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    BRHS ENGLISH CORE COURSES

    Grade Level

                                                                                Full-Year Core Course Options (1 credit each)                                           

    9

    English 9 Academic

    This course is for students whose reading and writing skills are at or near grade level. Literature focus: Genres.

    English 9 Honors

    This course is for students reading and writing above grade level who have strong writing skills, excellent work habits, and the ability to work independently.  Generally, students who earned 450 or above on both the 8th Grade Reading and Writing SOL exams and an A in English 8 do well in this course.  Literature focus: Genres.

    10

    English 10 Academic

    This course is for students whose reading and writing skills are at or near grade level. Literature focus: British lit.

    English 10 Honors

    This course is for students reading and writing above grade level who have strong writing skills, excellent work habits, and the ability to work independently.  Generally, students who earned a B or above in English 9 Honors, or a high A in English 9 Academic, do well in this course. Literature focus: British lit.

    11

    English 11 Academic

    This course is for students whose reading and writing skills are at or near grade level. Literature focus:

    American lit.

    English 11 Honors

    This course is for students reading and writing above grade level with strong writing skills, excellent work habits, and the ability to work independently.  Generally, students who earned a B or above in English 10 Honors, or a high A in English 10 Academic, do well in this course.  Literature focus:  American lit.

    AP English Language and Composition

    This is a college-level course that focuses on writing, rhetoric, and the analysis of non-fiction texts.  Students who score well on the AP exam at the end of the year can earn college credit.  Generally, students with a high A in English 10 Honors do well in this course.

    12

    English 12 Academic

    This course, a semester of literature and a semester of composition, is for students whose reading and writing skills are at or near grade level. Literature focus: World lit.

    English 12 Dual Enrollment

    This year-long course is two college-level semester courses: Comp. 111 and Comp. 112.  Students who complete this course with a passing grade earn six college credits from NOVA.  This course is writing-intensive; students learn the rhetorical modes of writing including argumentation and literary analysis.  Generally, students who earned a B in English 11 Honors, or an A in English 11 Academic, do well in this course.

    *Prerequisite: Application to NOVA and NOVA entrance test required for admission to the course.

    AP English Literature and Composition

    This is a college-level course that focuses on literary analysis and critical writing.  Students who score well on the AP exam at the end of the year can earn college credit.  Generally, students who earned an A or a B in AP English Language and Composition do well in this course.

     

    BRHS ENGLISH ELECTIVE COURSES

    Grade

                       Full-Year Course Options (1 credit each)                                                           

    9-12

    Newspaper Journalism I, II, III

    Using publication software, students learn the basics of newspaper production while serving as staff writers for the school newspaper. Advanced students expand on basic skills and work in leadership positions as editors.

    10-12

    Photojournalism I, II, III

    Using publication software, students learn the basics of yearbook production while serving as staff writers for the school yearbook.  Advanced students expand on basic skills and work in leadership positions as editors.

    *Prerequisite: Newspaper Journalism I or application and student portfolio

    10-12

    The Writing Center I, II, III

    Students enrolled in this class first learn the skills needed to become writing tutors; then they operate the school-wide Writing Center during class time.  Throughout the year, the tutors hone their own writing skills, learn to recognize weaknesses in others’ writing, and work on interpersonal skills needed when tutoring students one-on-one.

    *Prerequisite: Application and teacher recommendation.

    11-12

    Women’s Studies

    This course is designed to examine women and their changing roles in society throughout time. Students will explore history through the lens of gender and will engage in research, fiction and nonfiction reading, writing, and public speaking.

     

     

    Grade

                               One-Semester Course Options (1/2 credit each)

    9-12

    Creative Writing

    This course provides a supportive environment where students write prose, poetry, and drama and read examples of various genres.  Students study how to develop strategies for writing creatively.  All students maintain a writing portfolio and collaborate to critique and improve their work for final review.

    9-12

    Public Speaking

    Students explore the process of generating, transmitting, receiving, and evaluating ideas and feelings through various forms of communication.  Students develop oral communication skills and learn to apply them to other academic disciplines and to life experiences.

