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English/Language Arts Courses

Please Note:

  • The valedictorian and the salutatorian of each graduating class must take the highest levels of English offered.
  • All students are required to complete summer reading assignments.

Course: English I (Freshman Academy)
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: None
1 Term, 1 Credit

English 9 involves the two basic components of reading and writing.  Students will develop skills in various forms of writing, critical thinking, researching, and literature analysis.  They will review sentence grammar, punctuation, and usage.  They will read and study a variety of world literature selections possibly including Animal Farm and Romeo and Juliet.

Course: Honors English I
Grade: 9
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation

1 Term, 1 Credit
This course includes classical literature, plays, poetry, mythology, short stories and novels. Several genres of writing are covered, culminating in the development of a research paper. Grammar is reinforced in the development of writing skills. Students will purchase additional novels and an MLA Handbook. High levels of reading comprehension and critical thinking skills are essential. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: English II
Grade: 10
Prerequisite: English 9
1 Term, 1 Credit
English 10 involves the two basic components of reading and writing.  Students will develop skills in various forms of writing, critical thinking, researching, and literature analysis.  They will review sentence grammar, punctuation, and usage.  They will read and study a variety of world literature selections possibly including Twelfth Night, Speak, or To Kill a Mockingbird. 

Course: Honors English II
Grade: 10
Prerequisites: English 9 and Teacher recommendation
1 Term, 1 Credit

Focus is placed on both literature and composition. Types of literature include novels, Greek and Shakespearean drama, essays of nonfiction, poetry, and short stories. A five-source research paper and several smaller papers will be required. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: European Studies/Honors English II
Grade: 10
Prerequisites: English 9 and Teacher recommendation
2 Terms, 1 Credit

This course is designed for the above average student. The course will investigate the social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual life of Europe from 1450 to the present as well as become familiar with great works of European literature. Students will learn to utilize primary source material, the text, and other assigned readings to organize and analyze information in order to determine cause and effect as well as to explain general outcomes of major events and trends during the time period. Students will have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement exam in European History in order to receive college credit for the history portion of the course. Students will receive one credit in Honors English 10 and one credit in AP European History. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: English III
Grade: 11
Prerequisite: English 10
1 Term, 1 Credit

English 11 students will develop skills in various forms of writing, critical thinking, researching, and literature analysis.  They will review sentence grammar, punctuation, and usage in connection with writing skills.  They will read and study a variety of American literature selections possibly including The Crucible and The Great Gatsby.

Course: Honors English III
Grade: 11
Prerequisites: English 10 and Teacher recommendation
1 Term, 1 Credit

This course is designed for the college bound, highly motivated student. Students read and analyze a variety of American literature from the Puritan period to the Modern Era. Students should expect homework every weekday evening with some projects requiring weekend work. Pre-course (summer) reading is assessed during the first week of the course. All English courses at OHS require students to complete a research paper. Honors English students should plan to purchase a vocabulary workbook and several novels. Tennessee EOC required.

Course: AP English Language & Composition
Grade: 11
Prerequisites: English 10 and Teacher recommendation
Additional Fee: Materials, $89 AP exam fee
2 Terms, 1 Credit

Students in this introductory college-level course read and analyze a challenging range of prose with a concentration on nonfiction. Students are expected to read analytically, creating an awareness of rhetoric and argument. They then take this critical awareness to become skilled readers of prose and skilled writers for a variety of purposes. As this is a college-level course, performance expectations are appropriately high, and the workload is challenging. Students are expected to commit to a minimum of five hours of course work per week outside of class. Students are responsible for purchasing a college-level text and a vocabulary workbook. Students will need their own copies in order to actively annotate/highlight the selections. In addition, students are expected to take the AP Language and Composition exam in May. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.

AP Language and Composition is currently paired with AP United States History. Students will meet with each teacher on alternating days (A/B schedule). Students must complete a full year of alternating days to receive one credit for each course. In order to help ensure timely graduation, students who are failing at the end of the first semester will be dropped from both AP courses and scheduled for English 11 and US History for the second semester.

Course: English IV
Grade: 12
Prerequisite: English 11
1 Term, 1 Credit

English 12 students will develop skills in various forms of writing, critical thinking, researching, and literature analysis.  They will review sentence construction, usage, and variety in connection with writing skills.  They will read and study a variety of British literature selections possibly including Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, and Macbeth.

Course: AP English Literature & Composition
Grade: 12
Prerequisites: English 11 and Teacher recommendation
Additional Fee: Materials, $89 AP exam fee
2 Terms, 2 Credits

Designed for the motivated student looking to do college-level work with literature, the Advanced Placement (AP) course is part of a nationally-recognized program that is respected by the nation's top colleges. Students will look to a variety of novels, plays, poems and short stories in an effort to develop reading and critical thinking skills. Focus is on using student insight on literature. Extensive reading and writing are involved. Students are required to take the AP Exam in May. Scores on the AP Exam may be used to obtain credit at many colleges and universities around the country. AP Literature & Composition is a full year course. Students receive one credit for English 12 and one elective credit which can be used for the Humanities major. Students who are eligible for fee waivers with the school system may be eligible for a fee waiver on the AP exam through the AP Program.

Course: Yearbook
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Signed approval of instructor
2 Terms, 1 Credit

This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to produce the school yearbook, which offers a complete record of an entire school year.  The year begins by planning the coverage for the school year and designing a unifying theme for the book.  Students will study magazine journalism including layout and design techniques, writing and editing copy, headlines and picture captions.  This course provides the study of and practice in gathering and analyzing information, interviewing, note taking and photography.  Students will learn strategies of planning, marketing (ad sales) and distribution of the yearbook.  Students will learn proofing strategies and work independently with photographers.  At times, deadlines require that staff members work after school, on weekends, and holidays. Students will learn good work habits and are responsible for all phases of yearbook publication.

Course: Journalism I
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Signed approval of instructor
2 Terms, 1 Credit

Students will develop skills in interviewing, reporting, news writing, and journalism attributes. Students will update and maintain all OHS online content, as well as produce, edit, and promote their own videos pertaining to the school. This course is not a substitute for English.

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