Lincoln Pius X Catholic High School

English Department

Through the literature and writing courses offered within the English Department, students will:

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of literature
  • Compare the values found in literature to basic Christian values
  • Discover and understand the correlation between situations in
    literature and in life
  • Become sensitive to and aware of cultural biases and prejudice
  • Learn the various literary terms and techniques through a 4-year sequential plan
  • Experience a variety of opportunities to express themselves orally
  • Experience a variety of written assignments ranging from the most subjective to the most objective
  • Be encouraged to express their ideas with clarity and mechanical correctness in both their written and oral communication
  • Experience the composition process of pre-writing, writing, and post-writing
  • Learn how this language is organized and structured through the sequential study and the rules of grammar and proper usage
  • Improve vocabulary and spelling skills both systematically and sequentially
  • Develop various study skills
  • Learn and apply various library reference skills.

Courses

  • English I
  • English II
  • College Prep Writing
  • American Literature
  • Modern Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Classical Literature I
  • Classical Literature II
  • Social Literature
  • AP English Literature
  • Journalism I
  • Journalism II
  • Yearbook
  • Academic Decathlon

English Teachers

Stories from English classes

The study and debate of Julius Caesar

Abbie Allen’s English II class have been studying Julius Caesar. Students participated in a four-corners debate, discussing some of the major themes and discussing whether

Course Descriptions

ENGLISH I – 9 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

English I students will study punctuation, vocabulary, composition, and short stories with an emphasis on literary elements. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a selection of books offered for literature discussions. Students will also engage in the study of poetry and the play Romeo and Juliet. An intense study of writing occurs this year which includes the utilization of the six traits of writing. All students will go through the writing process as they prepare a five paragraph essay and learn the elements of an MLA research paper.

ENGLISH II – 10 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

English II revolves around an anthology with a literary analysis approach concentrating on short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama (including “I Never Sang For My Father” & Julius Caesar), legends, and the novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’. Grammar and writing skills are emphasized throughout both semesters using the literary studies as a basis. To encourage diversified reading and critical reading, students participate in two book clubs each year. There are multiple writing experiences each semester.

COLLEGE PREP WRITING: Semester- 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This advanced writing course is designed to prepare students for the composition and research expectations of higher education. Students will continue to develop advanced writing skills through critical analysis of credible sources; annotating for comprehension; use of purposeful, academic language; database usage; and an exploration of diverse writing styles. Students will also develop documents to assist with the college application process.

AMERICAN LITERATURE: Semester 1,2 – 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course may be taken all year for ten credits or either semester for five credits. The course offers a chronological survey of American Literature from the colonial period to the present. Students will study fictional and nonfictional works in relation to their historical and cultural contexts. Prose, poetry, drama, and one novel each semester will be selected from a diverse group of authors for what they reveal and reflect about the evolving American experience and identity. Students will expand their analytical and critical thinking skills through the readings. This course includes multiple writing opportunities, including a formal literary analysis.

MODERN LITERATURE: Semester 1,2 – 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course may be taken all year for ten credits or one semester for five credits. Modern Literature introduces students to literature and composition from the scope of the political and cultural forces that shaped the world during the Modern period (1912-1965). Students will explore critical thinking concepts and literary elements through novel studies and literature circles. They will expand their analytical skills through literary analysis and shorter writing projects. Students will have direct interaction with a variety of texts, write for a variety of purposes and audiences, and will have multiple opportunities to experience authentic, engaging discussions, both formal and informal in nature.

CREATIVE WRITING – 11, 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course aims to help students refine their writing and critical thinking skills, while providing an opportunity to learn literary techniques that will enhance their natural creativity. Students will write in a variety of genres, and will be graded on the Six Traits of Good Writing (a nationally accepted standard for writing), as well as tenets specific to each genre.

CLASSIC LITERATURE I – 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

This course introduces students to the best that has been thought and said throughout the centuries. Students will read texts from the ancient Greeks up to selections from contemporary literature. The class is discussion based, with writing as the primary form of assessment. By reading and discussing the great books, students will learn how to discern the truth, how to distinguish it from error, and how to defend it. At the end of this course, students will have had direct interaction with a variety of texts, have written for a variety of purposes and audiences, and will have had multiple opportunities to experience authentic, engaging discussions, both formal and informal in nature.

