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The English Department considers the first two years a core curriculum for all students.  The core curriculum includes the basics in writing, grammar, and literature.  After the first two years of English are completed, each student takes elective courses.  Student enrollment in these elective courses is subject to a combination of teacher recommendation and student choice.  

  • Students should demonstrate through writing and literature, an understanding of critical thinking skills.
  • Students should be able to research, compose, and edit their written work using the technology available to them.

FRESHMEN LEVEL COURSES

ENG 101  COMPOSITION & LITERATURE 1 (Fr) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Recommendation at registration

English 101 works as an introduction to both literature and composition. Students will develop organizational skills for use in daily planning and for presentations.

Student Activities: Students will read a variety of short stories and texts supported through a 9th grade textbook. Students will receive continued grammar and vocabulary instruction.

Student Evaluation: Short essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 102  ACCELERATED COMPOSITION & LITERATURE (Fr) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Recommendation at registration

English 102 will review language skills, and develop writing skills, work on speech and oratory skills all through a variety of texts of literature. Student Activities: Students are given grammar instruction for use in the writing process. Some literary pieces will be read for use in literary analysis. Texts will serve as an introduction to a variety of genres including short stories and poetry. Students read and discuss several longer pieces; for example, Romeo and Juliet or The Odyssey.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, written analysis, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 103 HONORS COMPOSITION & LITERATURE (Fr) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Recommendation at registration

English 103 focuses on the development of written and verbal communication, of organizational skills for presentation, and a variety of literary analysis for a better comprehension while reading literature.

Student Activities: Students are given extensive grammar instruction for use in the writing process and for use in literary analysis. Texts will serve as an introduction to a variety of genres including short stories and poetry. Students read and discuss several longer pieces; for example, Romeo and Juliet, The Odyssey, or The Hobbit.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, written analysis, creative projects, and presentations


SOPHOMORE LEVEL COURSES

ENG 201 RESEARCH & LITERATURE 2 (Soph) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students not maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 102 OR students not maintaining an “A” in ENG 101.

English 201 works as a continued introduction to both literature and composition. Students will read a variety of short stories and texts supported through a 10th grade textbook.

Student Activities: Students will receive continued grammar and vocabulary instruction. Students will learn research skills and will create a research project.

Student Evaluation: Research project, short essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 202 ACCELERATED RESEARCH & LITERATURE (Soph) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 102, or an A in English 101 with teacher recommendation.

English 202 continues as an introduction of a variety of classic world literature through both the novel and short stories. This course will also focus on the development of research skills through writing and composition.

Student Activities: This course will develop of a variety of research projects throughout the year. Students will learn to successfully apply MLA formatting and citation styles. Students will also complete an accurately cited research project. In literature, students will begin to delve deeper into analysis, symbolism, and theme.  Discussions will apply ideas from the texts to current events and societal issues at home and around the globe. Students read and discuss several longer pieces; for example, Lord of the Flies or Julius Caesar.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations.


ENG 203 HONORS RESEARCH & LITERATURE (Soph)  NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students maintaining a “B” or above in both semesters of HONORS ENG 103, or maintaining an “A” in ENG 102 with teacher recommendation.

English 203 continues as an introduction of a variety of classic world literature through both the novel and short stories.

Student Activities: This course will develop a major research project. Students will learn to successfully apply MLA formatting and citation styles. Students will compose a variety of papers throughout the year, including fully documented research papers. Students will begin to delve deeper into analysis, symbolism, and theme.  Discussions will apply ideas from the texts to current events and societal issues at home and around the globe. Students read and discuss several longer pieces; for example, The Lord of the Flies, Julius Caesar, or Animal Farm.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


JUNIOR LEVEL COURSES

ENG 301 LITERATURE & RHETORIC (Jrs) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students not maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 202 OR students not maintaining an “A” in ENG 201.

Students will get continued practice in the development of sentences and paragraph writing to create more clearly written compositions. The course will serve as an overview and sampling of texts representative and iconic of four specific genres: Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and Horror.

Student Activities: Students will gain continued practice in a variety of composition styles such as personal narrative, research, and literary analysis. Students will analyze a variety of short stories and novels. Texts may include work by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, or Stephen King.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 302 ACCELERATED AMERICAN LITERATURE (Jrs) NCAA All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 202, or maintaining an “A” in English 201 with teacher recommendation.

English 302 will allow students to develop their skills as authors in a variety of writing assignments. Topics of study will include investigative journalism, sports journalism, blogs, reviews, and other media. This course will also develop a researched and MLA documented creative project/paper as well. Literature of this year will serve as an overview and sampling of texts representative and iconic of a specific literary topic. This topic may vary and is at instructor decision at the beginning of the year. Topics may include Folklore & Mythology, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, among others.

