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Department Chairperson for Grayslake North: Susan Nielsen, snielsen@d127.org
Department Chairperson for Grayslake Central: Melissa Thurlwell, mthurlwell@d127.org

Course Title

Prerequisite

Credit

Grades offered

Freshman English Regular

No

1.0

9

Freshman English Honors

Yes

1.0

9

Sophomore English Regular 

No

1.0

10

Sophomore English Honors

Yes

1.0

10

Junior English Regular

No

1.0

11

American Studies Honors

Yes

2.0

11

Junior English Honors

Yes

1.0

11

Advanced Placement English Language & Composition (Blended at Central)

Yes

1.0

11

World Literature I

No

0.5

12

World Literature II

No

0.5

12

World Literature I Honors (Blended option at Central)

Yes

0.5

12

World Literature II Honors (Blended option at Central)

Yes

0.5

12

Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition

Yes

1.0

12

Broadcast Journalism and Television Production (Blended at North)

No

1.0

9 – 12 

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 1 (Blended)

No

1.0

9 – 12

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 2 (Blended)

Yes

1.0

10 – 12

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 2 Honors (Blended)

Yes

1.0

10 – 12

Yearbook Writing and Analysis (Blended)

None

1.0

9 – 12

Yearbook Writing and Analysis Honors (Blended)

Yes

1.0

10 – 12

Contemporary Novels

No

0.5

11 – 12

Diverse Voices in Literature

No

0.5

11 – 12

Grammar and Composition: Writing for Life

No

0.5

11 – 12

Speech Communication 

No

0.5

11 – 12

Studies in Literature and Film

No

0.5

11 – 12

The Stories We Tell

No

0.5

11 – 12

Writing Workshop

No

0.5

11 – 12

English as a Second Language (ESL) I

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

English as a Second Language (ESL) II

Yes

1.0

9 - 12

 

Freshman English Regular

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is designed to give students an overall view of composition and literary analysis, and an introduction to literary genres.  As such, it establishes a foundation in the components of high-quality writing, an awareness of how literary elements create meaning, and an understanding of the differences of purpose and style of different modes of writing as expressed through The Common Core.  This course also focuses on increasing vocabulary skills, speaking skills, and using an understanding of grammar to improve writing. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50 In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grade offered: 9

Freshman English Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is the first of the honors sections, and its initial purpose is the same as Freshman English: to give students an overall view of composition and literary analysis, and an introduction to literary genres.  As such, it establishes a foundation in the components of high-quality writing, an awareness of how literary elements create meaning, and an understanding of the differences of purpose and style of various modes of writing as expressed in The Common Core.  The traditional, classical works studied in honors require more in-depth study than is usual in the other levels. This course concentrates on developing strong verbal skills and provides a solid foundation for students seeking the rigor of higher level coursework.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered: 9

Sophomore English Regular

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course builds upon the initial skills developed in Freshman English. A more intensive focus is placed on the study of novels through a thematic approach. Students focus on Common Core elements of effective communication skills through research, analytical writing, public speaking, and exposure to a variety of literary genres. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grade offered: 10

Sophomore English

Honors

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is a continuation of Freshman English Honors, offering an in-depth study of a wide variety of literature that focuses on the duality of man’s nature. Selections range from classical to modern fiction. Extensive expository writing is done in this class, with emphasis placed on critical analysis as reflected in The Common Core. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation 

Grade offered: 10

Junior English Regular

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course focuses on the study of American literature and emphasizes the impact of societal forces on the literary world.   The course follows a fairly chronological sequence to recognize more clearly what exactly makes up the “American experience” and how this experience has expressed itself through literature.  Key outcomes of the course are reading with an analytical eye, writing for a purpose, assessing grammatical-rhetorical strategies, and conducting research as reflected in The Common Core. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grade offered: 11

American Studies Honors

Credit: 2.0

 

