English I (Grade 9)
In English I students read and interpret a variety of literature including The Boys In The Boat, Wonder, Romeo and Juliet, short stories and more. Students engage in both short and more sustained writings such as personal narrative and career research. Students study grammar and vocabulary throughout the year. Independent reading is a strong focus, and students are encouraged to choose selections that they enjoy as well as challenge their thinking.
English II (Grade 10)
The emphasis of English II is on improving all communication skills. Students read and interpret a variety of literature including Julius Caesar, Our Town, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Students study the history of our English language and review grammar skills to improve their writing, with an emphasis on sentence development and punctuation. Essay writing stresses the Six Trait Writing Model, writing for a variety of purposes, and a required research paper. Vocabulary emphasis is on roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
English III (Grade 11)
English III focuses on American literature and literary analysis. The major works read include The Great Gatsby, Of Mice and Men, Night, and The Crucible. Students will also read and analyze a wide range of poetry and short stories, write an argumentative research paper, and study grammar and vocabulary throughout the year.
English IV (Grade 12)
Students study British Literature, which includes the study of King Arthur, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Elizabeth I, Henry the VIII, and Hamlet, and read selected novels that will prepare them for college.
Forensics (Grades 9-12)
Forensics is an area that emphasizes acting and speaking techniques in a competitive setting. All that is done in Speech and Drama is done in Forensics but the students represent CHS and compete against other schools across the state. In Forensics both individual and group activities are used.
Speech (Grades 9-12)
Students will begin the course working on interpersonal communication skills. As the semester progresses, they will write and deliver speeches for a variety of situations in life, including the use of technology in at least one speech. The speaking and listening standards will be the emphasis of this course.
Drama I (Grades 9-12)
Drama is an area that emphasizes self-expression through acting and creation of character. By portraying different characters, the student learns about him/herself and the world around him/her. The creative process is utilized in many ways other than acting: set design, costumes, lighting, sound, props, and stage management.
Drama II (Grades 10-12)
The student will continue performing and learning about technical theatre. More emphasis is put on student directing and heading up tech crews. Also, advanced students will lead other students in specialized projects.
College English Comp I-II $ (Grade 12)
College Comp I and College Comp II are each three hours of college credit and are basic requirements for most college degrees. This is a concurrent course; fulfilling requirements for both an English credit for high school and college credit. Taking the course in a controlled high school environment will give the student and parent an indicator of future success in college.
Comp I offers provides instruction in writing with emphasis on grammatical correctness, acceptable word usage, and effective organization and expression of ideas. Assigned readings, expository writings and a research paper are required. Prerequisites.
Comp II (offered semester 2) emphasizes literary analysis. Comp I is a prerequisite for Comp II.
College Speech Comp I $ (Grades 11-12)
Public speaking is a class that is offered during the school day from Cloud County Community College. Speech is a required class in college, so students find the experience less stressful to take speech from CCCC, as the class is smaller and they are in a familiar setting. Several speeches are given along with a variety of communication activities.