April 27, 2017

Communication Arts

Graduation Requirement of 4.0 credits. Language skills are essential to communicating via the spoken and written word. Students are exposed to a variety of classic authors, with a view towards increasing comprehension and the ability to write with clarity. A solid foundation in language skills helps buy students across all academic subjects. Students with poor skills are targeted for improving their weaknesses, while above average students will be challenged to perform to their God-given potential.
(Note: an 'A' designation after the course name means first semester of curriculum and 'B' indicates the second semester.)

Course List

ENG 101 COMP - Grammar & Composition - A
Description 9th Grade Requirement
A blend of grammar, writing, and reading teaches students not only how to use language, but why it is important. Concentration on fundamental grammar skills, vocabulary development, and reading literature selections which promote and develop writing skills are the primary areas studied in this first semester.

Introduction to Course
Unit 1: Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
Unit 2: Vocabulary
Unit 3: Literature

Materials:
Interactive Website: ClassZone

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ENG 101 COMP - Grammar & Composition - A (MVCA)
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ENG 201 LIT - Understanding Literature - A (MVCA)
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ENG 201 LIT - Understanding Literature - A
Description 10th Grade Requirement
This course is a study of literature by genre. Units are organized around the following types of literature: short story, poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and novel. Characteristics of each genre are introduced, and recognized works of literature are read and analyzed. Students are given tools for reading each type of literature and complete a variety of assignments including vocabulary study, reading for comprehension, connecting to history, thinking critically, and producing writing products and creative projects. This course emphasizes the common language of literature and prepares students for subsequent high school English courses.

Unit 01: Short Story
Unit 02: Poetry
Unit 03: Classical Traditions--The Epic
Unit 04: Novel--To Kill A Mockingbird
Unit 05: Nonfictin Prose

Materials Required:
Online Library in Eagle Hall:
Selected biographical essays
Selected poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama

Novels:
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

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ENG 221 WRITE - Write It! Blog It! (MVCA)
Description English Elective for Grades 11 or 12
Semester Course

This is a creative writing course designed to challenge students in new venues of writing. Students will use a number of genres and techniques through reading articles and blogs as well as writing their own. They will study the current writer’s market and blogs in order to understand what gets published and creating blogs that generate a following through excellent, thought provoking content. Students should be strong writers and will be creating their own blog on the world wide web.

Unit 1- Beginning Blogs
Unit 2- Creating an Original Blog
Unit 3- Writing about What you Know
Unit 4- Writing with the Intent of Being Published

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ENG 301 AM LIT - American Literature - A
Description 11th Grade Requirement
This course is a survey of American literature from Early American Literature through Modern American Prose and Poetry. Major literary periods and movements are identified, as well as major authors and works from each period. Students approach the course from the perspective of charting the definition of Truth as it changes from period to period. Literary periods are not studied in isolation, but rather as a continuum, recognizing how each reacts to the period before it and sets standards for the next.

Unit 01: Literature of Settlement and Religion
Unit 02: The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Unit 03: Literature of Revolution
Unit 04: American Romanticism
Unit 05: Transcendentalism

Materials Required:
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

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ENG 301 AM LIT - American Literature - A (MVCA)
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ENG 302 AM LIT - American Literature - B
Description 11th Grade Requirement
This course is a survey of American literature from Early American Literature through Modern American Prose and Poetry. Major literary periods and movements are identified, as well as major authors and works from each period. Students approach the course from the perspective of charting the definition of Truth as it changes from period to period. Literary periods are not studied in isolation, but rather as a continuum, recognizing how each reacts to the period before it and sets standards for the next.
Unit 06 Realism & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Unit 07 Regionalism
Unit 08 Naturalism & The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane
Unit 09 Modern American Poetry
Unit 10 Modern American Prose

Materials Required:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

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ENG 401 GR BKS - Great Books - A
Description Grades 11 or 12 Literature Course
for Vocational students
Prerequisite: American Lit

This course is designed to encourage independent reading, while offering guidelines for choosing and appreciating great books. In the first half of this course, students have the opportunity to read Great Books for all ages, from Picture Books for children to Chapter Books for children and young adults. Students choose their own books, but must read at least two different types of fiction when completing the Chapter Books Units: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, or Fantasy. A common, classic young adult novel is read and studied as the semester comes to a close. Students complete a variety of assignments and projects in each unit which involve analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, creative thinking, writing, and speaking. In the second half of the course, students select a classic novel from a suggested reading list to read independently, and complete a variety of short and long-range assignments designed to help them read more thoughtfully and analytically. Then, as a class, students read a classic Christian biography. The semester culminates in a Personal Values Project.

Materials:
Local Library: Children’s Picture Books, Chapter Books
Suggested Reading List: Children’s Classics
Caldecott Awards List

Classic Children’s Book:
The Giver, Lois Lowry
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ENG 401 GR BKS - Great Books - A (MVCA)
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ENG 402 GR BKS - Great Books - B
Description Grades 11 or 12 Literature Course
for Vocational students
Prerequisite: American Lit

This course is designed to encourage independent reading, while offering guidelines for choosing and appreciating great books. In the first half of this course, students have the opportunity to read Great Books for all ages, from Picture Books for children to Chapter Books for children and young adults. Students choose their own books, but must read at least two different types of fiction when completing the Chapter Books Units: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Realistic Fiction, or Fantasy. A common, classic young adult novel is read and studied as the semester comes to a close. Students complete a variety of assignments and projects in each unit which involve analysis, evaluation, critical thinking, creative thinking, writing, and speaking. In the second half of the course, students select a classic novel from a suggested reading list to read independently, and complete a variety of short and long-range assignments designed to help them read more thoughtfully and analytically. Then, as a class, students read a classic Christian biography. The semester culminates in a Personal Values Project.

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ENG 501 BRIT LIT - British Literature - A
Description Grades 11 or 12 Literature Course
for College Prep students
Prerequisite: American Lit

This course is designed as a historical survey of British Literature from the Middle Ages through the Age of Reform, including the Modern Period. Students will study the development of the English language, as well as some of the great works of British Literature. The focus of the course is the major literary periods, the major writers in each period, their major works, and the ideas that have shaped British Literature and western civilization.

Unit 1: The Anglo-Saxon Period
Unit 2: The Medieval Period
Unit 3: The Elizabethan Age
Unit 4: The Jacobean Age
Unit 5: The Puritan Age

Materials:
Novels and Drama: Hamlet, William Shakespeare
Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan

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ENG 502 BRIT LIT - British Literature - B
Description Grades 11 or 12 Literature Course
for College Prep students
Prerequisite: British Lit-A

This course is designed as a historical survey of British Literature from the Middle Ages through the Age of Reform, including the Modern Period. Students will study the development of the English language, as well as some of the great works of British Literature. The focus of the course is the major literary periods, the major writers in each period, their major works, and the ideas that have shaped British Literature and western civilization.

Unit 06 The Neoclassical Period
Unit 07 The Romantic Period
Unit 08 The Victorian Period
Unit 09 The Modern Period
Unit 10 Novel: Perelandra, C.S. Lewis


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HPE 201 PT - Personal Trainer (Fall) (MVCA)
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