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Course Offerings--ENGLISH
 
100   ENGLISH IA, IB (9)   (NCAA)
Two semesters.
Prerequisite: Completion of the eighth grade.
Students in English I will be given basic overview and exposure to a variety of English skills. Reinforcement of grammar and usage, vocabulary development, analysis of an exposure to a general selection of literature, creative writing , and oral presentations comprise the core curriculum of this course. outside reading and several written projects are required. This course is for freshmen of all ability levels.
 
110   ENGLISH IIA, IIB (10)   (NCAA)
Two semesters.
Prerequisite: Students must pass English IA and IB in order to take English II.
Students in English II build upon their knowledge and expertise from English I through reinforcement and mastery of a variety of English skills. Reinforcement of grammar and usage, vocabulary development, analysis of and exposure to multicultural and world literature, creative writing, and oral presentations comprise the core curriculum of this course. Outside reading and a three-to-five page research paper are required. this course will also focus on preparing students for Alaska's High School Graduation qualifying Exams (HSGQE),which all sophomores are required to take each spring. This course is for sophomores of all ability levels.
 
115   AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (11-12)   (NCAA)
Two semesters.
Prerequisite: Must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB with grades of A or B. 
AP English Literature prepares students to take the corresponding AP Test in May. Good test scores can earn a students college credit or advanced placement in college classes. AP English Literature focuses on careful reading and analyzing of imaginative literature both fiction and poetry.
 
116   AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION   (NCAA)
Two Semesters.
Prerequisite:Students must pass English IA and English IB as well as English IIA and English IIB with grades of A or B.
AP English Language and composition prepares students to take corresponding AP test in may. Good teat scores can earn a student college credit or advanced placement in college classes. 
 

114 ADVENTURE/SURVIVAL LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.  What makes people adventurous, and how do people cope when confronted with life-or-death situations? This course will examine literature about men and women in conflict with nature as well as themselves, and will include writing about personal experiences.

 

120  Social Justice  (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

The examination of what is just and true and right is an intriguing topic, especially when viewed through the eyes of various ethnic groups from around the world and in our own backyard.  Students will explore in depth the meaning of justice from a variety of perspectives through a variety of literature to get to the core of the course—who decides what is just?  Literature studied will include (but not be limited to) minority groups:  African-American, Native-American, Filipino-American, Mexican-American, Chinese-American, other immigrant groups, and women.  

122 ASIAN LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA

and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

This course examines literatures from Asian cultures ranging from different time periods and genres. Students will compare and contrast Asian literature, examine certain ways of Asian thinking, and analyze current recurring themes from this literature.  The majority of the readings covered in this course are in translation, but Asian-American texts will also be examined.

 

125  WORLD LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites:  Students must pass English 1A and 1B as well as English 11A and 11B before they are eligible to take this course.

Understanding similarities and differences between the people of this planet is crucial to understanding and coming to terms with us.  Students will explore these richly woven world perspectives through a variety of literature genres from Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the South Pacific.

126 BIOGRAPHIES:  THE STUDY OF REAL PEOPLE

One semester.

Prerequisites:  Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Real people fascinate us.  What makes them tick?  What is it about a person’s background that explains why he or she accomplished interesting and/or great things?  We’ll read some amazing biographies and autobiographies (complete and excerpted) about such people as pilots Chuck Yeager and Beryl Markham, humanitarian Helen Keller, writer Russell Baker, religious leader Malcolm X, and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White.  We’ll interview individuals for People magazine style articles or a Barbara Walters style video and explore “ourselves” through autobiographical writing.  Truth is often stranger than fiction!

130 BRITISH LITERATURE I (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

This is a survey course of literature written between 449-present). Periods include the: Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, English Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, English Renaissance, Restoration, Romantic Age, Victorian Age, and Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries.

 

135 COMPOSITION (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

This is a course in practical and academic essay writing. Students will write business letters, friendly letters and other business related writing. Students will also write explanatory, descriptive, narrative, interpretive, and persuasive paragraphs and essays.  This course is designed to go at a slower pace and give individualized attention and personal feedback to the students on a daily basis. Students will develop their own honest, personal style.  The class is run like a writing workshop so be prepared to write everyday.

 

140 FOLKLORE & FAIRY TALES (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

The fascinating literary world of folklore and fairy tale has provided groundwork and inspiration for many of the world’s greatest authors and playwrights both past and present. Students will explore the folklore and fairy tale genres that make up past and present cultures around the world.

