English

Students must complete 4 credits of English to meet graduation requirements.

While the writing goals of each class are as stated, the levels within each class will reflect varying degrees of complexity and sophistication. 

 All levels:  

  • Students will write in standard form, including grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. 
  • Students will write for a variety of audiences and purposes, formally and informally. 
  • Students will research and integrate information into their writing, utilizing correct documentation techniques. 
  • Students will follow guidelines for honest academic writing. 

 Freshmen:  

Students will compose paragraphs that illustrate developed ideas, strong organization, appropriate tone of voice, precise word choice, clear sentence structure, and standard conventions.

  • Students will establish patterns of organization that best suit their ideas.
  • Students will experiment with expressing themselves in a variety of forms and styles.
  • Students will consider purpose, speaker, audience, and form.
  • Students will demonstrate organization, unity, and coherence by using direct transitions and sequencing. 
  • Students will support important ideas and viewpoints with evidence from text or research.

 Sophomores:  

Students will compose essays that illustrate a clear thesis, developed ideas, strong organization, appropriate tone of voice, precise word choice, clear sentence structure, and standard conventions.

  • Students will write multi-paragraph essays that develop an argument.
  • Students will break down supporting ideas into manageable elements.
  • Students will incorporate textual evidence into their essays and explain how this evidence supports their ideas. 

Students will punctuate quotations and citations correctly. 

 Juniors:  

Students will compose essays that illustrate a clear thesis, developed ideas, strong organization, appropriate tone of voice and point of view, precise word choice, clear sentence structure, and standard conventions. 

  • Students will formulate a question about a topic of interest, compose a thesis, and organize and write a paper.
  • Students will create and sustain a distinctive personal voice and make deliberate choices about point of view and tone.
  • Students will articulate their writing decisions and evaluate their finished pieces of writing.
  • Students will employ standard English usage and embrace complex sentence structure
  • Students will understand a writing assignment as a series of tasks, including finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate primary and secondary sources. 

Students will integrate their own ideas with those of others. 

 Seniors:  

Students will compose essays and research papers that illustrate a clear thesis, developed ideas, strong organization, appropriate tone of voice and point of view, precise word choice, clear sentence structure, and standard conventions. 

  • Students will devise more complex theses.
  • Students will demonstrate mature and varied structure.
  • Students will complete a fully documented research project.
  • Students will draw on a variety of strategies to carry out and manage the numerous complex tasks involved in composition.

Students will adjust their writing processes according to particular tasks, genres, and purposes.

English Instructors:

  • Andrew Eggert
  • George McKee
  • Lindsay Riegel
  • Patty Russell
  • William Stevison
  • Stan Westhoff
       

 

This page updated August 27, 2018.