English

Meet the Department:

Melanie Ventilla - Department Head
Timothy Corrigan
Samantha Coale
Amy Waud-Reiter
Kenneth Blake

 

SPEECH (P)
Year (9,10); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

Oral Communication I is an introduction to the art of communication: speaking and listening. The student will be encouraged to develop self-esteem and self-confidence. The student will have the opportunity to develop the skills of logical thinking, creative writing, analysis, interpretation of literature, and analytical writing. This class or an approved alternate is required for graduation fromSt. Vincent High School.

ENGLISH 9 LIT AND COMPOSITION (P)
Year (9); Prerequisite: None
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Freshman English is a course designed to introduce students to various literary genres and help them develop their writing skills. Students will study the short story, the novel, poetry, drama, mythology, and the epic. Initial writing instruction will focus on displaying comprehension of thematic content. Further exercises will help students develop reading, thinking, and writing strategies for critical analysis. Formal essays will stem from the literature.

HONORS ENGLISH 9 LIT AND COMPOSITION (P)
Year (9); Prerequisite: Minimum 90% grade in English 8
One year – Alternate to English 9 (P)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Honors English 9 is a rigorous, demanding course designed to follow the English 9 curriculum with a systematic study of literature. We will be working all year to develop critical thinking skills and close reading strategies as you analyze literature from multiple genres, periods, and cultures. This course will also place emphasis on developing and strengthening your writing, for it is expected that you already are proficient in essay writing and can demonstrate fairly strong literary criticism skills. Students will do an extensive study of the short story, the novel, drama, mythology, and the epic. Writing will stem from the literature and will focus on formal essay writing, mainly literary criticism, and include some creative writing. Students who demonstrate a genuine commitment to learning and sensitivity to literature will benefit from this advanced program of study.

WORLD LITERATURE (P)
Year (10); Prerequisite: English 9 (P)
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
*2019-20 - Open to both 10th & 11th Grade Students

Sophomore English is a course designed to expose the 10th grade student to literature of the world. Titles will represent narrative voices from beyond Western Literature, with an eye toward exploring historical and cultural context and developing greater global awareness and sensitivity. The 2nd semester will focus on British Literature and include poetry, drama and prose from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. Students will continue to write both analytically and creatively and develop the skills needed for communication beyond the high school classroom.

HONORS WORLD LITERATURE (P)
Year (10); Prerequisite: 2nd semester grade of B- or better in H English 9 (P) or A- or better in English 9 (P)
2019-20 Juniors: 2nd semester grade of A- or better in American Literature (P)
One year – Alternate to World Literature (P)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
*2019-20 - Open to both 10th & 11th Grade Students

Sophomore English at the honors level is a more rigorous course designed to expose qualified students to literature of the world. Titles will represent narrative voices from beyond Western Literature, with an eye toward exploring historical and cultural context and developing greater global awareness and sensitivity. The 2nd semester will focus on British Literature and include poetry, drama and prose from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. Students will continue to write both analytically and creatively and develop the skills needed for communication beyond the high school classroom. The honors student is expected to bring advanced writing and comprehension skills to the class, and a readiness for sophisticated prose and expression.

AMERICAN LITERATURE (P)
Year (11); Prerequisite: World Literature (P)
One year- Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
*Not Offered 2019-20

American Literature is a survey course designed to cover some of the most important works in our literary heritage, with a focus on the development of the American novel, short story, and poetry. Through representative works of various authors from the Puritan days to the twentieth century, students will observe the growth and development of a distinctly American voice in literature. Practice in a variety of essay structures and vocabulary study continues and amplifies what the student learned in Literature and Composition.

HONORS AMERICAN LITERATURE (P)
Year (11); Prerequisite: 2nd semester grade of A- or better in World Literature (P) or 2nd semester grade of B- in H
Honors World Literature (P)
One year – Alternative to American Literature (P)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
*Not Offered 2019-20

ENGLISH 12 MODERN WORLD LITERATURE (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: American Literature (P)
One year - Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

This course surveys nineteenth and twentieth century literature from around the world. The course will use The Bedford Introduction to Literature and will include samples of the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. Critical as well as creative writing skills will be developed through a series of papers. Works studied will include Hamlet, The Things They Carried, The Kite Runner, and other selected novels and plays.

ENGLISH 12 -ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: 2nd semester grade of B or better in H English 11 or grade of A in English 11
One year - Alternative to Modern World Literature (P)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

All students enrolled in AP classes with an equal college prep version available are required to take the AP exam. Parents will be charged the $94 exam fee on the 1st of November or they must communicate the need for a partial waiver fee prior to that date. This advanced placement course will survey nineteenth and twentieth century literature from around the world. The course will use The Bedford Introduction to Literature and will include, in addition, selected short stories, poetry, drama, and novels. Students will also be introduced to literary theory. Critical skills of exposition and analysis will be developed through a series of papers.

CREATIVE WRITING (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in current English class
One semester - Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

This senior elective will introduce students to creative writing through short stories and poetry. Each student will have an editorial role in the production of the school literary magazine, Amused, and will be encouraged to submit work for publication.

EXPOSITORY WRITING (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in current English class
One semester - Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

This senior elective modeled after a first-year college composition course is designed to improve the expository writing skills that students will need to survive in all college courses. Students will practice a variety of essay forms: definition, argumentation, persuasion, comparison, cause/effect, and classification. Students will learn how to write within time limits and how to edit their own work. Essays will be read and discussed in class, as will the points of grammar and usage.

JOURNALISM (P)
Year (10,11,12); Prerequisite: B in current English class and/or instructor approval
Interested sophomores must submit a writing sample.
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

Students will learn both the theory and practice of all aspects of reporting and writing news of interest to the school community, Sonoma County, and beyond. The class will encompass writing, editing, online reporting, online and print layout, design, advertising, photography and audio/video production. Students will learn journalistic theory, history and ethics as well as study the role of the media in current society.

DEBATE I (P)
Year (9,10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year - Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

The practice as well as the theory of debate will be emphasized. The basics of argumentation, as well as all forms of persuasive and logical speaking, will be covered. Students will be taught to research, outline, take notes, organize material to improve critical thinking, writing and speaking. At the end of the course, students will be able to present their thoughts in a well-organized and logical manner as well as be able to critically evaluate important written and oral arguments in current events. Students will be required to attend two debate tournaments per semester.

DEBATE II, III, IV
Year (10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: Successful completion of preceding Debate course or instructor approval
One Year-Elective

ESL LAB – English as a Second Language Lab
Year (9, 10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year - Elective

ESL 3 - Advanced English as a Second Language (P)
Year (11); Prerequisite: None
One Year – Required (ESL Students)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Advanced ESL is a UC-approved English course that satisfies one year of the English or “b” requirement. Students who complete this course receive a year of English credit if they are not Seniors while taking the course. Advanced ESL is designed to prepare and support students who first language is not English. It is intended to prepare students to meet the demands they will encounter in their other rigorous academic courses at school, with particular attention paid to preparing students for classes involving writing (English, History, etc.). In addition to becoming stronger writers, students will be competent with grammar topics, American culture, social skills, and the use of technology in every day school activities. Preparation for English Language Proficiency exams will be emphasized as well.