English 9

Students will practice reading comprehension and textual analysis through the study of various genres including fiction (through short stories and at least one novel study), poetry, drama (with a focus on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare), and non-fiction. Writing and grammar skills will be improved through vocabulary and other language practice as well as through more formal periodic writing and grammar/usage assignments. Students will complete one in-depth research paper (History Day) using MLA format.

English 10

English 10 students read from a variety of world literature. Through an investigation of a variety of novels, as well as informative texts, short stories, and poetry, students will be able to develop reading, writing, and questioning skills. Students are taught to do three key things: to understand, to connect, and to explain. Students will first be taught to understand what is being said in a text, and to show that understanding and comprehension. Then, students will be taught to connect ideas between texts. Students will make text to self, text to text, and text to world perspectives by looking at interdisciplinary connections. Finally, students will be asked to form opinions and explain their ideas to others through speaking, writing, debating, and various arts-integrated projects.

English 11

English 11 Literature and Composition is an integrated English course that incorporates both the Common Core State Standards for English/Language Arts and Idaho’s Academic Standards for English/Language Arts into the curriculum. In addition the course uses arts integration for learning.  The course is a study of language, literature, composition, and oral communication with a focus on exploring characterization using primary and secondary sources from American literature and history. Students use literary interpretation, analysis, comparison, and evaluation to read and to respond to representative works of historical or cultural significance appropriate for Grade 11.  Students read classic and contemporary literature balanced with nonfiction--the major focus is American literature and media literacy regarding non-fiction texts. Students examine and compose various types of writing including, literary analysis, satire, synthesis, and narrative as well as deliver grade-appropriate multimedia presentations and access, analyze, and evaluate online and printed information.

English 12

Reading selections and historical context will focus on the British tradition. We study British literature chronologically beginning with the Anglo-Saxon Period and continuing until we reach the late 19th to early 20th centuries. Medieval, Renaissance, Romantic, and Victorian authors will be a major part of the curriculum. Along with the variety of shorter works (i.e. poetry, short stories, essays, etc.), we will also study Shakespeare and at least one classic novel by a British author.

The writing portion of our class will be integrated throughout the literary curriculum. Students will do a variety of writing both in type and length. There will also be a six to eight page research paper (National History Day topic - note that this takes the place of the senior seminar research paper as of 2016-2017 school year). Along with the writing process; style, grammar, punctuation, and usage will be emphasized. At IACS we use the MLA format for all formal writing assignments.