Course Pathway

Freshman Year

Honors English I

English1
English3

Sophomore Year

Advanced English II

Junior Year

  • English III
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP Extension: English Lang
English2
English4

Senior Year

  • English IV
  • AP English Literature & Composition

English Curriculum

DCPS requires all students to complete four years of English classes in order to graduated.

Core Courses

  • English I, English II, English III and English IV.
  • In Junior year, students may opt to take AP English Language & Composition in place of English III.
  • In Senior year, students may opt to take AP English Literature& Composition in place of English IV.

Electives

  • Creative Writing
  • Debate
  • Journalism I, II and III
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading Workshop I and II
  • Yearbook I and II

Please Note

  • Course names in bright green are required for graduation.
  • In some cases, students take either an Honors or AP Version of a class to meet the requirement.
  • All AP Classes require an end of the year test administered by the College board to determine if they are eligible for college credit.
  • Classes with an asterisk have a pre-requisite or co-requisite course.
  • Pre-requisite means that students must take stated courses first.
  • Co-requisite means that a student must take another course at the same time.

Core Courses


Advanced English 1 (E09) +

Description: This English course serves as preparation for Advanced Placement courses and focuses on close reading of poetry, novels, plays, stories, and essays, both classical and modern. Students will learn rhetorical devices and concepts needed for writing close literary analysis. Students will be able to write literary analysis, as well as argumentative, expository, and creative writing with increasing sophistication.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Honors
Grade: 9th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Advanced English II (E36) +

Description: This English course builds upon the content covered in English I and serves as an Advanced Placement feeder course. Students will learn rhetorical devices, symbolism, alternative writing styles, and the development of the modern novel. Students will be able to produce close literary analyses, as well as argumentative, expository, and creative writing with increasing clarity and sophistication. Students in this course can expect a significantly greater number of reading and writing assignments.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Honors
Grade: 10th
Prerequistes: E09
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

English III (E05) +

Description: This English course builds upon the literary knowledge and language skills covered in English II. Students will learn classical and contemporary literature with an emphasis on American works. Students will be able to write arguments, informative/explanatory works and narratives in response to readings and research.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 11th
Prerequistes: E36
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP English Language & Composition (E08) +

Description: The AP English Language and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level rhetoric and writing curriculum, which requires students to develop evidence-based analytic and argumentative essays that proceed through several stages or drafts. Students evaluate, synthesize, and cite research to support their arguments. Throughout the course, students develop a personal style by making appropriate grammatical choices. Additionally, students read and analyze the rhetorical elements and their effects in non-fiction texts, including graphic images as forms of text, from many disciplines and historical periods.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th
Prerequistes: E36
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP Extension: English Lag (E08E) +

Description: This course is designed to support students enrolled in AP English Language with additional instructional time to master content and prepare for the AP exams.Student must be enrolled in AP English Language during the 2020-2021 school year.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th
Prerequistes: E36
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

AP English Literature & Composition (E07) +

Description: The AP English Literature and Composition course aligns to an introductory college-level literary analysis course. The course engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature to deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure. As they read, students consider a work's structure, style, and themes, as well as its use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays that require students to analyze and interpret literary works.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: E05 or E08
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

English IV (E06) +

Description: This English course builds upon the literary knowledge and language skills covered in English III. Students will study multicultural and world classical and contemporary works with an emphasis on British literature. Students will be able to write well-developed arguments, informative/explanatory works, book and media reviews, and a documented paper, using appropriate technology.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: E08
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Electives


Creative Writing (E11) +

Description: This English writing course is designed for students who are competent in writing skills and mechanics but are interested in enhancing their writing creativity. Students will exercise their observation skills and sharpen their sensitivity to language as they write poetry, short stories, essays, biographies, and autobiographies. Students will be able to express themselves in an artistic manner using sound writing techniques and standard American English.

Number of Credits: 0.5
Course Type: Regular
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Debate I (E38) +

Description: This English course introduces skills necessary for students to become indepth researchers, technical and persuasive writers, effective communicators, and perceptive listeners. Students will learn argumentation and persuasion theories and public speaking techniques. Students will research topics, organize findings, and write persuasive cases.

Number of Credits: .5
Course Type: Regular
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Debate II (E39) +

Description: This English course builds on the skills developed in Debate I. Students will learn argumentation and persuasion theories, logic, and analysis. Students will research topics, organize their research, write persuasive cases, and deliver their arguments orally.

Number of Credits: .5
Course Type: Regular
Prerequisites: E38
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Journalism I (E42) +

Description: This journalism course exposes students to techniques of writing for a newspaper or magazine. Students will study theories and procedures of journalism and examine all aspects of newspaper publication (gathering, writing, editing, displaying the news, and using technology) and other mass media.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Journalism II (E43) +

Description: This journalism course builds upon the skills learned in Journalism I, with a focus on advanced skills such as using the latest technology to produce a high school newspaper. Students will assign and produce all publishing tasks: writing stories, editing copy, designing ads, writing headlines, and making layout designs. This course is recommended for students interested in related careers.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 11th, 12th
Prerequisites: E42
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Journalism III (E44) +

Description: This journalism course builds upon the skills learned in Journalism II. Students will apply all aspects of the writing process (i.e., prewriting, drafting, editing, and proofreading) to written work. Students will be introduced to the skills necessary to produce a variety of mass communication documents. Students will demonstrate knowledge of organization and management techniques relating to mass communications, including leadership and business skills, time management, and use of personnel and task organization. This course is recommended for students interested in related careers.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Prerequisites: E43
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Multicultural Literature I (E54) +

Description: This English course surveys the historical development of ethnic American literature from its origins to modern times. Students will read, discuss, and write on African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, and Native American literature, seeking commonalities and an understanding of the different contributions of each ethnic group. Students will analyze a variety of genres, including the novel, drama, poetry, short story, nonfiction, and others. Completion of several short papers and one longer documented paper of 500-800 words is also required.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Public Speaking (E35) +

Description: This English course provides students with a broad range of experiences in oral communication. Students will learn group discussion techniques and parliamentary procedures. Students will be able to give increasingly demanding speeches and express their abstract ideas in concrete form.

Number of Credits: 0.5
Course Type: Regular
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Yearbook I (E45) +

Description: This English course focuses on skills needed for production of the school yearbook. Students will cover techniques of advertising, journalistic writing, photo selection, and layout design. Students learn about possible careers in printing, costs of printing, and printing techniques.

Number of Credits: 0.5
Course Type: Regular
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Yearbook II (EY2) +

Description: This course is intended to follow Yearbook 1 and extends the learning, focusing on skills needed for production of the school yearbook. Students will cover techniques of advertising, journalistic writing, photo selection, and layout design. Students learn about possible careers in printing, costs of printing, and printing techniques.

Number of Credits: .5
Course Type: Regular
Prerequisites: E45
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Staff

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Joella Braun

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Thomas Crocker

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Kennedy Gayle

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Flora Guthrie

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Hawa Kamara

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James Kelly

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Andre Muhammad

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Elsie Palmieri

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Charles Preacher

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Sheeba Rashada

English /TLI Teacher

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Zurick Smith

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Jennifer Solove

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Amarah Webb

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Joseph Welch

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Department Chair

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Joseph Zazo

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