English Department

Students attending McMichael High School are required to take four courses of English. In these courses, the students will be on a track to learn the subject to the fullest. This track begins with the students learning to develop a foundation for literary analysis and future study of high school English. The student continues their track by developing techniques of informational writing with emphasis placed on developing critical reading and writing skills with an emphasis on vocabulary building through a study of various genres from world literature. As the student continues their English courses, they will further knowledge and skills in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending literature.

English I 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

Develop a foundation for literary analysis and future study of high school English. Develop an understanding of literary concepts, elements, genres and terms as a foundation for further study of world, American, and British literature. Develop applied communications skills such as the development of sentences, paragraphs, and short themes. Develop listening, speaking and reviewing skills. 

 

English I Honors

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9 

   Weight: H

   Prerequisite: AG English in Grade 8 recommended 

Develop a foundation for literary analysis and critical reading skills. Study various literary genres and be involved in independent reading, research, and vocabulary building. Writing will stress all language skills, especially those relating to grammar, editing, and composition. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills. 

 

English II 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: English I 

Develop techniques of informational writing with emphasis placed on developing critical reading and writing skills with an emphasis on vocabulary building through a study of various genres from world literature. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills. 

 

English II Honors 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: English I Honors recommended 

In this course designed for skilled writers and confident, effective readers, continue development of critical reading skills through a study of various genres from world literature. Develop skills in writing, conduct library research, and write a formal research paper. Develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills. 

English III 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 11 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: English II 

Study American literature, including how it reflects our nation’s culture and history. Study the connection of themes, ideas, and movements in American literature across time. Read representative works from historical periods in American history from our country’s origins to present day. 

 

English III Honors 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 11 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: English II Honors recommended

Further development of critical skills in reading, writing, thinking, and viewing through the study of American literature. Learn research and documentation techniques by completing a research paper. 

 

Advanced Placement English III (Language & Composition)

   Credit: 1 per semester 

   Grades: 11 

   Weight: AP 

   Prerequisite: Honors English II recommended 

Study a variety of texts and a variety of writing tasks with an emphasis on effective writing, critical reading, and thinking through the study of American literature. 

 

English IV 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: English III 

Study British literature, including how the literature of Great Britain has influenced American literature. Study the connections of themes, ideas, and movements in British literature. Complete the Senior Project. 

 

Honors English IV 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 12 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: Honors English III recommended 

Use critical and creative skills in composition and literature through the intense study of representative works from several genres and literary periods of British literature. Assume responsibility for your own learning. Participate in extensive independent reading, writing, and research. Complete the Senior Project. 

 

Advanced Placement English IV (Literature and Composition) 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 12 

   Weight: AP 

   Prerequisite: Honors or AP English III 

Pursue college level studies while still in high school and receive Advanced Placement credit upon entering college. Write essays about selected works of literature in order to demonstrate the utilization of techniques in class discussion. Complete the Senior Project. 

 

Occupational English I-IV 

   Credit: 1 per course 

   Grades: 9-12 

   Weight: REM 

   Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation 

Occupational English I-IV is a series of classes, which are designed to develop essential reading and writing skills needed for independent living and successful employment. Reading focuses on decoding and comprehending information for successful community inclusion. Writing emphasizes comprehending and using written information to communicate effectively. 

 

Journalism 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: Application 

Plan, design, and publish the school newspaper. Participate in interviewing, researching, writing, editing, word processing, art layout, photography, solicitation of advertisements and distribution of newspaper. The newspaper production features are studied and reinforced with on-the-job training. A student may take this course more than once. 

 

Honors Journalism 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 11-12 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: Successful completion of two semesters of journalism, application 

Students will participate in an integrated journalism program including preparation of a portfolio to demonstrate the range and depth of journalism experience. Students will employ current computer technology in all processes of print journalism preparation, including use of the Internet and telecommunications for research and collaboration. 

 

Yearbook Production 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: Application 

Plan and prepare the yearbook for publication. Become acquainted with some of the elements of yearbook journalism such as layout and design and learn individual responsibility and teamwork. The majority of students in this class will be seniors; however, it will include some sophomores and juniors who have a special interest in the yearbook or a special talent. 

 

Honors Publication/Yearbook I 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight H 

   Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation 

Publication/Yearbook is the study, practice and refinement of the fundamental of yearbook publication including interviewing, copy writing, layout design, photography, theme development, desktop publishing, and marketing with an emphasis on working as a team, meeting publisher’s deadlines, and adhering to ethical standards. Honors students are expected to enter the class with fundamental skills in place in order to begin book production immediately. They will help train new staff members, provide daily leadership, and take on additional production responsibilities.

 

SAT Preparation 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

Prepare for the SAT. Receive help in all areas for college including résumés, application essays, recommendations, application forms, and financial aid procedures. 

 

Communication Skills 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

Study and practice fundamental communication skills, especially reading. Reinforce related areas specified in the Common Core State Standards for English I at the high school level. Students are placed in this course by administrative decision, based on recommendations from Guidance personnel. Should be taken prior to English I.

Below you will see pictures of English students in their classes and completed projects (LINKED TO SLIDESHOW) need to get pics to redo

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Mayodan, NC 27027

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Eden, North Carolina 27288

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