Intro. to Literature and Composition - 0410  (1.00 year)

Prerequisite:  Eighth grade language arts                       

Grade:  9                                              

Credit:  1.00

This is an orientation course for all DeSales students.  Small classes and individualized instruction provide the opportunity for students of all ability levels to excel, particularly in the intensive practice of writing.  Students will experience all modes of writing, including narrative, descriptive, expository, and research responses, beginning with the basics of grammar, usage, and MLA format and culminating in a short research paper.  Students will also become familiar with the elements of literature through the study of novels, drama, the short story, non-fiction and poetry.  Vocabulary, study skills, and introductions to both the library and the writing center will be included as well.

 

Sophomore English - 0422 = College Prep; 0423 = English II  (1.00 year)      

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of Freshman teacher based on performance

Grade:  10   

Credit:  1.00                                         

Sophomore English literature text provides a varied selection of reading material.  Included are short stories, poetry, essays, one contemporary and one Shakespearean play.  Also, students are expected to read selected novels.  Students continue to review grammar and to move into more complex forms of composition.  A vocabulary text provides some mastery in word study.  Speeches and speech related activities are also a part of the sophomore English course.

 

AP Track English II - 0425  (1.00 year)       

Prerequisite:  Placement by Freshman teacher based on performance.  Students will have exhibited exceptional talent and skill in critical reading and written analysis, and an aptitude for advanced study.  

Grade:  10

Credit:  1.00

This course will prepare students for success in the AP English program at DeSales: AP Language III junior year and AP Literature and Composition senior year.  This accelerated, writing intensive course will expose students to a variety of literature from various periods, genres, and cultures around the world.  Students will learn to read and analyze these texts more critically, with a greater emphasis on outside research, reading, and rhetorical analysis skills.  Students will write in all modes of composition including descriptive, narrative, expository, persuasive, and research with the incorporation of secondary source material.

 

Junior English - 0430 = AP Language and Composition; 0432 = College Prep; 0433 = English III  (1.00 year)       

Prerequisite:  Recommendation by Sophomore teacher based on performance   

Grade:  11

Credit:  1.00           

Junior English is a survey course in American Literature covering the basic literary genres:  Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.  Students are expected to read selected American novels.  A vocabulary text provides some mastery in word study.  Students continue using the writing process in the study of composition, writing longer and more complex academic pieces as well as a wide variety of other types of writing.  Speeches and speech related activities are also a part of the Junior English course.

 

Advanced Placement Language and Composition - 0430  (1.00 year) 

Prerequisite:  The sophomore Pre-Advanced Placement course and recommendation of the sophomore teacher, or recommendation of the AP instructor following consultation with previous English teachers, a guidance counselor, and a parent

Grade:  11

Credit:  1.00

The AP Language and Composition course is an intensive reading and writing experience for gifted and advanced students.  These students are ready to experience the English language at the college level.  The focus of the course is on learning to read closely and critically, with an understanding of how writers create meaning.  By the conclusion of the course, successful students will be able to write with sophistication about meaningful topics.  While course content will emphasize the canon of American literature, students will be exposed to a variety of fiction and nonfiction writing across cultures and time periods.  Students will take the AP Language and Composition test in May.  

 

Creative Writing I - 0453  (.5 year)

Prerequisite:  85% or better in English and recommendation of English teacher

Grade:  10-12                      

Credit:  0.50

Creative Writing I will give students practical experience in the writing of poetry (both formal and free verse) and prose (both fictional and autobiographical). Students will produce and present a portfolio of their favorite/best original works by the end of the class.

 

Creative Writing II - 0454  (.5 year)

Prerequisite:  93% or better in Creative Writing

Grade:  11-12                      

Credit:  0.50

In addition to using what they have learned in Creative Writing I, the students will continue to build a portfolio of their own original work. Each student will also: 1) Teach one class using an original assignment piece as a model, 2) Critique the work of others and accept their critiques in a workshop setting, and 3) Produce and distribute a 16-page chapbook of original work. Note: this course may not be taken in the same school year as Creative Writing I.

 

Senior English - 0442 = College Prep; 0443 = English IV  (1.00 year) 

Prerequisite:  Recommendation by Junior English teacher based upon performance   

Grade:  12             

Credit:  1.00    

Senior English is a survey of British Literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the present.  The course also includes writers from Ireland, Canada, Africa and Asia who write in English.  Students are expected to read selected novels by these authors.  Students continue to study composition to prepare for college writing.  Speeches and speech related activities are a part of senior English. 

