The Glenbard North English department is committed to developing independent learners and sophisticated thinkers who, through rigorous study of complex texts, can confidently engage in textual analysis and maturely and skillfully communicate ideas in both oral and written form. We are dedicated to preparing students for a 21st century society in which, regardless of their aspirations, students will be asked to think, argue, and inspire. As such, students will acquire and develop the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards while forming an appreciation for the power of the written word. Using classic and contemporary literary works as well as various non-fiction selections that illuminate the human experience and promote
empathy, students will uncover the larger purpose of each text, consider multiple perspectives, and reflect on their own role in society.
THE WRITTEN WORLD - Fr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. English -1 cr. Social Studies, - 1 cr. Applied Arts - Written World is an alternative to taking independent classes in World History, English 1, and Keyboarding/Technology Essentials. Students meet for two consecutive periods, occasionally combining English 1 and World History in a team-taught environment. Students meet for an additional period in a computer lab to learn and utilize technology skills. Individual course credit is earned for English 1, World History Regular, and Keyboarding/Technology Essentials. Written World teachers coordinate their curriculum by developing thematic units which include related assignments and major projects. Each unit centers around one historical topic and literary theme and utilizes skills related to the study of English,
History, and Keyboarding/Technology. In this project-oriented course, students will create documents utilizing a variety of technology programs.
ENGLISH 1 - Fr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - This course aims to develop accuracy in the mechanics of writing, to develop techniques for constructing unified paragraphs, to promote reading for implications and to encourage improvement of reading skills. In addition, this course aims to improve study skills, to familiarize students with library sources, to introduce students to the various types of literature, and to continue the improvement of composition skills.
ENGLISH 1H* - Fr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Recommendation by the department chair. This course is designed for students whose reading and writing skills are highly developed and who are especially interested in the study of English. The objectives of the course are the same as those for English 1; however, more challenging literature, writing assignments and library research require a more mature level of thinking.
ENGLISH 2 - Soph. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - This course includes units in literature and composition to strengthen skills in reading as well as expository and descriptive writing. Composition work focuses on improvement of sentence structure, vocabulary, and usage. In literature, students read selected poems, short stories, drama, and novels, which demonstrate effective use of language. In addition, students complete a library research project.
ENGLISH 2H* - Soph. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: English 1H or recommendation by department chair - This course offers highly motivated students the opportunity to study the classic works of Hugo, Bronte, Shakespeare, Rostand, and Sophocles, along with non-fiction works, which contribute to a world-literature focus. Composition activities provide experience in formal expository and creative writing. Research focuses on enrichment of experience in the study of literature.
ENGLISH 3 - Jr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - This course offers an integrated study of composition and American literature. The literature includes drama, novels, and poetry by significant authors. Composition work will cover the expository essay and the research paper. Since students will use word processing, keyboarding skills are strongly advised.
* Honors students are required to read selected works of literature during the summer and respond in journal entries as preparation for the course.
ENGLISH 3 - American Studies - Jr. - 1 yr., 2 cr. - This two-credit course is an alternative to enrolling in U.S. History and English 3 separately; it satisfies the graduation requirements for both. Team-taught by an English and a history teacher during two consecutive periods, this course traces America's historical, artistic, and philosophical growth. Students analyze the American experience as a cultural whole: its institutions, literature, politics, economics, and ethnic groups. They are involved in essay writing, journaling, reading and discussing as well as several hands-on projects. The study of the U.S. Constitution and state and local government will be included in this course. Because of the two credits attached to this course, only students with a history of strong academic commitment are
advised to select this course.
ENGLISH 3 AP: ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION* - Jr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. Prerequisite: English 2H or recommendation by department chair - This course is designed according to the guidelines found in the AP English Course Description. In addition to meeting the standards set by the College Board, English 3AP also provides students with a survey of the body of American Literature. Students will analyze, discuss, and write about various types of American prose, particularly essays, short stories, speeches, and novels, with an emphasis on the effectiveness of language, rhetorical strategies, and argument. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Examination in English Language and Composition.
AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION * - Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: English 3H or recommendation by department chair - This course is designed for those students who have demonstrated a special interest and high level of competence in English. Concentrated instruction and practice in writing plus a chronological study of British literature through the twentieth century will enhance student preparation for the AP exam. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to take the AP examination which can result in the awarding of college credit and/or advanced placement at the undergraduate level. Also, a major research project is required for successful completion of this course.
SENIOR COMPOSITION - Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Department approval -This course is a strong college preparatory course designed to develop competence in composition writing. This course includes an intensive review of unity, coherence, grammar and mechanics; the assignments require students to write a variety of essays using different rhetorical modes such as personal narrative, description, comparison/contrast, classification, definition, and persuasion. A student electing to take this course should expect to write on a constant basis, incorporating mature content along with sophistication in writing style. In addition, the term project focuses on writing a literary analysis paper based on the independent reading of a novel and researched literary criticism in order to support a
MAJOR BRITISH WRITERS - Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Department approval. This course is primarily a study of representative British authors through the twentieth century. It offers a foundation for continuing the formal study of literature. Compositions and essay questions are based on responses to literature.
