Cathedral High School Course Guide News Bar -- Scheduling for current students will begin January 17, 2017.
Online Course Guide
 
  By Department >  English

English Department

SUMMER READING REQUIREMENT

All students enrolled at Cathedral will be required to read at least one book from a selected reading list during the summer break.  A reading test covering these books will be administered to students on a date in August. That date will be announced prior to summer break, and information will placed on the school website.


Your summer reading test will be determined by the English course you enroll in during the spring.  If you change courses when the fall semester begins, you will still test over the book(s) you should have read during the summer.  

 

SPECIAL DEPARTMENT POLICIES

1.   Placement levels are determined by past academic performance and placement test scores.  Movement between levels is possible after consultation with student, parents, teacher, and counselor.

2.   Honors students will take  Honors Composition and Debate; Academic and CP students will take Composition and Speech.

 

ACADEMIC LEVELS IN THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

Honors classes are designed for those students who are self-motivated readers, writers, and thinkers.  These classes are the most rigorous and are intended to prepare students for AP/IB classes.  Honors classes challenge students to think independently and to write thoroughly and thoughtfully about their ideas.  To that end, students in honors classes read more works independently.  Less class time is spent discussing plot; more time is spent discussing themes and how students develop such themes.  Classroom discussion is an essential element of an honors class; therefore, students are expected to be active participants in these discussions.  Writing skills are practiced with an emphasis on maturing the students’ writing in terms of depth of thought, style, and cogency.  Use of proper grammar/usage is expected.  

 

Academic classes are designed for students who want to feel confident to think independently about works of literature.  Students read assigned texts then discuss them in a classroom setting.  Methods of interpretation and the process of how a writer conveys ideas are discussed.  Emphasis is placed on literary terms and devices. Writing skills are practiced regularly with an emphasis on helping the writer understand the strategies of writing with clarity and without errors.  Use of proper grammar/usage is emphasized.  

 

College preparatory classes are designed to help students who may need additional support in their writing and/or reading abilities to better prepare themselves for the rigor of college.  College prep. students spend time dissecting and discussing both fiction and non-fiction works.  Students work collaboratively and independently to determine a writer’s main ideas and the way those ideas are conveyed.  Writing skills are practiced regularly, and an emphasis is placed on writing essays that are not only correct but also show independent thought and understanding. Use of proper grammar/usage is practiced. 

Movement between academic levels is encouraged to occur at the end of the semester unless endorsed by the teacher.  


English 9 (College Prep)
C111CF/C111CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Freshman course for College Prep English students.

Course Description:
Genre-survey course building reading and writing skills necessary for success in high school and college. Strengthening reading comprehension and annotation skills in fiction texts including Greek mythology, short stories, Shakespeare, and novels. Independently read and produce end projects for 3-4 books throughout the school year. Academic research and nonfiction analytical skills culminate in a formal 2-3 page research paper in the spring. Composition skills focus on development of thesis statement, well developed body paragraphs, introductions and conclusions, grammar and mechanics, MLA formatting, and vocabulary acquisition. Project-based assignments, oral presentations, vocabulary and grammar lessons throughout the year.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 9 (Academic)
C111AF/C111AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Freshman course for Academic English students.

Course Description:
The foundation for the following three years of high school English is established. Included is background information on Shakespeare, Greek mythology, grammar, and vocabulary skills, to prepare the student to independently read more complex material. Students analyze themes, literary elements, and plot structures. The student’s writing includes annotating, summarizing, and analyzing both nonfiction and fiction assignments, culminating in various assignments including both short and in-depth research papers. Both informal and formal oral presentation skills are developed.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 9 (Honors)
C111XF/C111XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Freshman course for Honors English students.

Course Description:
9X explores the facets of genre, including nonfiction, poetry, Greek drama, the novel, and Shakespearean literature. Literary terms, annotation skills, and effective discussion are introduced. Writing instruction includes: prewriting, composing, peer editing, and revising. Students hone outlining skills, sentence structure, and paragraph development. Essays include journal writing, analysis and comparison. Grammar includes identification and usage of the parts of speech. Vocabulary study is centered on SAT words. Students must be able to work at an accelerated pace and be able to assume responsibility for individual achievement as a result of their strong work ethic.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 10 (College Prep)
C112CF/C112CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Sophomore course for College Prep English students.

