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HOOVER H.S. ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

 English Department Faculty

Melanie Bridges msb2nc@northcantonschools.org
Jack Bunnenberg jrb1nc@northcantonschools.org
Casey Clark clarkc@northcantonschools.org
Cherie Ford fordc@northcantonschools.org
Danielle Garfield garfieldd@northcantonschools.org
Matthew Johnsen mkj1nc@northcantonschools.org
Michael Johnson msj1nc@northcantonschools.org
Gretchen Leckie-Ewing gal1nc@northcantonschools.org
Jennifer Manion jdh1nc@northcantonschools.org
Lindsay McCann mccannl@northcantonschools.org
Rachelle Ogilvie rao1nc@northcantonschools.org
Katelyn Paul paulk@northcantonschools.org
Andy Rankin ar1nc@northcantonschools.org
Timothy Roach tjr1nc@northcantonschools.org
Tiffany Walker, Chairperson tnw1nc@northcantonschools.org
Jessica Zettler zettlerj@northcantonschools.org
 
 

 

ENGLISH COURSES

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT:  English 9, 10, 11, and 12

COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:  Four or more credits of English

REQUIRED COURSES 

0103 English IX - required                         1 credit Prerequisite:  None                                                                                      Grade 9 This course is designed to help students of average ability improve all types of verbal and thinking skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities.  The study of literature (short stories, novels, biographies, poetry, nonfiction essays, essays, plays, and mythology) will emphasize advanced thinking and reading skills. Longer works may include The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, All But My Life and Night.   Additional out-of-class reading is required each nine weeks.  The composition program will be aimed at composing well-structured and supported paragraphs and short essays in accordance with Standard English usage.  Understanding the process of completing a documented reporting (research) paper will be a goal of the course.  Coordinated grammar and usage lessons will supplement the composition activities.  Speech activities will center on public speaking experiences, stressing preparation, organization, and delivery of formal and informal speeches as well as effective listening skills.

 0105 Honors English IX - Required           1 credit Prerequisite:  None                                                                             Grade 9 This advanced course is designed to help students strengthen their reading skills and gain an understanding of literary genres, including short stories, novels, poetry, nonfiction essays, plays, and mythology.  Longer works may include The Odyssey, The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and All But My Life or Night. Students will complete additional out-of-class reading assignments. Written composition is based on the process approach and will deal with multi-paragraph development in description, exposition, analysis, and narration.  Students will work independently to write longer papers, including a documented research paper.  Coordinated grammar and usage lessons will supplement the composition activities.  Speech activities will center on public speaking experiences.  Testing may include uneven match, fill-in, essay, and the elimination of word banks as preparation for standardized and AP tests.  Students should possess a fondness for reading and writing, and they should have sophisticated English skills that can meet the challenge of an upper level course.

 0112 English X - Required                         1 credit  Prerequisite:  English IX                                                                                     Grade 10 This course is designed to develop the verbal and thinking skills of those students who have average ability in English.  Through a topical study of American writers, students will develop critical reading and thinking skills and vocabulary development.  A study of the drama A Raisin in the Sun or The Crucible and the in-class novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or The Great Gatsby. Longer works may include Monster and/or Speak.  In composition, there will be a development of a variety of paragraphs, including multi-paragraph essays.  Research skills for written composition will be continued at this level.   Appropriate grammar, usage, and language lessons will be taught to remedy grammatical and mechanical weaknesses in student writing.  Public speaking activities include a basic overview of speaking and communication skills through various speaking experiences, which will be integrated into the literature and writing studies.  

 0114 Honors English X - Required            1 credit  Prerequisite: Successful completion of English IX                                         Grade 10 Prerequisite: Recommendation/approval by English Department This course is designed to help students to know and to appreciate their American literary heritage and to improve their ability in oral and written communication.  The study of American literature is a chronological approach from the earliest Native American writers to contemporary American authors. Selections for the course include A Raisin in the Sun, The Crucible, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Great Gatsby. Students will also prepare additional out-of-class reading assignments every nine weeks. Written composition in this college preparatory course is based on the process approach and will deal with advanced paragraph development, exposition, the personal essay, persuasion, and report writing.  Major papers will be typed.  Research skills will be continued at this level. Public speaking activities are closely aligned to the written composition lessons.  Coordinated grammar and usage lessons will supplement the composition lessons.  Students should possess a fondness for reading and writing, and their English skills should be strong enough to meet the challenge of this upper level course.

