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NOTE: All students must earn four credits of English to fulfill graduation requirements. The required courses are sequential, and it is discouraged that students take courses concurrently. 

 

ENGLISH 9: WORLD LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Prerequisite: None                                                          Grade: 9
Graded: Standard                                                             Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Year                                                             Fees:  $15

Students will gain proficiency in reading nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama texts as well as the study of the Hero's Journey along with other archetypes and patterns of thought from around the world. Full-length works may include The Odyssey, works by William Shakespeare, Night, and/or Animal Farm. Writing and speaking instruction emphasizes process, organizational patterns, idea development, and grammar conventions. In an effort to build student background knowledge, texts selected for this course will often correlate with concepts relevant to the 9th Grade Modern World History Curriculum.

 

HONORS ENGLISH 9: WORLD LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Recommendation: MAP Assessment Reading score in the 85th percentile or higher or a score of “Advanced” or “Accelerated” on Grade 8 ELA Spring Assessment. It is strongly recommended that the student have a B or higher in the previous English course. 

                                                                                              Grade: 9
Graded: Weighted                                                             Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Year                                                             Fees:  $15

Students will gain proficiency in reading nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama texts as well as the study of the Hero's Journey along with other archetypes and patterns of thought from around the world while focusing on higher-order thinking and literary analysis. Full-length works may include The Odyssey, works by William Shakespeare, Night, and/or Animal Farm. Writing and speaking instruction emphasizes process, organizational patterns, idea development, and grammar conventions. In an effort to build student background knowledge, texts selected for this course will often correlate with concepts relevant to the 9th Grade Modern World History Curriculum.
 

ENGLISH 10: AMERICAN LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Prerequisite: English 9: World Literature & Composition (or equivalent)

                                                                                              Grade: 10
Graded: Standard                                                             Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Year                                                             Fees:  $15 

Students will explore American literature, U.S. documents, and literary nonfiction and how it represents our national identity, history, and diversity. Students will analyze texts from various historical periods, which may include The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, A Raisin in the Sun, and/or The Jungle. Students will craft multi-paragraph analysis, argument, synthesis, and research essays. Texts will often correlate with concepts relevant to the 10th Grade Modern US History Curriculum.  Students will participate in the ELA 2 End-of-Course assessment in the spring.
 

HONORS ENGLISH 10: AMERICAN LITERATURE & COMPOSITION

Recommendation:  MAP Assessment Reading score in the 85th percentile or higher. It is strongly recommended that the student have a B or higher in Honors English 9 or an A in English 9. 

                                                                                               Grade: 10
Graded: Weighted                                                              Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Year                                                              Fees:  $15 

This course encompasses the English 10 curriculum (see course description) while focusing on higher-order thinking, analysis, and independent research.  This course is designed to provide enrichment for students who have a passion for reading and writing. This course features in-depth assignments, project-based learning, and rigorous assessments.  Students will work to build a portfolio of work that illustrates their advanced mastery of grade level ELA standards. Students will participate in the ELA 2 End-of-Course assessment in the spring.
 

ENGLISH 11/12 TOPICS IN LITERATURE & TOPICS IN COMPOSITION COURSES

  • The following semester English courses are options for students in grades 11 and 12 only and are based on the Ohio Learning Standards for 11-12 English Language Arts.  
     

  • These are NOT elective courses. They DO count for Juniors and Seniors to earn GRADUATION CREDITS in English. 
     

  • Students must select two semester courses for both their junior and senior year.  
     

  • Students are encouraged to take both a literature and composition course during their junior and senior years.

    English 11/12 Topics

                 OPTIONAL ENGLISH 11/12 HONORS DESIGNATION & WEIGHTED GRADE
                                          INDEPENDENT STUDY & PORTFOLIO PROJECT:  

Students have the option to earn weighted honors credit in any of the English 11/12 Topics courses by successfully completing a semester-long independent study related to the Topics course theme/standards & teacher/department- approved portfolio project that meets the the following:

 
  1. Project Contract - due 1st/3rd quarter interim

  2. Project Outline - due end of 1st/3rd quarter

  3. Project Draft / Progress Check - due 2nd/4th quarter interim

  4. Project Presentation - due end of 2nd/4th quarter 

 

If students successfully complete each of these steps, they will earn a weight on their semester grade. For example, a “B” would be weighted from a 3.0 to a 4.0 on the scale, although the letter grade would not change.

 

COLLEGE AND CAREER LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                    Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard                                                                   Credit: 0.5
Time Frame: Semester                                                           Fees: $15

This course aims to prepare students for collegiate composition courses and on-the-job writing for various careers. Students will demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking skills by analyzing texts and producing different modes of professional writings such as research reports and multi-media presentations. This course will emphasize non-fiction texts and media. Titles may include Working in the Shadows and/or The Other Wes Moore. *This course meets English graduation requirements. At the time of publication, this class does not meet requirements for NCAA athlete eligibility. 
 

