English

The English Department at Valor Christian High School seeks to promote lifelong readers, writers, and critical thinkers in a decidedly Christian forum through the study of classic and modern literature.

English Department Courses

ENG 110: English 9

This course is a year-long, cumulative study of vocabulary, grammar, language precision, literature analysis, oratory skills, and writing. The team of English 9H teachers expects students to internalize and own the grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and writing process introduced. Our philosophy in regard to the volume of literature we cover is that less is more when less provides for depth of thought not attainable by breadth of material. We seek to grow students who read well, think well, and express themselves articulately. As such, we read almost continuously, we think, reflect, debate, and discuss what we read regularly, and we practice grammar, vocabulary, and writing weekly. Most of our work happens in the classroom, which requires students to do some preparation outside of class. In general, this advanced preparation takes the form of reading from our literature, but may include practice in grammar, vocabulary, or generating written work. We expect students to come to class prepared to learn, and leave class better writers, thinkers, and communicators.

Grade: Freshman

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: None

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader.

ENG 120 HON: Honors English 9

This course is a year-long, cumulative study of vocabulary, grammar, language precision, literature analysis, oratory skills, and writing. The team of English 9H teachers expects students to internalize and own the grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and writing process introduced. Our philosophy in regard to the volume of literature we cover is that less is more when less provides for depth of thought not attainable by breadth of material. We seek to grow students who read well, think well, and express themselves articulately. As such, we read almost continuously, we think, reflect, debate, and discuss what we read regularly, and we practice grammar, vocabulary, and writing weekly. Most of our work happens in the classroom, which requires students to do some preparation outside of class. In general, this advanced preparation takes the form of reading from our literature, but may include practice in grammar, vocabulary, or generating written work. We expect students to come to class prepared to learn, and leave class better writers, thinkers, and communicators.

Grade: Freshman

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader.

ENG 210: English 10

English Grade 10 enhances and expands on the reading and writing skills established in English 9, moving toward more complex texts and greater emphasis on textual analysis. Students will refine grammatical skills, and learn to recognize logical fallacies both in written and oral form. Discussions of the literature will play a significant role in developing critical thinking skills. Students will expand and develop their vocabulary base and improve written technique and style, with an emphasis on organizing multi-paragraph compositions by crafting arguable thesis statements, supporting thesis statements with claim sentences, supporting claims with concrete evidence, and warranting evidence to produce sound arguments. Students will learn MLA style guidelines and learn the revision process in both creative and formal writing.

Grade: Sophomore

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 9

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader and Membean online vocabulary tool.

ENG 220 HON: Honors English 10

English Grade 10 Honors enhances and expands on the reading and writing skills established in English 9 or English 9 Honors, moving toward more complex texts and greater emphasis on textual analysis. Students will refine grammatical skills, and learn to recognize logical fallacies both in written and oral form. Discussions of the literature will play a significant role in developing critical thinking skills. Students will expand and develop their vocabulary base and improve written technique and style, with an emphasis on organizing multi-paragraph compositions by crafting arguable thesis statements, supporting thesis statements with claim sentences, supporting claims with concrete evidence, and warranting evidence to produce sound arguments. Students will learn MLA style guidelines and learn the revision process in both creative and formal writing.

Grade: Sophomore

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Grade of “B” or above in Honors English 9; grade of “A” in English 9; Teach

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader and Membean online vocabulary tool.

ENG 310: English 11

This course will continue to develop students into becoming critical thinkers, writers, and readers by improving their written, verbal, and research skills. Students will closely read great literary classics and a wide selection of non-fiction. Class discussions will explore what ideas and beliefs formed these texts, who has supported or challenged them, and how these ideas are still ingrained in our culture today. Particular attention will be paid to the mode of argumentation: in the analysis of a text, in the crafting of an essay, in the expression of a viewpoint through debate or discussion. Students will build upon this skill by adding layers of evidence—textual analysis, personal experiences and observations, outside research—to provide a convincing defense for their claims. This course also involves skill development in advanced syntax and grammar. Students will develop literary analysis skills and a depth of logical inquiry, along with a greater sense of style. Special attention is given to advanced grammar, spelling, and vocabulary enrichment. These skills will prepare them for the ACT and SAT exams and the expectations for their studies at the college level. Ultimately, this course will guide students toward examining literature and life critically through a Biblical worldview and toward equipping them to inform, serve, convince, and inspire others through their writing.

Grade: Junior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 10

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader and Membean online vocabulary tool.

ENG 350: AP English Language and Composition

This introductory college-level course, which complies with the guidelines stated in the AP English Course Description, has three main objectives. First, this course develops students into strong, confident writers who recognize the value of revision in their writing. Second, this course works to develop critical reading skills by sharpening students’ awareness of the rhetorical strategies used by the author of a text. The course content will emphasize works of American literature and works of nonfiction from a variety of authors and time periods. By becoming better readers, students glean ideas that contribute to the content of their writing, sharpen critical thinking skills, and apply rhetorical strategies in their own writing. Complementary to the first two objectives, this course further prepares students for the AP English: Language and Composition exam. To practice and assess their writing and critical reading skills, students complete several timed essays and multiple-choice segments, taken directly from released AP exams. By the end of the course, students will have prepared for the exam, but more importantly, they will have developed critical reading and writing skills that they will use in college and beyond. This course functions as a portfolio-based writing course that requires students to write several essays through the steps of the writing process, meet regularly in peer and teacher conferences, and revise and edit select essays for a final portfolio.

Grade: Junior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Grade of “B+” or above in Honors English 10; Grade of “A” in English 10 CP

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90. $15 book fee is also required.

ENG 410: English 12

Important ideas from the 20th century will be explored through seminal authors of this period. Selected works by influential writers such as Orwell, Kafka, Eliot, Yeats, Stevens, and others will represent the literary movements of existentialism and nihilism, while selections from Hansberry, Spiegelman, Stoppard, Oates, and others will introduce students to Post-Modernism. This course is designed to improve students’ written, verbal, and research skills. Students will develop literary analysis skills, and a depth of logical inquiry, along with a greater sense of style. Special attention also is given to advanced grammar, oratory, and vocabulary enrichment. Ultimately, this course will guide students toward examining literature and life critically through a Biblical worldview and toward equipping them to inform, serve, convince, and inspire others through their writing.

Grade: Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: English 11

Notes: Fee required for Course Reader and Membean online vocabulary tool.

ENG 450: AP English Literature and Composition

This course engages students in careful reading, critical analysis, and writing about imaginative literature (prose fiction, drama, and poetry). In literature studies, students consider a work’s cultural background, world-view, and message, as well as its aesthetic value and literary merits. To enhance cultural and artistic literacy, students read influential works from the Classical through the Post-Modern periods. AP English Literature and Composition prepares the student for the College Board AP test with reading comprehension and writing skills development. Composition assignments, based upon the literature, are designed to strengthen students’ skills in reading, analysis, research, and writing. Oratory skills are honed through discussions, writers’ workshops, and debate, as well as memorization and recitation of selected poetry and scripture. Vocabulary development and grammar proficiency are enhanced through regular review and assessments. Ongoing class devotions help students to a deeper understanding of biblical truths, hermeneutical skills, and life application. The instructor’s aim in everything is to honor Christ and advance His kingdom.

Grade: Senior

Term: YearCredit: 1.0

Prerequisites: Grade of “A” or above in English 11 CP; grade of “A-” or above in AP Language and Composition; In-school, timed writing sample required;Teacher Recommendation

Notes: The cost for the required AP exam will be approximately $90. $15 book fee is also required.