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English 2018-19

4 Credits Required for Graduation
4 Credits Required for College Admission

Communication is a gift from God. FVL’s English/Language Arts curriculum will seek to develop growing Christians who are able to clearly comprehend, speak, write, and present the stories of their God and their Christian lives. In addition, the FVL English curriculum aims to develop discerning thinkers who are lifelong learners able to critically analyze and evaluate ideas they encounter in today’s array of media. This curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to expand and polish reading, writing, research, technology, listening, viewing, and speaking skills while studying a variety of genres. Training in the 6+1 Writing Traits model will assist students to demonstrate proficiency in narrative, reflective, descriptive, persuasive literary analysis writing as well as research writing. Active reading strategies and higher order/critical thinking skills will be emphasized so that students will be able to analyze and interpret readings from different times and cultures in light of God’s Holy Word. Students will learn to make effective use of technology through a variety of presentation formats. All students are required to own A Pocket Style Manual (6th Edition) by Diana Hacker & Nancy Sommers. 


Language Arts Foundations - LAF1 & LAF2

1 credit - available to grade 9 

This full-year course emphasizes skill building in reading, writing, and study skills. It is designed for students who score a 50% or lower on the ASPIRE English and Reading Test. Emphasis is on developing sentence writing proficiency and reading comprehension. The goal of all course work is to have students move successfully to Language Arts 1 on the sophomore level.

Prerequisite: None

Required: For students with scores below 50% level on ASPIRE Reading Test

Note: Students who score a 40% or lower on the ASPIRE English and Reading Test will be monitored by Guided Studies


Academic English - AENG

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for international students who are not ready for Language Arts 1. Students are placed after results of Orientation Day testing are completed. The goal of this course is for students to be ready for Language Arts 1 by the end of their freshman year.

Prerequisite: Test placement or teacher/counselor recommendation

Required: in some cases


Language Arts 1 - LA1

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to teach the English Language Arts standards of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language in an environment that supports the students’ development and encourages them to read texts of different types such as short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Teachers use the myPerspectives series by Pearson along with selected Trade Books that correspond to each Unit of Study. Each Unit focuses on an Essential Question. Within the units students are taught to apply skills to various texts and use textual evidence in their numerous Performance Tasks which culminates in a Performance-Based Assessment at the end of each Unit. Also, a structured recreational reading program is an integral part of the course.

Major works include: Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, Key works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and The Odyssey.

Placement is based on an ASPIRE English and Reading test score of 60 or higher. Students who scored a 85% or higher on the ASPIRE tests may elect (with parental permission) to take the Honors Prep level of the course which requires additional work as outlined by the teacher.

Prerequisite: Language Arts Foundations (in some cases)

Required: Yes


Advanced Language Arts 1 - ALA1

1 credit - available to grades 9, 10, 11, 12 

This course is designed to teach the English Language Arts standards of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language in an appropriately enriched and challenging environment. Students are encouraged to read texts of different types such as short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Teachers use the myPerspectives series by Pearson along with selected Trade Books that correspond to each Unit of Study. Each Unit focuses on an Essential Question. Within the units students are taught to apply skills to various texts and use textual evidence in their numerous Performance Tasks which culminates in a Performance-Based Assessment at the end of each Unit. A structured recreational reading program is also an integral part of the course

Major Works include: Key works of Martin Luther King Jr, Lord of the Flies, the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the Odyssey, and Animal Farm.

Students will be well-prepared for entering FVL's dual-credit English courses in grade 12. Placement is based on an ASPIRE English AND Reading test score of 85% or higher. Parental permission is required for entry.

 

Prerequisite: 85% or higher score on ASPIRE English AND Reading tests

Required: Yes


Language Arts 2 - LA2

1 credit -  available to grades 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to teach the English Language Arts standards of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language in an environment that supports the students’ development and encourages them to read texts of different types such as short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Teachers use the myPerspectives series by Pearson along with selected Trade Books that correspond to each Unit of Study. Each Unit focuses on an Essential Question: What is the allure of fear? Do people need to belong? What is the relationship between power and freedom? Within the units students are taught to apply skills to various texts and use textual evidence in their numerous Performance Tasks which culminates in a Performance-Based Assessment at the end of each Unit.

Key works studied include Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Night by Elie Wiesel.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 1 or Advanced Language Arts 1

Required: Yes, unless in Guided Studies 


Advanced Language Arts 2 - ALA2

1 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to teach the English Language Arts standards of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language in an appropriately enriched and challenging environment. Students are encouraged to read texts of different types such as short stories, news articles, informative essays, narrative nonfiction, and dramas. Teachers use the myPerspectives series by Pearson along with selected Trade Books that correspond to each Unit of Study. Each Unit focuses on an Essential Question: Do people need to belong? What is the relationship between power and freedom? Within the units students are taught to apply skills to various texts and use textual evidence in their numerous Performance Tasks which culminates in a Performance-Based Assessment at the end of each Unit.


