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The Servite High School English Department strives to foster and promote students' critical thinking skills, literary appreciation, and ethical development in a way that excites each student. Servite's English department plays a vital role in forming faith-filled leaders who are eager to learn from great classics of Western Literature. Our English teachers employ a variety of learning strategies to ensure that their instruction meets the needs of all learners. 

Class time is used to emphasize perceptive reading and dynamic writing by studying some of the most seasoned voices in literary history. Students will dive into masterpieces such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Homer’s The Iliad, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Students hone their comprehension, writing, and editing skills by analyzing these texts through the lens of Servite’s formation themes and Marian devotion. 

Courses

Academic

2111   CP English 1
Year Course – Required for Graduation 
This course provides the students with an introduction to techniques of formal literary analysis. Through units on poetry, the short story, drama, non-fiction and the novel, teachers emphasize the distinguishing characteristics of major literary genres and the basic terminology essential to all literary discourse. In addition, the course provides students with help in the more general areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, and note taking.

The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the writing process in general, including its pre-writing, writing, and revising stages. Pre-writing stresses the thinking process, the process of generating ideas and information that goes into writing of any substance. Extensive work on fundamental grammar, English usage, and sentence structure and paragraph organization gives students a strong analytical knowledge of the formal writing stage. Finally, students learn the essential techniques of writing revision, including the correction of any conceptual, structural, or mechanical errors.

2201   CP English 2
Year Course – Required for Graduation 
The sophomore English class builds on the literature and composition development of the freshman year. The composition portion of the course focuses on a review of grammar and sentence structure, English usage and mechanics. The course develops the three-step composition process learned in the freshman year. The literary portion entails analysis of the major genres. Teachers introduce techniques of close reading for literary analysis.

2301   CP English 3
Year Course – Required for Graduation 
The literature portion of this course presents students with a chronological survey of American literature through selected works by traditionally accepted major authors. Background lectures and class discussions typically treat readings in the context of American intellectual and literary history. Classes also examine rhetorical and aesthetic issues common in the broader study of language and literary technique. Finally, teachers encourage students to begin formulating independent critical judgments of literature through study questions and essay assignments on assigned readings. The composition part of the course emphasizes the careful development of ideas in extended paragraphs and essays. Students work to refine their composition skills through a review of the basic elements of sound writing. Extensive work in revising helps prepare students for work in college composition.

2401   CP English 4
Year Course – Required for Graduation 
The fourth year program in English is a survey course that begins with the Anglo-Saxon Age and concludes with the 20th Century. The history and development of the English language is studied in conjunction with the literature. Grammar rules and their application are reinforced by a deductive method of review. Composition assignments will guide the student from a critical analysis of the individual paragraph to a thorough understanding of the structure and development of the essay. Compositions will emphasize persuasion and literary review; the student will develop the skills necessary to compose a well-documented research paper.

British literature beginning with the Middle Ages and concluding with the early 20th century is surveyed in the English 4 course. Teachers place greatest emphasis on the author's use of literary techniques, the development of genres and the connection between literary expression and social and historical development. Themes are accorded due attention as they illuminate a period of human history. Classes explore a variety of critical approaches to the readings, including psychological, sociological, formalist, and historical methods. The chief aim of the course is to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of English literature. The course also emphasizes college preparatory writing with frequent essay assignments designed to teach students the essential elements of sophisticated persuasive and expository prose.

Honors

2153   HP English 1
Year Course
Prerequisites: Selection for Honors track
This course provides the students with an introduction to techniques of formal literary analysis. Through units on poetry, the short story, drama, non-fiction and the novel, teachers emphasize the distinguishing characteristics of major literary genres and the basic terminology essential to all literary discourse. In addition, the course provides students with help in the more general areas of reading comprehension, vocabulary building, and note taking.

The aim of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the writing process in general, including its pre-writing, writing, and revising stages. Pre-writing stresses the thinking process, the process of generating ideas and information that goes into writing of any substance. Extensive work on fundamental grammar, English usage, and sentence structure and paragraph organization gives students a strong analytical knowledge of the formal writing stage. Finally, students learn the essential techniques of writing revision, including the correction of any conceptual, structural, or mechanical errors.

2251   HP English 2
Year Course
Prerequisites: Department approval based on superior grades and teacher recommendations
The Honors English 2 course offers a survey of classical and medieval literatures. The curriculum is intended to provide the student with a background in classical Greco-Roman, Biblical, and medieval literature.

2351   HP English 3
Year Course
Prerequisites: Department approval based on superior grades and teacher recommendations
The literature portion of this course presents students with a chronological survey of American literature through selected works by traditionally accepted major authors. Background lectures and class discussions typically treat readings in the context of American intellectual and literary history. Classes also examine rhetorical and aesthetic issues common in the broader study of language and literary technique. Finally, teachers encourage students to begin formulating independent critical judgments of literature through study questions and essay assignments on assigned readings. The composition part of the course emphasizes the careful development of ideas in extended paragraphs and essays. Students work to refine their composition skills through a review of the basic elements of sound writing. Extensive work in revising helps prepare students for work in college composition.

AP

2480   AP English Language and Composition
Year Course - Satisfies English 3 or 4 graduation requirement
Prerequisites:  Department approval based on superior grades and teacher recommendations
The AP English Language and Composition (APELC) course is designed to help students become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.

2481   AP English Literature
Year Course - Satisfies English 4 graduation requirement
PrerequisitesDepartment approval based on superior grades and teacher recommendations
Advanced placement English is designed to be a college/university level course thus the designation for the “AP” on the transcript, rather than “H” for Honors. The reading is challenging; and the writing is both frequent and intense. Students work collaboratively on revisions, but must retain an independent mind. As a culmination of the course, students will be invited and encouraged to take the Advanced English Literature and Composition exam in May.

Electives

2505   CP Journalism
Year course – All Grade Levels Elective
Journalism is the study of the art of reporting and the profession of journalists. Beginning journalism students receive instruction in all areas of journalism needed to pursue Staff positions of either yearbook (The Story) or newspaper (The Spokesman). Among the areas covered are: interviewing, beat reporting, feature writing, news stories, layout design, advertising, journalistic ethics, professional standards. This course includes extensive reading of models of excellent journalistic techniques and evaluates and analyzes journalistic writing through discussions and critiques. Students will also be assisting with the production of the yearbook in this class.

2515   CP Advanced Journalism
Year Course – Sophomore/Junior/Senior Elective
A second course in Journalism expanding on the skills learned in Journalism 2505. ​​​​​​​

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