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English 1
Grade 9
Full Year
1 Credit

Freshman English consists of practice in reading strategies through the exploration of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Students will read class novels and independent reading selections. An emphasis is placed on the development and strengthening of language usage and written composition. Students will study the fundamentals of English grammar, usage, and punctuation. Writing will be structured around the development of ideas, organization, word choice, and sentence fluency, with students producing narrative and expository writing pieces. Vocabulary development will come from weekly lessons and words generated from reading selections.


Honors English 1
Grade 9
Full Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Minimum Language Usage NWEA scores of 228 in the fall or 232 in the spring

Minimum Reading NWEA scores of 230 in the fall or 234 in the spring ****Or student has received an average of 3.5 on the Freshman Honors Rubric and has received a 93 or higher in 8th grade Language Arts. Rubric must be completed by 8th grade Language Arts teacher..

Honors English 1 is designed to prepare students for possible classes in Advanced Placement classes in English, taken during their junior and senior years. The emphasis in this class is on the development of strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students will read and analyze a broad and challenging range of fiction, nonfiction, and drama. They will also strengthen and develop their writing skills with the study of narrative and expository writing, with primary emphasis on thesis-driven compositions. Students will also study English grammar, usage, and punctuation, as well as vocabulary drawn from both their reading selections as well as a weekly vocabulary study. Additionally, students will be assigned independent readings and journal writing.


English 2
Prerequisite: English 1
Grade 10
Full Year
1 Credit

Sophomore English continues to build and reinforce skills needed to prepare students for a post-secondary education. Sophomores will continue to work with paragraph development and to write three-part essays. The emphasis of literary study includes the genres of poetry, the short story, and the novel. Sophomores will continue the study of grammar by focusing on mechanics, usage, and structure. Vocabulary enrichment activities are taught through the use of vocabulary books and words taken from literary study.


Honors English 2
Prerequisite: 90 in Honors English 1 OR a 93 in English 1
Grade 10
Full Year 1 Credit

Sophomores who select (Pre-AP) Honors English 2 accept the challenge of an intense, fast-paced course that meets the expectations of English 2 and moves beyond them. They will focus on more difficult literature and on critical analysis and argumentation. They will also investigate sophisticated rhetorical strategies and the language of the English AP curriculum, preparing them for junior and senior AP courses. Students in this rigorous course will also supplement their learning with independent reading and writing assignments. Teacher recommendations are required.

To fulfill Brewer High School’s graduation requirements, juniors and seniors must take 2 credits in the following 6 courses over their 11th and 12th grade years.

  • American Literature (.5 credit) 
  • AP English Language and Composition (1 credit)
  • World Literature (.5 credit)
  • Business/Technical Writing (.5 credit)
  • Dramatic Literature and Arts (.5 credit)
  • AP English Literature (1 credit)
  • Creative Writing (.5 credit)
  • British Literature (.5 credit)

AP English Language and Composition
Prerequisite: 93 or higher in Honors English II
The AP English teachers will review the student qualifications in the spring.
Grade 11-12
Full Year 1 Credit

An Advanced Placement course for juniors or seniors in English Language and Composition trains students to become skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts (non-fiction texts). The course also gives students the practice and helpful criticism necessary to make them flexible writers who can compose in a variety of modes and for a variety of purposes, with an emphasis on expository, analytical, argumentative, and synthesis writing. Assuming that its participants have already mastered standard English grammar, the course seeks to develop stylistic maturity through students’ mastery of their own writing processes, particularly their ability to reconsider and revise their work. The springboard for students' writing efforts is primarily investigation of expository essays and American literature. Other requirements of the course include journal work, cooperative presentations, and summer reading and writing. Success on the national AP exam in May potentially earns students college credit.


AP English Literature and Composition
Prerequisite: 93 or higher in Honors English II
The AP English teachers will review the student qualifications in the spring.
Grade 11-12
Full Year 1 Credit

AP English Literature and Composition is designed to be a college level survey course with the intellectual challenges and workload consistent with an undergraduate literature and writing course. Most of the literature in this class is arranged chronologically with British literature as its focus. However, works from other cultures are studied as well to broaden the students’ knowledge of literature and culture of other countries. Students in this class will be required to write a formal essay at the end of each unit and either a timed writing or an essay test as well. Shorter, on-demand writing will be assigned daily. Students will be required to complete a researched-based author’s study during Quarter 4. The study of English grammar and vocabulary is also required. Students are required to read Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and write an assigned essay before they enter the class. Themes from this novel are referred to throughout the year.


American Literature
Prerequisite: English 2
Grade 11-12
Semester .5 Credit

Junior English surveys American literature from the 1600’s to the present. In addition, supplemental readings of classic American novels and non-fiction are required. The focus of writing instruction is expository writing and writing a major term paper. Building on the foundation provided freshman and sophomore years, juniors review and refine grammatical skills and concepts. Vocabulary instruction is given through a sequential program, Vocabulary Workshop, and words encountered throughout the study of American literature.


