English and Language Arts Department







Department Faculty
Dwight Blue
Randi Lamkings
Tina Lanphere
Caleb Lawrence
Jennifer True


Course Descriptions
Course Course Number Grade Level Other Level RC RI SLD SLP WA WIN WP WR
ELA 9 ELA2081 9 x x x x x x
ELA 9 H ELA2091 9 H x x x x x x
ELA 10 ELA2082 10 x x x x x x
ELA 10 H ELA2092 10 H x x x x x x
ELA Writing Lab ELA2042 any I x x
ELA 11 ELA2083 11 x x x x x
ELA 11 H ELA2093 11 H x x x x x
ELA 12 ELA2084 12 x x x x x
ELA 12 H ELA2094 12 H x x x x x
AP Literature ELA2095 11, 12 AP
AP Language ELA2095 11, 12 AP
Creative Writing* ELA2040 any E x x
Poetry and Short Stories* ELA2015 any E x x
Dystopian Literature* ELA2019 any E x x
History of the World in 100 Objects* ELA2003 any E x x
Literature and Film* ELA2012 10, 11, 12 E x x
Food and Water: Essentials* ELA2012 any E x

*denotes semester course and 0.50 credit

Graduation Standards:
RC - Reading Comprehension
RI - Reading Interpretation
SLD - Speaking and Listening Discussion
SLP - Speaking and Listening Presentation
WA - Writing Arguments
WIN - Writing Informative and Narrative Texts
WP - Writing Process
WR - Writing Research
Advanced Placement courses go beyond the PBE standards and are held to the standards of the AP Exam given in May.


Course Title: ELA 9 Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2081 Credit: 1

This course offers an exploration and application of the literary side of English through short stories, drama, the novel, and literary terms. Additionally, students will self-select novels and respond to them individually through writing and discussion. The analytical essay is the main focus of writing freshman year as it lays the foundation for writing in high school. Students will also extend their experience with narrative writing. This course provides an environment for independent thinking as well as collaborative and lively discussion, and an independent use of skills is expected as the year progresses. A choice of a summer reading novel is required between 8th and 9th grade. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Writing Arguments, Writing Process, Writing Informational/Narrative Texts and Writing Research.

English 9 Syllabus with Mrs. Lanphere
English 9 Syllabus with Mr. Conover

Course Title: ELA 9 H Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2091 Level: Honors Credit: 1 Weight: 1.05

Honors English gets at the depth of literary application through the study of the classics, which may include works by Homer, Sophocles, Dickens, and Shakespeare. In addition, a few contemporary authors are explored. The analytical essay is the main focus of writing freshman year as it lays the foundation for writing in high school. Students will also extend their experience with narrative writing. Independent application of skills is expected. Summer reading is required between 8th and 9th grades to spark initial exploration of literary concepts. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Writing Arguments, Writing Process, Writing Informational/Narrative Texts and Writing Research.

English 9 Honors Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 10 Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2082 Credit: 1

This course places emphasis on classic American literature through the use of short stories, novels, and a dramatic play. Skills explicitly taught include analysis and theme exploration through the use of class discussion and essays. Other areas of emphasis include research, speeches, and presentation skills. In fact, public speaking is an integral part of the course in that it allows students the opportunity to show proficiency across multiple skill areas such as writing arguments, research, and presentation. Support and tiered instruction fosters student growth in these skills. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Writing Arguments, Writing Research, Speaking and Listening Discussion and Presentation

English 10 Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 10 H Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2092 Level: Honors Credit: 1 Weight: 1.05

This course places emphasis on the complexities of classic American literature through the use of short stories, novels, and a dramatic play. Skills explicitly taught include class discussion approaches and essay skills to explore the multiple relationships that can be noted through analysis and theme. Other areas of emphasis include research, speeches, and presentation skills. In fact, public speaking is an integral part of the course in that it allows students the opportunity to show proficiency across multiple skill areas such as writing arguments, research, and presentation. Independence in applying these skills is essential in this honors course where students will expand on the skills outlined above. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Writing Arguments, Writing Research, Speaking and Listening Discussion and Presentation.

English 10 Honors Syllabus

Course Title: ELA Writing Lab 9, 10, 11, 12 Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2042 Credit: 0.5

Writing is a vital skill in high school and beyond. The ability to communicate in a manner that is clear, focused, and grammatically correct is a necessity for the competitive 21st century job market. Practice and focused attention on the different aspects of writing WILL foster improvement. This course offers support and practice in all of the aspects of writing such as grammar, word choice, the writing process (brainstorming, planning, drafting, editing, and revising), organization, and conferencing. Some pieces will be short and focus on one aspect of writing, while others will turn into longer polished pieces. Reflecting on work will allow students to see progress in their skills. Furthermore, the course offers analysis of what makes for “good” writing. We’ll read articles and essays, and students will practice responding to a few short stories and poems. In addition to practice and skill building, this class allows students to focus on writing assignments that are assigned by other teachers. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet graduation standards Writing Argument and Writing Process.

Writing Lab Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 11 Prerequisite: English 9, 10
Course Number: ELA2083 Credit: 1

Junior English is a thematic approach to world literature involving poetry, short stories, plays, and novel excerpts. This course includes lessons in literature conventions and in grammar, usage, and mechanics. An emphasis will be placed on proving a thesis through the research process. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Speaking and Listening Discussion and Presentation, and Writing Process.

