Honors English Courses
HONORS ENGLISH I
This is the first course of the English Honors path and is the first of two required writing intensive courses. The course is designed to incorporate literature and writing. The types of literature studied are short stories, drama, and novels. Assignments will overlap. This course is designed to prepare students for the college pace and AP courses. All students are required to earn at least a "C" to stay in the Honors program. Those who fail to meet this expectation will be removed from the Honors Sequence at the end of the course.
HONORS ENGLISH II
This is the second course of the English Honors path and is the second of two required writing intensive courses, with formal writing as the main focus. The genres studied include short stories, novels, poetry, informational text and drama mainly from world literature. The curriculum will include the reading of several novels. Students are required to earn at least a "C" to stay in the Honors program. Those who fail to meet this expectation will be removed from the Honors Sequence at the end of the course.
AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
This course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. Students must take the AP exam, which costs approximately $90 and is paid by the district. Per discussion with the dual enrolled institution used by Sherrard High School, if students pass the AP class, dual enrolled English 101 will not be allowed as it is the same class.
AP ENGLISH LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to prove both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Students must take the AP exam, which costs approximately $90 and is paid by the district.