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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

    Creative Writing--Full Year Course I,II

    In the first semester, students write prose, poetry, and drama and read examples of various genres, all in a creative, supportive environment. 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. Second Semester continues these objectives on a deeper level, but students also play an instrumental role in publishing Unbound, the Broad Run literary magazine.

    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.

    *Photojournalism I: 9th graders must submit an application; Open to 10th-12th graders without application.

    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.

    *Writing Center I: All students must submit an application and a 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 --Semester I, II Courses (will not be offered in 24-25)

    Creative Writing I 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. Creative Writing II continues these objectives on a deeper level, but students also play an instrumental role in publishing Unbound, the Broad Run literary magazine.

    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.

     

     

     

     

      
Last Modified on August 24, 2023