English Department

The SDA English Department provides a thorough language arts experience to all students, emphasizing reading, writing, vocabulary and the spoken word. Students learn research and critical thinking skills as well.

All students are required to complete 20 credits (4years) of English. Freshman English requires students to read the different genres of writing, and engage in the various modes of writing. In subsequent years, students go on to study American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, and may choose from a variety of electives. All sophomores also take an “S.A.T. Preparation” course. With the variety of English electives offered, a student at SDA could complete a total of six full-year English courses.

101 ENGLISH I (9) Required Course Credits 5.0
In freshman year, students explore literature utilizing a thematic approach which encompasses all genres of writing: poetry, nonfiction, short stories, novels and plays. There is a focus on writing with particular emphasis on the different modes of writing and the writing process. Mechanical skills and vocabulary development are stressed throughout the year. In addition, students learn the steps of research and writing an MLA style research paper.
103 AMERICAN LITERATURE (10) Required Course Credits 5.0
During Sophomore year, students explore American literature with an emphasis on building critical thinking skills and honing the skills necessary for interpreting and analyzing literature. Literary terminology is reinforced throughout the year. Mechanics and vocabulary development are stressed in conjunction with writing. Writing instruction in this year concentrates on expository writing requiring literary analysis. An MLA style research paper is a major project during this year.
102 BRITISH LITERATURE (11) Required Course Credits 5.0
In recognition of the power of the written word and the value of multiculturalism, exploration of representative selections of British and World poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction is the focus of this thematically arranged course. Language, vocabulary and writing skills development will be emphasized throughout this course.
104 WORLD LITERATURE (12) Required Course Credits 5.0
This course provides a thematic approach to the exploration and study of world literature beginning with a focus on the social, political and artistic roles of a writer. The study of short fiction, the novel, poetry, nonfiction and drama is included. Students are required to read, analyze, and discuss literary works; critical as well as reflective essays responding to literature will be required. Oral communication skills in class discussion will be encouraged and expected. Connections among the literature across boundaries of culture and time will be highlighted. Vocabulary development is infused throughout this course as well.
121 ENGLISH 1 (HONORS) (9) Required Course Credits 5.0
Students in this course will experience an intensive exploration of great literary works spanning all genres: poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction prose. There will be an emphasis on the development of analytical writing skills as well as opportunity for the enhancement of all other modes of writing. Students will complete an MLA style research paper after learning the steps and mechanics of research writing.
(10) Required Course Credits 5.0
This Sophomore-level accelerated course offers the opportunity for a concentrated and comprehensive study of American literary tradition as students read, analyze, discuss and write about all literary genres. Methodology and assessment are designed to prepare these honors students for the demands of Advanced Placement English, offered in senior year.

Prerequisite: A minimum 3.5 GPA in the prior English class and departmental approval are required for enrollment in this course.

(11) Required Course Credits 5.0
This Junior-level accelerated course is designed for students who have the desire and demonstrate ability to participate in an intensive and comprehensive exploration of the British literary tradition and its historical and cultural influences.

Prerequisite: A minimum 3.5 GPA in prior English classes and departmental approval are required for enrollment in this course.

134 ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH (12) Elective Course Credits 5.0
In the AP course students engage in the close reading of poetry, drama, short fiction, novels, and essay. The work, its language, characters, action and themes will be explored. Timed writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of all forms of literature and include essays in exposition, analysis, argument, and personal narrative. The desired goals are the honest and effective use of language and the organization of ideas in a clear, coherent and concise manner. Students in this class are required to take the standardized AP Exam in May.

Prerequisite: Approval of the department is required for admission to this class and is based on the following criteria: an average of 3.5 or above in prior English courses.

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