• English


    English 9

    Writing, grammar, and vocabulary are studied in conjunction with literature. Units of study include short stories, drama, poetry and the novel. First or second semester course for Grade 9; meets two periods per day.

    Communication & Analysis

    The life skills of listening, speaking, and writing are studied and practiced. The course emphasizes the organization and presentation of information for various purposes and audiences. Contemporary uses of media including entertainment and advertising are analyzed and evaluated from a Christian perspective. Semester course required of all juniors. First or second semester for grade 11.

    Writing Courses

    Academic Writing This course focuses on advancing and strengthening academic writing skills. Students write several short papers including essays and a short research paper. Academic Writing is a prerequisite to Advanced Writing. First or second semester for grades 10-12.

    Writing Skills

    This course addresses the writing skills needed to succeed in high school writing and literature courses. Emphasis is on sentence structure, paragraph structure, grammar, and mechanics. First or second semester for grades 10-12.

    Career English

    Students learn the written and oral communication skills necessary to get a job and function well in a work environment. First or second semester for grades 11-12.

    Advanced Writing

    Students are guided through the writing of several papers, including an autobiography and an extensive research paper. Especially recommended for college-bound students. Mennonite college credit available. Strongly recommended for juniors in preparation for the SAT. Prerequisite: Academic Writing. First or second semester for grades 11-12.

    Speech

    Students learn to deal with fear and nervousness and to be confident and effective in a speaking situation. Class activities include group discussions, extemporaneous and memorized speeches and critiques. An emphasis is on applying speech skills outside of class. Prerequisite: Communication and Analysis. First or second semester for grades 11-12.

    English Composition I (Advanced Placement)

    Designed to develop fluency in writing clear, forceful, and effective prose, this course, when taken in conjunction with Introduction to Literature (AP), is intended to prepare students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam for college credit. By paying an additional $35 registration fee and a $50 course fee and taking a placement exam, students may receive college credit for this course through Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). Strongly recommended for juniors in preparation for the SAT. All students registering for English Composition I must take and pass HACC’s placement exam. This is a weighted class. Second semester for grades 11-12.

    Literature Courses

    Introduction to Literature (Advanced Placement)

    Designed to develop understanding and to increase human experience through literature, this college level course, when taken in conjunction with English Composition I, is intended to prepare students to take the AP Literature and Composition exam for college credit. The major literary types (poetry, fiction, and drama) are defined and illustrated through examples drawn from English and American literature as well as other literatures of the world. By paying an additional $35 registration fee and a $50 course fee and taking a placement exam, students may receive college credit for this course through Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). This is a weighted class. First semester for grade 12.

    Advanced Reading

    Designed for the student with above average ability and self-discipline, this course allows students to plan their own curriculum from a list of books suggested for the college bound. Students receive guidance in reading critically and respond in writing and orally to each book read. Second semester for grades 11-12.

    British Literature

    Students study the major authors of the principle literary periods from Beowulf to 20th century poetry and become aware of recurring themes that link students of today with people of all times. Special attention is given to continuing questions about the meaning of life and death. Second semester for grades 10-12.

    U.S. Literature

    A survey course sampling United States literature from the colonial times through the 20th century, U.S. Literature will explore how works relate to their historical and social contexts, the Christian worldview, and their writer’s view of life. U.S. Literature will correlate to the AP U.S. History curriculum, making it beneficial for students to take the courses concurrently. First semester for grades 10-12.

    Themes in Literature

    The literature studied is organized around themes of high interest to students. Themes include death, love, courage, and friendship. First semester for grades 10-12.

    Literature of the Bible

    The artistic dimension of the Bible is emphasized through careful study of various types of literature found in it and through the study of biblical influence in literature, art, music. First or second semester for grades 10-12 in alternate years. Offered 2014-2015.

    Literature of the Christian Faith

    Selected works of various types from Christian writers are studied as literature and as inspirational writings. The use of Christian themes by non-Christian authors is also noted. First or second semester for grades 10-12 in alternate years. Offered 2015-2016.

    World Literature

    Students will examine classic and contemporary world literature, exploring thematic threads which connect the works despite their varied cultural traditions, helping to broaden the students’ perspectives. Designed for the student with above average ability and self-discipline, this course allows students to plan their own curriculum from a list of books suggested for the college bound. Students receive guidance in critical reading and respond orally and in writing to each book. First or second semester course for grades 10-12.

    Electives

    Journalism

    This class introduces the art of drama as communication. Students are challenged to develop skill in vocal articulation, projection, improvisation, stage presence, and familiarization with dramatic terms. First semester for grades 11-12.

    Speech

    Students learn to deal with fear and nervousness and to be confident and effective in a speaking situation. Class activities include group discussions, extemporaneous and memorized speeches and critiques. An emphasis is on applying speech skills outside of class. Prerequisite: Communication and Analysis. First or second semester for grades 11-12.

    Drama Performance

    This course introduces students to the various types and styles of journalistic writing. An elective course, Journalism is recommended for students considering applying to school publications. First semester for grades 10-12.

    Creative Writing

    The writing of short stories, poetry, and plays encourages imaginative expression. For students who enjoy writing and are ready for a challenge. First or second semester for grades 11-12.

    Yearbook

    Staff members use a period daily to work on the yearbook. Only students already appointed to the staff should include this in their schedule. Students receive a pass or fail grade. Recommended prior courses: Journalism and Two-dimensional Design. First semester for grades 11-12.