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English I

Semesters:  2
Grade Level:  
9
Prerequisite: 
None
Description:

  This class will create an atmosphere of cooperation, caring, and high expectations for student learning.  It will provide students with various class studies to help them incorporate ideas, skills, and concepts that will improve their ability to perform writing tasks in usage and mechanics.  Students will perform various writing assignments that involve transferring their thoughts into the written word.  Students will become familiar with various types of literature.

English II

Semesters:  2
Grade Level:  
10
Prerequisite:  
English I
Description:

  This course will provide students with a review of basic grammar skills in usage and mechanics.  Essay structure will be reviewed / taught with students writing in expository, descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and critical modes.  Students will review the elements of a short story and will analyze world literature.  Students will learn the elements of the novel and the dramatic form.  Students will read, analyze and discuss a Shakespearean tragedy.  Students will create and analyze various forms of poetry.  Upon completion of this course students will take a state mandatory Instruction Test and that score will be posted on their transcripts.

English III

Semesters:  2
Grade Level: 
11
Prerequisite:  
English I and II
Description:

   One day per week will be devoted primarily to vocabulary.  The rest of the week will be used for studying grammar skills, reading and analyzing literature, testing, and composition.
   Students will be expecting to display an understanding of functions of sentence elements and parts of speech in a sentence as to produce well-formed simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences and correctly use punctuation.  They will also be able to produce balanced sentences using parallel words, phrases, and clauses.
   In literature, students will examine the content, structure, and and techniques of American nonfiction in sermons, speeches, journals, diaries, letters, and essays.  They will recognize the chronological development of American literature and its reflection of historical background and social attitudes.

   Each student will be responsible for completing various projects: 

   In the first nine weeks, students will use research skills in order to write an autobiography and create a family tree.  Students will demonstrate the ability to proofread, revise and/or rewrite written work.
   In the second nine weeks, students will again use research skills to write an essay over an American author and create a project outlining that author's life and major works.
   In the third nine weeks, students will be given a famous American quote and develop an essay and project around that quote.
   In the fourth nine weeks, students will write a 5-7 page research paper over a current event.  Students will demonstrate the ability to use all research and MLA guidelines learned throughout the year.

Honors English III

Semesters:  2
Grade Level: 
11
Prerequisite:  
English II
Description:

  The honors curriculum will challenge the self-disciplined student with high abilities in the language arts and a solid background in grammar.  The students will be provided with the same course outline as in the regular class but the material will be taught at a faster pace and in greater depth. 

English IV

Semesters:  2
Grade Level:
12
Prerequisite:  
English III
Description:

  This course will provide students with a review of basic grammar skills in usage and mechanics, especially in preparation for the ACT test.  Essay structure will be reviewed / taught with students writing in expository, descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and critical modes.  Students will review the historical significance of the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Elizabethan ages of English literature.  Students will learn the elements of the novel and the dramatic form.  Students will read, analyze and discuss a Shakespearean tragedy.  Students will create and analyze various forms of English poetry.   

Honors English IV

Semesters:  2
Grade Level: 
12
Prerequisite: 
English III
Description:

  This course will provide students with a review of basic grammar skills in usage and mechanics, especially in preparation for the ACT test.  Essay structure will be reviewed / taught with students writing in expository, descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and critical modes.  Students will review the historical significance of the Angle-Saxon, Medieval and Elizabethan ages of English literature.  Students will learn the elements of the novel and the dramatic form.  Students will read, analyze and discuss a Shakespearean tragedy.  Students will complete two research papers as well as other writing projects.  Various writing assignments, such as 5-paragraph essays, will be assigned.  Also, mandatory participation in various essay contests will be required.

Speech I

equisite:  None
Description:

    This course covers the basics of public speaking.  Students will learn and apply outlining and organizational skills.  Students will deliver various types of speeches.

Drama and Speech II

Semesters:  2
Grade Level: 
11-12
Prerequisite: 
Speech I
Description:

  These two courses are alternated every year.  They are competitive which consists of 5 qualifying tournaments, 1 regional tournament, 1 state tournament, 1 Fall Production, 1 Regional One-Act Play Contest, and 1 Spring Production.

Journalism I (Newspaper)

Semesters:  1 or 2
Grade Level: 
11-12
Prerequisite:  
English II, grade average of a B or better, and permission of the teacher.
Description:

  It is the responsibility of the journalism class to produce a school newspaper which is published approximately every four weeks after the first paper. Students will be assigned stories, which will require travel between high school, middle school, and grade school.  On occasion students may need to interview a citizen from the community.  The journalism teacher must approve travel assignments.  Student editors are selected from second-year journalism students by the advisor.

Journalism II (Yearbook)

Semesters:  2
Grade Level: 
11-12
Prerequisite:  
go through an interview
Description:

  Yearbook is a hands-on class open only to juniors and seniors at Stigler High School.  New staff members are chosen through an application-interview process by current staff members.  SHS yearbook staff members are committed to producing a quality yearbook every year.

  Yearbook students use PageMaker 6.5 to design double page spreads about each aspect of SHS.  They use a Sony digital camera for photos; Adobe Photoshop to adjust, crop, and place photos; several clip art programs; Photo Studio for photo placement; Hewlett Packard scanning software called Scan Jet and Smart Track, and a yearbook management and financial program.

Language Arts

Semesters:  1 or 2
Grade Level: 
9-12
Prerequisite:
 None
Description:

  This course will provide students with individualized reading instruction based on the individual's vocabulary and comprehension reading levels.  Other skills will also be taught, such as spelling, writing, and content area reading skills.

 


 

 





















 
















 


   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
       
 
   

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