English

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10th grade English courses:

English 3-4
10th Year
This full-year class for sophomores emphasizes study skills and essential skills in reading, writing, usage and mechanics. Students will read short stories, novels, drama, and poetry and respond to their reading in extensive writing assignments. Beginning with a study of sentence and paragraph structure, the students will move to the production of longer papers.

English 3-4 Fundamentals 10th Year
This class provides extra support to students needing a slower paced English course which emphasizes study skill, self-esteem, goal setting, team building, getting connected to school, decision-making skills, reading, writing, and clear thinking. Admission into this course requires the recommendation of your current English teacher and the approval of a high school counselor. Teacher signature required: (Present English teacher).

English 3-4 Honors
10th Year
Honors English will provide a challenge to highly motivated, mature sophomore students. It emphasizes critical, creative, and individual thinking through the study of contemporary and classical literature. A vigorous writing program will introduce students to literary analysis and different writing modes as they prepare for A. P. level courses. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a supervised, timed writing assessment and in the English and Reading sections of standardized tests. Applicants must also include a recommendation from their current English teacher and have strong english and citizenship grades. An Olympus High Honors English teacher will make the final decision on admission into the class. Teacher signature required: (Present Junior high English teacher, Mrs. Oppermann 222 or Mrs. Rowe 225).


11th grade English courses:

English 5-6
11th Year
This course offers students an overview of the best American fiction and nonfiction from early to modern times and from diverse ethnic sources. In addition, students will focus on college preparatory writing and language skills, intensive study of grammar and usage, vocabulary development, critical reading techniques, and college writing in preparation for college entrance exams.

English 5-6 Fundamentals 11th Year
This course offers students extra help in reading, writing, and reviewing grammar. Students will use readings in literature as models and motivation for writing paragraphs, short stories, letters, business documents and projects. The course will explore practical applications of English skills. Teacher signature required: (Present English teacher).

English 5-6 Honors 11th Year
This is a course for academically talented, motivated 11th grade students. It provides instruction in usage, style and rhetorical strategies to prepare students for taking college entrance exams and the A. P. English Literature and composition Test to be taken during the senior year. (An optional test for eight semester hours of college credit at most colleges and universities). In addition, the students will complete a survey course of American classic and contemporary literature. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a supervised, timed writing assessment and in the English and Reading sections of standardized tests. Applicants must also include a recommendation from their current English teacher and have strong English and citizenship grades. An Olympus High Honors English teacher will make the final decision on admission into this class. Teacher signature required: (Ms. Bishop 227 or Mrs. Oppermann 222, or Mrs. Rowe 225).

12th grade English courses:

British Literature (English 7-8)
12th Semester
This course offers students an overview of the great British, Irish and Scottish works of poetry, drama, fiction and nonfiction produced form Anglo-Saxon times to the present.

World Literature
12th Semester
This course offers a study of literature produced by writers beyond America and Great Britain. Students will explore the attitudes and values of diverse cultures and time periods through study of these authors.

Effective Writing 12th Semester
This course is for seniors interested in writing with greater awareness, confidence, control and flexibility, will focus on further developing critical thinking and reasoning skills. It will develop a greater understanding of how language shapes one's writing style and affects the writer's audience. In addition, it will review the writing process, including the formulation of ideas, peer response and revision. The goal of this course is to create confident writers who can use various strategies to further improve their writing. NO minimum ACT score is required.

Humanities 1100 (CC) 12th Semester
This college-level course offers high school credit in English and 3 hours of college credit in Humanities (the study of what it means to be human, through philosophy, religion, art, and music). Lectures and class discussions explore several themes: World Religions and Myth; War and Freedom; Marginalized Voices; Man and Nature; Romantic and Divine Love; and Death.Rigorous readings in this course require a willingness to develop skills in critical thinking and analytical reading. 3.0 GPA required. Teacher signature required: (Mr Florence 206).

Introduction to College Writing (English 1010) (CC) 12th Semester
This course will focus on critical reading and thinking skill, collaborative learning strategies, college-level writing and correct methods of documentation. Students will explore the relationship between purpose and form in writing, learning to write with greater confidence and effectiveness. This course is offered for concurrent enrollment credit through Salt Lake community College. Students must purchase required texts. Qualifying essay, minimum score of 20 on English section of the ACT and Teacher signature required.(Mr Florence 206).

Senior English fundamentals 12th Year
This course is designed for students who need to improve reading skills. This course focuses on improving reading abilities through work on vocabulary, comprehension and reading rate, interpretation and discussion of general works of fiction. Signature required: (Counselor or Mrs. Van Berkelaer- 226)

A. P. English (Literature and Composition) 12th Year
This course is a college level seminar class in literature and composition. It emphasizes analysis, critical thought and appreciation of many literary genres. Students will develop advanced skills in reading and responding to prose and poetry in preparation for taking the A.P. exam. Most colleges and universities grant up to eight hours of credit to those students who complete the course and pass the A. P. exam with a satisfactory score. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a supervised, timed writing assessment and in the English and Reading sections of standardized tests. Applicants must also include a recommendation from their current English teacher and have strong English and citizenship grades. An Olympus High Honors teacher will make the final decision on admission into this class. Teacher signature required: (Ms. Shaw 223 or Ms. Bishop 227).

ESL (English as a Second Language)

ESL Oral Beginning 10th, 11th, 12th Year
For students whose native language is not English, this course teaches English at a survival level. Students practice speaking and listening, then refine their skills by means of dialogues, structure drills, reading selections and language exercises. Students must take both Oral and Reading/Writing. Teacher signature required: (Current English teacher).

ESL Reading/Writing Beginning
10th, 11th, 12th Year
For students whose native language is not English, this course gives basic instruction in reading skills: decoding, vocabulary development, comprehension, study skills, listening and basic sentence reading and writing at a survival level. Teacher signature required: (Current English teacher).

ESL Oral Intermediate 10th, 11th, 12th Year
For students whose native language is not English, this course teaches English at a transitional proficiency level. Students practice speaking and listening, then refine their skills by mans of dialogues, structure drills, reading selections and language exercises. Signature required: (Current English teacher).

ESL Reading/Writing Intermediate 10th, 11th, 12th Year
For students whose native language is not English, this course gives basic instruction in spelling, vocabulary, grammar and usage and opportunities for self-expression in well-organized paragraphs, essays, and reports at a survival level. Teacher signature required: (Current English teacher).