English

Kathleen Gurnard

Department Chair

English Department Members

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Paul Danforth

English Teacher

In four years of study, students will read a variety of genres in a global context, will respond to literature both affectively and evaluatively; will think, write, and speak critically on a variety of subject matter; and acquire a lifelong appreciation of the written word. All students will read a minimum of one grade level book every summer as determined by the department. For Senior level English courses, successful completion of the written component of the Integrated Service Learning Experience (ISLE) is required for credit.

Publications

Imago (Yearbook)

The Imago has won numerous awards with the American Scholastic Press Association, including awards for exceptional design and coverage of sports, clubs, and activities.

Quest (Literary Magazine)

Quest is a student publication of original work in prose, poetry, and pen and ink sketching. It is published once a year in the early spring. All students are encouraged to submit their work.

Editors for the publication come from the yearbook class.

Courses

LA1214 - YEARBOOK JOURNALISM (OC) (SEMESTER/FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Open to students with Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing. This course will produce the yearbook (Imago) and will learn magazine writing and publication skills including feature and sports writing, caption, headline, and infographic design, page layout, and photography. Admission to the yearbook staff is by application only. Students must have a 2.5 or above English GPA. See instructor for application forms.

LA0901 - INTERDISCIPLINARY HONORS ENGLISH 1/WORLD HISTORY (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Department head and instructor approval based on entrance exam, teacher recommendation, and student interest.

This course is designed to be a challenging interdisciplinary survey of the events and thoughts that have shaped the course of human history and is for students who demonstrate both a high proficiency in English and the capability for focused literary study. It emphasizes advanced skill development in the study of grammar, vocabulary, writing, and literature. The study of literary pattern is developed through extended critical reading, discussion, and writing across a variety of literary genres.

**NCAA Approved

LA0935/LA0940 - ENGLISH 1 (FULL YEAR)

Freshman English curriculum includes study of foundational skills in grammar, vocabulary, writing, and literature. In literature, the student is taught the techniques of critical analysis in the literary forms of short story, essay, drama, nonfiction, poetry, and the novel. Heavy emphasis is placed on the elements of writing and the writing process, with special attention to grammar, usage, and mechanic skills needed to compose a multi- paragraph essay.

**NCAA Approved

LA1035/LA1040 - ENGLISH 2 (FULL YEAR)

Sophomore English is a continuation of the study of grammar, vocabulary, writing, and literature begun in English 1, with the goal of strengthening skills learned Freshman year. Heavy emphasis is placed on composition, and students will continue to develop their writing through practicing the aspects of the formal writing process. The study of literary concepts initiated in English 1 will continue to be developed through reading, discussion, and analytic composition.

**NCAA Approved

LA1001 - ENGLISH 2: HONORS (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: English 1 instructor approval based on recommendation, writing sample, and student interest.

This rigorous course is a continuation of the study of grammar, vocabulary, writing, and literature begun in English 1/Honors English 1. With a large emphasis on writing, this course is designed for students who can critically and analytically engage with challenging texts. Students are expected to contribute meaningfully to the course and work to hone their skills in all aspects of the formal writing process.

**NCAA Approved

LA1135/LA1140 - ENGLISH 3 (FULL YEAR)

The literature program covers material from American Literature. The selections are organized chronologically to present the literature of the United States in a historical context. Vocabulary growth derives from literature read. Essays in creative and expository writing flow from experience and from the literature studied. Students will write a research paper.

**NCAA Approved

APLA1101 - ENGLISH 3: LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION (HONORS) (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

This course invites students to develop an ability to analyze and interpret significant literary works written in various genres and historical periods. It intends to guide students to sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop a more fluent, precise writing style. A college may award a score of 3 or higher on the AP exam in the spring with anywhere from 3 to 5 college credits.

**NCAA Approved

LA1234 - ENGLISH 4: GREAT IDEAS (HONORS) (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

This Seattle University course explores the great thinkers of Western Civilization in a Socratic seminar format. Reading works of the great philosophers—Plato, Socrates, and Euripides—this is a Freshman philosophy/mythology course and will require outside reading of challenging texts. Students should feel comfortable delving into the readings alone and in small groups. Students will participate in Seattle Opera’s youth experience, attending four dress rehearsals with other area high schools. Students will write their own original myth. Students may earn five (5) transferrable college credits from Seattle University. This course is rigorous and will adhere to the SU standards.

**NCAA Approved

LA1277 - ENGLISH 4: CREATIVE WRITING (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. Critical thinking, critical reading, interpretation of reading, and mastering all related language skills is essential for students to become effective writers and communicators.

The skills taught in Creative Writing go beyond reading poetry or writing essays, as effective communication, adaptation, and creativity are necessary skills for all aspects of life, from future careers to interpersonal relationships. In addition, the ability to read, comprehend, and reflect upon the issues affecting contemporary society is essential to all students as they prepare for life after high school. Students will learn writing skills for various disciplines, peer editing, revising, and publishing.

**NCAA Approved

LA1275 - ENGLISH 4: FILM AS LITERATURE (FULL YEAR)

This course is intended to help the student develop higher level thinking, writing, reading comprehension, vocabulary recognition, and discussion skills in the context of a variety of children’s novels, contemporary best sellers, and classic literature that has been converted to film. Students will read a minimum of six plays, novels, and short stories, studying each for thematic elements, voice, characterization, tone, and other literary elements. After studying each literary piece, students will watch a film version of the work and analyze the film for thematic elements, drawing comparisons between the different forms of media, finishing with a written critical analysis of the film. Because the ability to read, comprehend, and communicate effectively while reflecting on the social issues that affect our contemporary society is an essential tool for all students, emphasis will be placed on making connections to the student’s life.

**NCAA Approval Pending

LA1279 - ENGLISH 4: UW COLLEGE WRITING 131 (FULL YEAR)

This course fulfills at least one semester of the required college writing course students will take in college and students should have a C or better in their high school English courses to ensure success. Credits transfer to most Washington state colleges and community colleges (and most state colleges). College application essays, college applications, FAFSA, and scholarships will dominate the first semester as students will focus on post high school acclaim and planning. Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Course is taught using the UW syllabi, texts, and testing methods. Since course is university level, it demands considerable time and work. Students may earn five (5) transferrable college credits from the UW. This course is rigorous and will adhere to the UW standards.

**NCAA Approved

LA1273 - ENGLISH 4: GLOBAL IDENTITIES IN LITERATURE (CP or HONORS) (FULL YEAR)

Prerequisites: In order to take the course at the CP level, student must have earned a 74% or higher in English 3 CP. In order to take the course at the Honors level, student must have earned an 80% or higher in English 3 CP or AP as well as submit a writing sample and have their teacher’s recommendation. (Students in LA1135 will only be allowed to take the course in special cases of teacher recommendation.)

Today, there is an urgency for leaders who can understand and demonstrate a cross-national, cross-cultural awareness and empathy. In this course, we will look at how one can become aware of and attentive to the social and cultural issues of our times by grappling with the thoughts, questions, and issues from our recent past. Topics include the Holocaust/genocide, Shakespeare, the Harlem Renaissance, immigrant and inner-city experiences, the Beat Poets, and international travel narratives.

**NCAA Approved