English

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The overarching goal of the English department is to prepare students to be successful at the college level by providing them with a comprehensive understanding of the English language. At all grade levels, reading, writing, speaking, and analytical thinking will be emphasized and assessed. We believe these skills will help strengthen students’ ability to interpret the world around them.

During their English studies at Saint Paul American School, students begin by mastering the foundations of English composition, and progressively move to a variety of specific writing, speaking, and literature courses. Students will analyze and respond to a wide range of literary texts that encompass a global perspective, with an emphasis on highly energetic, discussion-based learning experiences.

Along with the core English curriculum, each student must also enroll in at least one Speech course. The purpose of this requirement is aimed at helping students build confidence, refine verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and, ultimately, be able to successfully deliver a wide variety of practical speeches.

Students are also encouraged to engage in programs like Student Newsletter, Yearbook, and Creative Writing contests. These extracurricular pursuits provide students the opportunity to experiment with their writing skills and deepen their understanding in unique settings.

Ultimately, we hope to instill in our students a love of literature, as well as the confidence to communicate effectively.

Courses offered

MS English III ENG0806/ENG0807 (year-long)

Course Description: MS English is a course focused on developing students’ reading, writing, and study skills. The curriculum will also emphasize analytical thinking and group work. During the year, students will participate in a variety of activities and thematic units to achieve this goal, and will also experiment with various forms of creative writing.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 7-8

General English 9 ENG0944/ENG0945 (year-long)

Course Description: General English 9 builds upon the students' prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and usually include the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Usually, the various genres of literature are introduced and defined, with writing exercises often linked to reading selections.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 9

Honors General English 9 ENG0964/ENG0965 (year-long)

Course Description: This one-year course is a more rigorous version of the standard General English 9. It builds upon the students' prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and usually include the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Usually, the various genres of literature are introduced and defined, with writing exercises often linked to reading selections.

Prerequisites: Successful honors application

Grade Level: 9

Speech ENG1002 (1 semester long)

Course Description: The primary purpose of Speech is to improve public speaking skills in a variety of settings. For each speech, topic selection, audience analysis, research, outlining, speech writing, and speech delivery will be emphasized. By the end of this course students will have improved verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and will be able to successfully and confidently present speeches in a variety of real-world situations.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 12

General English 10 ENG1023/ENG1021 (year-long)

Course Description: General English 10 offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Typically, students learn about the alternate aimsand audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph thematic essays and compositions. The study ofliterature encompasses various genres as students improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine authors' intent and theme and to recognize the techniques employed by the author to achieve the goal.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 10

Honors General English 10 ENG1024/ENG1025 (year-long)

Course Description: This one-year course is a more rigorous version of the standard General English 10. It offers a balanced focus on composition and literature. Typically, students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multiparagraph thematic essays and compositions. The study of literature encompasses various genres as students improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine authors' intent and theme and to recognize the techniques employed by the author to achieve the goal.

Prerequisites: Successful honors application

Grade Level: 10

World Literature ENG1113/ENG1114 (year-long)

Course Description: World Literature is a year-long study of canonical literature spanning the globe. In this course, students will examine short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and nonfiction within a historical and cultural context. Students take part in group discussions and class seminars, write essays, and deliver speeches to demonstrate their growing understanding of the relationship between local concerns and universal questions, the manner in which geography and culture can influence form, and world views of literature itself. Class discussions also encourage students to express opinions and support individual ideas from their readings.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 11-12

Creative Writing ENG1204 (1 semester long)

Course Description: Creative writing is focused on allowing students to display their creative and expressive writing skills. Exercises and assignments in each of the main literary genres—creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and drama—will help students discover their voice and tone while expanding vocabulary, building awareness of audience, and refining flow, context, meaning, and sentence variation. Creative writing will promote critical thinking and help students refine communication skills, which will aid students in writing more interesting essays, enhance their success in other classes, and set them apart in college applications as they continue on in the world of academia.

Prerequisites: none

Grade Level: 11-12

American Literature ENG1213/ENG1214 (year-long)

Course Description: American Literature covers the literature of the United States from the early beginnings of the country until the present. Historical forces impacting the literature, as well as the regional influences, are also examined. The development of critical thinking and vocabulary building, along with writing skills, are emphasized.

Prerequisites: Academic Writing

Grade Level: 11-12

AP Literature and Composition ENG1506/ENG1507 (year-long)

Course Description: This class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam given at the end of the school year. For success in the course, students need advanced English skills as well as a major commitment of their time and effort. During the class, students engage in careful reading and critical analysis of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Students are expected to actively engage in class discussions, write critical essays, and deliver oral presentations about the literary texts studied in class.

Prerequisites: Lexile score of 1100 and successful honors application

Grade Level: 11-12