Language Arts

Courses

The Gaylord High School Language Arts department focuses on building the language and communication skills of all students in grades 9 through 12. Classes cover everything from "the basics" in English 9 & 10 to higher reading, writing, and thinking skills in Advanced Placement English Literature.

English- Grade 9

Grade 9     1 credit

Following the Michigan Merit Curriculum, the goal for English Language Arts Grade 9 is to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. Ninth graders will connect with and respond to texts by analyzing relationships within and across families, communities, socieities, governments, and economies. They will consider how they build relationships, how their relationships impact others, and their responsibility to society. These concepts will be learned through units centering on short stories, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey and Romeo and Juliet. Successful completion is required for graduation.

English- Grade 10

Grade 10     1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9
Following the Michigan Merit Curriculum, the goal for English Language Arts 10 is to continue to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. Tenth graders will connect with and respond to texts through critical response and stance which offers students the lens to assess and modify their beliefs, views of the world, and how they have the power to impact them. These concepts will be learned through units centering on The Crucible, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, and A Raisin in the Sun. Successful completion is required for graduation.

English- Grade 11

Grade 11     1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English Grade 10.
Following the Michigan Merit Curriculum, the goal for English Language Arts 11 is to continue to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. Eleventh graders will connect with and respond to texts through transformational thinking which will focus on decision making for their futures. These concepts will be learned through units centering on Lord of the Flies, Night, Frankenstein, Hamlet, Canterbury Tales, and Beowulf. Successful completion is required for graduation.

English- Grade 12

Grade 12     1 credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 11
This class is recommended for those students who wish to improve their reading and writing skills for college but are not interested in taking an AP course. This course will follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum and will continue to build a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and strategies that will be refined, applied, and extended as students engage in more complex ideas, texts, and tasks. Twelfth graders will connect with and respond to texts through a focus on leadership qualities. The concepts will be learned through units centering on Their Eyes Were Watching God, Things Fall Apart, Animal Farm, 1984, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Antigone, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, and Principle-Centered Leadership.

Debate

Grade 9-12      1/2 credit
Students will develop skills in formal debate procedures, research, analysis, logic, application of arguments, and competition. Emphasis is also placed on developing persuasive speaking skills. Students are required to compete in formal debates beyond the normal school day. The class may be repeated for elective credit. This class is open to all students, but strength in writing and research are a plus. This course will meet the Michigan standards for a required Visual, Performing & Applied Arts credit.

Forensics

Grade 9-12      1/2 credit
Students will prepare presentations in public speaking and oral interpretation of literature. Students will also develop specialized speaking skills and participate in forensics tournaments in their chosen field beyond the normal school day. The class is open to all students, but approval of the instructor is suggested. This class may be repeated for elective credit. This course will meet the Michigan standards for a required Visual, Performing & Applied Arts credit.

Yearbook

Grades 11-12      1 credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of English 9 and 10 and written approval of the instructor.
The student’s English grade must be turned into the Yearbook instructor as well as a short essay indicating why he or she wants to be in Yearbook prior to receiving the instructor’s signature. Students will learn the necessary skills to complete the yearbook. Students will be expected to sell and design ads, write articles, conduct interviews, design layouts, use computers, and meet deadlines to complete the current year's book. Communication skills in groups will also be emphasized. In addition, students will be exposed to student press laws. Some activities may require attendance beyond the normal school day. This class may be repeated for elective credit. This course will meet the Michigan standards for a required Visual, Performing & Applied Arts credit.

Adv. Placement English

Adv. Placement English Language and Composition-Grade 11      1 credit
Adv. Placement English Literature and Composition-Grade-12      1 credit

Prerequisites: Successful completion of English 10 and approval by current English teacher.
College bound students with an overall grade point average of 3.0 and strong grades in English classes will find the most success. Following the A.P. College Board curriculum, students will read classic literature, produce literary essays, create informative essays, and improve vocabulary in reading and writing. Upon successful completion, students receive high school credit by semester, but depending on the college or university, credit may be awarded for completion of coursework and/or scores from Advanced Placement standardized national tests. Students must check with individual colleges or universities for credit standards. The cost of the national test is the responsibility of the student. In addition, some books may need to be purchased by the student which will cost no more than $20.00.