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English

English Department Chair: Dr. Michael Williams


9   English – I  

This course is required of all freshmen not enrolled in Honors English – I

Students study rules of grammar and use these skills in writing short expository paragraphs and essays. Students also study vocabulary and spelling. Units on literature will focus on developing an appreciation of the author’s craft and will help teach the student the literary terminology which will enable him to speak and write about literature.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


9   Honors English – I                                                            

Prerequisite:  An average of 70 or higher on the three English sections of the Placement Examination (HSPT).

This course is designed for students who show a high level of proficiency in English. Students will spend less time on grammatical review and more time in reading and studying literature which will include additional units in drama, poetry and the novel. Special emphasis will be placed on the development of narrative, descriptive and expository writing skills.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


10   English Language & Literature – II

Prerequisite: None – This course is required for all sophomores not enrolled in Honors English II

Students will study grammar and composition, focusing on descriptive, expository, and analytical essays. The course also includes a literature component which will introduce students to various literary genres (i.e. poetry, the short story and the novel).

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


10   Honors English Language & Literature – II         

Prerequisite: “C” or better in Honors English I or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and an “A” in English I.

Students will continue to develop their narrative, descriptive and expository writing skills. A minimum of time will be spent on grammatical review. Special emphasis will be placed on the study of the short story, drama, and poetry. This study will include written analysis of the literature studied. The anthology used will be supplemented by the study of four novels chosen from a Sophomore Honors English reading list.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


11   American Literature                                        

Prerequisite: None

This course is required for all juniors not enrolled in AP English Language.

Students will review grammatical principles and will write longer, more analytical essays and papers. Vocabulary and test taking skills will also be studied. This course provides the student with an overview of the American literary tradition. Periods of American Literature are surveyed in several genres. The course is designed for junior level students, who will be simultaneously enrolled in United States History.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


11 Advanced Placement English Language and Composition

Prerequisite:  “C” or better in Honors English II or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

This course is designed for particularly talented students of English who hope to qualify for advanced placement in college. The student is required to study more difficult texts than he would normally study in a college prep class. The emphasis in this course is on reading and writing non-fiction prose.  Additionally, students will continue to explore drama, poetry, the short story, the essay, and the novel.  The student may receive college credit for his course work if he performs well on the Advanced Placement English Exam administered by the College Board.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


12   World Literature  

Prerequisite: None – This course is required for all seniors not enrolled in AP Literature.

Students will review grammatical rules and usage, spelling and vocabulary. Fifty percent of the student’s time will be devoted to writing essays and longer analytical papers, including the literary research paper. The course will also provide an intensive study of world literature from different historical periods presented in different genres.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


12 Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition             

Prerequisite: “C” or better in AP English Language or a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher.

This course is designed for particularly talented students of English who hope to qualify for advanced placement in college. The student is required to study more difficult texts than he would normally study in a college prep class. In this course students will be engaged in a close examination of major literary works. The student may receive college credit for his course work if he performs well on the Advanced Placement English Exam administered by the College Board.

(Meets CSU/UC “b” requirement) 


English Electives


 10 – 12 Creative Writing (semester option available)            

Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher

Students will explore the art of writing plays, poems, short stories, and television scripts. Students will be strongly encouraged to submit work for publication.

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement) 


10 – 12 Journalism                                                 

Prerequisite: Approval of Laconian advisor (Sem / Year option)

This is a course in practical journalism. The major project of the students in this class will be the production of the Damien High School newspaper, the Laconian. The newspaper advisor must approve all students electing to take this course. Students must get an application for the course from the counselor.

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement) 


11-12 Advanced Journalism                                     

Prerequisite: Approval of Laconian advisor

The students in this class will have the responsibility of being section editors of the school newspaper, the Laconian, and will be actively involved in all aspects of the monthly production of the Laconian for the tri-school community. They shall be knowledgeable in various techniques of writing style. They shall be able to effectively use photography, graphics and charts, to apply computer skills in operating desk-top publishing and in scanning both photos and text. They shall be able to print, wax, paste-up, and thus provide the news printer with camera ready copy.

(Meets CSU/UC “g” requirement) 


10-12 Yearbook                                                          

Prerequisite: Permission of Spartiate advisor (1st Sem / Year option)

The primary purpose of the yearbook class is the production of Damien’s yearbook, the Spartiate. The student will be expected to learn the basics of photography, lay-out, and copy write up. This course requires some after school work. Students must obtain an application from the counselor.


11-12 Advanced Yearbook                                       

Prerequisite: Approval of Spartiate advisor

The primary purpose of the yearbook class is the production of Damien’s yearbook, the Spartiate. The student will be expected to learn the basics of photography, lay-out, and copy write up. Students shall be able to print, wax, paste-up, and thus provide the news printer with camera ready copy.