CLASSIC LITERATURE II – 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits) [Prerequisite: Classic Literature I]

This course continues reading “the best that has been thought and said” throughout the centuries. Emphasis is placed on texts written from 1700-present day. The class is discussion based, with writing as the primary form of assessment, though students should expect the usual forms of assessments, i.e. quizzes, tests and creative projects. By reading and discussing the great books, students will learn how to discern the truth, how to distinguish it from error, and how to defend it. At the end of this course, students will have had direct interaction with a variety of texts, have written for a variety of purposes and audiences, and will have had multiple opportunities to experience authentic, engaging discussions, both formal and informal in nature.

SOCIAL LITERATURE: Semester 1,2 – 12 – (Sem. – 5 credits)

This course may be taken all year for ten credits or either semester for five credits. Social Literature allows students to become more aware of current social problems through the study of fiction and biography. Units raise the student’s awareness in the areas of ethnicity, cultures, politics, the future, technology, the aged, women’s issues, family, and civil rights. Four or five books are read each semester. Daily reading assignments and class participation are required. Writing projects are also an integral part of this course including a multi-genre project.

AP ENGLISH LITERATURE – 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

This course is designed to mimic the rigor and style of a college level English course. It is organized around the theme of The Other, using various critical lenses such as Post-colonialism, Gender, Historical, Futuristic, etc. to examine the ways in which Otherness and privilege are prominent in both literature and society and are impacted over the course of time. This class explores various authors from the 18th century to the early 21st century, with authors including Achebe, Miller, Wiesel, Austen, Shakespeare, O’Brien, and Huxley. Poetry, short stories, and non-fiction documents are incorporated into each unit with a novel or play as the central text. One independent choice novel is also read each semester. AP test prep will be incorporated into the class for those wishing to take the exam in May. As preparation for the rigor of AP English Literature, students will have a summer reading requirement of two novels analyzed through an essay. During the semester, daily reading assignments, class participation, analytical papers, and a multigenre project are required elements of this course. In order to take the AP exam, students must enroll in both semesters.

JOURNALISM I – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

Students in Journalism I will learn the processes involved in print and video journalism, such as news writing, feature writing, sports writing, editorial writing, interviewing, editing, photography, graphic design, and videography. Students will be responsible for regularly publishing the Pius X-Change, Pius’ official student publication. Students will choose newsworthy subjects, interview people, write and edit stories, take photos, and layout the newspaper. Types of writing include hard news, features, opinions, reviews, photo captions, and video voiceovers. Students will also learn and utilize video production technologies to create journalistic videos. This is a yearlong course, but qualified students may be able to sign up at semester. One year of Journalism, can satisfy a onetime semester of English credit, or may be used as an elective for graduation.

JOURNALISM II – 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits) [Prerequisite: Journalism I]

This course is intended for the serious journalism student who wishes to receive additional instruction and practice in this particular area of study. Journalism II students may be eligible for editorial/leadership positions and may work on more in-depth projects. This class is highly recommended for students who are preparing portfolios for admission to a college journalism program. This course is offered concurrently with Journalism I.

YEARBOOK – 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits) – Teacher Permission

Students in the Yearbook class will be responsible for putting together the yearbook for Pius. Work will include creating a visual and written record that reflects the nature of our school. Students will design individual pages and will be required to attend extra-curricular events to take photographs. The course requires students to be self-motivated and have an ability to work well with others, especially in pressure situations. Students registered for Journalism, Graphic Design and Photography or students with strong interests in these areas are encouraged to apply. This class does not fulfill the English credit requirement, but may be used as an elective for graduation. Students are accepted through application to the instructor.

ACADEMIC DECATHLON – 9, 10, 11, 12 – (Yr. – 10 credits)

If this course is successfully completed during the 11th or 12th grade, it may satisfy 5 credits of English electives.

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