Boyne City Public Schools

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Instructors: Ms. Jeanne Heath, Mr. Aaron Fritzsche, Mr. John Hertel

REQUIRED ENGLISH COURSE OFFERINGS:

ENGLISH 100 (9th)
This one year course is designed to meet the State of Michigan curriculum for 9th grade English and additional teaching of reading, listening, thinking, vocabulary, and writing skills for students who may not have been successful in the earlier grades
Prerequisite: By placement only.

FRESHMEN ENGLISH (9th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 9th grade English. The course focuses on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, writing and speaking. There is also an emphasis on short stories, mythology, poetry, non-fiction, novels, and a Shakespearean play.

ENGLISH 200 (10th)
This one year course is designed to meet the State of Michigan curriculum for 10th grade English and additional teaching of reading, listening, thinking, vocabulary, and writing skills for students who need additional support to raise reading and writing levels. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 100. Prerequisite: By placement only.

ENGLISH 210 (10th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 10th grade English. This one year course concentrates on types of literature such as short stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels and an American play. A more advanced understanding of grammar and writing will be developed. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen English.

ENGLISH 220 (ACCELERATED) (10th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 10th grade English. Classic works of literature will be studied in this one year course. Course content also includes a formal composition program. The content is designed for very able and interested students. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Freshmen English and teacher recommendation.

ENGLISH 300 (11th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 11th grade English. This one year course provides daily structural English practice, a study of all eras of American Literature, as well as relevant historical and authorial background. Students will practice formal methods of responding knowledgeably and persuasively to various pieces of literature and relevant cultural topics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 200. By placement only.

ENGLISH 310- AMERICAN LITERATURE (11th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 11th grade English. This one year course provides in-depth study of all genres of American Literature, as well as relevant historical and authorial background. Students will practice formal methods of responding knowledgeably and persuasively to various pieces of literature and relevant cultural topics. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a 10th grade English class.

ENGLISH 320- AMERICAN LITERATURE (ACCELERATED) (11th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 11th grade English. This course is designed for students who love literature and writing and are able to be successful at an accelerated pace. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of American Literature in terms of its cultural and historical influences, characteristics, genres, authors, as well as the literary importance of each of eight American literary periods. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 220 or teacher recommendation.

SENIOR ENGLISH - SPEECH & BRITISH/WORLD LITERATURE (12th)
This course meets the State of Michigan curriculum for 11th grade English. This course is designed for students who love literature and writing and are able to be successful at an accelerated pace. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of American Literature in terms of its cultural and historical influences, characteristics, genres, authors, as well as the literary importance of each of eight American literary periods. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a Junior English class.

COLLEGE SENIOR ENGLISH - (12th)

  • SENIOR LITERATURE (Concurrent course with college English 111 & 112) - (12th) .5 credit
    This material is taken with the college English courses and provides a survey of Multi-Cultural and Advanced College Prep Literature, as well as relevant historical and authorial background. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in College English 111 & 112.
  • COLLEGE ENGLISH COMPOSITION 111 .5 credit (college semester)
    This course emphasizes language skills, particularly essay writing, but also reading, speaking and listening. Reading and writing are explored in the general categories of description, narration, exposition, argumentation, and writing on demand. Students enrolling in ENG111 should have a basic mastery of fundamental writing skills. Successful completion of the course is dependent upon a final portfolio assessment that will be anonymously evaluated by NCMC English Department faculty. This course uses BCHS WEIGHTED GRADE SCALE. Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 320 or teacher recommendation, admission to NCMC, endorsement in PLAN or PSAT or MME tests of Reading and Writing.
  • COLLEGE ENGLISH COMPOSITION 112 .5 credit (college semester)
    This course strengthens and develops writing skills covered in the first semester, emphasizing research techniques and the necessity of logical support, structure, style and documentation. Students in this course are often encouraged to consider their own professional goals as they conduct their research. This course uses BCHS WEIGHTED GRADE SCALE. Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Composition I with grade of “B-” or better.

ELECTIVE ENGLISH COURSE OFFERINGS:

NOVELS (10-12th)
This one year course is designed to meet the State of Michigan curriculum for 9th grade English and additional teaching of reading, listening, thinking, vocabulary, and writing skills for students who may not have been successful in the earlier grades
Prerequisite: Placement by teacher, supported by parent

CREATIVE WRITING (11-12th)
This is a class for students who feel the need to express themselves through the use of short stories, plays, and poetry. The emphasis here is on portfolios and getting their work polished for possible publication. Communication with contemporary authors, poets, playwrights will be done via the Internet.

EXPOSITORY WRITING (11-12th)
Practice in writing skills needed for college is given in assignments including outlining, character analysis, compare/contrast, definition, and opinion. Sentence structure, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary are emphasized. All papers submitted will be typed (word processed). THIS CLASS IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS IN THE PROFESSIONAL CLUSTER. For students who are planning to take College English during the senior year, this course is strongly encouraged.

YEARBOOK (11-12th)
This year-long class will produce the B.C.H.S. newspaper and yearbook. Students will learn how a newspaper is set up, how to write articles, and how to manage a newspaper and yearbook. This class will need students interested in photography, writing, and design. This class is limited to juniors and seniors by instructor invitation. NOTE: This course does NOT qualify as a required English credit. This course CAN be taken more than once for graduation credit.

DRAMA (9-12th)
This class will examine the major points of drama - authors, Broadway shows, plays, acting and writing plays. Students will have practice in pantomimes, role-playing, improv, and radio plays. Students will work on the basic fundamentals of drama the first six weeks, and then move on to present a number of plays during the second six weeks. Students interested in dramatics, stage props, lighting, make-up, costumes, or the Boyne City High School Drama Department will enjoy this class! NOTE: This course does NOT qualify as a required English credit.