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Centennial High School

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Phillip Huff, English, Department Chair
phillip_huff@csd28j.org

Academic Literacy 1

Required course for students who need instruction and practice in literacy. Placement is determined by test scores, grades, and teacher recommendation.

Length: Year

  • This class to be taken concurrently with the student’s current English class.
  • Primary focus of the class is building strategies for academic literacy.
  • Class provides an opportunity for students to build and practice strategies necessary for successful performance on required state tests and in academic courses.

 

Advanced Journalism

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites
Beginning Journalism.
Class admission is by application and teacher approval only. Desktop publishing is not required, but strongly encouraged.

Length: Year
Note: May be repeated for credit.
Teacher(s): Mrs. Wescott

  • This class is responsible for producing Centennial’s student-run newspaper The Talon.
  • Students will gain practical experience in writing, editing, photography, ad sales, design, and desktop publishing as they produce the paper.
  • Talon staff members gain an understanding of the collaborative nature of a newspaper; The Talon is produced on a monthly basis (both in paper form and online) and requires diligence, professionalism, and passion from its staff.

 

A.P. Language and Composition

*Preferred Junior year but open to grades 11-12
Pre-requisite: Desire to refine critical thinking skills and examine all texts for deeper understanding.

Length: Year

  • A.P. Language and Composition’s focus is on how language works in a text.
  • Students will explore the intensity and value of language; learn and support how positions are developed in arguments; defend, challenge, and qualify positions in structured arguments and work closely with rhetorical strategies employed in texts.
  • Students will read lots of nonfiction and study current texts in order to delve deeply into the craft of writing.

*This course is meant to be the stepping-stone for A.P. Literature and Composition, though all students will benefit. Students may earn college credit by taking and passing the A.P. exam.

*There is an extensive summer reading assignment for this class due the first day of class. For the summer reading assignments, please inquire with your English teacher or the counseling office

 

AP Literature and Composition

Open to grade 12
Prerequisite: Students are required to have earned at least a C in their last English class and obtain recommendation from their previous English teacher.

Length: Year

  • A.P. Literature and Composition is a college-level course that focuses on the study of literature and the development of written responses to it.
  • Students who successfully complete the A.P. English curriculum will be prepared to take the national Advanced Placement exam in Literature and Composition in May. With a qualifying score on the Advanced Placement exam, students may earn college credit.
  • A.P. students will develop a broad base of experience with literature to refine their collegiate writing and become familiar with and prepared for the Advanced Placement exam.
  • The academic expectations for this course are extremely high. Students should expect to spend an average of ten hours per week outside class to complete the assigned readings and written responses.

Students may earn college credit by taking and passing the A.P. exam.

*There is an extensive summer reading assignment for this class due the first day of class. For summer reading assignments, please inquire with your English teacher or the counseling office.

 

Beginning Journalism

Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Semester
Teacher(s): Mrs. Wescott

  • Beginning Journalism is a course designed to teach all major aspects of journalistic writing and reporting through practical applications.
  • In addition to writing and reporting, this class will also cover a basic history of print media, ethics, law, advertising and design.
  • Students will become intelligent and diligent consumers of the news and the mass media, be aware of the world around them – both socially and politically, improve basic writing skills, interview effectively, and be able to write a focused, organized and solid news story, feature story, opinion piece, movie/music/book review, sports story.

 

College English

Open to grade 12. Replaces required English 7-8
Pre-requisite: Recommendation from previous English teacher
Length: Year

  • This course presents the complete curriculum taught at MHCC in the sequence WR 121, WR 122, and WR 123.
  • Students who successfully complete this year-long class will satisfy graduation requirements for English 7- 8 at CHS.
  • The credit at MHCC requires a fee to be paid by the student to the college.
  • Students are expected to be self-directed in their learning and studying, and to read and write at both a level and pace consistent with introductory work at the college level.
  • Students should expect to spend an average of ten hours per week outside class to complete required assignments.