 0123 English XI - Required                        1 credit Prerequisite:  English X                                                                                      Grade 11 This course is designed for students of average ability in English.  Reading skills, vocabulary development, spelling, and oral and written composition skills will be stressed. Longer works may include, but not limited, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, Death of a Salesman, Streetcar Named Desire, and/or Of Mice and Men. Students will write college admission essays, narrative, poetry, technical, and research-based papers and will receive instruction in the process approach in these areas.  Students will also analyze rhetorical structure in non-fictional text. Appropriate grammar, language, and usage lessons will supplement the composition activities.  Speech activities will be related to written composition lessons.  The course is a blend of literature and composition.  All papers must be typed.

 0122 Honors English XI - Required           1 credit Prerequisite: Successful completion of English X               Grade 11 and with teacher recommendation         
This course is designed to continue the students’ knowledge and understanding of American Literature and to improve their ability to think, compose, and speak.  The study of American Literature in this course will be from a thematic approach, and they will study several major works, including, but not limited to, Fahrenheit 451, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Grapes of Wrath, Streetcar Named Desire, and Death of a Salesman.  The students will also study poetry and several pieces of nonfiction.  Written composition in this college preparatory course will take several forms, integrated with the literature.  The students will engage in a college writing unit; they will work on persuasive writing, technical writing, narrative writing and literary writing in both fiction and poetry.  All major papers will be typed. The students will also engage in several oral presentations, both informative and persuasive.

 0120 Advanced Placement English Language and Composition – Required     1 credit Prerequisite:  English X and teacher recommendation                          
Grade 11 Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP exam Summer work is required This course is designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement Test in English Language and Composition and to challenge students in the study of writing and literature.  In addition to requiring summer reading, this course engages students in the analysis of works from a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, including the study of various genres: essay, short story, novel, speech, drama, and poetry.  Students will also work to become skilled writers, composing for a variety of purposes: narrative, argumentative, expository, and persuasive.  Further, students will pay special attention to the rhetorical strategies used by the writer and will engage in recognizing as well as synthesizing the use.

0124 English XII – Required                       1 credit  Prerequisite:  English XI                                                       Grade 12 Fee:  None This course is designed for students of average ability in English. Although the course is composition-based, students will study significant works, including The Old Man and the Sea, Macbeth, Ordinary People, Fallen Angels, Tuesdays with Morrie, and/or Inherit the Wind.  Students will complete several composition requirements, including the research paper.  MLA documentation will be used throughout the course. Appropriate grammar, language, and usage lessons will supplement the writing activities.  Speech activities will be integrated in the literature and writing units.

 0129 Honors English XII - Required          1 credit Prerequisite:  Successful completion of English XI and recommendation          
 Grade 12 Fee:  None This course is designed to broaden the student's’ knowledge and understanding of British and World Literature and to challenge their ability to think, compose, and speak.  The study of literature in this course will be from a thematic approach, and the students will study several major works, including, but not limited to, The Canterbury Tales, Inferno, 1984, Macbeth, The Hobbit, The Stranger, and Dante’s Inferno, Tuesdays with Morrie, and British romantic poetry.  The students will also study several pieces of nonfiction. This college preparatory course includes many forms of composition that will integrate with the literature.  The students will compose different types of literary analysis, including but not limited to, a poetry explication, comparison/contrast essay, and film analysis.  Additionally, students will engage a major research project, composing a paper of significant length.  All major papers will be typed.  The students will also engage in several forms of oral discourse.  Students taking this class are expected to have cogent comprehension of advanced literary techniques and sound composition skills.

GC0129 CCP English XII Group                 2 credits CCP1129 College Composition I       1 credit CCP2129 College Composition II       1 credit Prerequisite:  English XI                       
Grade 12 College Entrance Requirements: English ACT 18+ / Writing Accuplacer 5+ and college application College Credit Plus Course: Stark State - ENG 124 and ENG 231 - 6 college credits   College Credit: 6 credits for College Composition I and II (ENG124 and ENG231) This honors level, year-long course includes College Composition I and II, which are conducted as writing and research workshops and designed for the independent and highly motivated student. Specifically, Composition I emphasizes writing based on reading responses with review of essay development, grammar, and punctuation. Emphasis is on the process of drafting, revising, and editing to achieve clarity. A research project requires APA or MLA documentation. Composition II will build on the skills and knowledge obtained in College Composition I including research and inquiry. Students will develop an understanding of rhetoric, argument, and language as they explore and write about complex topics in formal papers. Stark State policies apply. Students who enroll in this course are required to take both semesters.

