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English

The courses offered through the English department focus on reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and usage. The curriculum integrates all aspects of language arts through the study of various literary pieces. As such, the students read literary selections appropriate to each course, including supplemental novels. Students learn to evaluate literature critically by comparing and contrasting elements of good writing and by making and defending their judgments about literature. They also form value judgments as they analyze the merit of literary works as well as corresponding literary elements.

Vocabulary acquisition occurs in context through the study of literature as well as by directly studying vocabulary units. Students inc3orporate new vocabulary into their writing. The vocabulary workbooks also provide ACT and SAT preparation with exercises focusing on reading critically, improving paragraphs, identifying sentence errors, and writing in response to prompts.

Writing is an integral part of every level of instruction. Students learn to write in all of the rhetorical modes. Creative writing is also encouraged through daily journals, quick writes, and performance assessments. The curriculum, however, emphasizes formal writing, particularly literary analysis. The students learn and apply their knowledge of proper grammar and usage through their writing.

Beginning at the English I level, the English courses are offered as College Prep, Honors or AP (Junior/ Senior level only) and dual enrollment.
ENGLISH I: LITERARY GENRES - Eighth Grade - 1 credit
English I introduces the students to the study of literature through a genre approach. The literary selections are chosen as representative of the major literary genres, and through them the students come to understand the essential elements of each genre. Formal grammar is covered as needed in writing instruction, as well as through ACT preparatory exercises in the vocabulary workbook. Students acquire new vocabulary from the literature and from vocabulary units built into the course.

ENGLISH I H: LITERARY GENRES - Eighth Grade - 1 credit
English I Honors focuses on the various literary genres. Students will critically read and write about various forms of literature : short story, nonfiction, novel, poetry, and drama.  In doing so, students will gain an understanding of the key elements and stylistic aspects of each genre. The course also involves some preparation for the ACT with an emphasis on vocabulary acquisition.  Finally, the course requires a significant amount of writing, including a research paper. This class will encourage students to look beyond the surface and find deeper meaning when reading various forms of literature. Through this exploration, students will become critical thinkers, analytical readers, and proficient writers.

ENGLISH II: LITERARY GENRES - Freshmen - 1 credit
English II provides a comprehensive study of literature through a genre approach. The literary selections are chosen as representatives of the major literary genres, and through them the students gain a thorough understanding of the essential elements of each genre. Formal grammar is covered as needed in writing instruction, as well as through ACT preparatory exercises in the vocabulary workbook.  Students acquire new vocabulary from the literature and from vocabulary units built into the course.  Practice in formal writing, including a documented essay, occurs throughout the course.

ENGLISH II H: AMERICAN LITERATURE – Freshmen – 1 credit
English II Honors provides a survey of American literature from its origins to modern times. The course emphasizes a cultural and historical perspective that stresses the interaction of literature and history. For this reason, the literary selections are presented in chronological order, with corresponding novels chosen as representatives of the major themes and/or movements of each literary period. Composition in English II stresses literary analysis, including incorporating scholarly research as secondary support for the thesis. Formal grammar is covered as needed in writing instruction, as well as through ACT preparatory exercises in the vocabulary workbook. Students acquire new vocabulary from the literature and from vocabulary units built into the course.

ENGLISH III: AMERICAN LITERATURE - Sophomores - 1 credit
English III provides a survey of American literature from its origins to modern times. The course emphasizes a cultural and historical perspective that stresses the interaction of literature and history. For this reason, the literary selections are presented in chronological order, with corresponding novels chosen as representatives of the major themes and/or movements of each literary period. Composition in English III stresses literary analysis, including incorporating scholarly research as secondary support for the thesis. Formal grammar is covered as needed in writing instruction, as well as through ACT preparatory exercises in the vocabulary workbook. Students acquire new vocabulary from the literature and from vocabulary units built into the course.

ENGLISH III H: BRITISH LITERATURE – Sophomores – 1 credit
English III Honors covers British literature from its origins to the twentieth century and includes British history and history of the English language. Students will critically read and write about the literature of Britain from the Anglo-Saxon Period through the Victorian Age. In doing so, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the major literary movements and popular literary themes, especially in relation to current social, political and personal events/concerns. Finally, the course requires a significant amount of writing, in which students learn to write formal essays of literary analysis. A documented essay allows students to incorporate scholarly writings and literary criticism into their essays, thus creating a formal research paper of literary analysis.

ENGLISH IV: BRITISH LITERATURE - Juniors - 1 credit
English IV covers British literature from its origins to the twentieth century and includes British history and history of the English language. Students will critically read and write about the literature of Britain from the Anglo-Saxon Period through the Victorian Age. In doing so, students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the major literary movements and popular literary themes, especially in relation to current social, political and personal events/concerns. Finally, the course requires a significant amount of writing, in which students learn to write formal essays of literary analysis. A documented essay allows students to incorporate scholarly writings and literary criticism into their essays, thus creating a formal research paper of literary analysis.

ENGLISH IV H: HUMANITIES- Juniors - 1 credit
Humanities is an honors course taken by juniors and it serves as a prerequisite for the English V AP Literature and Composition course taken senior year. The objective of this class is the broadening of students’ cultural horizons. The course is cross-disciplinary: each unit incorporates history, fine arts, and philosophy with the literature. The students begin with the classics in Western thought and letters, emphasizing cultural continuity from our own Western past. Students write in response to the literature throughout the course.