 

145 INDEPENDENT READING

One semester

Prerequisites: Must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB.

Students will work with the teacher to set up individualized reading programs which will not only challenge them, strengthen their reading abilities, and boost their vocabularies, but will also expose students to different genres of reading.

 

146 SHORT STORIES (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English 1A and 1B as well as English 11A and 11B before they are eligible to take this course.

This course will focus on examining and writing fiction and nonfiction short stories.  Students will use the writing process:  prewrite, draft, revise/conference, edit, and publish.

150 JOURNALISM (NCAA)

One semester

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

A writing-intensive course where your main product will be The Current, the high school’s newspaper. As a beginning student, you will learn the basics of news-writing, spot-news and feature styles, how to interview subjects, and copy-editing principles. You will get a lot of practice at writing articles, using appropriate grammar, following English conventions, analyzing mass media, and working under tight deadlines. Finally, you will become skilled in using Adobe In-Design for the design and layout of the paper.

 

152 Literature into Film (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Reading novels, short stories, plays, and poetry that have been made into films, students who take this course will also study film making and screen writing, conduct research, and produce screenplays.   

154 LYRIC AND SONG: READING AND WRITING POETRY (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Reading and writing poetry and music is a form of literature that requires higher order thinking skills and a creative mind. Students who take this course will explore and examine in depth what it means to be a poet as a writer and as a performer. Students will also focus on creating original poetic works which will be read, written, and performed throughout the length of the course.

 
155 MYTHOLOGY (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

People throughout the planet might be divided by borders, languages and customs, but a study of their mythologies shows how many traits humans share.  This course takes students on a tour of the mythologies of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.  They will examine in depth the written version of oral tales that originated in the early days of communities.

165 SHAKESPEARE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Much of what the Western academic world considers to be “literature” finds its roots buried in the language of William Shakespeare. Students will utilize their prior knowledge of the Bard to examine even further the life and history of William Shakespeare through various sonnets and plays. Exploration of contemporary writings, which are based on Shakespeare’s plays will also, be included in this course. 

 
166 SCIENCE FICTION (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Science has become such an important part of our lives that there is a whole type of literature, which uses science and technology as a basis for wonderful stories. These stories are still about people and the things that they do; it’s just that the effects of science and technology are used to provide new avenues to understand what it means to be human.

 

167 WAR AND REMEMBRANCE  (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Literature is –at its heart—a response to the events in history that shape us into who we as a people become.  One avenue to examine both history and human nature is through war literature.  Students will utilize their prior knowledge of world events and explore this genre of writing, bringing personal meaning to the quote:  “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.” 

168 MONSTER LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

What is a monster? Are famous monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula truly monsters, or just misunderstood souls? Students will read of “traditional” monsters as well as the monsters of today.

 

175 SPORTS LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

Sports literature and the history of sport is less about the “game” and more about the challenges life throws at individuals throughout their lives.  Students will examine a wide variety of sports-based literature, including the history of sport and athleticism, racial and gender equity, and the making of Title IX.

178 SPEECH (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

This course is designed to improve students’ understanding and performance of oral communication, specifically in public speaking. Students will learn how to effectively speak in public for a variety of audiences. Students will be graded on delivery, organization, and rhetorical skills for the following speeches: Imitation, Ceremony, Informative, Persuasive, and Demonstration. In addition to developing communication skills, this course will also allow students to enhance their skills in the areas of listening, research, and creative writing.

 

180 WRITING PROJECTS (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB, as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

This course is divided into two parts: Part I is comprised of the major parts of the writing process: prewrite, draft, revise/conference, edit, and publish. Types of writing to be taught: personal recollections, as well as all genres of fiction and poetry. Students will also look at their own lives and place and those of others and write about them.

 

184 FRONTIER LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

What possesses people to give up everything familiar, to set out to discover new lands, to start new lives? This course will focus on journals and biographies, as well as fictional accounts, which portray the wanderlust, perseverance, and sacrifices of the people who dared to brave all odds.

 
189 AMERICAN LITERATURE (NCAA)

One semester.

Prerequisites: Students must pass English IA and IB as well as English IIA and IIB before they are eligible to take this course.

What often defines Americans as a nation can often be found in the literature written by Americans themselves. Prepare yourself for a journey through the American landscape by reading a rich tapestry of literary works which help define who we are in the world.  Literary works include (but is not limited to) Steinbeck, Hemingway, Cather, Twain, Kingsolver, Gaines, McCarthy, Bradbury, and Vonnegut.

 
 
 
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