English 11 Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 11 H Prerequisite: English 9, 10
Course Number: ELA2093 Level: Honors Credit: 1 Weight 1.05

Honors requires the ability to grasp complex ideas, and the ability to see connections beyond the obvious. Critical thinking skills are emphasized. The course requires significant achievement in communication (writing, speaking, etc.) and commitment to the idea that rigor leads to higher-level learning. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet graduation standards Reading Comprehension, Reading Interpretation, Speaking and Listening Discussion and Presentation, and Writing Process.

English 11 Honors Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 12 Prerequisite: English 9, 10, 11
Course Number: ELA2084 Credit: 1

Students will develop writing skills by examining text types and purposes. Students will write informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use. This course is designed to provide teacher support and scaffolding of skills. Students taking this course will have the opportunity to meet the graduation standards Writing Informative and Narrative Texts, Writing Process, Writing Research, Speaking and Listening: Discussion and Presentation.

English 12 Syllabus

Course Title: ELA 12 H Prerequisite: English 9, 10, 11
Course Number: ELA2097 Level: Honors Credit: 1

Texts will include nonfiction, essays, and short stories. Students will develop writing skills by examining text types and purposes and by writing arguments to support claims. Students will write explanatory/informational texts to examine and convey complex ideas, and will write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events. Students will learn how to produce and distribute quality writing using technology’s capacity to produce, publish, and share writing products. Students will conduct research projects and will participate in a range of collaborative discussions and presentations integrating multiple sources of information. This course will further advance students’ knowledge of the conventions of Standard English and will strengthen vocabulary acquisition and use. This course will focus on graduation standards Writing Informative and Narrative Texts, Writing Process, Writing Research, Speaking and Listening: Discussion and Presentation.

English 12 Honors Syllabus

Course Title: AP Literature Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2097 Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

This course is designed to prepare students for the AP English Literature exam given in May. Students will focus on the development/refinement of close reading skills through analysis of a work’s structure, style, themes, figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Works read for this course will cover a broad range of genres and periods, but with a much greater appreciation for depth over breadth. The class will be structured on a discussion-based format with extensive timed in- class writing. Review sessions for the exam will be conducted in the spring. Please note that summer work will be required. It is expected that each student enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam for that class. The exams are held in May.

AP Literature Syllabus

Course Title: AP Language & Composition Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2096 Level: AP Credit: 1 Weight: 1.075

The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become 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. It is expected that each student enrolled in AP courses will take the AP exam for that class. The exams are held in May.

will take the AP exam for that class. The exams are held in May.

Course Title: Literature and Film Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2012 Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

Literature and Film explores the artistic mediums of both literature and film and their combined ability to convey messages and values to our society. The class explores the basics of filmmaking and analyzes them for effect in various films. A variety of themes are explored as they are depicted in text and then re-examined as they appear in film. Students will view films based upon literary works or based on the same idea as literary works. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet graduation standards Writing Argument and Writing Process.

Literature and Film Syllabus

Course Title: Creative Writing Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2040 Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

Creative writing is an important component of the English curriculum. It should stimulate the imagination, develop powers of observation, encourage self-expression and broaden understanding of the human condition. Creative writing provides a forum for students to compose, create, and produce a finished piece. Creative writing also practices basic writing skills such as sentence structure, word choice, style and the use of narration, description and dialogue. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet the graduation standards Writing Informative and Narrative Texts and Writing Research.

Creative Writing Syllabus

Course Title: Poetry and Short Story Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2015 Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

Poetry and Short Story class covers a wide range of poets and writers as well as their lives and time periods in which they lived. This course also discovers trends in writing over time, while offering students to explore their own writing styles. Through this course, students develop techniques for explicating, interpreting, and critiquing poetry. Students will produce a portfolio of their own work and will be encouraged to submit works for publication. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension and Reading Interpretation.

Poetry and Short Stories Syllabus

Course Title: Dystopian Literature Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2019 Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

Dystopian Literature will focus on utopian and dystopian literature and their historical connections. Students will read a variety of works from various cultures and time periods and will explore the components of a functioning society, while examining attempts to create utopian societies. Students will write creatively. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet the graduation standards Reading Comprehension and Reading Interpretation.

Dystopian Literature Syllabus

Course Title: History of the World in 100 Objects Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA2003 Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

History of the World in 100 Objects stems from the BBC text and podcast series of the same name. Students will explore the connections between history and objects, as well as the personal connections we have with objects. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet the graduation standards Speaking and Listening Presentation and Writing Research.

History of the World in 100 Objects Syllabus

Course Title: Food and Water: The Essentials Prerequisite: None
Course Number: ELA Level: Elective Credit: 0.5

This class will explore our ever-changing relationship with the food and water we consume. Students will be asked to write a number of essays (at least one a week) comparing/reviewing/analyzing/exploring food and water. The perspectives will adjust from that of the producer or harvester to that of the consumer or distributor. Each student will be responsible for selecting and preparing a dish (materials provided in class), writing a recipe, and, most importantly, providing an expository review of the dish prepared. Demonstrations and a culminating field trip to the Primo garden will be incorporated as well. This half year, half credit elective course provides an opportunity for students to meet the graduation standards in Reading Informational texts.

Food and Water Syllabus
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