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   English II - Literature w/Lab
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    The English II program is intended for students who have experienced academic difficulties with their English program. The instruction concentrates on improving skills in reading, writing, and speaking. Students will be able to express ideas through expository and persuasive writing in preparation for the Keystone Exam. The fundamental focus of English II builds upon the elements of literary analysis and reading for meaning. English II Literature corresponds to the Keystone Assessment Anchors and eligible content and culminates with The Keystone Exam in Literature while drawing from short stories, novels, nonfiction, and poetry to teach literary techniques and terminology. A score of Proficient or Advanced is a graduation requirement per the PA Department of Education.
This course meets for 8 periods per six-day cycle.
REQUIRED SUMMER READINGS: ​The Last Lecture b​ y Randy Pausch. PREREQUISITE: Student must have the following:
● Composite score of Basic or Below Basic on PSSA Reading (8th grade). Or
● Teacher recommendation.
  Honors English 10 - Literature
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    Concentrating on a variety of literary genres, this course is designed for the student who has demonstrated an exceptional academic aptitude and significant interest in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will continue to read critically and analyze literature such as nonfiction, fiction, drama, and poetry at an accelerated pace. Accompanying the extensive reading of literature during the course, the student will develop and polish composition and oral presentation skills. Along with taking the Keystone Literature Exam at the end of the course, students will also be assessed through composition, discussion, exams, performance, and projects. A score of Proficient or Advanced is a graduation requirement as per the PA Department of Education.​REQUIRED SUMMER READINGS​: ​Merchant of Venice​ by Shakespeare, ​All Quiet on the Western Front​ by Erich Remarque, ​The Boy Who Dared​ by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, and ​The Last Lecture​ by Randy Pausch. ​College credit (3 cr) is available for this course through Seton Hill University. Click h​ ere​ for more information on Dual Enrollment.
PREREQUISITE: Student must have the following:
● A final grade of a B or higher in English 9 Honors Or an A in English 9.
● Composite score of Proficient or Advanced on PSSA Reading (8th grade)
Or
● Teacher recommendation.
   AP English Language and Composition
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    AP English Language and Composition is designed for highly motivated and extremely capable students who are interested in earning Advanced Placement credit though taking the AP Language and Composition Exam. The course provides a college level study of American literature primarily through the exploration of fiction and nonfiction works in the American literary canon. Special emphasis is placed on critically reading and writing of expository, argumentative, and analytical prose in order to prepare students for the AP English Language and Composition Exam administered in May. Units are designed to reflect a literacy-based approach to English instruction; therefore, students will read works from a variety of genres focused on a major American literary themes. In order to receive weighted grading credit for the class, students must earn a B or better in the class (click ​here​ for AP policy).
NOTE: ​Each AP course is equivalent to one Literature and one Writing course
REQUIRED SUMMER READING: ​In Cold Blood​ by Truman Capote and ​The Awakening​ by Kate Chopin PREREQUISITE: Student must have all of the following:
● A final grade of a B or higher in English 10 Honors; A in English 10; B or higher in AP Literature Composition.
● Composite score of Proficient or Advanced on the Keystone Literature exam.
Or
● Teacher recommendation.
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