Course Description:
This course is an analytical and historical study of American literature from colonial times to present day. An emphasis is placed on thematic understanding and investigation of literary art forms and vocabulary acquisition. Students apply their knowledge of word origins to determine the meaning of new words and use those words accurately in their oral and written communications. They read, understand and respond to various selections from American literature while analyzing organizational patterns and themes within selections and eras and evaluating various authors’ positions. Students combine the strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description in written and oral presentations. They compose business letters and write coherent and focused essays that show a well-defined point of view and tightly reasoned argument. While delivering focused and coherent oral presentations, students convey clear and distinct perspectives and solid reasoning while using gestures, tone and vocabulary appropriate to the audience and purpose. Finally, they demonstrate a command of standard English writing conventions and the research, organizational and drafting strategies of the writing process and exhibit an awareness of audience and purpose.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 10 (Academic)
C112AF/C112AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Sophomore course for Academic English students.

Course Description:
Classes read American literature from colonial times through postmodernism. An emphasis is placed on thematic understanding and investigation of literary art forms. Classes write on a variety of texts, with an emphasis on critical reading and thinking skills, and study grammar in writing and in standard practice. Classes study shorter works such as sermons, speeches, poetry, essays, and short stories; classes explore Huckleberry Finn and write a research paper on modern American literature, including The Great Gatsby. Students read the play, Fences, as well as the novel, Slaughter-House Five.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 10 (Honors)
C112XF/C112XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Sophomore course for Honors English students.

Course Description:
With American literature from colonial times through post-modernism represented by The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Slaughter-House Five, students investigate literary art forms and vocabulary acquisition. The study of grammar continues with the analysis of sentences through phrase and clause structures. Narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing averages six writing assessments per semester to strengthen analytical and creative skills. Additionally, a four to five page research paper focuses on the critical analysis of an American poem.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 11 (College Prep)
C113CF/C113CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Junior course for College Prep English students.

Course Description:
A survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. The course operates at a pace that provides students with time to read, interpret, analyze, communicate, and write. Reading and understanding text, as well as annotating and note taking, are prioritized. Students will be assessed in traditional ways and also work on individual and group projects. Students engage in a research essay with a systematic approach in the second semester. This course also offers the introduction, review, and application of vocabulary words from SAT lists that are studied throughout the school year.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 11 (Academic)
C113AF/C113AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Junior course for Academic English students.

Course Description:
Explore British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century, identify literary elements and analyze content for meaning. Emphasis on critical thinking skills through assessments such as class discussion, small group projects, and a variety of writing strategies, including literature-based essays, one four to five page research paper, reader response journals, and creative projects. Learn and use new vocabulary taken from SAT lists or from the major texts.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 11, IB HL (IB)
C119IF/C119IS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Junior course for IB English students and other interested students.

Course Description:
Explore a wide array of literary genres that have evolved from myriad cultures, past and present, encourage a deep and personal appreciation of literature, develop students’ close reading skills and emphasize the study of works in context. In this, the first year of the 2 year curriculum, students complete Part 1: Works in Translation and Part 4: School Choice, including the Individual Oral Presentation (internal assessment) and the Written Assignment (external assessment). The aim of this course is to develop the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective. Open to both IB diploma candidates and those interested in individual IB coursework.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English Language and Composition, AP (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C123XF/C123XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
English 10X or permission of the instructor. Students are required to take the AP exam.

Course Description:
Analyze fiction and nonfiction prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts, with an emphasis on British literature, to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. Examine the way traditional conventions and resources of language contribute to effective writing. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing through the critical analysis and interpretation of these texts. Student writings will encompass the use of argument, synthesis, and rhetorical strategies.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 12 (College Prep)
C114CF/C114CS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Senior course for College Prep English students.

