English

Meet the Department:
Mrs. Elaine Bultman
Mr. Tom Woodhead
Mr. Timothy Corrigan
Andrew Thompson-Briggs

Speech (P) – New 2018-19)
Year (9, 10); Prerequisite: None
One semester – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

Oral Communication I is an introduction to the art of communication: speaking and listening. The student will be encouraged to develop self-esteem and self-confidence. The student will have the opportunity to develop the skill of logical thinking, creative writing, analysis, interpretation of literature, and analytical writing. Students will be encouraged to join the debate team to practice the skills learned in class in a competitive context. This class or an approved alternate is required for graduation from St. Vincent High School.

English 9 Literature & Composition (P)
Year (9); Prerequisite: None
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Freshman English is a course designed to introduce students to the various literary genres and to help them develop their writing skills. Students will study the short story, the novel, poetry, drama, mythology, and the epic. Writing will stem from the literature and will focus on formal essay writing and include some creative writing.

English 9 Honors Literature & Composition (P) – New 2018-19
Year (9); Prerequisite: None
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Freshman English is a course designed to introduce students to the various literary genres and to help them develop their writing skills. Students will study the short story, the novel, poetry, drama, mythology, and the epic. Writing will stem from the literature and will focus on formal essay writing and include some creative writing.

English 9 Honors Literature & Composition (P) – New 2018-19
Year (9); Prerequisite: Achieving a minimum 90% grade in English 8
One year – Alternative to English 9
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b) – Pending

Honors English 9 is a rigorous, demanding course designed to follow the English 9 curriculum with a systematic study of literature. We will be working all year to develop critical thinking skills and close reading strategies as you analyze literature from multiple genres, periods, and cultures. This course will also place emphasis on developing and strengthening your writing, for it is expected that you already are proficient in essay writing and can demonstrate fairly strong literary criticism skills. Students will do an extensive study of the short story, the novel, drama, mythology, and the epic. Writing will stem from the literature and will focus on formal essay writing, mainly literary criticism, and include some creative writing. Students who demonstrate a genuine commitment to learning and sensitivity to literature will benefit from this advanced program of study.

English 10 American Literature (P)
Year (10); Prerequisite: English 9
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

American Literature is a survey course designed to cover some of the most important works in our literary heritage, with a focus on the development of the American novel, short story, and poetry. Through representative works of various authors from the Puritan days to the twentieth century, students will observe the growth and development of a distinctly American voice in literature. Practice in a variety of essay structures and vocabulary study continues and amplifies what the student learned in Literature and Composition.

English 11 British Literature (P)
Year (11); Prerequisite: English 10
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

British Literature is a survey course in writings from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. Students read a variety of poetry, drama, and prose, including essays, short stories, and novels. There is also an emphasis on British history’s influence on literary themes and content, as well as the evolution of the English language itself. Relevant vocabulary is taught and practiced. Composition instruction emphasizes proper grammatical construction, precision, clarity of expression, and depth of analysis. Students write a variety of analytical and critical essays and have the opportunity to write reflection papers and original creative works of prose and poetry.

English 11 Honors British Literature (P)
Year (11); Prerequisites: 2nd Semester Grade of A in English 10
One year – Alternative to British Literature
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Honors British Literature is a survey course in writings from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twentieth century. Students read a variety of poetry, drama, and prose, including essays, short stories, and novels. There is also an emphasis on British history’s influence on literary themes and content, as well as the evolution of the English language itself. Relevant vocabulary is taught and practiced. Composition instruction emphasizes proper grammatical construction, precision, and clarity of expression, and depth of analysis. Students write a variety of analytical and critical essays, and have the opportunity to write reflection papers, and original creative works of prose and poetry. Students are introduced to a variety of critical perspectives and given the opportunity to explore and practice them during class discussions and essays.

English 12 Modern World Literature (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: English 11
One year – Required
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

This course surveys nineteenth and twentieth century literature from around the world. The course will use The Bedford Introduction to Literature and will include samples of the short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. Critical as well as creative writing skills will be developed through a series of papers. Works studied will include Hamlet, The Things They Carried, The Kite Runner, and other selected novels and plays.

English 12 Advanced Placement Literature & Composition (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: 2nd Semester Grade of B or better in H English 11 or Grade of A in English 11.
One year – Alternative to Modern World Literature
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

This advanced placement course will survey nineteenth and twentieth century literature from around the world. The course will use The Bedford Introduction to Literature and will include, in addition, selected short stories, poetry, drama, and novels. Students will also be introduced to literary theory. Critical skills of exposition and analysis will be developed through a series of papers.

Creative Writing (P)
Year (12); Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in current English class.
One semester – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

This senior elective will introduce students to creative writing through short stories and poetry. Each student will have an editorial role in the production of the school literary magazine, Amused, and will be encouraged to submit work for publication.

Expository Writing (P)
ear (12); Prerequisite: Grade of B or better in English 11.
One semester – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

This senior elective modeled after a first-year college composition course is designed to improve the expository writing skills that students will need to survive in all college courses. Students will practice a variety of essay forms: definition, argumentation, persuasion, comparison, cause/effect, and classification. Students will learn how to write within time limits and how to edit their own work. Essays will be read and discussed in class, as will the points of grammar and usage.

Debate I (P)
Year (9,10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

The practice as well as the theory of debate will be emphasized. The basics of argumentation, as well as all forms of persuasive and logical speaking, will be covered. Students will be taught to research, outline, take notes, organize material to improve critical thinking, writing and speaking. At the end of the course, students will be able to present their thoughts in a well-organized and logical manner as well as be able to critically evaluate important written and oral arguments in current events. Students will be required to attend two debate tournaments per semester.

Debate II
Year (10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: Successful completion of Debate I or Instructor Approval
One Year-Elective

Debate III
Year (11, 12); Prerequisite: Successful completion of Debate II or Instructor Approval
One Year-Elective

Debate IV
Year (12); Prerequisite: Successful completion of Debate III or Instructor Approval
One Year-Elective

Journalism (P)
Year (10,11,12); Prerequisite: B in current English class and/or Instructor Approval. Interested sophomores must submit a writing sample.
One year – Elective
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (g)

Students will learn both the theory and practice of all aspects of reporting and writing news of interest to the school community, Sonoma County, and beyond. The class will encompass writing, editing, online reporting, online and print layout, design, advertising, photography and audio/video production. Students will learn journalistic theory, history and ethics as well as study the role of the media in current society.

ESL LAB Intermediate English as a Second Language Lab
Year (9, 10, 11, 12); Prerequisite: None
One year – Elective

ESL lab is an intermediate course designed to give English Language learners additional support in order to ensure their success in mastering English language skills. The intermediate course introduces students to various genres of literature with writing exercises linked to reading selections. Students will learn pronunciation and conversation skills, grammar, reading comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. In addition, they will practice oral expression and learn to write expository paragraphs about poetry and literature.

ESL III Advanced English as a Second Language (P)
Year (11); Prerequisite: English 9 & 10
One Year – Required (ESL Students)
Meets UC and CSU a-g criteria (b)

Advanced ESL is a UC-approved English course that satisfies one year of the English or “b” requirement. Students who complete this course receive a year of English credit if they are not Seniors while taking the course. Advanced ESL is designed to prepare and support students who first language is not English. It is intended to prepare students to meet the demands they will encounter in their other rigorous academic courses at school, with particular attention paid to preparing students for classes involving writing (English, History, etc.). In addition to becoming stronger writers, students will be competent with grammar topics, American culture, social skills, and the use of technology in every day school activities. Preparation for English Language Proficiency exams will be emphasized as well.