This course is designed with Increased rigor in text selection and writing expectations. Students will be well-prepared for entering FVL's dual-credit English courses in grade 12. Placement is based on successful completion of Advanced Language Arts 1 and recommendation by ALA1 or LA1 instructor. Parental permission is required for entry.

 

Prerequisite: 

Successful completion of ALA1 per instructor approval; Former LA1 students can apply, given the following characteristics:

1. 3.0+ cumulative GPA in all classes

2. B+ or better in all English courses

3. Writing sample approved by the ALA2 instructor

4. Approval by English faculty with relevant knowledge

5. Room in the class requested.

6. Signed form by the parents acknowledging move and the more rigorous coursework attendant with the decision

 

Required: Yes (unless in LA 2)


American Literature - AMLIT

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This required semester course presents a survey of great American writers in a variety of genres. Discussion includes literary terms and historical background relevant to their works. Major works studied include Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Additional great writers covered include Poe, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and numerous others. Students will create an MLA format bibliography of all authors read.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 2

Required: Yes


Brtish Literature - BRTLIT

0.5 credit - available to grade 12

This semester course provides students a survey of the history of Britain and British literature via works of fiction and non-fiction. Genres include poetry, short stories, and essays. Major works covered include Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Students will focus on evaluating the authors’ intent, impact, and philosophies from a Christian viewpoint, while practicing moral and ethical responsibilities as readers, interpreters, and writers of English.

Prerequisite: American Literature

Required: Yes (in most cases), except for those in College British Literature or who completed Language Arts Foundation 1 or 2 


College British LIterature - CBLIT

1 credit - available to grade 12 

An elective year-long course that prepares students for the challenges of college reading and writing. Study covers a survey of British and world prose and poetry as well as the development of the English language. Genres include poetry, dramas, novels, short stories, and essays. Major works covered include Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and George Orwell's 1984. Fall semester work includes a thesis-driven literary analysis written outside of class time. Spring semester includes the oral classroom presentation of a research project. Students will focus on evaluating the authors’ intent, impact, and philosophies from a Christian viewpoint. Class includes a mythology review unit. Summer reading of two classic literary pieces is required.

Prerequisite: B+ or higher in all previous Language Arts courses and/or teacher approval

Recommendation: Highly motivated college-bound seniors

Required: Yes, unless another English course is taken in its place

Note: Dual enrollment option is offered through Wisconsin Lutheran College. Please see additional college credit cost on the Tuition  page. Credits can be earned for WLC British Literature (ENG 220) and/or WLC Expository Writing (ENG 101). 


Advanced Language Arts and Communication - ALACOM

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

This semester course emphasizes the development of the six traits of writing as they apply to argumentative, rhetorical, literary response, and creative pieces. Students will learn to organize and communicate their ideas with clarity and style through analysis of both informative and literary texts. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the key work studied. This course is suggested for those wanting to take College British Literature.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 2

Required: No


Creative Writing - CRTWRT

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

A semester elective course designed to develop writing skills in a variety of contexts. Student will study a variety of well-known writers as a springboard to creating polished works of their own including a one-act screenplay, a short story, a creative nonfiction essay, and poetry. Also, a 5-page (1200 word) research paper will be composed during the semester.

Prerequisite: Language Arts or ALA 1 & 2

Required: No


Journalistic Writing - JOURNA

0.5 credit - available to grades 10, 11, 12

A semester elective course designed to focus on creating the Cross and Crown Yearbook as well as other written, visual, and audio journalistic pieces.

Communication principles will be applied throughout the various writing, reading, research, and media tasks assigned.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 1

Required: No

Note: Class may be repeated for credit provided required English classes are taken.


Speech - SPEECH

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

A semester elective course designed to help students become better public speakers.  Students will present, listen to, and critique a variety of speeches by classmates and professionals that will help them develop effective public speaking and critical listening skills.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 1

Required: No


World Literature - WORLIT

0.5 credit - available to grades 11, 12

A semester elective course that serves as an introductory survey of world literature and drama. Students will study world texts from a variety of perspectives and traditions in an effort to deepen understanding of other cultures and patterns of thought. Several cultural outings will be part of the course. Writing projects will include a reflective essay on a cultural experience as well as a research project and presentation on an important world author and his or her major work.

Prerequisite: Language Arts 1 & 2

Required: No 

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