0125 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition - Required          1 credit  Prerequisite: English XI and teacher recommendation                         
Grade 12 Fee: Approximately $93.00 for the required AP exam Summer work is required This course is designed to prepare students for taking the Advanced Placement Test in English Literature and to challenge students in the study of literature.  In addition to the required summer reading of two novels, each student will study the following genres:  poetry, drama, novel, and short story.  Most writing is geared to literary analysis and will include frequent timed writings that simulate A.P.E. test-taking conditions, as well as out-of-class literary critiques, essays, and a literary research paper.  Assigned novels include The Scarlet Letter, Billy Budd, Pride & Prejudice, The Metamorphosis, and Song of Solomon.  Emphasis is on independent study.

ELECTIVES

G0312 Fundamentals of Speech and Advanced Speaking                                     1 Credit Use this code when choosing both 3126 and 3127                           Grades 9-12
3126 Fundamentals of Speech – Elective – Semester course                                   ½ Credit Prerequisite: None                                                                                        Grades 9-12 The purpose of this course is to train students in the basic principles of public speaking.  After developing an understanding of the communication process, students will learn the six basic steps in speech preparation.  Specific emphasis is given to organizing a speech, writing introductions and conclusions, and locating supporting material through research to develop the speech.  Additional emphasis is given to use of bodily action in speaking, including eye contact, gestures, movement, and facial expressions. Proper use of voice in public speaking is discussed in detail.  Students have the opportunity to develop these areas of content and delivery by presenting speeches to inform, persuade, and entertain.  This is a performance and academic course, and students are tested over all material presented. NOTE: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation. If you are requesting Fundamentals of Speech and Advanced Speaking, use the group number G0312.

 3127 Advanced Speaking – Elective – Semester course     ½ credit Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Speech                                                 Grades 9-12 The purpose of this course is to apply the skills learned in Fundamentals of Speech, and to further the students’ speaking abilities.  Focus will be placed on incorporating individual speaking styles into real world formats and group speeches.  Debate, interviewing, media, and competitive speech formats will be discussed and used.  This is a performance and academic course, and students are tested over all material presented. NOTE: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation. If requesting Fundamentals of Speech and Advance Speaking, use the Group number G0312.

 0135 Speech and Performance – Elective              1 credit Prerequisite: None                                                                    Grades 9-12 The purpose of this course is to give students a broad experience in the area of oral communication and performance.  After a brief overview of the public speaking fundamentals, students encounter new areas of communication such as oral interpretations, prose/poetry presentations, monologues, duo interpretation, and storytelling.  The course also involves creating comedy routines, writing, acting and directing a play, and group communication.  Although this course is primarily performance-oriented, students are responsible for knowing theories and techniques in the areas of communication covered in this course. This is a fast paced and high energy course, and students taking it should enjoy presenting in front of others. This course qualifies as a fine arts credit. NOTE: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation.

0128 Journalism I                        1 credit 01288 Honors Journalism I  1 credit Prerequisite: Typing ability                                                                        Grades 8-12
All aspects of media are examined, and students develop skills in gathering, writing, editing, and displaying the news. Units in law and ethics, desktop publishing (the Adobe Creative Suite), photography, broadcast production, and business/advertising are presented, and students are required to make an ad sales call. The course also examines current event issues as well as historical significance of media throughout history. Careers in journalism are briefly examined.  In addition to the above, Journalism I Honors students may help with the publication of the school newsmagazine, The Viking Views.  They will be assigned various projects per nine weeks at the discretion of the instructor and will have additional expectations of a more in-depth nature throughout the course. Note: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation.

