132- AMERICAN LITERATURE
This course is intended for students with average reading and writing skills. It is designed to help students apply language arts skills to personal and academic purposes as well as discover how historical context shapes literature. Students will use knowledge of word parts and origins, analyze various genres and make generalizations from the study of American Literature. Students will also write a variety of compositions using standard English grammar, participate in planned and impromptu oral presentations, and evaluate verbal and non-verbal communication in practical listening situations. Finally, students will utilize technology and develop research skills. Students will receive an ACT and vocabulary workbook, which accompanies the course.
129 STUDIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
This course is intended for students with above average reading and writing skills. It is designed to help students apply language arts skills. This course covers influential America works and writers from early American history to present day. Students learn the broad characteristics of different literary styles and read, analyze and interpret works in historical and contemporary contexts. Students will use knowledge of word parts and origins, analyze various genres, and make generalizations from the study of American literature. Students will also write a variety of compositions with Standard English grammar and usage and participate in planned and impromptu oral presentations. Units of study will include short fiction, drama, poetry, the novel, non-fiction, vocabulary and speech. Writing assignments will include essays of literary analysis, the ACT essay and research essays. This honors course might include such things as alternative requirements, independent study, reduced timelines and complementary and/or supplementary materials.129AP - AP AMERICAN LITERATURE LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITIONThis course is intended for college-bound students with above average reading and writing skills who are prepared to accept the challenge of a rigorous and academically challenging curriculum. It is designed to help students develop the language arts skills equivalent to a freshman college course. Students will develop their reading and writing vocabularies while analyzing and evaluating a wide range of literary classics of various American Literature genres. An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students will write numerous in-depth, impromptu literary analyses as well as other compositions using research and technology. The student may take the examination in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition given in the spring by the College Board, which may result in a possible college credit.