     

     

    Grade

                                               Non-Credit Course Options

    9-12

    Literary Magazine

    Students gather and create various forms of written and visual expression and learn to develop a literary magazine to showcase the work.  Students develop not only creative writing skills, but also learn the components of publication.

     

     

    Course Descriptions

    Courses | Elective Courses


     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Academic English – Grade 9
    PREREQUISITE: N/A
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and improve their skills in writing, reading, and speaking. Students practice composing skills through the writing of paragraphs and multi-paragraph essays. The study of parts of speech, elements of sentence structure, usage, spelling, and punctuation, increases accuracy in students’ speaking and writing.
    Literature includes extensive readings in a variety of genres, as well as the application of literary terms to analyze authors’ meanings and styles. Students learn and practice library skills through the preparation of research products. Students increase their vocabulary through activities in a vocabulary text and through the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations. Students practice oral skills through various group and individual assignments, including dramatic readings.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Honors English – Grade 9
    PREREQUISITE: N/A
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL and challenges students to respond in a fluent, effective, and analytical manner. Students improve specific composing skills through frequent and varied writing assignments. The study of grammar and usage increases accuracy in speaking and writing. Students receive instruction in library and research skills for the preparation of oral and written research products. Students read a wide variety of literature and are expected to interpret authors’ styles and meanings. Through activities in a vocabulary text and through the study of words encountered in readings and content presentations, students increase their vocabulary. Students practice oral skills through various individual and group activities, including dramatic readings.
     
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Academic English – Grade 10
    PREREQUISITE: English 9
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and improve their skills in writing, reading, and speaking. Students practice specific composing skills through multi-paragraph essays and technical/informational documents. The study of sentence structure, usage, spelling, and punctuation increases accuracy in speaking and writing. Students practice the research process in preparation for oral and written research products. Literature study includes extensive readings from a variety of world literature and the application of literary terms to analyze authors’ meanings and styles. Students improve their vocabulary through activities in a vocabulary text and through the study of words encountered in readings and content presentations. Students practice oral skills through various activities, with an emphasis on group work.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Honors English – Grade 10
    PREREQUISITE: English 9
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL and challenges students to respond in a fluent, effective, and analytical manner. Students improve specific composing skills through frequent writing assignments, which include multi-paragraph essays and research products. The study of grammar and usage increases accuracy in students’ writing and speaking. Students study world literature, including British, and practice literary analysis through the application of literary terms and comparisons of styles, meanings, and themes. Through a variety of activities and the study of words encountered in readings and content presentations, students increase their vocabulary. Students practice oral skills through various individual and group activities, with an emphasis on group work.
     
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Academic English – Grade 11
    PREREQUISITE: English 10
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL and students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and improve their skills in writing, reading, and speaking. The study of grammar and usage increases accuracy in students’ speaking and writing. The writing of persuasive and analytical essays and a research paper encourages mastery of specific composing skills. Students study American literature through a survey of the major literary periods and authors. Students apply literary terms to their interpretation of authors’ meanings and styles. Students improve their vocabulary through activities in a vocabulary text and the study of words encountered in readings and content presentations. Students develop speaking skills through various group and individual assignments with an emphasis on persuasive presentations. Teachers incorporate activities to prepare students for the Grade 11 SOL reading and writing tests.
     