This two-semester Honors course offers an integrated approach to the study of American history and literature with the development of composition, reading, and research skills.  Students are scheduled for consecutive periods of U.S. History and Junior English, allowing separate study of the two disciplines, as well as activities which integrate the study of our nation’s history and its literature.  A key emphasis of the course is student-driven civic engagement and research into local and regional history. This two-period class fulfills the graduation requirement of one year of U.S. History and one year of English. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50. for the U.S. History component of the course.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  None   

Grades offered: 11-12

Advanced Placement

English Language and Composition

Credit: 1.0

(Blended at Central)

This two-semester course is for juniors who wish to explore the relationship between the content of selected American works and the artistic choices writers make in shaping the language of those works.  The reading includes American literature, particularly nonfiction, from various historical periods. This class is inquiry-based, and, as such, students’ active engagement in class discussions is essential. This course progresses toward the Advanced Placement exam in May, accepted by many universities as proof of college-level work. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation 

Grade offered: 11

World Literature I

Credit: 1.0

This one-semester course builds upon the skills students developed in previous English classes.  Emphasis is placed on the study of strategies for researching, writing, and reading at the college level.  Students will study a variety of texts, considering the literature through philosophical lenses. Critical thinking in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking mirror expectations within The Common Core.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None    

Grade offered: 12

World Literature II

Credit: 1.0

This one-semester course builds upon the skills students developed in World Literature I.  Emphasis is placed on the study of strategies for researching, writing, and reading at the college level.  Students will study a variety of texts, considering the literature through philosophical lenses. Critical thinking in the areas of reading, writing, and speaking mirror expectations within The Common Core.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None    

Grade offered: 12

World Literature I & II

Honors

Credit: 1.0

(Blended option at Central)

This two-semester sequence is college-preparatory; as such, a significant amount of individual preparation and application is expected from each student.  Emphasis is placed on the continuing development of analytic writing skills as expressed through The Common Core as well as an introduction to various modes of literary criticism.  Effective communication skills are important and will be practiced in writing as well as active reading, listening, and speaking.  Students will study a variety of texts through both critical and philosophical lenses.  

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite:  Placement by recommendation  

Grade offered: 12

Advanced Placement

English Literature and Composition

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is for seniors who are passionate about literature and writing. The course focuses on the close reading of literature and employment of language to create meaning. The Literature focuses on various periods and genres, with a heavy concentration on poetry. A.P. Literature is taught as a freshman-level college course, with a goal of the independent work and critical thinking required at the university level. This class is inquiry-based, and, as such, students’ active engagement in class discussions is essential. A.P. English Literature and Composition progresses toward the Advanced Placement exam in May, accepted by many universities as proof of college-level work.  Students planning to graduate early are discouraged from taking this course. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Placement by recommendation 

Grade offered: 12

Broadcast Journalism and Television Production

Credit: 0.5
(Blended)

This two-semester course serves as an introduction to broadcast journalism and television production.  It provides students with a basic foundation in video technology that will allow them to create effective and informative news and editorial segments.  In addition, it also develops student competencies by tapping high-level thinking skills to translate an idea into an effective video segment.  Students also concentrate on combining the printed word with the visual aspects of video production.  Ultimately, it prepares the student to be a productive member of a school video team.  The course may be repeated for credit. Seniors may also enroll in this course for Honors credit.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None (Honors placement by recommendation)    

Grades offered: 10-12

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 1

Credit: 1.0

(Blended)

This two-semester course emphasizes the study of journalistic writing in a multimedia society.  Students begin by learning about journalistic writing and the basics of journalistic responsibilities, including learning to write in and analyze the styles of news, features, sports and opinion. Content also focuses on journalistic responsibilities as they fall within press law and ethics. The focus then changes to the technological, research and application aspects of journalism.  Students use their analytical, research, interviewing and writing skills to develop, craft and present stories in a newspaper and web page format. Throughout the year, students develop their stories with word processing software, design and lay out the newspaper and web pages with the most current and popular desktop publishing software, which they will learn to use in this course.   Students additionally learn and apply skills in photojournalism, both visual analysis and use, and InDesign. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None   

