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The English Department believes that an educated, compassionate and just world requires literate citizens and lifelong learners. In a four year sequence, the department challenges students to read and think with a critical eye, write with clarity and purpose, and speak with reason and logic. Students learn to understand and appreciate literature, communicate both orally and through the written word, and to think creatively and analytically.

English 1

College Prep Enrichment English 1

003 College Prep Enrichment English 1

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: College Prep Enrichment (CPE) is designed for students who demonstrate a need for support in reading, writing, and/or study skills. This course moves at a slower pace than College Prep English. Throughout the year, high-interest reading selections are integrated into thematic units while students review, develop, and improve basic literacy skills. Greek and Latin STEM study specific to freshman year is a focal point. Fundamental literary terminology is emphasized, and students are encouraged to read for enjoyment, appreciation, recognition of literary devices, and analysis. Writing is constantly emphasized throughout the course and students are provided the opportunity to write in a variety of modes about high-interest topics relevant to the literature at hand.

College Prep English 1

011 College Prep English 1

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This course focuses on the introduction and development of sophisticated thinking, writing and reading skills, Greek and Latin STEM study specific to freshman year, and understanding of English conventions. Instruction is based in mythology, fiction, Shakespeare, non-fiction and selected poetry. Throughout the year, students are introduced to a variety of literary devices and are taught to read both for meaning and appreciation. Students are expected to develop and exhibit strong writing skills throughout the year. The course expects that students regularly perform in-class work and homework that e

Honors English 1

015 Honors English 1

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This course focuses on the introduction and development of sophisticated thinking, writing and reading skills, Greek and Latin STEM study specific to freshman year, and understanding of English conventions. Literature 14 instruction is based on discussion of mythology, fiction, Shakespeare, non-fiction and selected poetry. The Honors English program emphasizes the mastery of grammar, usage, expository and argumentative writing, vocabulary, literary terms, and close reading of all literary genres. The course expects independent inquiry of students who regularly perform in-class work and homework with resourceful, critical and creative thinking. Students are expected to exhibit strong writing skills throughout the year. A supplemental literary selection in addition to the course reading list may be assigned by the teacher.

English 2: World Literature

College Enrichment English 2: World Literature

023 College Prep Enrichment English 2: World Literature

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 1 (CP) with a grade of “C” or better. Minimum of “B” or higher in both semesters of English 1 (CEP) and previous year instructor approval.

Course Description: Students will identify and analyze genres in World Literature from a variety of countries across continents and set in societies classical to contemporary. Students will also demonstrate the ability to write in various forms, understand grammatical concepts, apply knowledge of literary devices, and will continue vocabulary development through STEM study specific to sophomore year. The course expects that students regularly perform in-class work and homework with resourceful, critical, and creative thinking. Fundamental literary terminology is reemphasized and further developed through discussion, writing, and formal assessments. Students are encouraged to read for archetypal recognition, analysis of literary devices, thematic understanding, and enjoyment. Writing is constantly emphasized throughout the course and students are provided the opportunity to write in a variety of modes about high-interest topics relevant to the literature at hand.

College Prep English 2: World Literature

022 College Prep English 2: World Literature

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 1 or equivalent is required for enrollment in all levels of English 2

Course Description: Students will identify and analyze genres in World Literature from a variety of countries across continents and set in societies classical to contemporary. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in various forms, apply knowledge of literary devices, continue vocabulary development through STEM study specific to sophomore year and meet public speaking requirements set forth in the curriculum. All students will deliver no less than five formal speeches during the course of English 2 regardless of level. Speech topics are based in relevant unit material or novel analysis. Each student will complete a research paper on a literary topic. The course expects students to regularly perform in-class work and homework with resourceful, critical, and creative thinking. Assessments in this course require application, analysis and synthesis of content and student insight as developed in class and independently.

Honors English 2: World Literature

025 Honors English 2: World Literature

Grade: 10

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Minimum of “B” or higher in both semesters of English 1 and previous year instructor approval.

Course Description: Students will identify and analyze genres in World Literature 15 from a variety of countries across continents and set in societies classical to contemporary. Students will demonstrate the ability to write in various forms, understand grammatical concepts, apply knowledge of literary devices, continue vocabulary development through STEM study specific to sophomore year, and meet public speaking requirements set forth in the curriculum. All students will deliver no less than five formal speeches during the course of English 2 regardless of level. Speech topics are based in relevant unit material or novel analysis. Each student will complete a research paper on a literary topic. The course expects independent inquiry of students who regularly perform in-class work and homework that require application, analysis and synthesis of content. A supplemental literary selection in addition to the course reading list may be assigned by the teacher.

English 3: American Literature

College Enrichment English 3: American Literature

030 College Prep Enrichment English 3: American Literature

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 2 or equivalent is required for enrollment in all levels of English 3

Course Description: Students will exhibit and build upon skill sets emphasized throughout freshman and sophomore years while learning to strengthen critical and analytical thought through thematic units focusing on significant American authors. In addition to studying literature, students will write about literature and themes as well as personal experiences. Awareness of thesis and adequacy of supportive evidence are emphasized. In preparation for this course, students must read a work of literature over the summer, to be announced in May.

College Prep English 3: American Literature

033 College Prep English 3: American Literature

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “B” in English 2 (CEP) or successful completion of English 2 (CP).

