English

Adv. Composition

1 Trimester
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Composition
Recommended for the college-bound upperclassman

Advanced Composition and Literature is an elective writing and literary evaluation course designed for any junior or senior student who is planning to continue his/her academic career beyond high school. Students in Advanced Composition will be involved in a variety of writing activities designed to ready them for college- level writing experiences. These activities will build upon skills learned in Composition. The first unit of study will be the scholarship essay. Throughout the semester, there will be an emphasis on formal writing. Students will learn advanced research skills through the creation of an Annotated Bibliography and the completion of an 8-10 page research paper (focusing on both MLA and APA documentation). Advanced Composition students will also complete literary analysis after reading a variety of classic literature, such as Animal Farm by George Orwell and essays by Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Students who successfully complete Advanced Composition will have a greater chance of testing out of one of the required English courses in college.

Text: Writer‘s Inc. Write for College
Great Source Education Group, Inc., 1997 ISBN 0-669-44402-2

Applied Communication

1 Trimester
Grades 11-12
*WITC Articulation

Because careers demand a variety of communication skills, this semester course emphasizes the development of effective speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. In written communication, practice is provided for developing proficiency in the use of capitalization, punctuation, abbreviation, vocabulary and grammar. Application of these skills is stressed in letter, memo, and report writing. Brief oral reports are given by the students to improve their speaking and listening competencies. This course also includes independent reading. *Completion of this class with a grade of an A- or better along with the completion of Keyboarding entitles you to ―transfer‖ 2 credits to WITC in place of taking their Written Communications class

Composition

1 Trimester
Grade 12
Prerequisite: English II or English III

Composition is an elective course designed for any junior or senior who plans to attend a four-year university or for any student who wishes to elevate his/her composition skills to a higher level. Course content is similar to what students will be required to take in freshman English courses at a university. Students will write a college admissions essay, narrative essay, compare and contrast essay, and persuasive essay. Students will read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and write a literary analysis essay on it. Students who successfully complete Composition will have a greater chance of testing out of one of the required English courses in college.

Writer’s Inc.

Great Source Education Group, Inc., 2001 ISBN 0-669-47164-X
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Scribner New York 2005

 

Presentations

1 Trimester
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None

This course provides the opportunity for students to improve their communication skills. Topics of study include the communication process, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, listening, and public speaking. Requirements include presenting the following speeches: informative, persuasive, demonstrative, and special occasion speaking.

Book: Public Speaking Today

Sports & Outdoor Lit.

1 Trimester
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None

Sports and Outdoor Literature is a trimester English class that will focus on sports and outdoor literature. The course will include national and Wisconsin authors. Topics include sports, hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor adventures. These adventures will include activities, events, and challenges that man has made in the wild places. Wild rivers, lakes and forests of Wisconsin will provide the setting for many of the outdoor stories students will study. Trout and walleye fishing, ice fishing, duck hunting, deer hunting, kayaking, canoeing and other regional hunting stories and activities will be read by students enrolling in this course. National, and worldly sporting events, historic achievements, and famous sports stories and personalities will represent the sport‘s portion of the literature course. 2016-2017 Course Descriptions 12 Textbooks: A variety of short stories, essays, and novels will be used that focus on sports and outdoor literature.

Wisconsin Lit.

1 Trimester
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None

Wisconsin Literature is an English class including the history and culture of our state along with stories about Wisconsin and stories by Wisconsin authors. The course focuses on the history of our Badger State and the writing of Wisconsin authors. Topics include Wisconsin Indians, the fur trade, Wisconsin frontier/territory to statehood, The Black Hawk War, Indian treaties/tribal sovereignty, Wisconsin‘s role in the Civil War, the Progressive and Lafollette era, McCarthyism, and industries in WI (mining, dairy, lumber). Students will read real legends, magazine articles, historical writings, folklore, short stories, essays, poetry, and novels Population 485, Jackpine Savages, The Feast of Catchville, Swaybuck, Indian Nations, Wisconsin, The Story of the Badger State. A notebook is required.

Textbooks: Risjord, Norman K. Wisconsin: The Story of the Badger State Trails Books. Black Earth, WI 1995
Loew, Patty, Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Madison, WI 2001

Written Communications

1 Trimester
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: None

Students in this course will develop writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments will help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Students will develop critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

  • Textbook: Successful Writing at Work ISBN: 0-547-14791-0

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