Grades offered:  9-12

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 2

Credit: 1.0

(Blended)

This two-semester course emphasizes the study of journalistic writing in a multimedia society beyond the basics.  Students begin by refreshing their skills about journalistic writing and journalistic responsibilities within press law and ethics, including writing in and analyzing the styles of news, features, sports and opinion.  Students review analytical and writing skills while, simultaneously, developing, crafting and presenting stories in a newspaper, web page format and through other media means. Students write, layout, design, and edit the entire paper, web page and media with a state-of-the-art desktop publishing program: InDesign. A student may enroll in this course more than one year to earn additional credits.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Credit in Journalistic Writing and Analysis 1

Grades offered: 10-12

Journalistic Writing and Analysis 2 Honors

Credit: 1.0

(Blended)

This two-semester course gives honors credit to those students chosen as editors of the newspaper.  Editors have a higher level of responsibility in the production of the paper, web page and media. Skills and responsibilities that editors will be taught, practice and master are the following: time management, staff management, collaboration, problem solving, analysis of writing, journalistic writing and editing, photo analysis and editing, critiquing, deciding content, handling controversial issues and ethical dilemmas, deadline enforcement, sales techniques and application, public speaking, design planning and layout and more. Editors have to make a much greater time commitment to ensure success of the production; therefore, editors are responsible for analyzing staff writers’ pieces for proper journalistic style, editing staff writers’ pieces, completing page designs and layouts, additional meetings, and school events. Editors are chosen based upon their performance in Journalism I or Journalism II, and they must submit an application to be considered. Students may enroll in this course more than one year to earn additional credit.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Credit in Journalism I and teacher recommendation

Grades offered: 10-12

Yearbook Writing and Analysis

Credit: 1.0

(Blended)

This two-semester course is focused on reading, analysis, and application of journalistic writing in a publication. All members of this course analyze published journalistic articles from various sources and mediums as a means to clearly identify and analyze the different aspects of sound journalism. To promote correct journalistic writing, students will also learn the specifics of journalism law in accordance with the current state laws; students will analyze their own writing that is published within the school yearbook to ensure it abides by these laws. In addition, all students have major roles of responsibility in the editing and design of the yearbook.  Layout and design are done with a state-of-the-art publishing program which they will learn to use in this course. Students additionally learn skills in photography by analyzing examples of photojournalism from various publications and apply these skills as they shoot and choose photographs for the yearbook. Students may enroll in this course more than one year to earn additional credit. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 10-12

Yearbook Writing and Analysis Honors

Credit: 1.0

(Blended)

This two-semester course gives honors credit to those students chosen as section editors of the yearbook. Editors have a higher level of responsibility in producing the yearbook, editing peer staff writing, and publishing spreads. Skills and responsibilities that editors will be taught, practice, and master are the following (but not limited to): time management, journalistic writing and editing, photo analysis and editing, critiquing, critically deciding content, handling controversial issues and ethical dilemmas by applying journalistic law, deadline enforcement, sales techniques and application, design planning and layout, and more. The number of editors will depend on the size of the staff and the number of pages and sections in the book.  Editors have a higher level of responsibility in the production of the yearbook and have a much greater time commitment. Editors are chosen based upon their application and their performance in Yearbook, Journalism I, or English class. This course may be taken more than one year for additional credit. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: Credit in Yearbook & recommendation

Grades offered: 10-12

Contemporary Novels

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course features selected works of modern fiction.  Students in this class study novels written since WWII, focusing on thematic issues and stylistic patterns characteristic of modern works.  Activities related to each novel include independent and guided reading, class discussions, and writing projects as reflected in The Common Core.  As a result of this curriculum, students gain more familiarity with contemporary authors and the similarities they share with other post-WWII writers. Junior English should be taken before or concurrently with this course. 

