• English

English

The philosophy of the English Department is that art enriches life.  The study of English includes knowledge of the language itself, development of its use as a means of communication, and appreciation of its artistry as expressed in literature. The use of English involves skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and observing; the development of these skills is a lifelong process.

Course Offerings

List of 18 items.

  • 20th Century Literature

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course consists of works from the late 19th century through the Modern and Post-Modern periods.  Representative works from different genres, i.e., drama, novel, poetry, short story, and essay are discussed and studied.  Students discuss the works and their literary forms and develop oral and written literary analyses.
  • Advanced Writing

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11 and 12

    This course provides students with post-expository writing practice using the various rhetorical modes of discourse. This includes writing based on: personal experience, narration, description, causal analysis, and research with special attention to literary analysis. Students will engage in critical reading of sample writings and continue with the grade-level vocabulary series.
  • African American Literature

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    In this course we will read central works of fiction and non-fiction in African American literature.  We will trace the evolution of the genre from formerly enslaved persons, to the pulse of Renaissance poetry, to the modern novel.  This African American Literature course will explore a literary genre that has established itself both a part of, and separate from, traditional American literature. The course will be rooted in discussion, analysis and writing as we explore the literary testimonies of African American authors.
  • AP English Language and Composition

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 11 and 12

    This college-level course engages students in the critical reading of journalistic, narrative, expository, historical, and analytical writings from a variety of authors. This critical reading is the foundation upon which the core writing instruction is based. The aim of this course is to engage students in all phases of the writing process, and to encourage skilled writing in the expository, analytical, and argumentative mode of discourse.

    This course may be considered preparation for the AP Language and Composition examination. The course also continues with the respective vocabulary series.
     
  • AP English Literature and Composition

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 12

    This college-level course is designed for the advanced student and involves a thorough study of literary trends.  Major representative works will be studied through different genres, i.e., novel, drama, poetry, and essay.  The students also write critical essays and literary research papers. In addition, students continue with the respective vocabulary series.  This course may be considered as preparation for the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition.
     
  • Creative Writing

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    Creative Writing is designed to help students express their thoughts and feelings in a creative fashion. Students write essays, short stories, poetry, and short plays. Students should have an interest in writing and developing imagination and creativity through the written word. Students are responsible for the planning, production, and distribution of the literary magazine and weekly Penny Page.
     
  • English 9

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9

    This comprehensive, full-year course focuses on writing skills and literary study. The students will work on the fundamentals of writing, the art of discussion, grammar, public speaking, and research skills. Students will study the various literary genres of short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. The course also includes the respective vocabulary series used in the department.
     
  • Expository Writing

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11

    Expository Writing introduces students to the basic techniques of composition with emphasis on the logical development of the sentence outline, the effective argumentative persuasive essay, the research paper, and MLA style citation. Students also develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
     
  • Honors British Literature

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course consists of a survey of British literature from its origins in Old and Middle English works to more contemporary works by British Isles writers (including but not limited to Irish, Scottish, and Welsh writers). Works are from a variety of genres including novels, short stories, plays and poems. Historical and cultural background is developed in relationship to the literature.
     
  • Honors English 9

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 9

    This comprehensive, full-year course is designed for students who work well at an accelerated rate.  Students will examine the various literary genres of short story, poetry, drama, and novel while simultaneously exploring and practicing various writing techniques. This course incorporates and completes the 10th grade writing curriculum and requirements.  In addition, students will review and further develop grammar and vocabulary, public speaking and research skills. The course also includes the respective vocabulary series used in the department.
     
  • Honors United States Experience in Literature

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10

    This honors level full-year program focuses on United States literature and writing. Students read selections from the course anthology and six additional novels or plays.  Students write a comprehensive research paper following guidelines outlined in the 11th grade grammar/writing text, study and practice the formal essay as a response to literature, and continue with the respective vocabulary text in the series.
     


                                                           
  • Mythology

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course is designed to acquaint students with the comparative mythologies of the world, including Greek, Norse, Oriental and Medieval British.  Students develop recognition of archetypes in myth.
  • Speech

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 9, 10, 11, 12

    This is a course in the fundamentals of communication with an emphasis on individual self-development, various speaking techniques, and class interaction. Speeches will include extemporaneous story-telling, speech of introduction, “This is me” speech, demonstration speech, persuasion speech, argumentative speech, and sales speech.
     
  • United States Experience in Literature and Writing

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10

    This full year program focuses on the emergence and development of literature in the United States.  Concurrently, students learn to write formal, five paragraph essays with proper structure and content.  They learn how to develop a thesis and how to support it effectively with literary evidence.  Students read selections from the text and four-five additional novels, as well as other pieces of literature.  Students also write informally about literature and its analysis.  The course also includes the respective vocabulary series used by the department.
     
  • Women in Literature

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    In this course students read the works of women authors and study women  characters, their roles, and their relationships to culture and society.  The roles of women are represented in diverse texts - poems, stories, novels, diaries, plays, essays, and letters.  Students discuss the works and develop oral and written analyses.
  • World Literature

    1 semester, 1/2 credit
    Open to 11, 12

    This course consists of a survey of representative literature from almost every major culture: from its origins in Ancient Mesopotamia through to more contemporary works by European and Latin American authors. Works are from a variety of genres including excerpts of novels, short stories, plays and poems. Historical and cultural background is developed in relationship to the literature.
     
  • Yearbook

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to 10, 11, 12

    In this course students learn the basics of layout design, copywriting, graphic reproduction, and the miscellaneous jobs required of a yearbook staff.  Students are responsible for the planning, production, and distribution of the school yearbook.
     
  • Yearbook 2

    2 semesters, 1 credit
    Open to  11, 12

    In this course students add to the English, art, and business skills learned in Yearbook I, as well as, basic photography skills and advanced layout design, copywriting, copyediting, graphic reproduction, and the miscellaneous jobs required of a yearbook staff.  Students are responsible for the planning, production, and distribution of the school yearbook.

List of 6 members.

  • Molly Varbedian 

    Department Chair
    BA - Michigan State University
    MA - Michigan State University
  • Katharine Davis 

    BA - Michigan State University
    MA - Michigan State University
  • Kelly Davis 

    BA - Wayne State University
    MA - University of Southern California
  • Gillian Drutchas 

    BA - Mount Holyoke College
    MA - University of Michigan
  • Laura Silver 

    BA - Alma College
  • Chad Stevens 

    BA - Michigan State University

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