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English 1
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 9
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: None 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: English 1 is focused on both literature and writing.  In reference to literature, the course studies novels, short stories, mythology, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.  In reference to writing, the course studies basic grammar, vocabulary, the sentence, the paragraph, and essay format.  Time is also spent on speech skills, study habits, and research skills.  Special projects include writing a short story and completing a short research project.

Grading: The major emphasis for grades is placed on regular homework, examinations over class content and reading assignments, and major writing projects. Minor emphasis is placed on quizzes.

Special Projects: Research paper project, written short story, expository essays.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 4 hours a week on reading and writing
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English 2
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: One (1) high school English credit. 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: English 2 has two emphases: Improving writing skills and the study of literature, especially plays and non-fiction. Students learn the history of drama and study fiction from a thematic point of view. Writing skills are taught through grammar review and essay writing, culminating in the autobiography.

Special Projects: A career workshop, with a paper due on a vocation of the student's choice, is done in cooperation with the Guidance Department.

Homework: Students will average 3 to 4 hours a week on reading and writing assignments.
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English 3
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 11
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Two (2) high school English credits.
 
 
 
 
Description: English 3 will cover the following units: American Literature, research paper, college writing and speaking, creative writing and writers’ workshops to challenge students to improve writing skills. Each student must complete a research paper to pass the class.

Grading: Grading will be based on tests, quizzes, papers, research paper and projects.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 4 hours a week on reading and writing assignments. A major research project is required.
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English 4
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Three (3) high school English credits. 
 
 
 
Description: English 4 will cover the following units: English literature, World literature, expository writing, mass media and practical writing skills.

Grading: Grades will be based on tests, quizzes, papers and projects.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 4 hours a week on reading and writing assignments.
 
 
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Speech
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: English 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Speech is a graduation requirement that may not be used to meet the additional graduation requirements in English. Students will learn the skills necessary to prepare and deliver spoken communication. Informative and persuasive speech, as well as experiences in dramatic readings, oral interpretation, and character development will be emphasized. Reader’s theater, debate, and group discussion may be included in the course.

Grading: Grading will be based on oral presentations, written assignments, quizzes and tests.
Homework: Students will average 3 to 4 hours a week on research, writing, memorizing, and oral practice.
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Advanced Speech and Debate
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Recommendation completed by current English teacher and one other teacher. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Students who enroll in the course will represent the Lutheran West Speech & Debate team. The course is designed to teach students competitive public speaking skills, competitive debate, engagement, listening, and professionalism.

Students begin the course with the introduction to all components of Lincoln Douglas debating, two-person public forum debating, and all nine areas of Speech. These categories are: poetry/prose, original speech, speech interpretation, dramatic and humorous interpretation, impromptu speaking, speaking on domestic and international affairs. Students will begin the course with the introduction to all components of Lincoln Douglas debating, two-person policy debating and all nine areas of Speech, which range from poetry/prose, original speech, speech interpretation, dramatic and humorous interpretation, impromptu speaking, speaking on domestic & international affairs.

Homework: Tournaments and preparation for the tournaments will be required of each student. The Novice Tournament in October is required of all students. This is the mid-term grade. One tournament in December or January will be the final exam. Our school is a member of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the National Forensic League. Those who compete become inductees in this esteemed Honors Society.
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Honors Advanced Speech
and Debate
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Recommendation completed by current English teacher and one other teacher. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Description: Students who enroll in the course will represent the Lutheran West Speech & Debate team. The course is designed to teach students competitive public speaking skills, competitive debate, engagement, listening, and professionalism.

Students begin the course with the introduction to all components of Lincoln Douglas debating, two-person public forum debating, and all nine areas of Speech. These categories are: poetry/prose, original speech, speech interpretation, dramatic and humorous interpretation, impromptu speaking, speaking on domestic and international affairs.

Grading: The grade for this course is weighted.

Special Projects: Our school is a member of the Northeast Ohio chapter of the National Forensic League. Those who compete become inductees in this esteemed Honors Society.

Homework: Tournaments and preparation for the tournaments will be required of each student. The Novice Tournament in October is required of all students. This is the mid-term grade. One tournament in December or January will be the final exam. 

Six tournaments in total are required, including the two tournaments listed above. Tournaments are on Saturdays and in the Cleveland area. There are 10 tournaments offered each season.
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Honors English 1
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 9
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Selection by application; enrollment dependent on department recommendation. Better than average ability in the language arts, as demonstrated in a written placement test. High interest in English and reading. Recommendation by grade 8 English Teacher.
 