 

AP Literature IV - 0444  (1.00 year)  

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of Junior English teacher in consultation with Senior AP English teacher

Grade:  12                            

Credit:  1.00

AP English Literature and Composition is an intensive examination of British, American and world literatures with the purpose of preparing students for the Advanced Placement examination in May.  The course includes close reading and analysis of a variety of literary styles, such as narrative and lyric poetry, essays, drama, novels, and short fiction.  Emphasis will also be placed on the writing process and the further development of critical thinking and research skills.  

Students in this course are also eligible to enroll in the Dual Enrollment Program (Project Jump=start) through Ohio Dominican University.  

 

Creative Writing I - 0453  (.5 year)  

Prerequisite:  85% or better in English and recommendation of English teacher

Grade:  10-12                            

Credit:  .50

Creative Writing I will give students practical experience in the writing of poetry (both formal and free verse) and prose (both fictional and autobiographical). Students will produce and present a portfolio of their favorite/best original works by the end of the class.

 

Creative Writing II - 0454  (.5 year)  

Prerequisite:  93% or better in Creative Writing

Grade:  11-12                            

Credit:  .50

In addition to using what they have learned in Creative Writing I, students will continue to build a portfolio of their own original work.

Each student will also:
1) Teach one class using an original assignment piece as a model
2) Critique the work of others and accept their critiques in a workshop setting
3) Produce and distribute a 16-page chapbook of original work

Note: this course may not be taken in the same school year as Creative Writing I

 

Language Arts Enhancement I - 0465  (.5 year)  

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of English teacher or Counselor             

Grade:  9-12        

Credit:  0.50

This course provides practice in the basic skills of reading, composition, vocabulary acquisition, comprehension, critical thinking and study skills.  The course addresses both literary and informational text strategies such as making generalizations, making inferences, determining main ideas, cause and effect, sequencing and summarizing, recognizing conflict, understanding characterizations, etc.  Students will receive supportive instruction in composing responses to short answer questions and essays, including proper set up, grammar, punctuation, creating a thesis statement, and word choice.  

 

Language Arts Enhancement II - 0466  (.5 year)           

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of English teacher or Counselor             

Grade:  10-12      

Credit:  0.50

Provides further practice in reading, writing and comprehension skills.  Students will learn strategies to monitor and improve their own reading comprehension.  They will continue to refine their critical thinking, oral and silent reading skills.  Students will be provided with practice opportunities for standardized testing, particularly the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) administered to all sophomores.  Supportive instruction in writing skills is also included.  

 

Digital Journalism - 0450  (.5 year)                             

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of English Teacher

Grade:  9-12                       

Credit:  .50

Digital Journalism is a semester course designed for students interested in newspaper journalism and developing their skills as a writer. The course explores the contemporary media and the ethical responsibility issues inherent in press today. Students will learn the fundamentals of news, feature, editorial and sports writing. Students will create numerous original stories using varied structures and writing techniques. This class will work in conjunction with the Graphics Design III course to create an online magazine for the St. Francis DeSales community. 

 

Advanced Digital Journalism - 0457  (.5 year)                             

Prerequisite:  3.0 or above in Digital Journalism

Grade:  10-12                       

Credit:  .50

Advanced Digital Journalism is a semester course that can be taken more than once after completing the Digital Journalism class. Students in Advanced Digital Journalism will serve as editors to the school's online magazine, The Quill. They will help in planning story assignments, editing stories, designing pages and marketing the publication within and outside of the school community. In addition, students will continue to develop their writing skills on feature articles and creative pieces. This course offers excellent resume building experience in both the leadership opportunities it allows students, and the experience in writing, designing and marketing a written publication.

 

Photojournalism - 0455  (1.00 year)                                       

Prerequisite:  Open to freshmen, sophomores or juniors.  Seniors need recommendation of instructor.

Grade:  9-12                         

Credit:  1.00

The Photojournalism class produces Pride, the St. Francis DeSales High School yearbook.  The book is a hard-bound, color book documenting the entire school year at DeSales.  The book has become an important resource and keepsake used by students, faculty and staff, alumni, and the community at large.  The goals of the photojournalism course are to teach students to design photo and text layouts that are engaging, accurate, and clear.  Basic skills developed include designing layouts, using digital cameras, preparing and writing copy, and other aspects of publications.  While there is no prerequisite for Photojournalism I, the course is a natural practical extension of skills learned in journalism, photography, and graphics design courses.  Students who are interested in pursuing a career in graphic arts, journalism, and communications are encouraged to consider the Photojournalism course.

 

English Enrichment Lab I - 0463

Grades:  9-10

English Enrichment Lab II - 0467

Grades: 11-12 

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of ESOL teacher 

Non-Credit Course

The lab course is designed for students whose primary language is other than English and who have limited English proficiency.  Students will receive tutorial assistance in content area subjects and mastery of academic language and concepts.  Attention will be paid to vocabulary used in testing environments.