• English Language Arts

    English Language Arts

    Hybrid/Online Course[HYBRID/ONLINE]—These courses provide students who participate in the Scholars Academy with a learning experience that offers flexibility. Hybrid Courses meet face-to-face 1 or 2 days a week. The other days of the week the class meets digitally. This schedule will allow students flexibility in how they use their time and the resources which are available to them. Students will gain valuable experience learning in an environment in which they are responsible for managing their time and effort. These collegiate style courses will prepare students for college and career where these skills are invaluable. Hybrid Online Course Offerings include: Creative Writing, AP Lit and Comp, Computer Imaging II, Personal Finance, College Comp I, College Comp II Students must meet Scholars Academy Criteria for these options: 3.0 GPA, 90% minimum attendance and no discipline concerns.

    905594 Introduction to Communications

    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2
    Introduction to Communications studies the fundamental principles of oral and written communication. Students practice listening, interpersonal and intrapersonal communications, group problem solving, public speaking, organizational, and basic researching skills as well as examining the role of ethics in communications.

    905213 Debate

    Prerequisite: None 
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester (Course can not be repeated) 
    Credit: 1/2
    Debate applies reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to different styles of argumentation. Students consider questions of opinion, policy, and ethical decision-making using both their own experience and applied research. Class members learn both extemporaneous and prepared styles of debate, completing extended and short writings to complete in-class performances.

     

    905105 College Credit Oral Communication I—(STLCC - COM 101 and MOTR COMM 100)  [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: C or better in English III, minimum 2.5 GPA and teacher approval
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: ½ HS credit, 3 college credits (Honors)
    Oral Communication is the basic college course in speech communication. It offers students an opportunity to explore effective one-to-one, small group, and large group oral communication processes. Emphasis is placed on a theoretical/conceptual approach as well as skill development and application or oral communication concepts to various communication settings and relationships. Oral Communication is a basic requirement for most degree programs. This is a weighted course, and will earn 3 college credit hours if paid for through STLCC.

    905424 Contemporary Fiction

    Prerequisite: English Language Arts III
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2
    English Contemporary Fiction is reading, analyzing, and discussing novels and short stories from best selling authors in book club format. This course also includes formal (analysis) and informal (response) writing. Students will read independently and write for a variety of purposes and audiences.

    905734 College Composition I [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Advanced Placement (AP) English Language Arts III or English Language Arts III and teacher recommendation; students must meet Scholar’s Academy criteria on page 7
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2 (Honors)
    College Composition I Hybrid is taken in cooperation with St. Louis Community College for 3 hours of college credit. St. Louis Community College requires a GPA of­ 2.5 and ACT scores of 18 in reading and 18 in English. The ACT scores can be replaced by a strong enough Accuplacer score. This course focuses on the development of writing techniques. Students will develop effective writing styles, writing process, revision practices and analytical skills. There is a focus on college level reading and writing of various types of essays including a research component. Students will complete a minimum of 20 pages of final draft writing using MLA format. For more information on Hybrid and Online courses see page 7.

    905724 College Composition II [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in College Composition I or a “3” or better on the AP Composition and Language exam; students must meet Scholar’s Academy criteria on page 7
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2 (Honors)
    College Composition II Hybrid is taken in cooperation with St. Louis Community College for 3 hours of college credit. St. Louis Community College requires a GPA of 2.5 and ACT scores of 18 in reading and 18 in English. The ACT scores can be replaced by a strong enough Accuplacer score. This course builds on knowledge and skills learned in College Composition I and focuses on argumentative and persuasive writing techniques. Students will develop effective writing processes, writing styles, research abilities, analytical skills and argumentative tools. There is focus on college level reading and writing of various types of essays and a focus on research, persuasion and argumentation. Students will complete a minimum of 20 pages of final draft writing using MLA format. For more information on Hybrid and Online courses see page 7.