Sports Literature
Prerequisite: English 2
Grade 11-12
Semester .5 Credit

Course Description:

This semester course will focus on the use of sports in literature. Students will read various short stories, novels and magazine/news articles, as well as write their opinions about several themes, interview career professionals, and create digital presentations. Themes studied will include leadership and character, current trends, rivalries, definitions of success and failure, heroes, ethics, and athletics as a career. 


World Literature
Prerequisite: English II or Honors English II
Grades 11-12
Semester - .5 credit

This one semester course engages students in a variety of literary works from around the world. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and become proficient in responding to selected works using a variety of discussion, reading, writing, and grammatical skills.


Business and Technical Writing
Prerequisite: English II or Honors English II
Grades 11-12
Semester - .5 credit

In this semester course, students will learn to analyze and interpret technical information and to communicate effectively and efficiently in writing using the vocabulary of the business and technical worlds. Various types of documents typical of technical writing will be introduced, and the student will practice each one. Upon completion, students should be able to apply the principles of successful professional communication ranging in complexity, length, formatting demands, and the manipulating of genre.


Dramatic Literature and Arts
Prerequisite: English II or Honors English II
Grades 11-12

This one semester course engages students in a variety of dramatic literature. Students will be able to articulate the meaning of plot, character, theme, spectacle, diction and music—the essential components of a play. Students will respond to these elements of dramatic literature through daily writing, discussion, and presentation exercises. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and become proficient in responding to selected works using a variety of discussion, presentation, reading, writing, and grammatical skills.


British Literature
Prerequisite: English II or Honors English II
Grades 11-12
Semester - .5 credit

This one semester course engages students in a variety of literary works from United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Emphasis is placed on historical background, cultural context, and literary analysis of selected fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret, analyze, and become proficient in responding to selected works using a variety of discussion, reading, writing, and grammatical skills. 


Creative Writing
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: English II or Honors English II
Semester - .5 credit

Creative Writing offers students a chance to explore the writing process in both teacher-directed and self-directed settings. The class will focus on the elements of fiction, memoir, writing for children, and script writing. In addition to whole-class assignments, students will be given ample workshop time to develop their own writing portfolios. Self-direction and participation in class discussion are essential.


Concurrent English I: ENG 101 English Composition (for Bridge Year students only)
Grade 11
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Bridge Year Program

ENG 101 builds upon your already acquired high school writing skills to prepare you for the more advanced writing that you will do in your college career and beyond. It gives you extensive practice in the writing process, with emphasis on crafting expository texts appropriate to academic contexts.


Concurrent English II: SPE 101 Oral Communication (for Bridge Year students only)
Grade 12
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Bridge Year Program

Emphasizes experiential learning. Topics include audience identification, topic development, purpose recognition, organization and delivery, use of props/visuals/technology, overcoming public speaking fears, and the importance of non-verbal communication and signals.


Performance Arts
Grades 10,11,12
Full Year
1 Credit
Fine Arts Credit

Performance Arts gives the novice speaker or actor a chance to practice communication skills for daily life and for personal development. During first semester students will be writing, delivering, and critiquing speeches that inform, persuade, and entertain. During the second semester students will perform dramatic readings through the study of oral interpretation.


Yearbook Publication
Prerequisite – Instructor’s permission
Grades 11 & 12
1 Credit
Fine Arts Credit

This class is charged with the entire creative responsibility of publishing the Trident, Brewer High School’s yearbook. These responsibilities include photography, interviewing, writing, marketing, computer layout, multimedia design, and professional presentation. Because the class functions as a publishing firm, teamwork and meeting deadlines are essential. Students who are interested in taking this class must complete an online application form and ask their current English teacher as well as 1 other teacher to submit an online recommendation form. Fifteen students will be chosen through this application process.


Yearbook Editors
Prerequisite – Yearbook Publication and/or instructor’s permission
Grades 11,12
Full Year
1 Credit
Fine Arts Credit

Housed within the same classroom as Yearbook Publication, two to four students will function as editors. Their responsibilities include designing prototypes, organizing deadline responsibilities, and completing layout corrections before submission to the publisher. They will make final decisions about yearbook coverage and content. In order to be effective classroom leaders, editors must attend weekly after school meetings.


Print Journalism
Prerequisite – Instructor’s permission and Application Essay
Grades 10,11,12
Full Year
1 Fine Arts Credit

Students enrolled in Print Journalism will be researching and writing articles for Brewer High School’s student newspaper. During this course, students will learn how to become ethical and responsible journalists. A history of American journalism, a study of First Amendment rights, and a focus on the rights and responsibilities of journalists will be elements of the Print Journalism curriculum. Additionally, students will learn how to interview and to gather research for stories. They will also be learning the format of the news article, the sports story, the opinion column, the feature/profile story, and the arts review. This course is writing intensive, so students registering for this course should be prepared for its rigor. In addition to being recommended by their English teacher, students will also need to complete an application essay.