 
Description: This course covers the novel, short story, English language review, poetry, and various writing experiences. Vocabulary, grammar, library, and study skills are covered as needed by incoming freshmen.

Grading: The grade for this course is weighted.

Homework: Students will average 4 to 5 hours of reading and writing each week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Honors English 2
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Selection by application; enrollment dependent on Department recommendation. Better than average ability in the language arts, as demonstrated in a written placement test. High interest in English and reading. Recommendation by English Teacher.
 
 
 
Description: This course stresses analytical thematic study of works of non-fiction, drama, and fiction with emphasis on prominent American writers. A creative writing unit encourages students to improve writing style, using various figurative devices. A research paper unit teaches thesis centered writing and extensive use of Internet research resources.

Grading: The grade for this course is weighted.

Special Projects: A research paper and a one-act play are major writing assignments.

Homework: Students will average 4 to 5 hours of reading and writing each week. A major research project is required.
 
 
 
 
 
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A.P. English
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Selection by application. Completion of Honors English 1 and Honors English 2 is recommended but not essential. Enrollment is dependent on department recommendation. 
 
 
Description: AP English engages students in careful reading and critical analysis of great works of fiction, drama, poetry, and expository prose. Thematic literature units explore man's relationship to the physical and spiritual worlds in which he lives. Other major units include literary criticism and film. This course will be taken in preparation for the Advanced Placement test in English during the student's senior year.

Grading: Grading is dependent on in-class essay tests, reading, quizzes, and oral presentations. Each unit of study also includes a major essay that requires students to analyze and synthesize given material. The grade for this course is weighted.

Homework: Students will average 4 to 5 hours of reading and writing each week.
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College Composition 1 
CCP
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10-11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Selection
by application
 
 
 
Description: College Composition 1 CCP is an introduction to fundamental college-level skills in academic reading and writing. Summary, analysis, synthesis, and research documentation are emphasized, along with critical thinking and collaborative learning. This is a College Credit Plus (CCP) course.
 
 
 
 
 
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English Resources 1
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 9
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: Teacher approval 
 
 
 
 Description: English Resources 1 is a full year English class designed to strengthen skills necessary to succeed in the required English courses. This course will also develop strategies for reading and writing success across the curriculum. The emphasis of Strategies for Reading and Writing will focus on the areas of proper grammatical structure and punctuation of the sentence, paragraph, and five paragraph essay. Reading strategies will include note taking and written responses to literature. Students will learn strategies needed to approach different types of reading with emphasis on close reading, nonfiction, and literary analysis. Study skills and test taking skills will be incorporated into this course.
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English Skills 1
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 9
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: General academic course of study. Departmental approval. 
 
 
 
Description: This course serves those students who need improvement in the study of English and require remedial help. Preparation for entry into English 2 will be stressed. Study skills, reading comprehension, introduction to literature, and an emphasis on building writing skills will be emphasized.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 3 hours a week on homework and daily reading.
 
 
 
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English Skills 2
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 10
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: General academic course of study. Departmental approval. 
 
 
 
Description: This course serves those students who need improvement in the study of English and require remedial help. Preparation for entry into regular English 3 will be stressed. Vocabulary, reading, and composition skills will be emphasized. Literature units will include drama, non-fiction and individualized reading and elements of fiction. This course may not be used to meet the requirements of The College Preparatory Academic Program.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 3 hours a week on homework and daily reading.
 
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English Skills 3-4
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1
Semesters: 2
Prerequisite: General academic course of study. Departmental approval. 
 
 
 
 
Description: This course is for students who need improvement in the study of English and require remedial help with grammar, reading, and composition skills. The course has a two-year curriculum. Study, reading, and language skills are addressed, as well as skills needed to find a job. Each year additional units will be selected from the following areas: drama, creative writing, short story, novel, biography, and poetry. This course may not be used to meet the requirements of The College Preparatory Academic Program.

Homework: Students will average 2 to 3 hours a week on homework and daily reading.
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Independent Study
Curricular Area: English
Grade(s): 11-12
Credit: 1/2
Semesters: 1
Prerequisite: Selection by application with instructor approval. 
 
 
Description: The student will propose an intended course of study investigating to a specific topic in English. The instructor will monitor the progress of the student throughout the course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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