Senior Courses

The senior year in English is designed to develop intellectual curiosity, interpretive and expressive abilities, imaginative thinking, and work ethic. All courses emphasize the development of sound skills in analytical, interpretive, and creative writing; critical reading and research; vocabulary and public speaking; and the use of relevant technologies. Instructors provide a review of grammar, mechanics, and usage as needed and utilize interdisciplinary resources when appropriate. Students will demonstrate mastery of course content through a variety of assessments. Even though courses differ in subject matter, the shared pedagogy relies heavily on the collegiate models of discussion-based classes, writing intensive seminars, and public speaking opportunities. Senior English options include three full-year course options or eight semester options.

Semester Courses

For the 2018-2019 Academic Year, Grade 12 semester options may include:

Fall Semester - English 12: Senior Composition and the Writer’s Workshop

This class provides students the opportunity to develop their writing through a variety of skills, including, but not limited to exposition, narration, persuasion, research, and impromptu responses. The emphasis is on composition and writing for college. Using a workshop format, this course focuses on writing as a process, with a strong emphasis on revision. Students will enhance their ability to read and analyze selected models of prose writing, as well as synthesize other authors' ideas. They will also refine their grammar skills and explore technology available in school libraries. Student progress is evaluated throughout the semester in a manner that authorizes students to take an active role in their writing and learning. A student’s overall performance is evaluated at the end of the semester based on a comprehensive writing portfolio review. [Half credit.]

Fall Semester - English 12: Foundations of Speech and Communication: Intrapersonal Skills

Speech communication is the study of human symbolic behavior in many forms. Speech is the oldest academic discipline, (tracing its roots to Aristotle), and one of the most modern in its concern with interpersonal relationships. Initially taught in the schools of ancient Greece, speech communication retains value because of its practical nature. This course helps students develop their understanding and appreciation of human communication processes and explores oral and written communication practices. The first semester course develops an awareness of intrapersonal communication while also emphasizing the significance of oral communication and listening for success in academic, work, and social lives; delivers an understanding of how language is used to create change; develops competent delivery skills; evaluates information found in research and public discourse; and emphasizes the role of tone, voice, and audience. The first semester course will emphasize intrapersonal communication skills.The course may include activities such as public speaking, oral interpretation, public address, an analysis of the self (self-concept; self-esteem; self-awareness), and conflict management. Assessments will be based on participation and performance activities, listening skills, growth, risk, peer review, and written work.[Half credit.]

Fall Semester - English 12: Short Fiction

Students in this course read not so much as critics looking for themes and symbols, but more as apprentice writers searching for elements of craft and structure, the most fundamental, yet most elusive components of the author’s creative effort. The discovery of these components yields a gold mine of instructional material to be used by students to generate original stories after reading and interpreting fiction sources. Classes combine careful discussion of assigned readings with brainstorming, oral tellings, and writing exercises. Students present new fiction to the class each cycle for critique and compose frequent critical responses to the readings. To gain a better appreciation for the amazing wealth to be found in the heritage of our short fiction and to learn from as many masters as possible, we study many of the works included in The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. A public reading for the school community, a portfolio of original fiction, and submission of one piece for publication may complete the course. [Half credit.]

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