English Courses

Required: 4 years


English 9 Grade: 9th
Graduation Credit: English
Prerequisite: None


Description: This course will help students’ understanding of literature. They will read texts covering four genres: short story, nonfiction, poetry, and drama and will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works. Students will read at least two novels (from the English reading list) and respond through an appropriate method of literary analysis. They will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, and informational writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. Grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary are taught throughout.


English 10 Grade: 10th
Graduation Credit: English
Prerequisite: None

Description: This course presents the components of language, literature and composition, and creative writing. Students will read the short story, nonfiction, poetry, drama, legends, and the novel and will analyze recurrent patterns and themes in historically or culturally significant works. They will read at least two novels (from the English reading list) and respond through an appropriate method of literary analysis. Students will complete a variety of writing activities, including narrative, expository, persuasive, informational, and descriptive writing that demonstrates research, organization, and drafting strategies. Language development will include word usage, sentence accuracy, and MLA format.










English 11 Grade: 11th
Graduation Credit: English
Prerequisite: None

Description: This course emphasizes all types of American literature. Language usage, vocabulary, and writing conventions are studied. Students will read at least 2 novels from the State Recommended Reading List, and respond using an appropriate method of literary analysis. A variety of oral literary and writing experiences are offered: novel, drama, short story, poetry, essay (literature response, reflective, controversial), multicultural, historical investigative report, and public speaking. Monthly writing assignments are expected in addition to those assigned in the core text.



English 12 Grade: 12th
Graduation Credit: English
Prerequisite: None

Description: This course is comprised of four intersecting components: literary analysis, vocabulary development, writing, and language mechanics. In this course the student will read and respond to historically and culturally significant works of literature including 2 novels outside of the core text requirements. Material will be read with the purpose of analyzing its organization as well as for the arguments and positions being presented. Students will build upon prior knowledge of word origins to continue learning new vocabulary and its correct usage. Writing will focus on the development of clear, coherent, and focused essays that exhibit an awareness of audience and purpose. Writing skills, including paragraph construction, outlining, formal and informal essays with formal introductions, supporting evidence and conclusions, will be expanded. Students will learn different research techniques, analysis and reasoning skills as they complete a variety of writing assignments, including narrative, expository, and persuasive texts of 1,500 words. Students will learn to give effective oral presentations, as well as how to evaluate oral communication, and to formulate judgments.













Word Power Grades: 9-12

Students may choose to earn credits with online courses from BYU in reading, writing or grammar topics. The credits vary because the courses are at the student's own rate. A student may finish a 5 credit class in a semester or in an academic year. Homework will vary from 30 to 60 minutes daily. During 3rd and 4th periods at St. Jude's students enrolled in one of these courses will work on their courses and also engage in discussions and peer-editing with other students enrolled in the classes. In addition to monitoring each student's preparation for college-bound exams such as the PSAT, SAT and ACT, I will supervise the online work, lead discussions and proctor the final exams but students will submit assignments to be graded by the course instructor at BYU. See www.byu.edu for descriptions of the courses READ 45. WRIT 45, and ENGL 59. Note: I am offering ENGL 59 during the summer for students who need credits and extra support in grammar. Please call immediately for this class. Students will work online an hour daily and meet with me on selected Thursdays.