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None

Grades offered: 11-12

Diverse Voices in Literature

Credit: 0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one-semester course students will explore authors who represent voices usually excluded from study in English courses. We will read authors who represent diverse racial, religious, gender and sexual orientation perspectives. This class will use historical, social justice, and feminist lenses in the reading of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other electronic mediums to explore these different cultural journeys. Seniors may also  enroll in this course for Honors credit.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $25-$50.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None (Honors placement by recommendation)

Grades offered: 11-12

Grammar and Composition:  
Writing for Life
Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course focuses on writing concepts and their applications.  In this course, students have an opportunity to compose pieces in a variety of rhetorical modes. In each assignment, the emphasis is on the clear articulation of a thesis, thoughtful organization and analysis, stylistic choices, and clear editing.  Throughout the course, students gain a greater awareness of the writing process and the power of a writer’s voice in the development of ideas. 
Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $20-$30.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.
Prerequisite: None 
Grades offered: 11-12

Speech Communication

Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course covers a broad spectrum of topics in the field of speech communication.  The emphasis is on developing the skills of effective communication. Students will be required to prepare several speeches.  Participation is essential as this is a hands-on, activity-based class. Seniors may also enroll in this course for Honors credit.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None (Honors placement by recommendation)   

Grades offered: 10-12

Studies in Literature and Film
Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course explores the technology and themes of film, and is designed to help students develop critical viewing skills. The course covers various cinematic concepts, the language of film, and the themes of different genres, and an analysis of acting. Students should plan to give informative and persuasive presentations, conduct research on multiple topics, read and analyze critical essays on film, and complete a major film project.  Academic writing is required. 
Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20. In all caseesthe items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept. 
Prerequisite: None
Grades offered: 10-12

The Stories We Tell
Credit: 0.5

This one-semester course explores techniques used in narration in both the written and spoken form.  Students examine various narrative techniques. They also learn how to write narration and tell their own stories.  In both instances, students then work on transforming the written word to the spoken word and have several opportunities to study and practice speaking/storytelling techniques.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $30-$40.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None 

Grades offered: 11-12

Writing Workshop
Credit 0.5

This one-semester course focuses on exploring writing beyond critical argumentation so that students can explore creative expression. As a portfolio based class, the workshop begins with a series of explorations that feature different skills and techniques for generating, developing, and refining ideas.  Students then move on to more in-depth work on selected types of writing. Portfolios include both finished and unfinished pieces of varying genres and lengths. Writing Workshop enriches students’ understanding and experience of the craft of writing and helps them discover the potential of their own creative ideas and the many ways that these ideas can be effectively conveyed in writing. Seniors may also enroll in this course for Honors credit.

Ancillary Fees: There is an approximate cost ranging from $10-$20.  In all cases the items purchased are the property of the student and may be kept.

Prerequisite: None (Honors placement by recommendation)    

Grades offered: 9-12

English As A Second Language (ESL)-

Level I      

Credit: 1.0




 

This two-semester course is offered to students whose native language is not English and who are just beginning to learn English.  This class is designed to help students become functional in English through instruction in elementary vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.  Students will also complete reading and writing activities and assignments as they gain literacy in English. This course counts towards English graduation requirements.

Prerequisite: Placement by testing and recommendation 

Grades offered: All classes

English As A Second Language (ESL)-Level II

Credit: 1.0

This two-semester course is offered to students whose native language is not English and who have limited English proficiency.  The course provides additional instructional and practice time for those students who are just beginning to learn English and are also enrolled in ESL I.  It also provides instruction and support for students who are at an intermediate or advanced level in their English learning. In this course, students will increase their skills in speaking, listening to, reading, and writing English, as well as studying grammatical structures. This course counts toward English graduation requirements.

Prerequisite: Placement by testing and recommendation  

Grades offered: All classes

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