St. Joseph-Ogden High School
English Department
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 Teachers

Mrs. Leslie Ellis
Ms. Amanda Moss
Ms. Susan Pensinger
Mr. Ryan Searby
Mr. Larry Williams

Courses

English I
Advanced English I
English II
Advanced English II
English III
Advanced English III
English IV: Consumer
English IV
AP English IV
Journalism
Drama
Creative English

Mrs. Ellils  Ms. Susan Pensinger Mr. Ryan Searby  Mr. Larry Williams 
 Mrs. Leslie
Ellis
 Ms. Amanda
Moss
Ms. Susan Pensinger   Mr. Ryan
Searby
Mr. Larry
Williams 
  

   

Course Descriptions 

English I (1 Credit) 

English I is designed as an overall introduction to the basic areas of communication. Students are exposed to the four basic literary genres (poetry, drama, short stories, and novels) and to Greek and Roman mythology. In addition, students are given an introduction to the library and its resources. Emphasis is placed on grammar and basic writing skills necessary for expository, narrative, and persuasive writing assignments. English I covers all the Illinois Learning Standards for early high school and is primarily a course to build reading and writing skills and to build interest in various forms of communication.

Advanced English I (1 Credit) 

Advanced English I is designed as an overall introduction to the basic areas of communication for the more advanced English student. Students study the four basic literary genre as well as classical mythology. Writing instruction emphasizes expository writing, and grammar concepts are reviewed according to the needs of the students. In addition, students are given an introduction to the library and use its resources in a research paper. While the basic content is very similar to English I and covers the same Illinois Learning Standards, higher expectations are placed on these students, more difficult reading selections, when applicable, are used in the class, and grammar and basic writing skills are taught at a faster pace. Placement in this class is determined by several factors, including recommendations from the 8th grade language arts teachers, grade in 8th grade, and scores on a placement test.

English II (1 Credit) 

This course will provide an introduction to the short story, the novel, and drama. Students will read and analyze these forms of literature in order to explore our world and to discover their individual areas of interest in literature. Composition skills, including usage and mechanics, will be emphasized through expository writing throughout the year. 

Advanced English II (1 Credit) 

This course is for those students interested in a more mature and analytical approach to the study of the main genre of literature. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of specific works. Composition skills are reviewed and much emphasis is placed on writing papers of literary analysis. Students must be recommended by the SJO English Department to enroll in this class. 

English III (1 Credit) 

English III consists of one semester of American Literature and one semester of Speech.
American Literature introduces students to various examples of classic literature written by American authors. Students are expected to read, comprehend, and analyze selections representing significant literary periods and themes. Students will communicate their ideas and interpretations through class discussions, exams, and essays.
Speech is designed to help all students expand their verbal communication and public speaking skills. Students will explore communication situations found in the workplace, the community, and the classroom. Researching, outlining, writing, and using PowerPoint will be stressed.

Advanced English III (1 Credit) 

Same description as English III. Advanced English III is designed for the college bound junior who has maintained an A or B average in previous English classes.

Consumer English- Seniors Only (1 Credit) 

Consumer English is a year long course that prepares the student for the challenges of the workplace as well as life outside the work place. Students are expected to read, comprehend, and analyze various forms of literature as well as workplace and consumer related concepts. Students will communicate their ideas and interpretations through class discussions, tests and written work.  

English IV- Seniors Only (1 Credit)

This course is designed to prepare all seniors for college writing and literature classes. Students will be given detailed instruction and practice in various types of expository writing. Other purposes in writing, such as persuasion, business writing, and the research paper will also be included. Literature will be studied thematically to see how certain themes have been present in literature throughout the ages. A variety of types of literature will be read as well as examples from both Classical and modern literature. 

Advanced Placement English IV- Seniors (1 Credit) 

This course is designed to prepare students for taking the Advanced Placement Exam in English Literature. Throughout the year students will write several in-class essays similar to those found on the AP exam and will take practice multiple choice tests from actual AP exams from the past. Taking the AP test in May is optional, however, and if a student chooses not to take the exam, this course will still prepare students more thoroughly for college placement exams as well as for college rhetoric and literature classes.
During this course students will study various genres and styles through a survey of primarily British literature. In addition, students will study the various modes of rhetoric, write papers using these modes--including a research paper--and practice editing and revising skills. It is recommended that students taking this class have an A or B average in previous English classes.
 

Journalism (1 Credit)

This course will prepare for distribution a school and community-wide newspaper on a regular schedule. Students will participate in all areas of newspaper production, including photography, news gathering, journalistic writing, layout and editing, and more. All students will be expected to compose a variety of stories and features as well as take pictures as assigned and on their own.
Students will also prepare the school yearbook for publication by organizing the events of a school year both in design and in writing and photography to effectively present an accurate account of people and activities.
This course is open to freshmen through seniors as an elective; seniors may opt to take the course for English credit.

Drama (1/2 Credit)

This course explores the world of theater in areas such as theater history, acting, character development and motivation, improvisation, and the audition and rehearsal processes. This course is open to juniors and seniors. This course does not count as an English credit towards graduation.

Creative Writing (1/2 Credit)

This course is designed for the student who enjoys writing and having more freedom in expression than in the standard English essay. Students will learn about the techniques necessary to improve their writing such as style, diction, and narrative techniques. Examples of poetry, short stories, plays, and essays will be read and studied as models for students' own creations of these various types of writing. This course is open to juniors and seniors only. This course does not count as an English credit towards graduation.