Course Descriptions

English: Level 9A and 9H

English 9A
These year-long, integrated, ninth-grade courses focus on developmentally appropriate skills for students to become discerning readers, insightful writers, effective communicators, and perceptive listeners. Students examine a variety of literary genres, including short story, poetry, drama, non-fiction and novel. The writing process emphasizes purpose, organization, and style. The differentiation in the regular and A (advanced) -level courses is in the area of emphasis and length of focus on specified content and in method of instruction.

English 9H
The Discovery of Self is the theme of the year-long, integrated, honors, ninth-grade course. Students investigate various genres of literature, including poetry, nonfiction, novel, and drama to develop the theme. Students develop skills in paragraph and multi-paragraph writing, including descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository essays. They, also, develop creative writing skills and consistently practice critical, creative and affective thinking. Students refine Indiana language arts proficiencies/essential skills/content standards, as well as test-taking strategies, to ensure excellence in application of skills. (The course is designed for students gifted and talented in language arts and self motivated to meet academic challenges. High achievers who wish admittance to this course but do not meet gifted and talented requirements may apply for admission.

English: Level 10A and 10H

English 10A
These year-long, integrated, tenth-grade courses emphasize interpersonal skills, research skills, public speaking, democratic processes, and oral interpretation. Fiction and non-fiction passages stimulate expository/technical writings and refinement of the oral and written processes. The differentiation in the regular and A (advanced) -level courses is in the area of emphasis and length of focus on specified content and in method of instruction.

English 10H
The focus of sophomore honors is American literature in addition to world literature.  This year students will read a sequence of American literature from the birth of the nation to today including short stories, poetry, drama, and novels as well as corresponding literature from around the world.  The goal is for students to focus on understanding the texts that we read, their relationships to American and world history, and their relevance to cultures today.  An additional focus will be on reading and analyzing informational texts.  Students will develop and convey understanding through routine writings, focus on arguments in analyses, integrate knowledge from sources when conducting and composing research, and convey experiences through narrative writing.  Students will build upon the skills learned in freshman honors in order to become better readers, writers, and thinkers.
   
English: Level 11A, 11CAP, and 11AP
English 11A
These year-long, eleventh-grade courses integrate the study of American literature, grammar, and composition (expository/technical and creative), while refining oral communication skills. Students develop skills in conducting research and in writing research papers. Literature will include technical reading selections. Schools offer these courses with the same content but different methodology, the separate courses being designated as English III and English IIIA (advanced). The differentiation in the regular-level and A (advanced) -level courses is in the area of emphasis and length of focus on specified content and in method of instruction.

English 11CAP
Students in this college-level course are expected to meet the demands of a rigorous curriculum, carefully analyze a broad range of literary works, and deepen their awareness of rhetoric and how language works.  Through close reading and frequent writing, students develop their ability to work with language and text with a greater awareness of purpose and strategy, while strengthening their own writing and rhetorical abilities.  Course readings feature expository, analytical, personal, and argumentative texts from a variety of authors and historical contexts.  Students examine and compose essays, letters, reflections, interpersonal communications, presentations, images, and imaginative literature.  

English Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (formerly 11AP)
Advanced Placement English Language and Composition is a year-long course designed to engage students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of 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 genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Although this course provides students with opportunities to write about a variety of subjects from a variety of disciplines and to demonstrate an awareness of audience and purpose, the overarching objective is to enable students to write effectively and confidently in their college courses across the curriculum and in their professional and personal lives.

English: Level 12A, 12CAP, 12AP
English 12A
Through the integrated study of language, British and world literature, composition, and oral communication, English 12A continues to develop all skills as outlined in English 9A through 11A and to refine skills identified in the twelfth-grade Indiana language arts standards. This yearlong, twelfth-grade course teaches final refinement of writing skills. This course increases students’ awareness and development of language arts skills required of students to achieve success in post secondary experiences, whether in the world of higher education or in the world of work. With emphasis on the needs and future plans of the students, English 12A sharpens critical reading and interpretive skills to prepare students to make informed decisions as citizens of a democratic society. Oral communication prepares students to adapt content, presentation, and delivery to an audience and to establish purpose in formal and informal speaking situations.

English 12CAP
CAP Literature and Composition is a yearlong course designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature of different genres and from different cultural and historical perspectives. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language aesthetically and rhetorically to create meaning. Students read major pieces of canonical literature and works of literary criticism that illuminate that literature. As they read, students participate in active discussions and independent inquiry, using the accepted language related to the study of literature. Students are challenged critically and creatively compose works of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students write and re-write multiple analytical, expository, research, and argumentative pieces. Students also hone the logical and mental skills related to test preparation and college success.

English Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (formerly 12AP)
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition is a year-long course designed to engage students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature of different genres and from different cultural and historical perspectives. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language aesthetically and rhetorically to create meaning. Students read major pieces of canonical literature and works of literary criticism that illuminate that literature. As they read, students participate in active discussions and independent inquiry, using the accepted language related to the study of literature. Students are challenged critically and creatively compose works of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students write and re-write multiple analytical, expository and argumentative pieces. Students also hone the logical and mental skills related to test preparation and college success.

 
Elective Courses
Listed below are the elective courses offered by the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation. Not all high schools offer every elective course listed. Please check with the North English department to learn which courses are offered during which years.

Biblical Literature (10-12)
This one-semester course acquaints students with literature of and related to the Bible, and enables students to appreciate such works as part of a literacy, cultural, and spiritual heritage.

Creative Writing

Drama: Acting (9-12)
This one-semester course provides an opportunity for students to experience various art forms by learning characterization, stage movement, stage voice, acting technique, and function.

Etymology (10-12)
This one-semester course enlarges the students' vocabulary and enables them to apply this increased vocabulary to reading, writing and speaking. Special emphasis is on preparation for SAT, ACT, PSAT and related test-taking skills.

Journalism/Publishing 1 & 2 (9-12)
This course offers practical training in writing for and publishing school newspapers. Students working on the newspaper staff produce and distribute the North Star newspaper.

Journalism/yearbook (10-12)
This course offers practical training in publishing school yearbooks. Students working on the North Compass yearbook staff plan, publish, fund, and distribute the school's yearbook.

Advanced Speech CAP
This one semester, advanced level course provides the study of and practice in the basic principles and techniques of effective oral communication. Students will learn how to adapt speeches to different audiences and for different purposes. They will also have the opportunity to deliver an array of speeches emphasizing a variety of presentation skills in an effort to become a more effective speaker. Research skills and careful organization and preparation will also be points of emphasis. This course will also attempt to sharpen students’ skills in note-taking, listening, and critical thinking. This course may be taken for college credit through USI’s CAP program.
 
SAT/ACT Prep
This one semester course is designed to cover valuable test-taking strategies, knowledge building skills,  & to increase  vocabulary in order to be fully prepared to take & improve SAT/ACT scores.

Debate (9-12)
This one semester course focuses on developing skills or students to become in-depth researchers, technical and persuasive writer, effective communicators, and perceptive listeners. Students gain an understanding of argumentation and persuasion theories and develop skills in logic and analysis. the research topics, organize research, write persuasive cases, and practice public speaking.