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English 9
9th grade
No pre-requisite
English 9 is a freshman level language arts course loosely organized around the concept of the Hero’s Journey. During this course, you will develop and apply reading comprehension strategies suitable for a variety of print material. You will also develop critical thinking skills and expand media literacy skills. Writing assignments will emphasize the writing process and consist of both creative and academic writing, including literary analysis, research writing, persuasive writing, and expository writing. The grammar and mechanics of writing learned in previous years will be reviewed, as well as literary devices and non-fiction rhetorical techniques. Reading selections will reflect a variety of genres, eras, and cultures. You will also develop and use criteria to choose independent reading materials.

English 10
10th grade
Pre-requisite: English 9
Students living in America need a cultural foundation on which to base their participation in their communities, country and world. American Literature will explore the various authors, literary movements, themes, and genres that have built the foundation for American Literature. Students will demonstrate improved competency in reading comprehension and analysis, writing, speaking, and listening through process learning. Composition will consist of both creative and academic writing. Students will experience research and writing as tools to substantiate ideas and to encourage intellectual growth.

English 11
11th grade
Pre-requisites: English 9, 10
English 11 is an international literature course focusing on the commonalities of human experience. A different theme will be explored each quarter through in-depth study of written works representing a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Themes to be covered this year include: The Question of Truth; Fate vs. Free Will; Spirituality vs. Materialism; and Children and War. During this course, you will develop and apply reading comprehension strategies suitable for a variety of print material. You will refine critical thinking skills and expand media literacy skills. Writing assignments will emphasize the writing process and consist of both creative and academic writing. The grammar and mechanics of writing learned in previous years will be reviewed, as well as literary devices and non-fiction rhetorical techniques. Reading, writing, and speaking activities have been designed to prepare you to be successful in college or in the career of your choice. Finally, an independent reading component will encourage you to become a lifelong reader and learner.

English 12
12th grade
Pre-requisites: English 9, 10, 11
English 12 will be a theme-based course focusing on the individual and society. The reading selections will be a combination of contemporary, classic, and multi-cultural texts. The study of literature will focus on the use of style by a writer and explore the artistic elements of writing such as symbolism, stylistics, theme, figurative language and voice. The study of non-fiction will focus on rhetorical strategies, style and organization. The course will prepare students to write in the workplace and academia, as well as personal writing.

Advanced Placement English
12th grade
Pre-requisites: English 9, 10, 11, good grades or permission of the teacher and completion of summer reading program.
The primary goal of the senior Advanced Placement English Class is to develop students' abilities as independent readers, writers, and thinkers while engaged in a college level course. The course will serve to develop advanced habits in critical thought as demonstrated through writing and speaking. Literature will be approached on both academic and artistic levels while students work to understand literature in its artistic sense and in its universal and historical sense. Students will study literature in a manner that allows them to develop intellect, cognitive skills, aesthetic sensitivity, intra-and intercultural awareness, ethical sensitivity and existential maturity.

Writing for Publication
9th-12th grade
Writing for Publication is a workshop-style class with the primary goal of publishing The Watchdog, a monthly newspaper for Yellow Springs High School. Content of The Watchdog includes feature articles; editorials; interviews; restaurant, film, music and book reviews; gossip column; advice column; Speak-Up column; astrology column; photographer profiles; poetry; short fiction; cartoons; and, of course, news
articles.

Editing and layout responsibilities are shared among students and rotate on a monthly basis. All students write at least two articles per edition of the paper. Each edition has a different focus which is determined by the class in a planning meeting. In addition to The Watchdog, students in Writing for Publication during the 2011/12 academic year will also be producing a YSHS literary magazine.
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