fun project is Twenties Day, where students dress in time period-appropriate clothing and learn dances of the Roaring Twenties. Prerequisites: English I, II

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS ENGLISH III, 11th Grade

 

The following Dual Enrollment English course is taught by Trevecca Nazarene University in the first semester of a student's junior year. Students who successfully complete the course receive 3 hours credit for ENG 1020 - English Composition I. Dual Enrollment Honors English III is a prerequisite for taking DE Honors ENG 1080 and DE Honors ENG 2000 as a senior. Dual Enrollment courses require tuition be paid to the college or university beyond DCA tuition.  Students may utilize the Dual Enrollment Grant through the TN Education Lottery Programs for up to $500 per course for 3 semester courses' tuition without penalty to the overall Hope Scholarship allotment. Prerequisites: 18 ACT and 2.5 unweighted GPA

COLLEGE PREPARATORY ENGLISH IV, 12th Grade

 

The course begins with a review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading.  This course is a survey of World Literature with an emphasis on British literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present. The text used is The Language of Literature.  Major works studied include Hamlet, Brave New World, a world literature survey, as well as a contemporary nonfiction of the student’s choosing.  Grammar and mechanics are reviewed to improve writing and ACT/SAT scores. In addition to literary analysis, students write a college entrance essay, college resume and formal research paper, as well as informal writing in a variety of forms. An overall emphasis is on developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills in preparation for college and beyond. Prerequisites: English I, II and III

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS ENGLISH IV, 12th Grade 

 

The following Dual Enrollment English courses are taught by Trevecca Nazarene University. Students who successfully complete both semesters receive 3 hours credit for ENG 1080 - Composition II and 3 hours credit for ENG 2000 - World Literature.  Dual Enrollment courses require tuition paid to the university beyond DCA tuition.  Students may utilize the Dual Enrollment Grant through the TN Education Lottery Programs for up to $500 per course for 3 semester courses' tuition without penalty to the overall Hope Scholarship allotment. Prerequisites: English I, II, and DE Honors ENG 1020; Only students who take Dual Enrollment Honors English as juniors may do so as seniors.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH IV LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION, 12th Grade

 

The course begins with an in-depth review, including assessment and project work, of summer reading novels. Throughout the course, AP students rigorously work to strengthen their critical thinking, literary analysis, and writing skills while studying a survey of American, British, and World Literature. Core works include: Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Orwell’s 1984, Morrison’s Sula, lbsen’s A Doll’s House, Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition, students use the Bedford Introduction to Literature AP textbook for a representative sample of poetry and short stories. Students also practice critical thinking and writing skills through a wide variety of assignments, including poetry response, research writing, and literary analysis. All students taking this course are required to take the AP exam, with a cost of approximately $95. Prerequisites: English I, II, and either DE Honors English III or AP English Language; enrollment is subject to departmental review based on application with a minimum average of 93 in previous English course.  Taking AP English Language prior to this course is strongly recommended.

DUAL ENROLLMENT HONORS SPEECH (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 high school credit, 3 college credit hours

This three hour college course (COM 1010) is an oral communication skills course that emphasizes organizing thoughts, adapting messages to specific audiences, using language correctly, delivering messages verbally and nonverbally with confidence, and improving active listening and evaluation skills.  This class is taught by Trevecca Nazarene University faculty and requires tuition be paid to the university beyond DCA tuition.   Students may utilize the Dual Enrollment Grant through the TN Education Lottery Programs for up to $500 per course for 3 semester courses' tuition without penalty to the overall Hope Scholarship allotment. Prerequisites: 18 ACT and 2.5 unweighted GPA

PEER TUTORING/WRITING CENTER THEORY​ (Elective), 11th or 12th Grade

1 semester, 0.5 credit
 

This course covers the basics of peer tutoring in writing skills. Emphasis is on developing skills in the following areas: 1) peer tutoring techniques and interpersonal communication, 2) writing process–critical analysis, 3) writing across the curriculum. Students will begin peer tutoring early in the semester, and the dynamics of the sessions are analyzed and discussed in class. This is a hands-on course, combining Writing Center theory and practice.  This course does not satisfy an English graduation credit.

YEARBOOK (Elective), 11th and 12th Grades

This course consists of the production of the school yearbook.  The student develops practical skills in accurate reporting, interviewing, composing, layout, and production.  Enrollment is limited to ten students. This course does not satisfy an English graduation credit. Prerequisite: Yearbook Advisor’s approval