The English Department

Warner Mrs Warner

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English 9 Basic English skills including grammar, punctuation, and usage, are covered with emphasis on sentence structure and composition. Oral and written communication skills are stressed. English 9 encompasses the study of the short story, the novel, poetry, and drama. Students will read the novel "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, and the play "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. In addition, the following may be read: "Tex" by S.E. Hinton, "Tears of a Tiger" by Sharon Draper, and/or "Shannaganey Blue" by June Langford Berkley.

Mullens Mrs. Mullens

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English 10 This is a course designed to reinforce and build upon the Basic English language skills. It includes grammar and vocabulary study, composition, with an emphasis on longer essay and theme writing, and a general study of world literature and interpretative skills. In English 10, some of the supplementary texts may include "The Hobbit", "Fahrenheit 451", "A Separate Peace", "Lord of the Flies", Of Mice and Men , and Night.

Metzger Ms. Metzger

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English 11 emphasizes the recognition and interpretation of these types of American literature: poetry, drama, essay, short story, novel, and biography. Students will learn to identify elements and themes common to all literature types. This course features the writing process and written and oral communication skills. A research paper is required. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be read at the beginning of the school year. Additional novels include: The Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye.

English 11 (Weighted) In addition to the requirements of the general English 11, an in-depth study of four American novels with analytical compositions, and comprehensive tests will be expected. One novel will be read over the summer. Overall, this writing intensive course will focus on college preparation.

English 9 (Weighted) This course entails all of which is covered in English 9 with additional expectations. Students will write more compositions and cover more material at a faster pace than English 9. Four novels will be covered in-depth; one novel will be a summer reading assignment. In addition to the novels in English 9, "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Animal Farm" will also be read.

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Ross Mrs. Ross

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English 12 is a survey of British and world literature concentrating on the novel, short story, drama and poetic forms. Monthly projects include book reports and research activities with some oral presentations. Creative writing is emphasized. The novels that will be read are Macbeth and Jane Eyre.

English 12 (Weighted) (AP) AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style, and theme as well as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism, and tone. Writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature and include expository, analytical, and argumentative essays. At the conclusion of this course students will have the opportunity to take the AP English Literature and Composition exam and earn college credit. There is a fee for this test that the student will incur. Four novels will be read, one of which will be read over the summer. The novels are Tale of Two Cities, Frankenstein, and Hamlet.

English 10 (Weighted) In addition to the basic curriculum for English 10 as described in the Program of Studies, Weighted English 10 will include the following:

  1. Reading a novel over the summer break followed by a test on the novel the first week of school

  2. Greater emphasis upon critical thinking and writing skills

  3. Learning to work independently on various assignments

  4. More homework assignments
  OGT Reading/Writing Intervention This course is designed for juniors and seniors who have not passed the Reading and/or Writing portion of the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). This class will count toward credits needed to graduate, but will not fulfill English requirements to graduate. This is a semester course worth a ½ credit.

Special Activities:

English 12 Weighted goes to the Renaissance Fair.

Graduation Requirements:

Students are required to complete four units of English to graduate from Ironton High School.


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Being an American Essay Contest

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The Last Martin Story Contest

AMVETS National Americanism Essay Contest

Young Voices Foundation


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