Course Description:
This English course reinforces the skills necessary for college success. Non-fiction and fiction is read, annotated, summarized, and analyzed reinforcing grammar, vocabulary, and complex reading skills. Major works such as The Iliad, The Odyssey, Dante’s Inferno, and Shakespeare, along with short stories and poems, are studied in depth and applied to other disciplines. Research papers are completed for college preparation.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 12 (Academic)
C114AF/C114AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Senior course for Academic English students.

Course Description:
English 12A begins with an examination of Greek literature beginning with The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer. There is an emphasis on literary analysis and the understanding of cultural, historical, and religious ideas found in classical literature. In order to further develop research and writing skills prior to college entrance, a three to four page research paper is required; in addition, students can expect three to five formal essay assignments each semester. Other classic literature studied includes Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Dante’s Inferno, A Doll’s House, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Don Quixote, The Stranger, Metamorphosis by Kafka, Greek drama with The Oresteia and The Theban Plays of Sophocles

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English 12, IB HL (IB)
C120IF/C120IS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Students must have already completed English 11, IB.

Course Description:
The IB English course is a continuation of the curriculum of English 11, IB, with the framework of two-year curriculum established by the International Baccalaureate council. The class is divided into two parts: the first semester focuses on multiple genres which then culminate in a twenty minute oral commentary, and the second part focuses on one genre leading to the official IB tests in the spring. This test consists of two essays: one requiring the analysis of a passage of unseen literary text, and the other a response to a question based on the works studied. Fall semester begins with an in-depth study of poetry, focusing on the poet Langston Hughes and the impact his work had on the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement. Following poetry, students read Zora Neale Hurston’s fictional novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, with special focus the women’s rights movement. Finally, students read speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., discussing the rhetorical devices that made his works so powerful. Second semester students read five plays: A Doll’s House, Othello, The Glass Menagerie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Literary devices unique to drama are stressed, as is continuing discussion of the effects of the importance the playwright’s culture and context had on their works. Throughout the year, students complete several written assignments; some are in the form of in-class timed writing, but students will also write a five to seven page research paper in the form of a literary analysis. The aim of this course, its curriculum, and content develops the IB learner profile traits and encourage students to be communicators, knowledgeable, open-minded, risk-takers, balanced, thinkers, inquirers, principled, caring, and reflective.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English Literature and Composition, AP (Advanced Placement)
C115XS 1 Semesters 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Senior course for students previously enrolled in English X and Composition X with at least a “B” average and a teacher recommendation. Students who have successfully completed 11A have the option of taking the course only with the permission of the course instructor. A writing sample will be required. Students are required to take the AP exam in the spring.

Course Description:
AP English Literature and Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of classical literature. The college-level course includes intensive study of The Iliad, The Odyssey, Oedipus the King, Dante’s Inferno, The Importance of Being Earnest, King Lear or Othello, and The Stranger. Writing is an integral part of the course. During the first semester, students write a 5-7 page literary research paper which negotiates differing critical perspectives.. Students read two works independently over the course of the year and write papers over each work. Students who enroll in this course should be highly motivated and should work well independently and in small groups. Participation in class discussions is an essential element of this course.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English Language and Composition, AP (Advanced Placement)
C130XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
English elective for Seniors only who have successfully completes Advanced Composition X. Students are required to take the AP exam.

Course Description:
The AP English Language and Composition course is designed to help students become skilled readers of nonfiction prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts and to become skilled writers who can compose for a variety of purposes. By their reading and writing in this course, students should become aware of the interactions among a writer’s purpose, audience expectation, and subject. They examine the way traditional conventions and resources of language contribute to effective writing. The course emphasizes the expository, analytical, and argumentative writing that forms the basis of academic and professional communication, as well as the personal reflective writing that fosters the ability to write in any context. The purpose of the AP Language and Composition course is to enable students to read complex texts with understanding and to write prose that demonstrates complex thought.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

ACP English, L202 (Honors)
C122XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Prerequisite: Successful completion (C- or higher) of ACP English W131.

