Mount St. Mary Academy
English Department

ENGLISH 9
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 9

 

The English 9 course provides an introduction to literary analysis and composition through in-depth studies in poetry, the novel, drama, and short stories. This class also reviews grammar basics and includes twenty units of vocabulary study. Preparation for the PSAT is begun.  Students will develop skills in critical thinking, discussion, collaboration, and oral presentation.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 9
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 9 WITH STRONG READING AND WRITING SKILLS AS   

INDICATED BY TEST SCORES AND ACADEMIC RECORDS

 

The Honors  English 9 course is a college preparatory class providing a challenging curriculum for high achieving students.  This course consists of an in-depth study of the novel, a Shakespearean drama, epic poetry, selections of other poetry, and short stories.  This class also reviews grammar skills, begins research skills, and covers twenty units of vocabulary study. Strong attention will be given to the development of composition skills.  Literary analysis and both written and oral reflection will be highlighted.  This course is designed to prepare students for Honors English 10 and further work in Advanced Placement courses.

 

ENGLISH 10
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 10

 

The English 10 course focuses on literature and writing, including the study of a novel, a Shakespearean drama, mythology, and selections of poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. Work includes some grammar instruction, writing instruction and practice (including instruction in research), and eighteen units of vocabulary study.  PSAT and ACT test preparation is also included. Students will develop analytical reading, academic writing, critical thinking, and presentation skills.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 10
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 10

PREREQUISITE:  HONORS ENGLISH 9 AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

Honors English 10 provides a challenging curriculum for high-achieving students. The course focuses on the development of advanced composition skills through the study of poetry, drama, mythology, the novel, short stories, and nonfiction. Students will receive further training in research and analysis. Preparation for the PSAT and ACT continues. This fast-paced program of study is designed to sharpen students’ ability to think critically and synthesize information while demonstrating language mastery. The Honors English 10 course is a prerequisite for AP English courses.

 

ENGLISH 11
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 11

PREREQUISITE:  ENGLISH 10

 

The English 11 course promotes an appreciation of American literature and nonfiction prose.  It is designed to develop students’ individual language skills, their ability to comment upon familiar texts, and the ability to express a personal and independent response to literature.  Vocabulary study, SAT/ACT test preparation, and research paper are also included.

 

AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION 11
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 11

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  ENGLISH 9/HONORS ENGLISH 9 AND HONORS ENGLISH 10 AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

AP Language and Composition 11 will include the study of nonfiction prose and American literature from a variety of periods, disciplines and contexts.  The course will also involve a variety of writing for different audiences and purposes as well as analysis of style, application to nonfiction prose, and a study of vocabulary, grammar use, and the mechanics in the context of composition. For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

 

ENGLISH 12
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 12

PREREQUISITE:  ENGLISH 11

 

The English 12 course promotes an appreciation of British and world literature focusing on selected works from a variety of genres.  The course continues the conceptual groundwork of the junior level course through a detailed study of works in which the student will increase understanding of other cultures.  The course covers two thematic units of literary study:  “The Tragic Hero” and “The Search for Identity.”  Both written and oral assessments are used to determine the student’s ability to express a meaningful, relevant response to literature.  Vocabulary study and ACT/SAT test preparation are also a part of this course.  

 

AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION 12
CREDITS: 1
OPEN TO:  GRADE 12

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE:  AP LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATION

 

AP Literature and Composition 12 promotes an appreciation of British and world literature focusing on selected works from a variety of genres.  The course covers two thematic units of literary student:  “The Tragic Figure in Literature” and “The Search for Identity.”  Extensive preparation for the May 2018 AP Literature and Composition Exam is a part of this class.  Students will write numerous at-home essays and in-class essays on poems, prose excerpts, and novels.  Students will also prepare for the Multiple Choice test, which is an important component of the AP Exam.  Vocabulary study and ACT/SAT test preparation are also a part of this course.  Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart are assigned for summer reading.  For weighted credit to be awarded, students must take the AP Exam in the spring and complete the course for the entire year.

*This course requires payment of an exam fee.

 

ACT TEST PREPARATION
CREDITS:  1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADE 11, FIRST OR SECOND SEMESTER;

       GRADE 12, FIRST SEMESTER

 

Instruction for this one-semester elective course will focus on all four parts of the ACT test, plus the optional written component, and will include content-based learning, test-taking strategies, and time-management.  Pre-tests will be administered to ascertain students’ strengths and weaknesses, and proctored interim exams will measure students’ progress.   

 

CREATIVE WRITING
CREDITS: 1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11-12

 

This one-semester elective course provides a focused introduction to the craft of creative writing. In daily exercises, students will practice a variety of traditional and contemporary forms and styles and build a portfolio of original short stories and poems. The class will discuss its own creative work along with a selection of anthologized works. A combination of short-term and long-term assignments will serve to motivate and refine students’ writing.  Students will be encouraged to apply studied literary conventions as well as to improvise.  Assessment will be based on the extent to which students adhere to the expectations of given exercises.

 

WOMEN IN LITERATURE
CREDITS:  1/2
OPEN TO:  GRADES 11-12

 

This one-semester elective course will examine the roles of women in literature, including women as authors, as characters, and as subject matter. The class will explore selections of poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction pieces by such authors as Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Bronte, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This course will discuss the changing ideas of female archetypes from the earliest literature to modern heroines found in the work of J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. Student discussion and projects will be the most important components of this course, with some quizzes on the authors and reading material throughout the semester.