Mercy High School

English

Freshman Level:

Literature/Composition 910 credits/year

This course is divided into five sections: the study of literature, the study of vocabulary, the study of grammar, the development of speaking and listening skills and the development of writing skills. The survey of literature includes multicultural short stories, Shakespearean drama, Russian prose, and works by American and minority authors. Writing assignments and research papers are derived from the literature covered. Students apply different types of criticisms to the works read. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: College preparatory level score on the Mercy High School Language Competency Placement Examination.

Literature/Composition 9 Honors10 credits/year

The focus of this course is to provide the honors student a more demanding study of literature, vocabulary, speech and grammar. In addition to covering a broader range of literature than the college preparatory class, students are required to write more extensively. Outside reading is required. Writing assignments and research papers are derived from the literature covered. Students apply different types of criticism to the works read. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University requirements.

Prerequisite: Honors level score on the Mercy High School Language Competency Placement Examination. Students must maintain a B grade to remain in the class for the duration of the year. Summer reading list must be completed prior to entrance in this course.

 


Sophomore Level:

Literature/Composition 1010 credits/year

This course is the sophomore level course which satisfies the second year English requirement established by Mercy High School. This course is divided into five sections. The first is a study of literature which includes the study of mythology, the novel, drama, Shakespeare, and multicultural writing. The second component is the development of a college level vocabulary through the study of vocabulary derived from the literature as well as SAT workbooks. The third section is devoted to the study of grammar and the fourth section is dedicated to the development of writing skills. The fifth section focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Open to sophomores who have completed Literature/Composition 9 or Literature/Composition 9 Honors.

Literature/Composition 10 Honors10 credits/year

This course is the sophomore level course which satisfies the second year English requirement established by Mercy High School. The Honors level English course is characterized by more extensive reading and writing than the regular college preparatory course. This course is divided into five sections. The first is the study of literature which includes the study of mythology, the novel, drama (modern and Shakespearean) and multicultural writing. The second component is development of a college level vocabulary through the study of vocabulary derived from SAT workbooks. The third section is dedicated to the development of writing skills. The fifth section focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisites: Students must have completed Literature/Composition 9 with an A grade or Literature/Composition 9 Honors with a B grade. Students must maintain a B grade to remain in this class for the duration of the year. Summer reading list must be completed prior to entrance in this course.

 

Film as Literature10 credits/year

Film, Literature, and Composition is a writing, text-based course which will enrich the experience of textual literary study and expository, critical, and analytical writing through the medium of film. This course is designed around film genres and their elements (including comedy, western, world cinema, noir, horror, documentary and musical). Each unit will explore a variety of central themes (such as good vs. evil, the hero’s journey, the individual vs. the collective, and triumph over adversity. Students will write analysis papers discussing how the filmmaker develops one or more key literary elements, such as theme, characterization, plot, and setting. For each major work read, students will write a reflective, analytical, expository, or argumentative paper.

Prerequisites: Literature/Composition 9


Junior Level:

Literature/Composition 1110 credits/year

A chronological survey of American literature, this course is designed to provide the student an overview of American literature of all forms and time periods. This course will also focus on the aesthetic, ethical and multicultural issues influencing American society today. Writing assignments and research papers are derived from the literature covered and from required outside reading. College level vocabulary is developed through the study of SAT workbooks and vocabulary is derived from literature. Students apply different types of criticism to the works covered. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Open to juniors who have completed Literature/Composition 10 or Literature/Composition 10 Honors.

Literature/Composition 11 Honors10 credits/year

This course is for eleventh grade college preparatory students who have been placed at the honors level. This course is divided into five sections: reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, and speaking and listening skills. Students will read to determine the author’s purpose and the rhetorical devices used to support them. Reading assignments will be selected from American Literature and nonfiction sources including essays, speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, diaries, letters, and historical documents. The modes of writing which will be addressed include development by: definition; narration and description; comparison and contrast; cause and effect; and argumentation. Students will write two short research papers using MLA and APA format. A third substantive paper will employ Chicago Based Manual of Style format. Students will study vocabulary derived from the SAT study list. Grammar will be surveyed throughout the year in response to class needs. Students will participate in assigned oral presentations, debates, and class discussions. Students are expected to take and review lecture notes.

Advanced Placement English Language/Composition10 credits/year

The mechanics of writing and rhetoric at an advanced level will be the focus of this course. The development of critical reading skills and of writing as a craft will be emphasized. Literature will focus on the works of autobiographers, diarists, biographers, historians, critics, essayists, journalists, and other writers of prose. Successful completion of this course will prepare the student for taking the Advanced Placement Examination in May. A chronological survey of American literature, this course is designed to provide the student an overview of American literature of all forms and time periods. This course will also focus on the aesthetic, ethical and multicultural issues influencing American society today. Writing assignments and research papers are derived from the literature covered and from required outside reading. Students apply different types of criticism to the works covered. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Students must maintain an 85% to remain in this course. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Literature/Composition 10 with an A grade or Literature/Composition 10 Honors with a B grade. Students must complete a summer reading list prior to entrance in this course.

 


Senior Level:

Literature/Composition 1210 credits/year

This is a senior level English course which satisfies the fourth year English requirement established by Mercy High School as a college preparatory institution. In addition to the academic requirements of this course, the world literature surveyed will reflect the values, issues and dilemmas faced by all human beings from all ages. This course is an overview of literature from around the world from different time periods and various world famous authors. Students will be exposed to great literary works which embrace aesthetic, ethical and cultural issues common to all societies. Students will also enhance critical thinking skills that are crucial skills for college work. This course is divided into five sections. The first is the study of literature which is derived from ancient and modern authors. The second component is the continuation of the development of college level vocabulary by studying vocabulary derived from the literature as well as SAT workbooks. The third section is devoted to the review of grammar as needed at the senior level. The fourth section is dedicated to development of college level writing skills. Finally, the fifth section focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Literature/Composition 11 or equivalent junior level English course from another high school.

Advanced Placement English Literature/Composition10 credits/year

This is a senior level English course which satisfies the fourth year English requirement established at Mercy High School as a college preparatory institution. This course is also designed to prepare the student for the College Board Advanced Placement Test in Literature and Composition. In addition to the Advanced Placement requirements of the course, world literature will be surveyed and will reflect the values, issues and dilemmas faced by all human beings in all ages. This course is an overview of literature from around the world from different time periods and different authors. Students will be exposed to great literary works which embrace aesthetic, ethical and cultural issues common to all societies. Students will also enhance critical thinking skills which are crucial for all disciplines in college. Students develop listening and speaking strategies that will enable them to form adroit judgments. Students also deliver coherent oral presentations that convey clear perspectives and solid reasoning. The format of the course revolves around the facets of literature, vocabulary, grammar, composition, speaking and listening skills. These areas will be examined with two purposes: first, to prepare the student for college by providing skills in all of these areas and second, to prepare the student to perform well on the Advanced Placement in Literature and Composition. Fulfills the University of California “b” and California State University subject requirements.

Prerequisites: Completion of Literature/Composition 11 or AP Literature/Composition 11. The student may also have completed another equivalent junior level course from another high school.

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