• Progression of Studies for English Course


            Students must earn four credits in English, including a survey of British literature and a survey of American literature, for both the Standard and Advanced Studies diplomas. Students in LCPS must take an English course each year of high school.

    English Course Progression         The chart shows the standard progression of the core English courses.  All courses are open enrollment.  Students can choose which level they want to take each year, but if a student does plan to take Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses, it is suggested that he or she take honors to help prepare for the higher level courses during junior and senior year.



    Academic and Honors


            Academic courses challenge students to master rigorous standards while providing individualized support. Honors courses are offered in Grades 9, 10, and 11. While they focus on the same skills as grade level and academic courses, honors courses are distinguished by a more rigorous and inquiry based study of literature and nonfiction texts.

            All year-long honors courses receive a weight of 0.5. They move at an accelerated pace, cover a greater breadth and depth of textual study, and require more independent work.  All students in an honor course complete a countywide research assignment.

            Please review the handout for information regarding the differences between Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment.


    English EOC SOL


            All juniors will take the EOC English SOL in the spring.  The English SOL is divided into two segments: Writing & Reading.  The writing segment is completed during the testing window in March, and it includes a multiple choice section and an essay.  The reading multiple choice section is completed during the May testing window. 


    English Electives


    Journalism (Credit 1)

    Grades 9-12                                                                                                                   Prerequisite: None

    This year-long elective introduces students to many facets of newspaper and mass media: production, history, and writing. Students learn to use a variety of journalism skills to write in journalistic style, recognize the role of mass communication in modern society, and understand the First Amendment. Students selecting this course should have strong writing skills or should have an interest in developing their writing skills. This course is designed to prepare students to serve on the newspaper staff (Newspaper Journalism I) or the yearbook staff (Photojournalism I).



    Newspaper Journalism I (Credit 1)

    Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite: Journalism and/or Instructor’s Approval


    Newspaper Journalism II (Credit 1)

    Grades 11-12                                 Prerequisite: Newspaper Journalism I


    Newspaper Journalism III (Credit 1)

    Grade 12                                       Prerequisite: Newspaper Journalism II


    Photojournalism I (Credit 1)

    Grades 10-12

    Prerequisite: Journalism and/or Instructor’s Approval


    Photojournalism II (Credit 1)

    Grades 11-12                                          Prerequisite: Photojournalism I


    Photojournalism III(Credit 1)

    Grade 12                                                Prerequisite: Photojournalism II



    Creative Writing (Credit 0.5)

    Grades 10-12                                                                                                                                         Prerequisite: None

    Creative Writing is a one-semester English elective that provides a supportive environment in which students write prose, poetry, and drama and read examples of various genres. This course focuses on the study of the fundamental elements of creative writing, including developing strategies for writing creatively, practicing aspects of narrative writing, using poetic devices, and developing voice. Students maintain a writing portfolio, collaborate to critique and improve their work for final review, and seek opportunities for publishing their writing.


    Etymology (Credit 0.5)

    Grades 10-12                                                                                                                             Prerequisite: None

    Etymology is the study of language families, root words, prefixes, suffixes, semantic changes, and word elements. Students study the meanings and derivations of English words to broaden their knowledge and command of the English language. This course is particularly useful for students preparing to take the SAT and ACT.


    Public Speaking (Credit 0.5)

    Grades 10-12                                                                                                                             Prerequisite: None

    Students explore the process of generating, transmitting, receiving, and evaluating ideas and feelings through intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, oral interpretation, group discussion, and public speaking. This course cultivates personal growth and development, develops oral communication skills, and promotes the application of oral communication skills to other academic disciplines and to life experiences. 

    Writing Center 1 (Credit 1)

    Grades 11-12                                                                                                                             Teacher Recommendation

    This course provides students with an in-depth study of writing in the academic disciplines through tutoring at a high school Writing Center. Students prepare to be peer tutors through an intense examination of the rules of composition, critical reading, and analytical thinking about writing. Students are expected to refine and develop their own writing abilities through peer tutoring and reflective essays about their tutoring experiences


    Woman’s Study Program (Credit 1)

    Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                Prerequisite: None

    This course will offer an introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, exploring the meaning of gender in society. The primary goal of this course is to engage students with key issues, questions, and debates in Women's and Gender Studies. This course will survey the impact of women in American and World History, as well as study literary texts written by women. We will take a detailed look at the Suffrage Movement, all the way up to Intersectional Feminism and the current issues facing young women today in America and around the world.


    If you have any questions or concerns,

    please email Johanna Ayala-Walsh