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Reidsville High School

1901 South Park Drive

Reidsville, North Carolina 27320

Phone (336) 349-6361; FAX:  (336) 349-3205

Principal:  Ann Mitchell

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Rockingham County Schools

511 Harrington Highway

Eden, North Carolina 27288

Phone:  (336) 627-2600  Fax:  (336) 627-2660

Superintendent's E-mail:  rshotwell@rock.k12.nc.us

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English Department

English I

Prerequisite: None, Credit: 1, Grade: 9, Weight: S

Develop a foundation for literary analysis and future study of High School English.  Develop an understanding of literary concepts, elements, genres and terms as a foundation for further study of World, American and British Literature.  Develop applied communication skills such as the development of sentences, paragraphs and short themes. Develop listening, speaking and reviewing skills. 

 

English I Honors

Prerequisite: AG English in Grade 8 Recommended, Credit: 1, Grade: 9, Weight: H

Develop a foundation for literary analysis and critical reading skills.  Study various literary genres and become involved in independent reading, research and vocabulary building.  Writing will stress all language skills, especially those relating to grammar, editing, and composition. Develop speaking, listening and reviewing skills.

 

English II

Prerequisite: English I, Credit: 1, Grade: 10, Weight: S

Develop techniques of informational writing with emphasis placed on developing critical reading and writing skills.  Also, place an emphasis on vocabulary building through a study of various genres from World Literature. Develop speaking, listening and reviewing skills.

 

English II Honors

Prerequisite: English I Honors Recommended, Credit: 1, Grade: 10, Weight: H

In this course designed for skilled writers and confident, effective readers, development of critical reading skills will continue through a study of various genres from World Literature.  Students will also continue to develop skills in writing, conduct library research and write a formal research paper. In addition, they will develop speaking, listening, and reviewing skills.

 

English III

Prerequisite: English II, Credit: 1, Grade: 11, Weight: S

Study American Literature, including how it reflects our nation's culture and history.  Also, study the connection of themes, ideas, and movements in American Literature across time.  In addition, students will read representative works from historical periods in American History, from the origin of our country to the present day.

 

English III Honors

Prerequisite: English II Honors Recommended, Credit: 1, Grade: 11,  Weight: H

Further development of critical skills in reading, writing, thinking and viewing, through the study of American Literature.  Learn research and documentation techniques by completing a research paper.

 

English IV

Prerequisite: English III, Credit: 1, Grade: 12, Weight: S

Study British Literature, including how the literature of Great Britain has influenced American Literature.   Also, study the connections of themes, ideas and movements in British literature. In addition, complete the Senior Project.

 

English IV Honors

Prerequisite: English III Honors recommended, Credit: 1, Grade: 12, Weight: H

Use critical and creative skills in composition and literature through the intense study of representative works from several genres and literary periods of British Literature.  Assume responsibility for your own learning. Participate in extensive independent reading, writing, and research. Also, complete the Senior Project.

 

SAT Preparation

Prerequisite: None, Credit: 1, Grades: 10-12, Weight:  S

Prepare for the SAT.  Receive help in all areas of college preparation, including resumes, application essays, recommendations, application forms and financial aid procedures.

 

Yearbook Production

Prerequisite: Application, Credit: 1, Grades: 10-12, Weight: S

Plan and prepare the yearbook for publication.  Become acquainted with some of the elements of yearbook journalism such as layout and design.  Also, learn individual responsibility and teamwork. The majority of students in this class will be seniors; however, it will include some sophomores and juniors who have a special interest in the yearbook or a special talent.

 

The Bible as Literature

Prerequisite: None, Credit: 1, Grades: 9-12, Weight: S

Analyze the Bible as a work of literature by examining the various types of literature presented, including narrative, drama, poetry, prophecy and history.  Provide one's own textbook, preferably the King James Version of the Bible.

 

Advanced Placement English III (Language and Composition) 

Prerequisite: English II Honors, Credit: 1, Grade: 11, Weight: AP 

Study a variety of texts and a writing tasks with an emphasis on effective writing, critical reading and thinking deeply, concerning the study of American Literature.

 

Advanced Placement English IV (Literature and Composition) 

Prerequisite: Honors or AP English III, Credit: 1, Grade: 12, Weight: AP

Pursue college level studies while still in high school and receive Advanced Placement Credit upon entering college.  Write essays on selected works of literature in order to demonstrate the utilization of techniques in class discussion.  Also, complete the Senior Project.

 

Occupational English I-IV

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation, Credit: 1 Per Course, Grades: 9-12,

Weight: REM 

Occupational English I-IV is a series of Classes, which are designed to develop essential reading and writing skills needed for independent living and successful employment.  Reading focuses on decoding and comprehending information for successful community inclusion. Writing emphasizes comprehending and using written information to communicate effectively.

 

Journalism

Prerequisite: Application, Credit: 1, Grades: 9-12, Weight: S

Plan, design and publish the school newspaper.  Participate in interviewing, researching, writing, editing, word processing, art layout, photography, solicitation of advertisements and distribution of newspaper.  The newspaper production features are studied and reinforced with on-the-job training. A student may take this course more than once.

 

Honors Journalism

Prerequisite: Successful completion of two semesters of Journalism and Application

Students will participate in an integrated Journalism Program, including preparation of a portfolio to demonstrate the range and depth of Journalism experience.  Students will also employ current computer technology in all processes of Print Journalism preparation, including use of the internet, as well as telecommunications for research and collaboration.

 

 Yearbook Production

Prerequisite: Application, Credit: 1, Grades: 10-12, Weight: S

Plan and prepare the yearbook for publication.  Become acquainted with some of the elements of yearbook journalism such as layout and design.  Also, learn individual responsibility and teamwork. The majority of students in this class will be seniors; however, it will include some sophomores and juniors who have a special interest in the yearbook or a special talent.

 

Honors Publication/Yearbook I

Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation, Credit: 1, Grades: 10-12, Weight: H

Publication/Yearbook is the study, practice and refinement of the fundamentals of Yearbook Publication, including interviewing, copy writing, layout design, photography, theme development, desktop publishing, as well as marketing. Students will also place an emphasis on teamwork, meeting publisher's deadlines and adhering to ethical standards.  In addition, Honors Students are expected to enter the class with fundamental skills in place, in order to begin book production immediately. They will assist with the training of new staff members, provide daily leadership and assume additional production responsibilities.

 

SAT Preparation

Prerequisite: None, Credit: 1, Grades: 10-12, Weight:  S

Prepare for the SAT.  Receive help in all areas of college preparation, including resumes, application essays, recommendations, application forms and financial aid procedures.

 

Communication Skills

Prerequisite: None, Credit: 1, Grade: 9, Weight: S 

Study and practice fundamental communication skills, especially reading.  Also, reinforce related areas specified in the Common Core State Standards for English I at the high school level.  Students are placed in this course by administrative decision, based on recommendations from Guidance Personnel. This course should be taken prior to English I.