0138 Newspaper Production – Elective                 1 credit 01388 Honors Newspaper Production                                                                      1 credit Prerequisite: Journalism I, 80% average or above         
Grades 9-12 Journalism I and English recommended   Experienced journalism students will apply skills learned in Journalism I to produce the high school newsmagazine, The Viking Views. The class will organize and execute all tasks involved in publishing the newsmagazine (brainstorming issues, assigning stories, interviewing sources in- and outside of the school, writing and editing articles, selling and designing ads, legal and ethical issues, composing headlines, shooting and editing photographs, designing pages, circulating the magazine, and billing advertisers). In addition various projects will be assigned each nine weeks at the discretion of the instructor, including outside journalism projects and maintaining a detailed portfolio of work. Students enrolled in the Honors level will have additional expectations of a more in-depth nature throughout the course. All positions for Editors-in-Chief and Managing Editors will be selected from the Newspaper Honors course. Note: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation.

 0137 Broadcast Journalism -– Elective                  1 credit Prerequisite:  Journalism I                Grades 9-12 Students in the course will apply the skills learned in Journalism I to the practical aspect of creating news stories.  Students will learn to write for the eye and ear, to develop successful techniques for conducting interviews on camera, and to produce complete video packages.  Potential careers in broadcast journalism will also be covered.  Students will be required to participate in all aspects of production, both on-camera and as part of the reporting and editing team, including reporting on events in the community and the district, like new businesses, local events and community groups.  An application process may be required.  Students may repeat this course with instructor permission.  Additional criteria may be required for acceptance into this class. 

 0148 HVTV News – Elective                       1 credit Prerequisite: Broadcast Journalism                                             Grades 9-12 Additional criteria may be used to determine final placement      

Students in this course will apply the skills learned in Journalism I to the practical aspects of producing a morning news show.  Students will learn to work as a team to produce the morning news show and other programming.  How to dress for and speak on camera, how to write for news segments, and how to produce basic stories through the generation of weekly voice-overs will also be taught.  Students will be required to participate in all aspects of production, both on-camera and as part of the reporting team. An application process may be required. Students may repeat this course with instructor permission. Note: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation.  Additional criteria may be required for acceptance into this class. 

 0139 Yearbook - Elective                           1 credit Prerequisite: Journalism I            Grades 9-12 Application and interview process required.  

Yearbook journalism is an intense class that teaches all aspects relating to the production of the Viking.  Students will learn techniques of advertising, sales and advertising display, how to write and structure feature stories, contemporary magazine layout and design, photo essay preparation, principles and techniques of photography, and desktop publishing as applicable to yearbook production.  Students are graded on the quality of the work they produce, their ability to complete work by a deadline, and their willingness to cooperate in the entire yearbook production, including working evenings and selling ads.  The class begins in late May. During the summer, selected students attend a workshop, which may require additional fees. Several other days during the summer must be devoted to yearbook work for advertising sales and staff meetings.  Students who enroll in yearbook are recommended to have carried at least a “B” average. Additional criteria may be required for acceptance into this class.                 

3130 High School Reading – Elective – Scheduled Orange/Black days all year         ½ credit Prerequisite:  Approval by screening committee                            
Grades 9-10 This course is an option for students who need or desire additional reading experiences for a more successful high school career. Students who have not met certain benchmarks in state testing requirements in reading must enroll in this course. Students receive instruction adjusted to ability level. Following diagnosis of reading ability, instruction is provided through large-group strategy lessons and individualized or small-group application activities.  Primary goals of the course are to develop, reinforce, and extend reading and study skills applicable to printed materials in all content areas and to develop a more positive attitude toward reading. NOTE: Credit for this course will not count toward the four years of English required for graduation.

 RT 5993 Literature Analysis                  ½ credit Fee: None                    

Grade 9 Literature Analysis is a course in our Response to Intervention program, RtI, to ensure our students have a positive and rewarding high school experience. RtI is a program that uses data to identify students who need support in basic educational areas. It is our goal to strengthen the academic skills of our incoming freshmen in order to make their high school years as successful and fulfilling as possible. This class will run every other day, alternating between English instruction and a study hall on an O/B day schedule. English instruction will be designed to build on the students’ reading and writing skills, including word attack skills, vocabulary acquisition, identification of literary devices, reading comprehension, and written expression. By participating in this program, your student will earn one half elective credit for the year.  Note: This credit cannot be used toward the graduation requirement for English; it is an elective credit.