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Listed below are the subjects being offered in the English Department.  Just click on the subject and read the course description.  Make sure to check if there is any prerequisite required.
ENGLISH I - SURVEY OF LITERATURE (REGULAR) 13110
GRADE OFFERED: 9
PREREQUISITES: Iowa test scores
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Improves narrative, expository and persuasive writing; teaches speech, listening, vocabulary and the basics of research. Library selections come from a mixture of historical
periods and ethnicity and presented by genre or theme: short stories, plays, poems, novels, nonfiction and mythology.

ENGLISH I - SURVEY OF LITERATURE (HONORS) 15110
GRADE OFFERED: 9
PREREQUISITES: Iowa test scores
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Honors.Moves at a faster rate than the English I Regular content, allowing the student to participate in enrichment.

ENGLISH II - AMERICAN LITERATURE (REGULAR) 13120
GRADES OFFERED:10
PREREQUISITES: English 1
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Literature. Concentrates on historical and
Multicultural American literature presented chronologically, and/or thematically.
Continues work in vocabulary, research, composition, speech and listening.
Emphasize resumes and essays for college and other post-high school education.

ENGLISH II - AMERICAN LITERATURE (HONORS) 15120
GRADES OFFERED: 10
PREREQUISITES: Tap score of 65 or higher, a grade of "B" or higher in English I and teacher recommendation.
CREDIT. 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: American Literature. Follows the curriculum of English II regular at a faster rate with more difficult selections and enrichment activities.

ENGLISH III - BRITISH LITERATURE (REGULAR) 13130
GRADES OFFERED: 11
PREREQUISITES: English 1
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Focuses on British Literature. Organized around chronological or historical themes. Continues work in vocabulary, research, composition speaking and listening.

ENGLISH III - BRITISH LITERATURE (HONORS) 15130
GRADES OFFERED: 11
PREREQUISITES: Tap score of 65 or higher, a grade of "B" or higher in. English II and teacher recommendation.
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: British Literature. Follows the curriculum of Regular
British Literature, but at a faster rate with more difficult selections and enrichment activities.

ENGLISH IV - WORLD LITERATURE (REGULAR) 13140
GRADES OFFERED: 12
PREREQUISITES: English III
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: World Literature. Focuses on world literature, organized by theme. Continues work in vocabulary, research, composition, speech and listening.
Reviews forms needed for life after high school.

ENGLISH IV - WORLD LITERATURE (HONORS) 15140
GRADES OFFERED: 12
PREREQUISITES: Tap score of 65 or higher, a "B" grade or higher in English III and teacher recommendation.
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: World Literature. Follows the same course of study as the English IV - Regular, but moves more quickly, allowing for enrichment activities.

READING IN LANGUAGE ARTS
GRADES OFFERED: 9
PREREQUISITES: Based on ISAT Test Scores
CREDIT: 1

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH 17110
GRADES OFFERED: 12
PREREQUISITES: Tap score of 70 or higher "B" grade or above in English III Honors or Regular, and teacher recommendation
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Guides students through a discussion of important literary works and their analysis in essays.
Prepares them for the Advanced Placement Exam. Many colleges give credit or advanced placement in English to students scoring well on this exam.

JOURNALISM I (HONORS) 15910
GRADES OFFERED: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Teacher approval plus TAP score of 65 or higher and "B" average or above in English , regular or honors.
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This class is designed for students who are interested in producing and publishing acquired knowledge in the school newspaper, Curie-osity and its fine ares supplement magazine, Curio. Students will develop and none fact-gathering and layout procedures, techniques in writing news stories, editorials, special features and headlines. Journalism is an elective and an excellent course to have appear on a college or other post-high school education application.

JOURNALISM II (HONORS) 15920
GRADES OFFERED: 12
PREREQUISITES: Journalism I and teacher approval
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is an accelerated class geared for students who are seriously considering print, TV, or radio journalism as a career option. Students will acquire and hone skills in producing fact-gathering information through research and interview techniques for mass media coverage and layout design. Implementation of acquired knowledge will be applied to producing student generated TV news coverage and news broadcasting. Journalism II is an elective and an excellent course for an apprentice journalist seeking to further pursue a college or other post-education major in communication/journalism.

CREATIVE WRITING HONORS 16310
GRADES OFFERED: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Teacher approval
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a class for songwriters, poets, playwrights, novelists, and all students who enjoy writing. Students will develop their skills and styles in writing workshops where they present their work and analyze both student and professional writing. Students will have a chance to see their work performed and to submit their work to literary publications. Creative writing is an elective course.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE I 18510
GRADES OFFERED: Level I
PREREQUISITES: Bilingual students; Lack of fluency in English and Placement test
CREDIT: 2
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The three levels of ESL are taught by specially certificated teachers and are designed to teach English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with corresponding grammatical concepts. Instruction provides sequential language development to enable students to be successful in their daily lives and to transition into the general program of instruction.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE II 18520
GRADES OFFERED: Level II
PREREQUISITES: Bilingual students; ESL teacher's recommendation and/or testing
CREDIT: 2
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The three levels of ESL are taught by specially certificated teachers and are designed to teach English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with corresponding grammatical concepts. Instruction provides sequential language development to enable students to be successful in their daily lives and to transition into the general program of instruction.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE III 18630
GRADES OFFERED: Level III
PREREQUISITES: Bilingual students, ESL teachers recommendation and/or testing
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The three levels of ESL are taught by specially certificated teachers and are designed to teach English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills with corresponding grammatical concepts. Instruction provides sequential language development to enable students to be successful in their daily lives and to transition into the general program of instruction.

TRANSITIONAL ENGLISH 13117 - 13127 - 13137 - 13140
GRADES OFFERED:9-12
PREREQUISITES: ESL Teachers recommendation
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is for bilingual or transitional students who have completed the ESL sequence and received a score below 4.0 on the ACCESS exam. The curriculum parallels English, but is geared to address the needs of the English Language Learner.

YEARBOOK 15610

GRADES OFFERED: 12
PREREQUISITES: Teacher approval
CREDIT: 1

HUMANITIES (ENGLISH ELECTIVE) 19640
GRADES OFFERED: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Teacher approval
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Humanities is a course designed to delve into the branches of knowledge concerned with human thought and culture; essentially, it's a course about the things that make us "human." Students in Humanities will engage in learning in eight different areas for the first semester: language and literature, art appreciation and history, music appreciation and history, social science, science, speech, interview, and essay writing. All the areas studied will be tied into one particular theme as based on the Academic Decathlon curriculum for the year. Then, most of second semester, students will focus on the art of film and literature, studying the techniques used in these mediums to create meaning beyond the level of basic plot. The curriculum for this course changes each year, so students interested in taking junior and senior years can do so.

HONORS RADIO BROADCASTING 14010
GRADES OFFERED: 11-12
PREREQUISITES: Teacher approval
CREDIT: 1
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Curie Youth Radio starts here. This class is for students who like different kinds of writing and are also interested in sound. In this class, you will learn to use a mini disk recorder and microphone, and you will learn digital audio production on computer. We will work on mixing sound with poetry, personal stories, journalistic pieces, and other genres of your choice. The pieces you create will be broadcast on Chicago radio stations. This year-long elective requires a desire to work hard on your own writing, a willingness to experiment with sound, and a readiness to record outside the classroom.
Questions about this class? E-mail Ms. Levine at monstruos@aol.com