FILM & LITERATURE STUDIES

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                     Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $15

Students will analyze literature and connected films, focusing on cinematography, audiovisual elements, genre tropes, narrative, literary elements, and more through different lenses to strengthen students' critical analysis skills. Films exemplify quality filmmaking techniques in a variety of genres and often contain strong literary links, with some being adaptations of literary works. Assessments can be based on frequent analytical annotations of film and literature, writing assignments, and projects that display analytical, interpretive, stylistic, organizational, and presentation skills. Due to the nature of the course, some content may be mature in nature and/or feature controversial perspectives. 

 

NONFICTION & MEDIA LITERACY

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                     Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $15

This course will study the use of nonfiction to inform and persuade the public. Students will analyze sources for the content creator’s purpose, audience, use of evidence, credibility, and bias. Students will explore the different types of news and entertainment sources: traditional, cable, digital, streaming, social media, podcasts, and documentary films. The course will include various writing and presentation activities: reaction papers, notes documents, graded discussions, mock broadcasts, videos, and infographics. Students will practice engaging with and creating different types of media, focusing on the critical thinking skills necessary to understand and communicate information. Due to the nature of media sources, some content may be mature in nature and/or feature controversial perspectives. 

 

WORLD MYTHOLOGY & STORYTELLING

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                     Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $15

This course focuses on themes and archetypes in mythologies from around the world. It encourages both the study of culture and cultural beliefs, with application to students and their lives. Students will explore and compare mythology from cultures around the world. The course will include the historical backgrounds of classical cultures and the effects the myths have on our modern vocabulary, literature, communications, and popular culture. The format for the class will be discussion-based, collaborative, and project-oriented. Some reading may contain mature themes.
 

CREATIVE WRITING

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                     Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
​​​​​​​Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $15

Students will produce purposeful creative writing in many genres. They will develop individual writing style and voice while working through the writing process, especially peer critiquing and revision. This course will utilize published works that model the types of writing that are expected and to study writer's craft techniques. 

 

ARGUMENT & DEBATE

Prerequisite: English 9 & English 10                                     Grade: 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
​​​​​​​Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $15

This course focuses on exploring effective argument and debate skills, challenging students with higher-level thinking, speaking, and listening skills. It is also a course in rhetoric, in which students will explore strategies to effectively persuade in expository, analytical, narrative, and argumentative formats. Focusing on nonfiction texts, students will think deeply about language as a persuasive element and will participate in debate.

 

INTRO TO JOURNALISM

Prerequisite: English 9                                                            Grade: 10, 11, 12
Graded: Standard/ *Weighted option                                   Credit: 0.5
​​​​​​​Time Frame: Semester                                                            Fees:  $0

This course examines the principles and practices of journalism with emphasis on reporting and writing news and feature articles for the Buckeye Valley community. The focus will be on developing organized, fact-checked news articles; interviewing people involved in events and issues; using accurate, topic-specific language; designing content and incorporating photography; and editing, all while meeting production deadlines. Students will also examine current media trends, ethics, and the changing role of the media. Students will be actively involved in the creation of published work on multiple school media platforms and should be prepared to devote time to cover sports, music & theater, band, extracurriculars, and community events outside of the school day on a regular basis. This course does NOT count as a core credit toward English Language Arts graduation requirements.
 

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENG 1100 COLLEGE COMPOSITION I

Recommendation: Minimum grade of “C” in previous English course or COMPASS writing score of 69-99  or ACT score of 18 in Eng and 22 in reading OR  CUMULATIVE GPA of 3.0 or above  
Prerequisite: completion of all CCP paperwork and acceptance into Columbus State Community College as a CCP student.  

                                                                                                       Grade: 11,12
Graded: Weighted                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Semester                                                              Fees:  A fee will be required for this course.

English 1100 is a beginning composition course which develops processes for critically reading, writing, and responding to a variety of texts in order to compose clear, concise, expository essays. The course facilitates an awareness of purpose, audience, content, structure and style, while also introducing research and documentation methods. Course reading and writing assignments may be thematically organized. This is a College Credit Plus course offered through CSCC and Buckeye Valley Local Schools. Students enrolling in this class will receive 1.0 high school credit and 3.0 semester college credits.

 

COLUMBUS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENG 2367 COLLEGE COMPOSITION II

Prerequisite: ENGL 1100; minimum grade of “C”  completion of all CCP paperwork AND acceptance into Columbus State Community College as a CCP student.  

                                                                                                       Grade: 11,12
Graded: Weighted                                                                      Credit: 1.0
Time Frame: Semester                                                              Fees:  A fee will be required for this course.

ENGL 2367 is an intermediate composition course that extends and refines skills in expository and argumentative writing, critical reading, and critical thinking. This course also refines skills in researching a topic, documenting sources, and working collaboratively. Course reading and writing assignments are organized around the diversity of those who comprise the identities. This is a College Credit Plus course offered through CSCC and Buckeye Valley Local Schools. Upon passing this  class will receive 1.0 high school credit and 3.0 semester college credits.