Course Description:
ENG L202: Literary Interpretation is a one-semester Indiana University course designed to help students learn how to read, think, and write critically and cogently about literature. Students will study four genres—poetry, short story, the novel, and drama—to understand how the various elements of a work of imaginative literature cohere to impart meaning. A large portion of the course will focus on how to write about literature; students will learn how to translate close reading skills into strong critical essays, writing three peer-reviewed major papers, as well as short assignments (microthemes). The class will be heavily discussion-based, and vigorous and insightful explorations of the poetry and fiction studied are expected, as well as impeccable attendance and assignment submission. The cost of this course is $75. The ACP student should be highly motivated to work independently and in small groups. Participation in all class discussions is essential and expected of all students.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

ACP English, W131 (Honors)
C122XF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Dual-credit senior English course offered in partnership with Indiana University for students previously enrolled in English X. Students who have successfully completed 11A have the option of taking the course only with the permission of the course instructor. A writing sample will be required.

Course Description:
W131 is a one-semester Indiana University course that offers instruction and practice in the critical reading and writing skills required for college-level work, with an emphasis on written assignments that call for summary, critique, analysis, and arguments based on largely nonfiction sources. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the rigor of writing throughout college. The focus is on scholarly investigation of sources, critical thinking and reading, learning how to recognize and utilize specific writing strategies, skills and fluency. Each unit will include preliminary work and assignments leading to a major essay to conclude. Points will be accumulated from homework, in-class assignments, participation, and final written assignments. Since much work and discussion will be carried on in class, impeccable attendance and assignment submission are imperative. Students will write five papers over the course of the semester, and the scores from these papers will constitute 85% of the student’s grade. The fifth paper is a 6-8 page research paper that will also serve as the final exam. The cost of this course is $75. The ACP student should be highly motivated to work independently and in small groups. Participation in all class discussions is essential and expected of all students.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Composition (College Prep)
C131CF/C131CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Required for juniors enrolled in English 11CP. Sophomores in English 10CP may take the course with special permission from department chairs.

Course Description:
This course focuses on correct grammatical usage, punctuation, and sentence structure by implementing them in the writing process. Students are assigned narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive compositions. Emphasis is placed on composing, editing, and revision. As preparation for the college application process, one of the college advisors will talk to the class, disseminate information, and answer questions. Students will research three possible college choices and create a PowerPoint presentation on them. They will then choose one of the three colleges, do more in-depth research, and write an expository essay. Additionally, students will create a resume and write a college essay. These documents are then given to the college advisors to keep on file. Journaling is incorporated as a writing strategy

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Composition (Academic)
C131AF/C131AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Required for juniors enrolled in English 11A. Sophomores in English 10A may take the course with special permission from department chairs.

Course Description:
This course focuses on correct grammatical usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Students implement the writing process (pre-writing, composing, editing, and revising) by incorporating all grammar skills gained from previous classes. Students are assigned compositions of various purposes: personal, autobiographical, persuasive, analytical, definitive, cause and effect, expository, and literary. The course stresses the fundamental styles involved in narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing. Journaling is incorporated as a writing strategy.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Composition (Honors)
C132XF/C132XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores and juniors in Honors English. This course is required before a student takes 11 IB or AP Literature and Composition.

Course Description:
This course stresses the fundamental styles involved in narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing. An emphasis is placed on the format for different types of multi-paragraph essays: personal, autobiographical, persuasive, analytical, definitive, cause and effect, expository, and literary interpretations. Throughout the course, the students engage in the process inventing, drafting, and revising compositions that utilize the principles and rules of correct usage, mechanics, and style. Additional requirements include journaling, reading and analyzing novels, and writing critical analyses. Students write, revise, and peer edit a minimum of ten papers during the semester. Most classes will exceed this. Honors composition is writing intensive and designed for the high achieving student.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Speech (Academic)
C141AF/C141AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to all juniors. Sophomores in English 10A may take the course with special permission from department chairs. Required unless student has completed Debate.

Course Description:
Students learn how to effectively use oral communication in all areas of public speaking. Students learn the fundamentals and techniques of organizing, researching and presenting material for individual speeches.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Advanced Speech (Honors)
C140XF/C140XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to seniors who have successfully completed Speech or C140XF/C140XS Debate and who have the recommendation of their Speech or Debate teacher.