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Honors English – Grade 11
    PREREQUISITE: English 10
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL to challenge students to respond in a fluent, effective, and analytical manner. Students are expected to master skills in grammar and usage. Frequent writing assignments, which include persuasive and analytical essays, and a research paper, emphasize specific composing skills in preparation for the advanced placement English.
    Students study American literature in a survey of the major literary periods and authors. Students apply literary analysis through application of literary terms and comparisons of authors’ styles, meanings, and themes. Students improve their vocabulary through activities in the vocabulary text and the study of words encountered in readings and content presentations. Speaking skills are practiced through various group and individual assignments with an emphasis on persuasive presentations. Teachers incorporate activities to prepare students for the Grade 11 SOL reading and writing tests.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Advanced Placement English: Language and Composition--Grade 11
    PREREQUISITE: English 10
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL.  Students read a variety of works from several genres, time periods, and cultures, including a focus on texts by American authors.  Varied and frequent composition assignments require close reading, rhetorical analysis, exposition of ideas, and the understanding of particular rhetorical forms and terms.  Students have the opportunity to take the AP Language and Composition Exam in May with the possibility of earning college credit.  
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Academic English – Grade 12
    PREREQUISITE: English 11
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL. Students engage in a variety of activities designed to extend and improve their skills in writing, reading, and speaking. The study of grammar and usage increases accuracy in students’ speaking and writing. The writing of expository and technical/informational essays and research products encourages mastery of composing skills.
    World literature is presented through a survey of the major literary periods, genres, and authors. Students improve their vocabulary through activities in a vocabulary text and the study of words encountered in reading and content presentations. Students practice oral skills through timed, formal presentations.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: English 12--Dual Enrollment (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: English 11 
    English 12 Dual Enrollment is a rigorous, college-level course that focuses on composition, argumentation, and critical reading skills, covering not only the Virginia English 12 SOL, but also two full semesters of college-level composition and reading.  The course is taught by LCPS teachers who are also adjunct faculty members at participating colleges.  Upon successful completion of this full-year course, students will receive 6 college credits, which may transfer to a four-year college or university.  This course requires a tuition fee. 
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Advanced Placement English: Literature – Grade 12
    PREREQUISITE: English 11
    Instruction is aligned with the Virginia SOL, and activities continue the methods, challenges, and emphases of the honors level English courses in grades 9-11 to prepare students for the Advanced Placement English Examination. Instruction focuses on the study and practice of writing and the study of the literature of various nations and peoples. Students read a variety of works from several genres and cultures. Varied and frequent composition assignments require close reading, literary analysis, exposition of ideas, and the understanding of particular literary forms and terms. Research, vocabulary, and oral language activities are related to writing and reading assignments. Students have the opportunity to take the Advanced Placement English Examination for possible college credit at the end of this course.
     
     
     

    Elective Courses

    Courses | Elective Courses

     
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Journalism (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: None
    Instruction in this year-long elective exposes students to the many facets of newspaper and mass media: production, history, careers, and writing. Activities seek to develop students who can use a variety of skills, produce journalistic material of high quality, understand legal and ethical issues that affect journalism, and realize the importance of mass communication in modern life.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Public Speaking (semester)
    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.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Creative Writing (semester)
    PREREQUISITE: None
    Creative Writing 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.  Students maintain a writing portfolio, collaborate to critique and improve their work for final review, and seek opportunities for publishing their writing.
     
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Newspaper Journalism I (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: Journalism and/or instructor’s approval
    Newspaper Journalism I provides students study and hands-on experience in the process of producing a newspaper. Opportunities and activities in the course develop students who learn and practice the writing and editing skills necessary to design a newspaper; study the legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding media production; refine their writing skills to ensure accuracy and consistency in style; and practice the elements of newspaper writing.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Newspaper Journalism II, III (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: Newspaper Journalism I
    Newspaper Journalism is designed to provide advanced training for students in the techniques of editing and producing a school newspaper. Emphasis is placed on the carry-over and advancement of the basic skills introduced in Newspaper Journalism I. At this level, students are responsible for producing the school’s newspaper.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Photojournalism I (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: Journalism and/or instructor’s approval
    Photojournalism I provides students study and hands-on experience in the process of completing a yearbook. Opportunities and activities in the course develop students who learn and practice the writing and editing skills necessary to design a yearbook spread; study the legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding media production; refine their writing skills to ensure accuracy and consistency in style; and recognize the elements of photographic composition.
     
     
    COURSE TITLE: Photojournalism II (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: Photojournalism I
    Photojournalism II is designed to provide advanced training for students in the techniques of editing and producing a school yearbook. Emphasis is placed on the carry-over of the basic skills introduced in Photojournalism I. At this level students are responsible for producing the school’s yearbook.
     
    COURSE TITLE: Writing Center (full year)
    PREREQUISITE: application; instructor's approval
    The Writing Center is a pilot program for Loudoun County.  11th and 12th grade students may apply to become a writing tutor in the program.  Students are trained in the basics of composition and in the skills needed to become writing tutors. During class time, the writing tutors work one-on-one with students throughout the school who seek help with their writing skills and ask for assistance in revising their compositions.    
Last Modified on February 22, 2021