 

English 1-2

Required grade 9
Length: Year

  • Year long class emphasizes reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  • Students will develop vocabulary and spelling skills.
  • Each semester of English 1-2 must be successfully completed for graduation

 

English 3-4

Required grade 10
Length: Year

  • Year long program focuses on a thematic study of literature and the development of reading, writing, speaking, spelling, critical thinking, and vocabulary skills.
  • Each semester of English

 

English 5-6

Required grade 11
Length: Year

  • Semester 5 presents a chronological survey of American literature.
  • Semester 6 includes a genre study of American literature.
  • Emphasis on writing, vocabulary, and spelling included in both semesters.
  • Students will work toward meeting/exceeding the state reading and writing benchmarks
  • Each semester of English 5-6 must be successfully completed for graduation.

 

English 7-8

Required grade 12
Length: Year

  • Senior English class.
  •  Each semester students write several in-class essays, compose longer papers outside of class, and read a number of different authors.
  •  Students focus on stylistic devices used by different authors and analyze these devices for tone and theme. Students will apply this understanding for stylistic devices to their own writing.

 

Honors English 1-2

Open to grade 9. Replaces required English 1-2
Length: Year

  • This class focuses on critical reading of literary texts with a focus on analysis of themes, character, and author’s purpose.
  • Students will write in narrative, expository, and persuasive modes, with a focus on organization, ideas and content, and grammar and conventions.
  • Students will work toward meeting/exceeding the state reading and writing benchmarks.
  • English 1-2 and meeting state standards in reading and writing are required for graduation

 

Honors English 3-4

Open to grade 10. Replaces required English 3-4
Length: Year

  • This class focuses on critical reading of literary devices, diction, theme, tone, mood, expository and persuasive writing, and grammar and conventions.
  • Students will work toward meeting/exceeding the state reading and writing benchmarks.
  • English 3-4 and meeting state standards in reading and writing are required for graduation.

 

Speech 1-2

Teacher(s): Mrs. Loeung
Open to grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Length: Year
Students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop oral communication skills
  • Develop research skills to support their speech
  • Try various speeches ranging from impromptu, persuasive and informative to debate, interpretations and radio
  • Potentially earn college credit as juniors if they compete and place in speech competitions (see instructor for more details).

 

Speech 3-4

Teacher(s): Mrs. Loeung
Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Speech 1-2 and audition for Speech 5-6
Length: Year
Students in speech 3-4 will focus on:

  • Refining one to three pieces for speech competition.
  • Help facilitate discussion and give examples of their
  • Speech specialties with speech 1-2 students.
  • Potentially earn college credit as juniors if they compete and place in speech competitions.

 

Speech 5-6

Teacher(s): Mrs. Loeung
Open to grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Speech 3-4 and audition for Speech 5-6

Students in speech 5-6 will focus on:

  • Refining their top two competition pieces for speech competitions and state
  • Attending at least 10 speech competitions, both as a large team and individually
  • Polishing their speaking skills by competing with the Mt. Hood Community College Team as well as the Centennial High School team
  • Potentially earn college credit as juniors if they compete and place in speech competitions

 

Supplemental Academic Literacy 1

Required course for students who need instruction and practice in literacy. Placement is determined by test scores, grades, and case manager recommendation.
Length: Year

  • This class to be taken concurrently with the student’s current English class.
  • Primary focus of the class is building strategies for academic literacy.
  • Class provides an opportunity for students to build and practice strategies necessary for successful performance on required state tests and in academic courses.

 

Yearbook

Open to grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisites: Beginning Journalism and any 1 of the following, Desktop Publishing, Digital Imaging, or Photography. Class admission is by application.
Length: Year
Note: May be repeated for credit.

  • Students will learn the basic production techniques of layout, photo cropping, copy writing, interviewing, and ad sales. This class produces the Centhiscan, the CHS yearbook.