English Course Descriptions

Reading I Assisted 9

Credit: 1
Elective (Two-semester course)
Pre-requisite: Assisted English 9 - Basic Forms of Literature, demonstrated reading deficiency as per state or local achievement test scores and teacher determination

Goals: Reading I 9 is designed to help the high school freshman that needs additional instruction in basic reading skills relative to vocabulary and comprehension. The main goal of the course is to strengthen the student’s reading foundation so that he/she can be successful in all academic courses. Also, this course is meant to assist the student in achieving grade level reading performance as measured by state and local tests and teacher devised evaluation.

Course Description: This class will meet daily for one class period and will focus on meeting state reading standards by improving the vocabulary and comprehension skills through activities aligned to state reading standards.

After an initial reading assessment, students will work in small groups and individually reading books, short articles, short stories, poems, plays, magazine articles, and newspaper articles. They will view movies and videos. Also students will write journal entries, reports, letters, poems, and biographical sketches. In addition, students will read, write, and perform speeches, and do taped discussions and interviews.

Reading I 9 students will help one another, with teacher assistance, to analyze the written and performed material and interact with computerized lessons to correct any existing reading deficiencies.

Targeted Assistance (TA) English 9: Basic Forms of Literature Survey

Credits: 1
Pre-requisite: Reading and English ability one or more years below grade level with grades below average

The primary objective of this course is to improve students’ reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through a variety of instructional methods and types of activities. Student will examine literature, complete research projects, practice oral skills through presentations, write development compositions and develop and practice various reading strategies.

NOTE: READING I ASSISTED is the companion class for students enrolled in English I Assisted. A full year is required

English 9: Forms of Literature Survey

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Reading and English at grade level with average grades

This is standard yearlong English class for freshmen, focusing on the integration of writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills. Student will learn to read for both appreciation and meaning while striving to become critical and creative thinkers and speakers. It emphasizes literature, search, and composition. Students will examine the types of literature, including the short story, non-fiction, poetry, novel, and drama; complete research projects, utilizing technology and various resources; practice oral skills through persuasive, expository, and write developed compositions, including narrative, persuasive, expository, and creative writing formats. In addition, specific grammar and punctuation rules will be addressed through skill development and writing.

Honors English 9: Advanced Forms of Literature Survey

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Reading and English above grade level with above average grades

This is a fast paced course for the student who is self-motivated and performs well when challenged with a very rigorous English curriculum that demands analysis and higher order thinking skills. It is a skill-building course laying the foundation for students desiring to enter a four-year college or university after graduation. The course content will stress in-depth writing assignments, critical thinking development in oral skills, and critical analysis of literature.

Reading II Assisted 10

Credit: 1
Elective (Two-semester course)
Pre-requisite: Assisted English 10 - Basic World Literature, demonstrated reading deficiency as per state or local achievement test scores and teacher determination

Goals: Reading I 10 is designed to help the high school sophomore who needs additional instruction in reading skills relative to vocabulary and comprehension. The main goal of the course is to strengthen the student’s reading foundation so that he/she can be successful in all academic courses. Also, this course is meant to assist the student in achieving grade level reading performance as measured by state and local tests and teacher devised evaluation.

Course Description: This class will meet for one class period daily and will focus on meeting or exceeding state reading standards by improving vocabulary and comprehension skills through activities aligned to state reading standards.

After an initial reading assessment, students will work in small groups and individually reading books, short articles, short stories, poems, plays, magazine articles, and newspaper articles. They will view movies and videos. Also, students will write journal entries, reports, letters, poems, and biographical sketches. In addition, students will read, write, and perform speeches and do taped discussions and interviews.

Reading II 10 students will analyze the written and performed material while interacting with computerized lessons to correct any remaining reading deficiencies which are keeping them from success in their other content area courses.

Targeted Assistance (TA) English 10: Basic World Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: sophomore status or academic proficiency

This is a full-year course for the comprehensive level sophomore English student. It employs a thematic approach to literature including contemporary and traditional novels. Students will write persuasive, narrative, and expository composition. Emphasis will be placed upon reading skills as well. A research paper will be taught during the second semester.

English 10: World Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: English 9 or equivalent

In addition to beginning preparation for the PSAE, this yearlong course is primarily a literature-based course designed to introduce students to the idea that literature is representative of the cultures in which it is created. Literature units studied in this course include: Greek mythology, Greek drama, short story, poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In addition to examining and analyzing global literature, students will review grammar, sentence structure, paragraph- writing skills, the writing process, and study skill strategies. Students will be required to write a variety of formal essays including: personal response, narrative, expository, descriptive, compare and contrast, and a research paper.

