English/Language Arts

  • English 9--Part 1 & 2

    This course is a prerequisite for all of the English classes. It will focus on writing, speaking, reading non-fiction and fiction, and the research process.



    English 10 part 1 & 2   Sophomore requirement

    During this course you will read both fiction and non-fiction selections to comprehend & evaluate complex information. Students will be expected to write, speak and research effectively. There will also be DOL & vocabulary throughout the year. Speeches are required.



    English 11 part 1 & 2  Junior requirement

    This course will focus on the major authors of American literature. Students will read 4-5 novels, including one outside of class, and two plays. Students will also read a variety of shorter selections from our anthology and will be expected to write two major papers, journal entries, and several smaller writing assignments. There will also be DOL & vocabulary throughout the year.



    Applied Communications (teacher placement) part 1 & 2 GRADE 11/12

    This course is for those students who need to re-take the state writing test and/or work on other English skills. Students will be expected to write, do DOL, vocabulary and writing-related worksheets and activities. Readings will include several novels, short stories, and newspaper and magazine articles.  School-to-work and real-world issues will also be studied. The class may be taken as a junior, senior or both.



    Drama- ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE (teacher approval)(College Credit through Lake Superior College)

    Theatre production is open to students in grades 10-12 who are interested in working on the fall play. The basics of acting, play analysis, and technical theatre are the major components of the class. Students will be expected to read plays outside of class, as well as work on a theatre history presentation. This course will fulfill an art credit.



    Journalism - GET THE SCOOP GRADE 10-12

    In this class, students will have the opportunity for hands on experience in the journalism field. Students help create the school’s online newspaper and yearbook. They learn to research, report, interview, write and edit stories. Also, students learn to take photographs and edit pictures using Photoshop. Journalism allows students to have a voice and help accurately record the school history. Students will create and/or perform original artistic presentations in creative writing or media arts in the form of the following: IrishOutlook, the school online newspaper and Maple Leaves, the school yearbook. This course will fulfill the arts standard requirement.



    Digital Presentations for the 21st Century GRADE 9-12

    In this class you will learn how to create digital video presentations to be shared with the student body on the Media Center video board. You will learn the basics of framing shots, how to edit video using Windows Movie Maker Live, how to use digital photos in a video presentation, and how to use Google Docs to create and share video scripts. You will need to supply your own camcorder (preferably digital) and/or a digital camera. This course will fulfill half of the arts standard requirement.



    Classic (World & British) Literature GRADE 11-12

    Classic Literature English is a year long class in which students read works from Shakespeare (Macbeth), Dickens (Tale of Two Cities), Austen (Emma), Greek tragedies (Oedipus Rex, Medea), American plays and literature (Stephen King short stories, All My Sons, Inherit the Wind, etc.) and Holocaust materials. Speeches, power point presentations, writing
    assignments (including a research paper) are mandated. A class wax museum project is required.



    Film GRADE 11-12

    Let's go to the movies! A variety of films will be viewed throughout the semester (Rain Man, K-Pax, The Cowboys, The Sting, Arlington Road, Cinderella Man, etc.). Clips from classic films will also be watched. Students will learn about film history and the making of films (special effects, weather effects, makeup, etc.). A power point presentation is required.



    Holocaust/Crimes Against Humanity – GRADE 11-12

    A study of literature and film dealing with the Holocaust will be covered. A variety of novels and short stories will be read (The Chosen, The Reunion, Schindler’sList, etc.). Films include School Ties, Fatherland, Uprising, etc. The topic of crimes against humanity will be addressed by reading and viewing Farewell to Manzanar (internment camps), The Great Raid (POW’s), Hotel Rwanda (genocide), and the situation in Darfur.  A power point presentation is required.



    Mystery, Suspense and Horror GRADE 11-12

    Study bone-chilling and mind-challenging mystery and suspense thrillers from Hitchcock, Stephen King, Robert Louis Stevenson, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc. (The Birds, Misery, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Sherlock Holmes, etc.). A power point presentation is required.



    Science Fiction and Fantasy - GRADE 11-12

    This course would include approximately one quarter of chronological sampling of science fiction beginning with works of Jules Verne up to contemporary works.  The second quarter would be dedicated to fantasy literature.  Suggested authors/works may include, but are not limited to, Science Fiction: excerpts of Jules Verne’s works, H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Hunger Games, Anthem, Fahrenheit 451; Fantasy: The Arthurian legend stories, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia).



    College English GRADE 12(College Credit through Southwest State University)

    This is a composition and grammar course offered through Southwest Minnesota State University for college credit: 3 credits of writing and 1 credit of grammar.  The grammar grade will be determined by a midterm and final; the writing grade will come from six papers and quizzes for the chapters which prepare students to write the papers.  **In order for students to be eligible for this course, as seniors they must be in the top half of their class and have a "B" average in English over the past two years.  Also, some or all of the class may take place before school (7 a.m.).



    College Speech GRADE 11-12(College Credit through Southwest State University)

    This course will focus on being a better communicator.  Students will learn about interpersonal communication, oral interpretation, public speaking skills, outlining, and research skills.  Students will give 3-5 individual presentations and 1 or 2 group presentations throughout the semester.  Students with a 3.0 average or higher may take this class for college credit. The course may also be taken if you do not want college credit.  



    Test Prep Reading

    Test Prep Reading is a self-paced class to prepare students for the GRAD Reading Test.  The class provides students with additional reading practice (on a computer similar to the GRAD Reading Test), improves students’ overall reading ability through a combination of one on one, small group instruction and independent study, and teaches students test taking strategies that will improve their confidence and test taking abilities.