English 9

  • Elements of Literature:

    -Short Story
    -The Epic
    -Vocabulary, Spelling

    Highlighted Selections:

    -Romeo & Juliet
    -The Odyssey

    English Grammar and Composition:

    -The Parts of Speech


    -Narrative Writing
    -Analytical Writing
    -Expository Writing
    -MCA/GRAD II Written Composition Test

English 10

  • American Literature

    American Beginnings:

         A Collision of Cultures
         A Tragedy at Salem: The Crucible

    American Romanticism:

         Romantic Truths and Terrors
         The Civil War

    American Naturalism:

         Song of Myself
         The Frontier
         The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Between the Wars

         Lost in a Crowd
         The Strength of Tradition

    Postwar Culture

         Person to Person
         In the Midst of Struggle...

    American Voices Today




English 11

  • Course Description: English 11 is a World Literature course with a focus on writing and research. Novels and plays from world literature will be studied, along with short stories and poems.

    Course Overview:
    Ancient Literature
    -----The Epic of Gilgamesh
    -----The Iliad
    -----Oedipus the King
    Medieval Literature
    -----The Thousand and One Nights
    -----King Arthur
    Romanticism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism
    -----A Doll's House
    -----The Count of Monte Cristo
    Twentieth Century
    -----The Kite Runner


College Writing 151

  • College Writing 151

    College Writing 151 is an entry-level writing class taught in conjunction with SMSU's College Now program.

    Paper 1: Reflection Paper. "Write an essay about an event in your life that will engage your readers and that will, at the same time, help them understand the significance of the event."

    Paper 2: Profile Paper. "Write an essay about an intriguing person, place, or activity in your community. Observe your subject closely, and then present what you have learned in a way that both informs and engages your readers."

    Paper 3: Explaining a Concept. "Write an essay about a concept that interests you and that you want to study further. When you have a good understanding of the concept, explain it to your readers, considering what they already know about it and how your essay might add to what they know."

    Paper 4: Explaining Opposing Positions. "Write an essay about opposing positions on an issue that interests you and that you want to learn more about. When you have reached a good understanding of the debate on the issue, explain it to your readers. Consider carefully what they already know about the debate and try to interest them in it. Your goal is to explain the issue in an unbiased way--to report on it--while taking care not to express your own position on the issue of the debate, should you have one."

    Paper 5: Annotated Bibliography. After determining a topic for the final course paper, "Arguing a Position," research multiple valid sources which will inform you about the topic, assist you in focusing your topic, and further educate you about the topic. Be sure to fully vet your sources to find information that is credible and focused enough to form a solid foundation. Aim for 6-10 soures. Then, craft an annotated bibliography, which is a list of these citations, followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph--the annotation.

    Paper 6: Arguing a Position. "Write an essay on a controversial issue. Learn more about the issue, and take a position on it. Present the issue to readers, and develop and argument for the purpose of confirming, challenging, or changing your readers' views on the issue."