Honors English 10: Advanced World Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Honors English 9, academic proficiency and essay

Any student in Honors English 10 must maintain at least a “C” average to remain in the Honors Program.

This yearlong course is primarily a well-rounded program of world literature, writing, and grammar. Students will read specific novels chosen by the English Department to broaden their understanding of world literature and diverse cultures. In addition to examining and analyzing global literature, students will respond to their reading through reflection and formal essays. Enhancement of student writing is achieved through grammar studies and practice. In addition, specific activities will be conducted throughout the year in preparation for the PSAE test to be given during the junior year.

English 11: Basic American Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Junior status or academic proficiency

This is a full year course designed to focus on reading strategies to improve or accelerate the student’s reading comprehension level. In addition, there are language arts activities including writing development. English 11 places emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking, as well as vocabulary and ACT/PSAE preparation. Finally, students work to build and develop a proficiency in essay and research paper writing.

English 11: American Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: English 10 or equivalent

This yearlong course completes the preparation of students for the reading and writing sections of the PSAE. In this particular course, American Literature is read and seen using the idea that literature is affected by the events and time period in which it is written. In addition, particular attention will be paid to the idea that oftentimes literature also affects the cultural attitudes, ideas, and beliefs of the time period in which it is written. Genres examined throughout this course include the short story, poetry, and drama. At least two classic American novels are read in class, and students are continuously working on outside independent reading assignments. English 11 places emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking, as well as vocabulary and ACT/PSAE preparation. Finally, students work to build and develop a proficiency in essay and research paper writing.

Honors English 11: Advanced American Literature

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Honors English 10, academic proficiency and essay

Any student in Honors English 10 must maintain at least a “C” average to remain in the Honors Program.

This yearlong course completes the preparation of students for the reading and writing sections of the PSAE. During the course of this class students will examine American literature in a chronological fashion, with an introduction to each unit focusing on the history of that period, particularly as it both impacted and is reflected in the literature of that time period. Attention will be paid to the unifying theme of American literature that in all people and during all periods of our country’s history, there has been the notion and pursuit of the “American dream.” Students will exam literature, identify, and analyze that there is the persuasive, undying hope in American literature for finding the means to a new, more promising life than was available to the previous generation, no matter who our ancestors are or where they came from. Genres examined throughout this course include the short story, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. At least four classic American novels are read in class, and students are to be continuously working on outside independent reading assignments. Honors English 11 also places emphasis on critical thinking, as well as vocabulary and ACT/PSAE preparation. Finally, students work to continue perfecting a proficiency in essay and research paper writing while developing a sense of his/her own style of writing as they continue to prepare for college level classes.

English 12: Practical English

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Previous English classes

This course is a yearlong program. It is available to seniors only and is an interactive class with a focus on writing strategies, reading strategies, personal speech, communication, and technical writing in the business world.

English 12: British Literature Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: English 11 or equivalent

The study of novels, poems, and plays written by British authors, along with vocabulary development and journaling shall be the focus of this course. Also, essays and a research paper shall be required.

Honors English 12: Advanced British Literature Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Honors English 11, academic proficiency

Any student in Honors English 11 must maintain at least a “C” average to remain in the Honors Program.

The goal is to prepare students for College level understanding and appreciation of English Literature: Beowulf, Arthurian legends, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and modern authors, etc. Modern novels shall also be required. Journaling, debates, essays, and a research paper using MLA style shall be used to enhance the study of English.

Yearbook

Credit: ½
Pre-Requisite: None

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to experience teamwork in a simulated work environment. As a group they will study, plan, and implement the production of the school yearbook.

Journalism

Credit: ½
Pre-Requisite: students must have had a C or above in English 10 or 11

This course is designed to give students an in-depth look at the world of Journalism. They will be involved in essay writing, as well as informative writing. The students will write, edit, and publish the school newspaper, The Cardinal Monthly.

Administration

Mr. Charles Stegall
Superintendent, FOIA Officer
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Mrs. Ramie Kolitwenzew
Principal
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Ms. Kate Shutter
Special Education Coordinator
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Mr. Ben O'Brien
Assistant Principal/Dean of Students
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Our Mission

We strive to educate students and to assist them in realizing their full potential as responsible, productive, contributing members of society by providing an educational environment in which students are challenged, excellence is expected and differences are valued.

About Us

St. Anne Community High School serves rural communities in both Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. These rural communities include Papineau, St. Anne, Wichert, Hopkins Park and their surrounding townships. St. Anne Community High School #302 is located in east central Illinois.

The town sits approximately 65 miles south of Chicago and is a short drive to nearby tri-cities Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee. St. Anne is the ideal setting of a town where the goal for a solid education is shared by all.