Course Guide: English & Language Arts

English 6

EN1109

✓ SOL reading test

  • Read a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections.
  • Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  • Develop vocabulary and begin to study word origins.
  • Understand differing viewpoints, and analyze the effectiveness of group communication.
  • Plan, draft, revise, and edit writings to describe, to persuade, to entertain, and to explain.
  • Study various aspects of media literacy.

English 7

EN1110

✓ SOL reading test

  • Develop oral communication skills.
  • Refine written composition skills.
  • Focus on vocabulary development.
  • Increase proficiency in print and electronic information resources.
  • Understand literary elements contained in short stories, poetry, nonfiction, drama, and novels.

English 8

EN1120

✓ SOL reading and writing test

  • Understand literary elements contained in short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.
  • Focus on the writing process.
  • Develop interview techniques.
  • Study the influence of mass media.

English 8 Advanced

EN1120A

✓ SOL test

  • Focus on the writing process including projects and advanced writing activities.
  • Intensive reading assignments, supplemental, novels, and plays.
  • Understand literary elements contained in short stories, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.
  • Study the influence of mass media.
  • Engage in vocabulary study as well as oral presentations.

Teacher recommendation

English 9

EN1130 (1 credit)

Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn a writing SOL verified credit.

  • Explore prose, poetry, and drama from different cultures and eras.
  • Improve reading comprehension.
  • Write three-part essays.
  • Develop clear thesis statement along with the correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • Use a variety of technology resources to create documents and projects.

English 9 Honors

EN1130W (1 credit)

Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn a writing SOL verified credit.

  • Explore prose, poetry, and drama from different cultures and eras.
  • Develop clear thesis statement along with the correct usage of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
  • Use a variety of technology resources to create documents and projects.
  • Conduct research.

Teacher recommendation

Reading 9

EN1181 (1 credit)

  • Use a variety of text and media sources, to developing reading strategies.
  • Activate and apply prior knowledge, summarize; organize ideas; visualize; make connections; sequence; note details; thinking critically; use context clues; use picture cues; and recognize literary genres and elements.

Bridge English 9

EN1130BR (1 credit)

Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn a writing SOL verified credit.

  • Part of the alternative education program.
  • Designed for students who are struggling or have failed an English course.

Teacher recommendation

English 10

EN1140 (1 credit)

 Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn an SOL (Writing) verified credit

  • Read and critique literary works from a variety of cultures and eras.
  • Focus on practical communication skills, composition, vocabulary, and literature.
  • Write various types of compositions, including a research paper.

English 10 Honors

EN1140W (1 credit)

 Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn an SOL (Writing) verified credit

  • Read and critique literary works from a variety of cultures and eras.
  • Focus on practical communication skills, composition, vocabulary, and literature.
  • Write various types of compositions, including a research paper.
  • Read, research, discuss, write, and study vocabulary with college-bound rigor.

Teacher recommendation

English 11

EN1150 (1credit)

✓ SOL End of Course tests (Reading)
Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn an SOL (Writing) verified credit.

  • Read a survey of American literature.
  • Examine and evaluate a variety of genres.
  • Write with an emphasis on persuasion.
  • Enhance knowledge of proper research techniques.

English 11 Honors

EN1150W (1 credit)

✓ SOL End of Course test (Reading)
 Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn an SOL (Writing) verified credit.

  • Read a survey of American literature.
  • Examine and evaluate a variety of genres.
  • Write with an emphasis on persuasion.
  • Enhance knowledge of proper research techniques.
  • Gain insight into history and culture through the study of various genres.
  • Explore the relationship between style and meaning in literature.

Teacher recommendation

AP English 11 (Language & Composition)

EN1196W (1 credit)

AP exam fee and book fee

✓ SOL End of Course test (Reading)
 Students will complete performance-based assessments as a part of a two- to three-year portfolio to earn an SOL (Writing) verified credit

  • Read complex texts, write a variety of prose, and analyze meaningful images to communicate thoughts and convey ideas effectively.
  • Contribute through class participation, research, independent study (including summer reading and writing).
  • Perform timed writing assignments and simulated AP tests.

Teacher recommendation

Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric

EL1516 (1 credit) - 12th Grade

  • Through the studies of logic, grammar, and rhetoric, we will strive to find order in a chaotic world.
  • Students will read and write different pieces that focus on persuasion and literary art forms.

Teacher Recommendation

English 12

EN1160 (1 credit)

  • Explore a survey of British and world literature.
  • Examine and evaluate a variety of genres while focusing on the historical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Prepare journals, resumes, and research papers.
  • Practice public speaking and vocabulary study.

English 12 Honors

EN1160W (1 credit)

  • Explore a survey of British and world literature. Examine and evaluate a variety of genres while focusing on the historical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Practice public speaking and vocabulary study.
  • Prepare for college English courses.
  • Complete a variety of writing assignments including writing for specific audiences, reaction logs, essays, literary analyses, and a well-documented major research paper.

Teacher recommendation

AP English 12 (Literature & Composition)

EN1195W (1 credit)

  • Use various world literature genres to hone reading, analytical, research, and writing skills.
  • Requires independent study, research, class participation, considerable outside (including summer) reading and writing.
  • Perform timed writing assignments and simulated AP tests.
  • Earn college credits/class placement based on their AP test scores.

Teacher recommendation

English 12 / United States & Virginia Government - Global Literacy & Government

EN1160GLG (1 credit) + SS2440GLG (1 credit)

  • This course is designed for high school seniors who need English and United States and Virginia government courses in order to graduate.
  • Taught as a hybrid course: a blend of online and in-person sessions.
  • Explore a survey of British and world literature.
  • Examine a variety of genres while focusing on historical and cultural backgrounds.
  • Study fundamental constitutional principles, the rights and responsibilities for citizenship, the political culture, the policy-making process at each level of government, and the US market economy.
  • Enhance knowledge of proper research techniques.
  • Prepare journals, resumes, and research papers.
  • Practice public speaking.
  • Emphasize problem-based service-learning as a means of strengthening citizenship and literacy skills.

Journalism

EL1200 (1 credit)

  • Work in various media to publish the school newspaper, news releases, and stories for the high school.
  • Learn news writing, layout, photography, and business skills.
  • Utilize strong writing skills, the ability to work independently and meet deadlines, and a willingness to put in time beyond the classroom.
  • Expand existing computer, photography, and visual art skills.