Course Description: Students in this course will develop and synthesize a variety of critical reading skills and a familiarity with significant American authors. Writing, vocabulary, literary analysis and close reading are intended to help students develop an appreciation of canonical American literature. The course expects students to regularly perform in-class work and homework with resourceful, critical and creative thinking. Students will write an analytical research paper based in the novel at hand. The composition element of this class has critical, expository, and personal writing intents that are anchored by the central texts for the class. Awareness of thesis, adequacy of supportive evidence, and consideration of audience are emphasized. In preparation for this course, students must read a work of literature over the summer, to be announced in May.

Honors English 3: American Literature

035 Honors English 3: American Literature

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Minimum of the grade of “B” in both semesters of English 2 (CP) or minimum of grade of “C” both semesters in English 2 (H).

Course Description: Students in this course will develop and synthesize a variety of critical reading skills through close study of significant American authors. The heightened instructional pace is intended to help students develop an appreciation of 16 the various voices in American literature. The course expects independent inquiry of students who regularly perform in-class work and homework with resourceful, critical, and creative thinking. Students will write an analytical research paper through a literary lens. A composition element, which is to be considered the equivalent of the literature in intensity and attention, has rigorous critical, expository, and personal writing standards. Awareness of thesis,

English 4: British & Commonwealth Literature

College Prep English 4: British & Commonwealth Literature

044 College Prep English 4: British & Commonwealth Literature

Grade: 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 3 or equivalent is required for enrollment in all levels of English 4

Course Description: This course offers writing, reading, and the study of all genres of the various periods of British Literature. Reading sections provide the basis for analytical and expository writing. The literature is chronologically divided into historical literary periods, beginning with the Anglo-Saxon Period and ending with Twentieth Century Period literature. Vocabulary skills, library and research skills, various forms of composition, as well as the use of technology are integrated into each semester’s study. Students improve grammar and usage skills through guided writing with current technology. A formal, documented research paper is required. Emphasis is placed on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills through discussion and frequent compositions. In order to prepare students for the college setting, knowledgeable discourse of the subject matter will be required.

Honors English 4: British & Commonwealth Literature

045 Honors English 4: British & Commonwealth Literature

Grade: 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “B” or higher in (CP) and previous instructor approval.

Course Description: This is a theme-related, literature-based, integrated course focused on the history of British literature designed for the student who performs on or above grade level. The literature is chronologically divided into historical literary periods, beginning with the Anglo-Saxon Period and ending with Twentieth Century 17 Period literature. Heightened vocabulary skills, library and research skills, public speaking, various forms of composition, as well as the use of technology are expected during each semester’s study. Students are expected to demonstrate mastery of grammar and usage skills through guided writing with current technology. Emphasis is placed on demonstrating critical and analytical thinking skills through discussion and frequent compositions. Knowledgeable discourse paired with independent inquiry based in the subject matter is required. A formal, documented research paper is required. Supplementary reading requirements mandate at least five works, which will include full-length works.

Advanced Placement Language & Composition

038 Advanced Placement Language & Composition

Grade: 11

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: Grade of “A” in Honors English 2 and approval from the previous English instructor. In preparation for this course, students must read a work of literature over the summer, to be announced by the AP teacher.

Course Description: Students who take this course have the ability and desire to work both independently and under direction. They are already proficient readers and writers who will be expected to analyze, discuss and write about various genres of literature. The course is organized according to the requirements and guidelines of the current College Board AP Literature Course Description. The student will develop ability in critical analysis of non-fiction writing; demonstrate his/her analytic ability in class, in discussion, and in critical writing. Testing Requisite: All students enrolled are required to take the AP exam in May of the academic year. Parents are responsible for the AP exam fee.

Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

048 Advanced Placement Literature and Composition

Grade: 12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisites:

  • Grade of “A” in Honors English 3 and previous English 3 instructor approval.
  • Grade of “A” or “B” in Language and Composition, and approval from the previous English 3 instructor.
  • In preparation for this course, students must read a work of literature over the summer, to be announced by the AP teacher.

Course Description: Students who take this course have the ability and desire to work both independently and under direction. They are already proficient readers and writers who will be expected to analyze, discuss and write about various genres of literature. College Board AP Literature Course Description. The student will develop ability in intensive critical analysis of all genres of literature, demonstrate his/her analytic ability in extensive class discussion and in literary critical writing. Testing Requisite: All students enrolled are required to take the AP exam in May of the academic year. Parents are responsible for the AP exam fee.

Public Speaking

062 Public Speaking

Grade: 10,11,12

Credit: ½ Credit

Course Description: This course emphasizes the practical skill of public speaking in personal, professional, and educational settings. In the course, students will learn strategies for writing informative and persuasive speeches, using visual aids, overcoming speech anxiety, developing confident body language, and using clear articulation, volume, and pacing. By the end of the semester, students should be able to write and deliver a well-researched, convincing, and compelling speech on a social issue affecting the Chicago community. Students will understand their social responsibility within their communities, and the importance on speaking on the behalf of others.

Yearbook

075 Yearbook

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: This class is designed to produce the yearbook and give students an opportunity to gain skills in one or more of the following areas: page design, advanced publishing techniques, copy writing, editing, and photography. Students will apply written and visual communication skills, and use technology to create a product of historic value. The yearbook will be a record of events and school memories to be displayed by the students for the student body. Students that take this course as an elective will gain useful, real-world skills in time-management, 18 organization, teamwork and design principles. DePaul College Prep may limit the amount of students in this course to no more than twenty students.

Craig Bryant

Craig Bryant

Teacher, Theater Director
Emily Hochman

Emily Hochman

Teacher
Jacob Nedza

Jacob Nedza

Teacher
Michelle Ziccarelli

Michelle Ziccarelli

Department Chair
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