Course Description:
The purpose of this class is to initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions and formal speeches. Students will critically analyze a variety of speeches as well as model and incorporate effective rhetorical devices and strategies.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Debate (Honors)
C142XF/C142XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores considering IB, juniors and seniors in Honors or AP English, and other seniors who have completed speech, have an English teacher recommendation, and approval of the Debate teacher.

Course Description:
This course is designed for students who want to learn the technique of competitive debating. Concentration will be on development of the skills of researching, speaking, listening, reasoning, and organizing. Students learn the art of facilitation and will devise and perform both policy and value debates over the course of the semester, writing outlines and constructives before each, as well as self-evaluations after. Students will participate in four to five debates over the course of the semester culminating in a final debate which will serve as their exam.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Advanced Debate (Honors)
C143XF/143XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Successful completion of Debate.

Course Description:
This course is open to juniors or seniors in the honors English program who have successfully completed debate. There is no textbook for this course.This course will focus on civic engagement in that we will enter into the political discussions going on presently in our community. This will be accomplished by bringing in speakers, researching and presenting on local and national issues, and choosing on area on which to focus a service learning project. Students will learn to utilize the art of persuasion and up-to-date knowledge as a process for problem solving and argumentation involving rhetorical strategies. Students will research and debate significant social, political, and economical issues. The class offers an excellent opportunity for interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, and discussion of current events.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Creative Writing (College Prep)
C117CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course does not take the place of composition. Students may choose to take this course for either academic or college prep credit. Requirements will vary depending on the academic credit chosen.

Course Description:
This course is for self-motivated students who have the desire to practice and perfect their art of writing. Students learn the writing process and develop and nurture their creativity in a variety of forms such as writing children’s literature, plays, short stories, and poetry. Additionally, the course provides opportunity to develop editing and workshop skills.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Creative Writing (Academic)
C117AF/C117AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This course does not take the place of composition. Students may choose to take this course for either academic or college prep credit. Requirements will vary depending on the academic credit chosen.

Course Description:
This course is for self-motivated students who have the desire to practice and perfect their art of writing. Students learn the writing process and develop and nurture their creativity in a variety of forms such as writing children’s literature, plays, short stories, and poetry. Additionally, the course provides opportunity to develop editing and workshop skills.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Creative Writing II (Academic)
C156AF/C156AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Students must have previously taken Creative Writing I or must receive permission from the instructor.

Course Description:
This course will focus on the production and distribution of contemporary creative writing. Students will engage with current serial and online literary publications to study the range of creative writing available today. After an initial foray into genres and forms available to them, students will select a genre for their primary focus for the semester: non-fiction, poetry, or fiction, with the goal of completing a piece for publication in a student-driven literary magazine of their own design.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Drama in Literature (College Prep)
C116CF/C116CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Course Description:
This course is a unique blend of speech, drama, and literature. Students develop and master oral presentation and drama techniques including skills such as voice, gestures, eye contact, and body language. In addition to performance skills, students learn to analyze a piece of literature to assist in choosing the appropriate method of presentation. The students learn critical judgment of presentations by critiquing other students and themselves.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

English Literature: Shakespeare (Academic)
C118AF/C118AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Academic or Honors English.

Course Description:
This course allows students to review English literature and history through the works of Shakespeare. Students read comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets. Students develop presentations to illustrate Shakespeare’s influence on literary thought and the dramatic genre.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

In Our Village (College Prep)
C157CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to all juniors and seniors. Course available during the fall semester only of even numbered years.

Course Description:
Based on the book In Our Village, juniors and seniors write essays chronicling life at Cathedral, and published book will be available for distribution the following semester. Focus will be on narrative/non-fiction writing and interview techniques. In addition, the history of East Africa, a limited study of Swahili, and fiction related to Africa will be covered. Emphasis on previous responsibility for deadlines will be seriously considered for acceptance into the class. This course is available for either College Prep and Academic credit.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

In Our Village (Academic)
C157AF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to all juniors and seniors. Course available during the fall semester only of even numbered years.