ENGLISH V: WORLD LITERATURE - Seniors - 1 credit
The purpose of this course is to promote intellectual growth by strengthening students' abilities to read analytically and creatively, by filling in or reinforcing students' knowledge of the outlines of history, and by making students conversant with many major cultural landmarks and developing their sensitivity to cultural diversity through a critical study of English translations of selected world masterpieces from both ancient civilizations and the modern world. English V offers students the chance to study world literature and literary criticism at a level appropriate to upper secondary students. The emphasis of the course is on reading for pleasure and as a lifelong pursuit, on writing clear and concise prose, on honing skills in research and presentation, and on developing finely tuned skills in critical thinking.

ENGLISH COMPOSITION DUAL ENROLLMENT - Seniors - 1 credit
Dual Enrollment is an introduction to analytical writing and research-based inquiry. English 1001 is a General Education course attached to Louisiana State University’s English department. This course develops students’ skills in research-based inquiry, articulation of complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary problems, effective evaluation, analysis of primary and secondary sources, and integration of relevant information into original discourse. This course’s stress of writing as a process calls for students to complete multiple drafts of four major assignments: a Visual Analysis, a Rhetorical Analysis, an Annotated Bibliography, and an Issue Analysis.

ENGLISH V: AP LITERATURE & COMPOSITION (H) - Seniors - 1 credit
The English V AP Literature & Composition class is designed to allow students to demonstrate that they can read complex fiction and nonfiction texts with insight. Readings, writing assignments, and activities provide intellectual challenges and a workload consistent with a typical undergraduate university literature/Humanities course. Students learn to discover meaning in literature by being attentive to language, imagery, characterization, subtle shifts in tone or attitude, and the various techniques authors use to evoke emotional responses from their readers. Students must justify their interpretations with supportive references to details and patterns found in the text. Students also study rhetoric and composition with attention to particular forms: analytical, expository, and argumentative. The best student writers tend to be the best critical readers, thus students are involved in the writing process as it relates to literary analysis: planning, prewriting, composing, revising, and more revising. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose of sufficient richness and complexity to communicate effectively with mature readers.

INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION & SPEECH- Eighth Graders - 1 credit
The purpose of Intermediate Composition is to develop writing skills for use throughout the SSA academic program. The course begins with an intensive nine-week study of English grammar and usage, which are then applied to various modes of writing throughout the remainder of the year. Through conferences and peer review, students engage in all levels of the writing process. Students keep a portfolio of all their work in order to track improvement. Pieces of writing include journal entries, paragraphs, essays, and a research paper.This course combines the study of writing with the theory and practice of rhetoric and public speaking. Speech is a study in the basic principles and various forms of public speaking, providing practical experience in the development, presentation, and critical analysis of speech, debate, drama, and parliamentary procedure.

CREATIVE WRITING - Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
In this elective course, students will write creatively in various genres (poetry, short story, drama, nonfiction), focusing on exploring original ideas and developing personal writing styles as well as participating in a workshop environment where they will critique their own and fellow students’ works constructively. Students will also analyze pieces of classic and contemporary literature from different genres and compare them with their own writing. In addition, students will help create and publish the campus literary publication, Osirian.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION AP - Juniors - Elective - 1 credit
As prescribed by THE COLLEGE BOARD, an AP course in English Language and Composition will train the students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of historical periods, academic disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. The course will also give the students the practice and helpful criticism necessary to become flexible writers who can compose in a variety of modes for a variety of purposes. Through reading and writing, the student will become aware of the interactions among the author, the audience, the subject itself, generic conventions, and the resources of language, including syntax, word choice, and tone.
The AP English Language and Composition course serves as a prerequisite to AP English Literature & Composition. Students who do not take this course prior to AP English Literature & Composition are at a disadvantage in preparing for the AP test because they will lack the rhetorical skills needed to read & write about complex pieces of literature.

DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE - Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - Elective - 1 credit
This course focuses on various pieces of literature Like Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World, in order to explore contemporary, controversial issues of morality, governmental control, technology, the sanctity of human life, freedom, and scientific discovery. Authors of utopian texts highlight specific cultural problems experienced in the time of their writing, critiquing and proposing solutions to the cultural dilemmas. Unlike history, which sifts through the remnants of the past in order to explain the present, utopian and dystopian texts try to explain our present circumstances through visions of a future or other world. Students will engage in writing an analytically and critically with research to support their positions about this literature. This course will allow students to consider both the despair and the hope that writers feel about humanity, while also offering a chance to discuss and write about important and sometimes controversial issues. As a class, students will discuss, research, write, debate and actively delve into the implications and ramifications of the cultural issues addressed in each literary work.

WOMEN’S LITERATURE (RG or H) - Sophomores/ Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
In this elective course, students will study pieces by women writers in order to explore women’s history. The course will also engage students in discussions about contemporary and controversial topics relating to women’s rights and issues in the modern world. Students will read many classic works in a variety of genres (including Fountainhead by Ayn Rand) and write a culminating paper on what these works reveal about women’s rich and often unexplored literary history. Sophomores need teacher and parent permission prior to registering due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics discussed.
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St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.
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