language Arts

  • English 9

    Elements of writing are introduced through poetry, short stories, plays, and essays. Grammar skills are enhanced by the study of sentence structure and style and by composing paragraphs and short essays. Topics include narration, exposition, description, argumentation, punctuation, usage, spelling, and sentence and paragraph structure. Suggested for students entering 9th grade. 

    Honors option: Additional module with discussion based assessment, and exam.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Honors Available
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • English 10

    Personal experiences, opinions, and interests are used as a foundation for writing. Skills acquired in English I are reinforced and advanced. Literary models are provided to demonstrate paragraph unity and a more sophisticated word choice. A research paper is required for completion of the course. Topics include grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, organizing compositions, and the research paper. Suggested for students entering high school as 

    Honors option: Addition content in each module with exams. 

    • Prerequisites: English 10
    • Honors Available
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • English 11

    Acquire the language, reading, writing, and speaking/listening skills necessary for success in college, career, and beyond. Become a critical reader and thinker as you dive deeply into the texts presented throughout this course. You will learn how to effectively research and integrate your findings, as well as citing your sources. Suggested for students entering 11th grade.

    Honors option:
    Additional module with exams. 


    • Prerequisites: English 10
    • Honors Available
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • English 12

    Come explore the world of big ideas in English IV, where you are able to choose which path you will travel first as you explore highly-engaging, thematic units. Each path will guide you through a series of literary pieces that allow you to analyze the political, social, economic, and cultural messages of its time as well as its relevance to the world you live in today. Each path revolves around a central theme. The works in the course span a period of over 1000 years and have been written by authors who share common ideas, but employ a variety of literary genres to express their views. Whether it is the dramatic ending of a play, or the colorful images in a verse of poetry, the words of these authors will leave you with a new understanding of the world around you. As you travel down each path, you will create authentic work pieces that will engage you in higher-level learning and provide you with a greater understanding of literature and its connection to the world. Suggested for students entering 12th grade.

    Honors Option: 
    Two additional modules with exams. 

    • Prerequisites: English 11
    • Honors Available
    • ORVSD
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • Journalism

    This course introduces students to the role of the free press in America in order to help them become more informed and more analytical consumers of media. In this course, students explore the history of journalism in the United States from its inception in the colonies and its key role in the first amendment, all the way up to present day issues regarding “right to know” and the changing landscape of journalistic media in the 21st century. Students will develop skills to actively participate in the consumption, analysis and creation of news media, and will have the opportunity to investigate the constantly evolving career opportunities within the field of journalism. 

    • Prerequisites: None
    • One semester
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • Gothic Literature

    From vampires to ghosts, these frightening stories have influenced fiction writers since the 18th century. This course will focus on the major themes found in Gothic literature and demonstrate how the core writing drivers produce, for the reader, a thrilling psychological environment. Terror versus horror, the influence of the supernatural, and descriptions of the difference between good and evil are just a few of the themes presented. By the time students have completed this course, they will have gained an understanding of and an appreciation for the complex nature of dark fiction.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • ORVSD
    • One semester
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • Creative Writing

    For many hundreds of years, literature has been one of the most important human art forms. It allows us to give voice to our emotions, create imaginary worlds, express ideas, and escape the confines of material reality. Through creative writing, we can come to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. This course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration to building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • ORVSD
    • One semester
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • AP English Language and Composition

    An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The college composition course for which the AP English Language and Composition course substitutes is one of the most varied in the curriculum.

    • Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation, English l , ll (Honors), with a B+ average
    • Advanced Placement
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.
  • AP English Literature and Composition

    Develop critical standards for the appreciation of literary works and increase your sensitivity to literature as a shared experience. This course meets one required English credit for high school graduation. For a year, participate in an AP upscale dining experience in the AP Literature and Composition course. Students act as food critics of exquisite literary cuisine. Menu items include reading, analyzing, writing, rewriting, and discussing creations by the master chefs, renowned authors. With intensive concentration on composition skills and on authors’ narrative techniques, this dining experience equips students with recipes for success in college, in a career and the AP exam.

    • Prerequisites: Successful completion of English I, II, & III. Student will be exposed to college-level composition and literature.
    • Advanced Placement
    • Two semesters
    • Worth 0.5 credits per semester.