Course Description:
Based on the book In Our Village, juniors and seniors will create a book relating to life at Cathedral High School. Students will focus on narrative/non-fiction writing and interviewing techniques with some discussion of photography. In addition, the history of East Africa, a limited study of Swahili, and fiction related to Africa will be covered. If the student is in college prep English, this is a CP and credit class. If the student is in honors/academic English, this is an academic credit. To earn this credit, the student will complete additional course work with the reading of a novel, writing two additional papers, and having leadership positions for guiding group work and creating service learning projects. Emphasis on previous responsibility for deadlines will be seriously considered for acceptance into the class.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Etymology (College Prep)
C151CF/C151CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in College Prep. English

Course Description:
Like Etymology for Academic and Honors students, this course allows students to study the Latin and Greek origins of words, but gives the students more time to assimilate the material. Emphasis is placed on learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words derived from Latin and Greek to strengthen and to enhance vocabulary growth. Additional course work includes learning derivatives based on these prefixes, suffixes, and root words, and doing activities which require usage of the words. This elective can provide invaluable vocabulary assistance for the SAT, ACT, and future college work

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Etymology (Academic)
C151AF/C151AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Academic or Honors English.

Course Description:
This course allows students to study the Latin and Greek origins of words. Emphasis is placed on learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words derived from Latin and Greek to strengthen and to enhance vocabulary growth. Additional course work includes learning derivatives based on these prefixes, suffixes, and root words, and doing activities which require usage of the words. This elective can provide invaluable vocabulary assistance for the SAT, ACT, and future college work.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Journalistic Writing (College Prep)
C135CF/C135CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
Students will learn interviewing, note-taking and writing techniques for completing a variety of journalistic assignments, including news and feature stories and personality profiles. Students will learn how to apply Associated Press style rules to their writing and will submit their work to the Megaphone newspaper and Cathedran yearbook. Students interested in improving their writing skills and/or working on the student newspaper or yearbook should consider this course. While not required, any student who plans to take yearbook or newspaper should enroll in this course.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Journalism II: Newspaper (Academic)
C134AF/C134AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Academic level: A (first year in class); X (second and/or third year on staff) Credits: 2 (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) Prerequisite: Completion of Journalistic Writing (known as Introduction to Newspaper during the 2013-2014 school year) is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator, who makes the final decision regarding the enrollment of the newspaper staff.

Course Description:
Students will produce each issue of the Megaphone, the student newspaper. Students will write a variety of assignments, such as news, feature, sports, columns and editorials. Students with an interest in photojournalism may enroll to shoot photos for the publication. Megaphone staff members who serve as editors are expected to participate in after-school work sessions one week every three or four weeks, based on publication deadlines. Students enrolled in this course for a third semester and beyond receive honors credit. Note: This course fulfills the fine arts graduation requirement. Students also must complete a one-page application, which is available from any counselor or from Mr. Willis in Loretto 2214, before enrolling.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Journalism II: Newspaper (Honors)
C134XF/C134XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Credits: 2 (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) Prerequisite: Completion of Journalistic Writing (known as Introduction to Newspaper during the 2013-2014 school year) is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator, who makes the final decision regarding the enrollment of the newspaper staff.

Course Description:
Students will produce each issue of the Megaphone, the student newspaper. Students will write a variety of assignments, such as news, feature, sports, columns and editorials. Students with an interest in photojournalism may enroll to shoot photos for the publication. Megaphone staff members who serve as editors are expected to participate in after-school work sessions one week every three or four weeks, based on publication deadlines. Students enrolled in this course for a third semester and beyond receive honors credit. Note: This course fulfills the fine arts graduation requirement. Students also must complete a one-page application, which is available from any counselor or from Mr. Willis in Loretto 2214, before enrolling.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Journalism II: Yearbook (Academic)
C136AF/C136AS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Completion of Journalism I: Journalistic Writing (known as Introduction to Newspaper during the 2013-2014 school year), Photography (fine arts department) or Photojournalism is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator, who makes the final decision regarding the enrollment of the yearbook staff.

