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The English Department at Ida Crown

The English Department strives to help every student attain maximum effectiveness as a communicator. This commitment is based on the premise that language is the key that unlocks a student’s potential. Through writing, reading, and discussion, the primary focus is to confront the moral foundations evident in classic and contemporary literature. Organizational skills and research techniques are developed through this program. Students are required to complete four years of an English sequence for graduation. Questions about appropriate leveling should be directed to the Department Chair.

Writing Guidelines

Formatting a Paper According to MLA Guidelines as Seen on OWL Purdue University Website

  • 1″ margins on all four sides
  • Double spacing throughout the paper
  • Font used is the equivalent of 12 Times New Roman.
  • Name and page # on each page if document is more than one page.
  • Four line heading on left side of page which includes in this order: student’s name (spelled correctly), instructor’s name (spelled correctly), class name, date( day mont year – without punctuation)
  • Titles of papers are not underlined / italicized (unless they are titles of books or plays), nor are they ever bolded.
  • Paragraphs are indented.
  • Works Cited – not underlined, not bolded, and centered on page
  • Listing(s) on works cited formatted correctly. (This includes alphabetical order if more than one listing, correct margins for each listing, correct punctuation and information within each listing.)
  • In-text citation(s) formatted correctly.
  • Quotations of more than four lines are double indented.

Courses Offered

English I – Regular: 1 Credit

In this introductory genre based class, students will meet for six periods a week to study the basic structure and meaning of the short story, the novel, the Shakespearean play, and poetry. A strong composition and grammar program begins in this course focusing on the writing process, research techniques, and grammatical structure with emphasis on studying diction and syntax. The curriculum includes: Romeo and Juliet, Of Mice and Men, The Sunflower, The Odyssey, a science fiction novel, a unit on mythology, and various essays, short stories and poems.

Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

English I – Honors: 1 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

English II – Regular: 1 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

English III – AP English Language and Composition: 1 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

Sophomore Seminar: .25 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

Junior and Senior Seminars: .25 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

English IV – AP Literature and Composition: 1 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

Journalism: .5 Credit

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Homework Requirement: 20 minutes per night

World Literature I – Pillars and Axes – Texts that focus on Internal Conflicts: .5 Credit

This semester class will explore the impact of literature as it affects moral decisions. Texts will include: A Doll’s House, Metamorphosis, The Nose and The Overcoat, Hamlet, and So Long, See You Tomorrow. Students will also complete original research by creating a 1000 word biography of a living role model. Students will earn honors credit if they read The Picture of Dorian Gray, write a 1500 word paper, and perform 25-30 lines from Hamlet.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

World Literature II – The Individual in Society: .5 Credit

This semester class will focus on the role that one person plays in society, and how an individual can make a difference. Texts will include OedipusAntigone1984Brave New WorldMacbeth or The Taming of the Shrew, and Enemy of the People. Students who wish to earn honors credit will also read The Trial by Kafka, write a 1500 word paper, and memorize 25-30 lines of Shakespeare.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

The Hero and Anti-Hero – .5 Credit

This semester class will study architypes and discover the role of the hero in literature and in life. Texts will include: Cyrano,  All the Light We Cannot SeeCatcher in the Rye, and Othello or Julius Caesar. Students who wish to earn honors credit will also read the Stranger by Camus, write a 1500 word paper, and memorize 25-30 lines of Shakespeare.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

Rhetoric – Truth is Stranger than Fiction- Non-fiction reading and writings: .5 Credit

This semester class focuses on non-fiction texts including Nickeled and Dimed, Unbroken, and various essays of varying formats. Rhetorical strategies are emphasized, students will write in-class weekly and complete an 800 word research paper. Students may earn honors credit if they read The Shallows, write a 1500 word paper, and create a portfolio to be presented to the English department chair.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

Public Speaking: .5 Credit

Option for 12th grade, second semester. This one semester course sharpens oral communication skills by building on specific public speaking abilities and heightening critical listening skills. Students learn the fundamentals of voice control, nonverbal delivery, and audience analysis. Each student prepares and delivers both extemporaneous and planned speeches. Required speeches include: informative, interpretive, demonstrative, and persuasive. For the final exam in May, each student prepares a speech and presents it at Oratory Fair.

Homework Requirement: 2 hours per week

Film: .5 Credit

Elective for first and second semester. In this course, the primary goals are to develop the habits of analysis, criticism, understanding and appreciation of film in a disciplined and creative manner, beginning with a general overview of film theory and research followed by a closer look at twelve specific films. Much of what students learn about language and culture is filtered through the visual media. The course moves beyond text analysis (plot, theme, character) to cinematic concepts such as framing, lighting, editing, and sound without becoming too technical. The course traces the history of cinema in the United States, and explores the star system, the importance of directors, the combat film, romantic comedy, and film noir. Films are screened in class and discussions follow each screening. Early films include those by Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and the Marx Brothers, Citizen Kane, and Singing in the Rain. Modern directors, such as Penny Marshall, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are studied as well.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

Drama: .5 Credit

This semester class will study The Tempest by Shakespeare, Pygmalion by Shaw, and Our Town by Wilder to examine dramatic techniques and styles. Then, as the semester final, students will perform scenes from these plays.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

Creative Writing: .5 Credit

This semester class will study a variety of great writing and students will create a portfolio of their own poetry, short stories, and a children’s book.

Homework Requirement: .5 hour per night

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