Welcome to the Bear River English Department

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English 1 

English 1 looks to build skills that will be necessary for success in high school and beyond, including in-depth reading of texts, formal essay writing, participating in class discussions, taking quizzes and tests, and giving oral presentations.  In addition, students will work through a program in vocabulary development and a grammar program.

English 1X

This class is designed to prepare students for the honors English sequence at Bear River: English 2X, English 3H and, eventually, English 4AP.  Although it does not carry an extra grade point, the work will be rigorous.  Students will learn, practice, and discuss close reading techniques that allow for detailed and incisive analyses of a variety of texts from the three main genres of literature: drama, poetry, and prose. The assigned readings are drawn from the established literary canon as well as scholarly criticism of those works. The course is structured to help in understanding the development of the literature in relation to the social and cultural values of each historical/literary period.  As the students read, they will be expected to analyze theme, literary elements, and cultural/social values and customs.

Read 180

English class designed to support ninth grade students who have experienced some challenges in language arts.  Students will participate in a computer based program called Read 180 at the same time they learn the new reading, writing, and thinking skills they will use throughout high school.  Students will be expected to read novels and short stories, take quizzes and tests, participate in class discussions, write literary essays and give oral presentations.  Students who work hard will improve in both reading and writing.
 
  

English 2

English 2 is a survey course where tenth graders focus on the analysis and appreciation of World Literature.  This course looks to improve upon skills learned in the freshmen year, including in-depth reading of texts, formal essay writing, participating in class discussions, taking quizzes and tests, and giving oral presentations.  In addition, students will work through a program in vocabulary development and a grammar program.

English 2 Honors

English 2X is an honors survey course where tenth graders focus on the analysis and appreciation of World Literature.  Honors English requires you to think, consider, wonder, analyze, and draw your own conclusions.  In addition, this course looks to improve upon skills learned in the freshmen year, including in-depth reading of texts, formal essay writing, participating in class discussions, taking quizzes and tests, and giving oral presentations. Students will also work through a program in vocabulary development and a grammar program.

 
  

 English 3

English 3 is a survey course where eleventh graders focus on the analysis and appreciation of American Literature.  This course looks to improve upon skills learned in the freshmen and sophomore years, including in-depth reading of texts, formal essay writing, participating in class discussions, taking quizzes and tests, and giving oral presentations.  In addition, students will work through a program in vocabulary development and a grammar program.

AP Language

This class is designed to prepare students for the AP Language and Composition test as well as for English 4AP. Since it carries an extra grade point, the work is rigorous.  Students will learn, practice, and discuss close reading techniques that allow for detailed and incisive written analyses of a variety of texts from the three main genres of literature: drama, poetry, and prose. The assigned readings are drawn from the established literary canon as well as scholarly criticism of those works, primary documents, essays, speeches, and articles.All are representative works and authors of American history and literature. The course is structured chronologically to help in understanding the development of the literature in relation to the social and cultural values of each historical/literary period.  As the students read, they will be expected to analyze style, theme, literary elements, and cultural/social values and customs.
 
  

English Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) for Seniors

This year goes fast, and, before they know it, seniors will be throwing their caps in the air and heading on to brilliant futures.  Think of this class as a final chance to learn skills needed to succeed in the future. In this class students will learn to write well, read carefully, and think critically—the three skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.  And so that the class can concentrate on these three important skills, students are expected you to take all English classroom rules seriously—rules that are discussed as adults at the beginning of the school year. It is an invigorating year, and each student finds the class challenging, rigorous, and rewarding.

AP Literature 

This class is designed to meet the curriculum set forth by the College Board and in the AP English Course Description.  As a college level course, students will learn, practice, and discuss close reading techniques that allow for detailed and incisive analyses of a variety of texts from the three main genres of literature: drama, poetry, and prose. The assigned readings are drawn from the established literary canon as well as scholarly criticism of those works.  All are representative works and authors of British and American Literature.  We will discuss who and what determines the canon, and what constitutes “literary merit”.  As the students read, they will be expected to analyze style, theme, literary elements, and cultural/social values and customs.