Course Description:
Students will write copy and captions, take photos and design pages for the Cathedran, the school’s award-winning yearbook. Staff members should be disciplined and organized and possess the ability to multitask and to meet deadlines. While some after-school work time is required, students have the ability to complete yearbook work on a web-based service in the cloud. Students interested in learning academic writing and editing skills to tell the Cathedral story should consider the class. Note: Note: This course fulfills the fine arts graduation requirement. Students also must complete a one-page application, which is available from any counselor or from Mr. Willis in Loretto 2214, before enrolling.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Journalism II: Yearbook (Honors)
C136XF/C136XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Credits: 2 (may be repeated for up to 6 credits) Prerequisite: Completion of Journalism I: Journalistic Writing (known as Introduction to Newspaper during the 2013-2014 school year), Photography (fine arts department) or Photojournalism is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator, who makes the final decision regarding the enrollment of the yearbook staff.

Course Description:
Students will write copy and captions, take photos and design pages for the Cathedran, the school’s award-winning yearbook. Staff members should be disciplined and organized and possess the ability to multitask and to meet deadlines. While some after-school work time is required, students have the ability to complete yearbook work on a web-based service in the cloud. Students interested in learning academic writing and editing skills to tell the Cathedral story should consider the class. Students enrolled in this course for a third semester and beyond receive honors credit. Note: This course fulfills the fine arts graduation requirement. Students also must complete a one-page application, which is available from any counselor or from Mr. Willis in Loretto 2214, before enrolling.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Photojournalism (College Prep)
C138CF/C138CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Photography 1 (Fine Arts Department Course), Journalism: Journalistic Writing or permission of the instructor

Course Description:
Students will learn both basic and advanced composition and shooting skills for a digital single lens reflex camera. Class participants will shoot photos for the Cathedran yearbook and the Megaphone newspaper and write captions for those photos. Students will learn how to use shutter speed, aperture and manual settings on their cameras and apply the rule of thirds, leading lines and other composition skills to their photos. Students should own or have access to a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera rather than a phone or point-and-shoot digital to successfully complete class assignments.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Themes in Literature: Sports (College Prep)
C155CS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
This course includes the reading of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, and essays dealing with various sports, sporting events, sports themes, and their impact on culture. Students become acquainted with a variety different issues that have surrounded and are currently surrounding sports. Students will read three novels and write two papers that are approximately three to four pages in length. Projects and presentations surrounding themes in sport will also be assigned. Discussions and class participation will be an important aspect f this class.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Film Studies (College Prep)
C158CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
In this class, students will study and analyze film as an artistic medium with its various genres, conventions, and techniques. Students will apply the skills of analysis and interpretation to a variety of film genres and styles, considering how film acts simultaneously as entertainment, narrative form, artistic expression, and cultural artifact. Students will participate in film viewing, keep viewing logs, complete in-class and creative projects, read and annotate excerpts from Gianetti’s Understanding Movies, and write three analytical response papers.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Standardized Test Preparation (College Prep)
C160AF/C160AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores and juniors. May be taken once for credit.

Course Description:
The purpose of Standardized Test Preparation is to help students of all levels of academic achievement improve their test-taking potential to maximize test results. Students will learn strategies, expectations and content information about the PSAT, SAT and ACT. Graduation exams are not specifically addressed in this course. The course covers reading, writing, science and mathematics equally.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

Voices of the World (Academic)
C125AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to juniors and seniors in Academic or Honors English.

Course Description:
Students in this course read and react to literary selections emerging from the panorama of ethnic communities that make up America in the 21st century. Recent fiction and nonfiction selections from the Native-American, African-American and Latino-American cultures, will be included. The theme for this course is “The New American Dream.” Students will utilize creativity, cooperative groups, and communication skills to analyze how these ethnic voices represent the new American Dream.

Course Information
Graduation
Requirement
Core 40
Approved
Academic
Honors Approved
Elective
Course
NCAA
Approved
Course
Fee

©2013 Cathedral High School  |  5225 East 56th Street  |  Indianapolis, IN 46226  |  P: 317.542.1481  |  F: 317.542.1484  |  admin