    9005413 College Prep English

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in English Language Arts III, teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2 English
    English College Prep English is a rigorous semester long course, designed for college-bound students, which concentrates on preparation for a college level English course. Students independently read a variety of fiction and nonfiction, write formally and informally, study academic vocabulary, and review grammar skills. Students will write a variety of essays with a major focus on developing, organizing, and supporting main ideas in a structured format. Writing assignments will include narrative, analytical, expository, and persuasive essays. A midterm in-class writing assessment, as well as a final exam essay, is part of this course.

    905314 College Prep English [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in English Language Arts III, minimum 2.5 GPA and teacher approval
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: ½ English
    English This course is intended for students who want to take dual credit Composition I in the following semester. College Prep English - Hybrid Online is a rigorous semester long course, designed for college-bound students, which concentrates on preparation for a college level English course. Students independently read a variety of fiction and nonfiction, write formally and informally, study academic vocabulary, and review grammar skills. Students will write a variety of essays with a major focus on developing, organizing, and supporting main ideas in a structured format. Writing assignments will include narrative, analytical, expository, and persuasive essays. A midterm in-class writing assessment, as well as a final exam essay, is part of this course.

    905774 Creative Writing

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in English Language Arts II or English Language Arts III or teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2 (Honors)
    Creative Writing is for students who enjoy composing short stories, poems and plays. In addition to writing original pieces, students share selected works with their peers and critique other classmates’ work. Class members also contribute materials to Reflections, Ritenour’s literary magazine.

    905477 Creative Writing [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in English Language Arts II or English Language Arts III or teacher recommendation; Students must meet Scholar’s Academy criteria on page 7
    Grade Placement: 11, 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2
    English Creative Writing is for students who enjoy composing short stories, poems and plays. In addition to writing original pieces, students share selected works with their peers and critique other classmates’ work. Class members also contribute materials to Reflections, Ritenour’s literary magazine. This is an online course, which will not regularly meet face-to-face. Students enrolling this course must be participating in the Scholars Academy. For more information on Hybrid and Online courses see page 7.

    905111 English Language Arts I

    Prerequisite: None
    Grade Placement: 9
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester
    English Language Arts 1 examines a variety of classic and modern literature in several different genres including stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Students will learn to read critically to apply the literary elements to analyze authors' techniques and purpose. Students will focus on composing extended fictional and personal narratives as well as well-developed, well supported claims in response to questions about texts.

    905121 English Language Arts II

    Prerequisite: English Language Arts I
    Grade Placement: 10
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2
    English per semester English Language Arts II emphasizes literary analysis and composition. Course readings include fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Course writings focus on using various text structures to analyze and compose expository writing. The study and use of literary devices and the writing process are emphasized. This is a state assessment (EOC) course.

    905131 English Language Arts III

    Prerequisite: English Language Arts II
    Grade Placement: 11
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester
    English Language Arts III emphasizes nonfiction, fiction, and composition. Students practice rhetorical analysis skills with essays, speeches, visuals, and articles. Students practice literary analysis skills with poems, short stories, and novels. Throughout the year, students write extensively over short as well as extended time frames. Course writings emphasize a variety of rhetorical modes such as narration, exemplification, comparison and contrast, analysis, and argumentation.

    905140 Advanced English 1818—Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Advanced ELA3 or ELA3 and teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester (Honors)
    Advanced English 1818—Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition is an intensive course emphasizing works from the 16th to the 21st century. More importantly, students will have gotten to know a few works well. In the course, they read deliberately and thoroughly, taking time to understand a work’s complexity, to absorb its richness of meaning, and to analyze how that meaning is embodied in literary form. In addition to considering a work’s literary artistry, students reflect on the social and historical values it reflects and embodies. Careful attention to both textual detail and historical context provides a foundation for interpretation, whatever critical perspectives are brought to bear on the literary works studied.
         Students enrolled in Advanced English 1818—Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition have the opportunity to earn six (6) hours of credit from St. Louis University, with payment, and college credit* by earning high marks on the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam.
         *While colleges and universities are responsible for setting their own credit and placement policies, AP scores signify how qualified students are to receive college credit or placement: AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to A grades in the corresponding college course. AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A-, B+ and B in college. AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B-, C+ and C in college.