Student Activities: Students will analyze their own and other’s writing styles and a variety of texts including short stories, novels, or poetry.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 311 HONORS PROCESS OF COMPOSITION (Jrs) 1818  NCAA SEM 1 .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Overall 3.0 GPA, teacher recommendation, and completion of HONORS ENG 203 with a “B” or better.

Student Activities: English 311 is a course taught through St. Louis University’s 1818 dual credit program. This course will delve into a variety of writing genres including creative writing, research papers, presentations, and resumes. This course will also teach through a mastery of English grammar and mechanics as well as MLA formatting. This course should be paired with ENG 321.

Student Evaluation: Discussions, critical responses, formal essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 321 HONORS CONFLICT, SOCIAL JUSTICE & LITERATURE  (Jrs) 1818  NCAA SEM 2 .5 L Credit

Prerequisite: Overall 3.0 GPA, teacher recommendation, and completion of HONORS ENG 203 with a “B” or better AND completion of HONORS ENG 311 (semester 1) with a “B” or better.

Student Activities: English 321 is a course taught through St. Louis University’s 1818 dual credit program. This course will examine important works of literature in the context and theme of Cultural Conflict and Social Justice. We will also analyze the real life cultural and historical events influencing the creation of these texts, their intention for their audience, and their relevance/significance in today’s society. This course may utilize poems, short stories, and novels from a variety of time periods. This course should be paired with ENG 311.

Student Evaluation: Include discussions, critical responses, formal essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


SENIOR LEVEL COURSES

ENG 401 CREATIVITY, RESEARCH, AND LITERATURE    (Srs) NCAA  All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students not maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 302 OR students not maintaining an “A” in ENG 301.

English 401 will serve as a deeper investigation and analysis of texts representative and iconic of four specific genres: Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and Horror. This course will also offer continued practice in the development of sentences and paragraph writing to create more clearly written compositions. The course will also include at least one major, fully-documented, MLA accurate research paper.

Student Activities: Students will analyze a variety of short stories and novels. Texts may include work by Edgar Allan Poe, Robert, Lewis Stevenson, Ray Bradbury, or Stephen King. Students will gain continued practice in a variety of composition styles such as personal narrative, research, and literary analysis.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 402 ACCELERATED CREATIVITY, RESEARCH, & LITERATURE  (Srs) NCAA  All Year .5 L & .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Students maintaining a “C” or above in ENG 302, or maintaining an “A” in English 301 with teacher recommendation

English 402 will allow students to develop their skills as authors in a variety of creative writing assignments. This course will also develop at   least one major, fully-documented, MLA accurate research paper as well. This course will also serve as an advanced overview and sampling of texts representative and iconic of a specific literary topic. This course will build on concepts and literary terminology directly covered in 302. This topic may vary and is at instructor decision at the beginning of the semester. Topics may include Folklore & Mythology, Historical Fiction,   Science Fiction, among others.

Student Activities: Students will analyze their own writing styles as well as the styles of other authors and a variety of texts including short stories, novels, or poetry.

Student Evaluation: Essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 411 HONORS FAITH, DOUBT, & LITERATURE  (Srs)  1818  NCAA SEM 1 .5 L Credit
Prerequisite: Overall 3.0 GPA, Teacher Recommendation, Completion of HONORS ENG 311 and 321 with a “B” or better

Student Activities: English 411 is a course taught through St. Louis University’s 1818 dual credit program. This is a course will look at the reliability of characters and narrators in a variety of texts. Considering the effects of isolation, mental illness, age, and other factors, students will decipher the reliability of a narrative and determine how much faith may be placed on a character or narrator as a result. This course may utilize poems, short stories, and novels from a variety of time periods.

Student Evaluation: include discussions, critical responses, formal essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations


ENG 421 HONORS ADVANCED STRATEGIES OF RESEARCH & RHETORIC (Sr) 1818 NCAA SEM2 .5 W Credit
Prerequisite: Overall 3.0 GPA, Teacher Recommendation, Completion of HONORS ENG 311, 321, and 411 with a “B” or better

Student Activities: English 421 is a course taught through St. Louis University’s 1818 dual credit program. This course will delve into a variety of written topics. Students will submit a rhetorical analysis, casual analysis, problem proposal, and an argumentative essay. The course will culminate with the creation of a reflective portfolio.

Student Evaluation: Discussions, critical responses, formal essays, objective tests, creative projects, and presentations.