WORLD LITERATURE - Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Department approval - This college-preparatory course is designed for students with above-average reading skills and a special interest in global literature. Students will be involved in an active search for meaning in the texts as well as creative, critical reflections on questions of enduring significance. Students will have the opportunity to explore important works of literature from a variety of time periods and genres and from every continent.
MODERN LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION - Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: Department approval. This course is designed for students who wish to acquire additional skills in practical writing and to develop critical understanding of literature. The study of literature includes selections that reflect multicultural issues and global social concerns in twentieth-century culture. Modern Lit is intended to be a year-long course.
* Honors students are required to read selected works of literature during the summer and respond in journal entries as preparation for the course.
SENIOR ENGLISH - Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. - Prerequisite: English 3B or recommendation by department chair. - This course is designed for students who need to develop strategic reading and learning skills. Students will concentrate on developing an independence in communication skills that will be especially helpful after high school.
JOURNALISM WRITING ** (Elective) - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. -Prerequisite: Department approval - This course is designed for students who have demonstrated above-average writing skills and who have a special interest in journalism. It will provide experience in writing editorials, news, features, and sports stories. Skills in editing, interviewing, advertising, and page design will also be developed. Students will analyze student and professional newspapers. Professionals will address the class on various aspects of journalism.
CREATIVE WRITING ** (Elective) - Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Department approval - This course is designed to give students an opportunity to express themselves through the writing of short stories, poetry, and other creative pieces. Students will examine the works of established writers as well as critique their own writing and that of their classmates. Precision in word choice, variety in sentence structure, clarity, and originality will be emphasized.
HUMANITIES** H - Sr. - 1 yr., 1 cr. â€“ (See Social Studies)
*Students may request this course to be designated as an elective English credit over and above their core 12th grade English curriculum.
NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION AND WRITING 1 **(Elective) - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills needed to produce a monthly student publication. Reporting and writing will be key activities, along with desktop publishing, financing, managing and teamwork. During this course students will work on the school newspaper, The North Current, as well as being a member of the staff as a co-curricular participant.
NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION AND WRITING 2 **(Elective) - Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - This course is a continuation of the opportunity for students to develop skills needed to produce a monthly student publication. Completion of Newspaper Production 1 is not required for enrollment in Newspaper Production 2
**This credit will not apply toward the core English requirement.
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE COURSES
ACADEMIC STRATEGIES I** - Fr. - 1 yr., 1 elective cr. - Criteria: Standardized reading test scores, 8th grade reading scores. For students reading below grade level and in need of academic strategy development. - This course will develop and strengthen academic reading strategies and skills necessary for success in all content areas. Students will improve in the areas of comprehension, Project C.R.I.S.S. strategies for learning, writing development, content area support strategies (i.e. note taking, highlighting, and study strategies), academic vocabulary and fluency.
ACADEMIC STRATEGIES II** - Soph. - 1 yr., 1 elective. cr. - Criteria: Standardized reading test scores, 8th grade reading scores, academic performance in freshman year coursework. For students reading below grade level and in need of academic strategy development. - This course will develop and strengthen academic reading strategies and skills necessary for success in all content areas. Students will improve in the areas of comprehension, Project C.R.I.S.S. strategies of leaning, writing development, content area support strategies (i.e. note taking, highlighting, and study strategies), academic vocabulary and fluency. Admission to this course is through department chair and guidance counselor recommendation.
EXTENDED ENGLISH I - Two period course - 1 English cr. & 1 elective cr. - Prerequisite: For students reading significantly below grade as determined by standardized reading test scores and recommendation. - This double period English course is designed to support the most at-risk reader. Students will be immersed in a standard English program emphasizing vocabulary acquisition, fluency, grammar, writing, and communication skills. Importance is placed on intensive reading strategies in order to accelerate reading growth toward grade level proficiency.
LSP STUDY HALL - Fr - 1 year, no credit - Students are usually recommended by their eighth-grade teachers. This is a study hall monitored and staffed by a certified teacher. Students are required to use their Panther Planner and to utilize their time doing homework, working on projects and studying for quizzes and tests. Studentsâ€™ grades are monitored and communication between the studentsâ€™ teachers and the LSP teacher occur on a regular basis to ensure that the students are completing all their schoolwork. The LSP teacher will assist students with organization, homework completion, and will work directly with students on study skills as they relate to their courses.
STUDY SKILLS 1** - Soph. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Open only to LSP students. This course is designed to assist students in meeting the challenges of high school course work. Students will learn to organize themselves in completing assignments for all of their classes. To help students become more independent learners, guided study time and practice in study skills form the core of this course. Topics covered include learning styles, goal setting, organization, reading, note taking in class, note taking from textbooks, memory strategies, and test taking strategies.
STUDY SKILLS 2 ** - Soph. - 1 sem., 1/2 cr. - Prerequisite: Open only to LSP students. This course is designed to assist students in meeting the challenges of high school course work. Students will learn to organize themselves in completing assignments for all of their classes. To help students become more independent learners, guided study time and practice in study skills form the core of this course. Topics covered include study skills specific to the content areas and the 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens.
** This credit will not apply toward the three-year English requirement.