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Title: ENGLISH 7

PREREQUISITES: Required for Grade 7

DESCRIPTION:  Using the core English standards of reading writing, listening, and speaking, tudents will cover the following areas of language arts:  literature (short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and fictional novel units will be included in this area), eight parts of speech, writing, incorporating the six traits of writing, spelling/vocabulary and independent reading.  Particular emphasis will be given to plot prediction and comprehension.  Students will also work on oral reading and presentations. Writing assignments will include journaling, creative writing, poetry, and research papers.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long

Title: ENGLISH 8

PREREQUISITES: Required for Grade 8

DESCRIPTION:  Students will work on the core English standards of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They will be exposed to many types of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, class novels, and independent reading.  Students will also develop their writing skills, using both the 6+1 Traits of Writing and the writing process in all writing assignments, as well as spelling/vocabulary instruction. Writing assignments will include creative writing, fiction writing, technical and research writing,and responding to class literature.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long


Title: ENGLISH 9

PREREQUISITES: Required for Grade 9

DESCRIPTION: Students will cover the following areas of language arts:  literature (short stories, nonfiction, poetry, drama, and fictional novel units will be included in this area), eight parts of speech, creative short story writing, spelling/vocabulary, performance and independent reading. Students will also practice working effectively with their peers through drama, research, and public speaking.

ORGANIZATION: Year long


Title: ENGLISH 10

PREREQUISITES: Required for Grade 10

DESCRIPTION:  Students will strengthen skills in reading, writing, and speaking as they prepare for their final years of high school. Public speaking and the research process will both be emphasized. Additionally, students will continue to work on composition, grammar, spelling/vocabulary, and a variety of literature (short stories, drama, novels, poetry, nonfiction).

ORGANIZATION: Year long

Title: AMERICAN LITERATURE AND ADVANCED COMPOSITION

PREREQUISITES: English 10, Required for Grade 11/12, unless student takes College English

DESCRIPTION:  Each student will concentrate on the following: Transcendentalism (Early American Literature), Modern American Literature, and Researching/Writing Research Papers. Included through the year will be lessons and writings in response to what is being covered, as well as independent reading.

ORGANIZATION:   Year long


Title: TECHNICAL WRITING AND WORLD LITERATURE

PREREQUISITES: English 10, Required for Grade 11/12, unless student takes College English

DESCRIPTION: Students will gain experience in technical writing by writing letters of inquiry, cover letters and resumes for an authentic audience.  Students will explore world literature and poetry. Students will gain experience in advanced communications (written and oral expression).

ORGANIZATION:  Year long


Title: COLLEGE WRITING I

PREREQUISITES: Students in grade 11 or 12. Juniors: GPA of 3.2. Seniors: GPA of 2.8. For college credit, students must meet the GPA requirement and pass the Accuplacer test.

DESCRIPTION: This is a college level course offered by Battle Lake High School through the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College- M State. College Writing I is designed to develop students' written communication skills. It will also help students prepare for the written and rhetorical demands of further academic and career writing. We will focus on different types of writing, including narrative, exposition, and argumentation. The last half of the course will be dedicated to a larger research project.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from M State-Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATION: Fall Semester



Title: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE: NOVEL

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grade 12. Students must have completed College Writing I and II and have a GPA of 2.8.

DESCRIPTION: This is a college level course offered by Battle Lake High School through the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College- M State. This course will involve students in a close reading and critical appreciation of selected novels. Works chosen will explore various themes, social contexts, traditions, and values of the writers. Students will compare and contrast concepts of the roles and techniques of the novel, and create literary analysis essays for the works. Basic concepts and elements of the novel will also be studied, as well as an understanding of literary criticism.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from the M State - Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATION: Fall Semester


Title: COLLEGE WRITING II

PREREQUISITES: Students in grades 11 or 12. Must have completed College Writing I.

DESCRIPTION: This is a college level course offered by Battle Lake High School through the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College- M State. This course offers students additional opportunities to refine their essay writing skills. They will continue to develop fluency through rewriting and edition. Students will read critically from a variety of genres interacting with the literature via discussion, writing, and presentations. Coursework will include argumentative writing, writing from sources, and a research component.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from M State-Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATION: Spring Semester


Title: ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE

PREREQUISITES: Students must be in grade 12. Students must have completed College Writing I and II and have a GPA of 2.8.

DESCRIPTION:This is a college level course offered by Battle Lake High School through the Concurrent Enrollment Program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College- M State. This course will focus on reading and responding to texts that create greater awareness of and appreciation for the environment. Readings will include personal, expository, and argumentative essays and articles; interviews; and fiction and poetry which reflect the global focus on environmental concerns. Students will gain experience with critical thinking and reading as they examine environmental perspectives, explore attitudes, and analyze current problems and solutions through discussions, writings, and presentations.

COURSE OPTION: College Credit (3 semester credits from M State-Fergus Falls)

ORGANIZATION: Spring Semester


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