    905171 Honors English Language Arts I

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in 8th grade English; teacher recommendation, and must pass first semester of this course to continue to second semester
    Grade Placement: 9
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester (Honors)
    Advanced ELA I emphasizes a variety of classic and modern literature in different genres including short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Students will practice annotation, critical thinking, and literary analysis techniques in order to interpret, evaluate, and connect to the text. Students will compose extended essays, narratives, and multimedia projects to demonstrate mastery of these skills. Success in Advanced ELA I depends on a student's self-motivation, independent work habits, and ability to use constructive criticism effectively. A summer reading assignment will be assigned prior to beginning this course. Advanced ELA I and II prepares students for Advanced Placement study as juniors and seniors.

    905181 Honors English Language Arts II

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Advanced ELA 1 or ELA 1; teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 10
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester (Honors)
    Advanced ELA II emphasizes the analysis of a variety of fiction and nonfiction including essays, articles, short stories, novels, drama, and poetry. Students will continue using analysis techniques introduced in Advanced ELA I in order to gain a deeper understanding of materials studied. Advanced ELA II focuses on author’s purpose and the literary techniques each author uses to add depth to his/her work. Students will compose short literary analysis writings and extended expository and persuasive essays along with creative and multimedia projects to demonstrate mastery and understanding of literary analysis. Students will also study academic vocabulary and grammar in order to prepare for the ACT/SAT. This course is reading and writing intensive with AP style questions and writing introduced and practiced. Success in Advanced ELA II depends on a student's self-motivation, independent work habits, and ability to use constructive criticism effectively. A summer reading assignment will be assigned prior to beginning this course. Advanced ELA I and II prepares students for Advanced Placement study as juniors and seniors. This is a state assessment (EOC) course.

    905161 Advanced Placement (AP) English Language Arts III–English Language and Composition

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Advanced ELA 2 or ELA 2; Teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester (Honors)
    Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is an intensive, college-level course emphasizing nonfiction texts and composition. Students read, examine, and learn how to carefully analyze a broad range of challenging nonfiction prose, deepening their awareness of the purpose and effectiveness of rhetoric. Through analyzing professional pieces, students become familiar with the rhetorical strategies that make for effective, persuasive writing. Throughout the year, students write extensively over short as well as extended time frames. Course writings “require students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students also evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. During the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical and rhetorical choices” (College Board, AP Language and Composition Course Overview, 2014). Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition have the opportunity to earn college credit for the course by earning a passing score (3, 4, or 5) on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam.

    905165 Advanced Placement (AP) English Language Arts III–English Language and Composition [HYBRID/ONLINE]

    Prerequisite: “C” or better in Advanced ELA 2 or ELA 2; Teacher recommendation
    Grade Placement: 11
    Length of Course: 1 year
    Credit: 1/2 English per semester (Honors)
    Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is an intensive, college-level course emphasizing nonfiction texts and composition. Students read, examine, and learn how to carefully analyze a broad range of challenging nonfiction prose, deepening their awareness of the purpose and effectiveness of rhetoric. Through analyzing professional pieces, students become familiar with the rhetorical strategies that make for effective, persuasive writing. Throughout the year, students write extensively over short as well as extended time frames. Course writings “require students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students also evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. During the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical and rhetorical choices” (College Board, AP Language and Composition Course Overview, 2014). Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition have the opportunity to earn college credit for the course by earning a passing score (3, 4, or 5) on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition exam.

    905873 Senior English–Multicultural Literature and Film

    Prerequisite: ELA 3
    Grade Placement: 12
    Length of Course: 1 semester
    Credit: 1/2 English
    The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of how culture influences individual's behaviors, perceptions, values, and expectations. Emphasis will be placed on acceptance and appreciation for multicultural diversity with a focus on the perspectives of minority voices. Reading in the course is selected to be high-interest and thought provoking, and will include informational text, fiction, poetry, biographies, and drama. Writing will focus on narrative, informative, and argumentative pieces. Students will also be expected to research, discuss, and present on various topics which are sensitive in nature.