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SUMMER READING REQUIREMENT

All students enrolled at Cathedral will be required to read at least one book during the summer break from a selected reading list that addresses the Holy Cross Core Values.  A series of journals reflecting upon the reading of these books will be due on the second day of school. More information about this will be available on the English Department Webpage beginning in mid-May.  

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 writers 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.  Students have the option of selecting either IB, AP or ACP during their junior and senior year. Review this presentation comparing the IB, AP and ACP options.

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:
None

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 and non-fiction texts. Independently read and produce writing and projects 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 new vocabulary acquisition.

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:
None

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:
None

Course Description:
English 9X explores the foundations of language and literature, including genre study and writing skills. Readings will include: nonfiction, poetry, Greek and Shakespearean drama, and the novel. Literary terms, annotation skills, and effective discussion strategies are introduced. Writing instruction includes prewriting, composing including construction of a thesis statement, peer editing, and revising. Students hone outlining skills, sentence structure, and paragraph development. Writing assignments will include reflection, analysis, and persuasion. Grammar includes identification and usage of the parts of speech. Vocabulary study is driven by content. Students must be able to work at an accelerated pace and 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:
Completion of freshman English.

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 read, understand, and respond to various selections from American literature while analyzing organizational patterns and evaluating various authors’ positions. Students combine the strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description in written and oral presentations. They 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. 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:
Completion of freshman English.

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 The Adventures of 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:
Successful completion of freshman English.

Course Description:
With American literature from colonial times through post-Modernism represented by The Scarlet Letter, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Great Gatsby, Fences, and other offerings, 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:
Completion of sophomore English.

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 exercises for SAT and ACT practice.

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:
Completion of sophomore English.

Course Description:
This course is an analytical and historical study of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the 21st century. Students will 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 SL (Academic) (IB)
C119AF/C119AS 2 Semesters/year 2 Credits/year
Prerequisite:
English 10A or 10C with teacher recommendation. This is a two-year course beginning junior year.

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 two-year curriculum, students complete Part 1: Works in Translation and Part 4: Options, 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 11, IB HL (IB)
C119IF/C119IS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
English 10x or 10A with teacher recommendation. This is a two-year course beginning junior year.

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 two-year curriculum, students complete Part 1: Works in Translation and Part 4: Options, including the Individual Oral Presentation (internal assessment) and the Written Assignments (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. This course is for juniors. 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:
Completion of junior English.

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:
Completion of junior English.

Course Description:
English 12A is a world literature course emphasizing literary analysis and the understanding of cultural, historical, and religious ideas found in literature. In order to further develop research and writing skills prior to college entrance, a five-page research paper is required; in addition, students can expect three to five formal essay assignments each semester.

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. All students are required to take the IB exam in the spring.

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 focuses on multiple genres which then culminate in a twenty minute oral commentary, and the 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. There is an additional fee for this course.

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

English Literature and Composition, AP (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C115XF/C115XS 2 Semesters 2 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 five to seven-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. There is an additional fee for this course.

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:
Successful completion (C- or higher) of ACP English W131.

Course Description:
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 major papers, as well as short assignments (micro-themes). The class will be 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 plus textbook fees, which students purchase directly through the IU Bookstore (directions will be provided). 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. Please be aware that I.U. policy with regard to submission of assignments and assignment requirements supersedes those of Cathedral High School for this course.

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 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, and learning how to recognize and utilize specific writing strategies and skills. Since much discussion will be carried on in class, impeccable attendance and assignment submission are imperative. 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. Students will write four micro-themes and three major papers over the course of the semester, and the scores from these papers will constitute 90% of the student’s grade. The third major paper is a six to seven-page research paper that will also serve as the final exam. The cost of this course is $75 plus textbook fees, which students purchase directly through the IU Bookstore (directions will be provided). Because of the unique content within this course, the English Department will not allow any withdrawals from this class (including academic level changes) after Labor Day of each year. Please be aware that I.U. policy with regard to submission of assignments and assignment requirements supersedes those of Cathedral High School for this course.

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:
None. Juniors enrolled in English 11CP will take this course.

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. Journaling is incorporated as a writing strategy. 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.

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.

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 writing 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

ACP Public Speaking (Honors)
C166XF/C166XS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Completed high school English 11 or earned a B or better in English 10 and high school speech or debate class.

Course Description:
This course from Indiana University prepares students in the liberal arts to communicate effectively with public audiences. Emphasizes oral communication as practiced in public contexts: how to advance reasoned claims in public; how to adapt public oral presentations to particular audiences; how to listen to, interpret, and evaluate public discourse; and how to formulate a clear response. Credit is given for only one of P155, CMCL-C 121, or SPCH-S121. P155/S121 class size is capped at 24 students, regardless of how many are taking the course for college credit. There is an additional fee for this course.

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 and juniors in Honors, or IB, AP English. Other seniors who have completed speech, have an English teacher recommendation, and approval of the Debate teacher may take the course.

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. Only available every other year. Available 2019-2020.

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 an 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 writing craft. 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 serial print 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

Cathedral Reading Seminar (Academic) (College Prep)
C167CF/C167AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This semester course does not take the place of any required English courses. 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 offered in the spring semester only. This course is for self-motivated students who have the desire to expand their literary repertoire with a theme or genre-driven focus. Students will co-design their independent reading goals and benchmarks with the instructor and will culminate their reading experiences in a school community presentation of literary analysis and self-reflection at the end of the semester. Assessments may include reader-reflection journals, graded annotations and discussions, in-class essays, presentations, and blogging. Due to the independent nature of this course, 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

Grammar 101 (Academic)
C164AF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
Offered in the fall and summer semesters only. This elective course focuses on all facets of grammar beginning with a review of the parts of speech, phrases and clauses, and types of sentences. Troubleshooting will include identifying and correcting dangling and misplaced modifiers, passive voice, inconsistent verb tense, and agreement problems. Punctuation will cover the correct usage of periods, commas, semicolons, and colons. This course is directed toward students with little to no background in grammar, as well as students who need a refresher course to help with their composition skills.

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 and non-fiction writing and interviewing 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 and 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 coursework 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 I (Academic)
C151AF/C151AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
This course can be taken in conjunction with Etymology II or as a separate course. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Academic or Honors English and CP students with permission of current English teacher. Freshmen may take this course with instructor’s permission.

Course Description:
This course allows students to study Greek origins of words. Emphasis is placed on learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words derived from 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 II (Academic)
C152AS 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
This course can be taken in conjunction with Etymology I or as a separate course. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in Academic or Honors English and CP students with permission of current English teacher. Freshmen may take this course with instructor’s permission. This course is not open to Latin students.

Course Description:
This course is offered in the spring semester only. This course allows students to study the Latin origins of words. Emphasis is placed on learning prefixes, suffixes, and root words derived from Latin to strengthen and to enhance vocabulary growth. Additional coursework 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 is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator.

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.

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 is encouraged, but not required. Any student may enroll in the class with the permission of the faculty moderator.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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

Film Studies (Academic)
C158CF 1 Semester 1 Credit
Prerequisite:
None

Course Description:
In this class, students will study and analyze film as an artistic medium within 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

AP Seminar (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C162XF/C162XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Academic or Honors Freshman English. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Course Description:
AP Seminar is a foundational, year-long course that engages students in cross-curricular conversations that explore the complexities of academic and real-world topics and issues. Using an inquiry framework, students practice reading and analyzing articles, research studies and foundational literary texts; listening to and viewing speeches, broadcasts and personal accounts; and experiencing artistic work and performances. Students synthesize information from multiple sources and develop their own perspectives in research-based essays and deliver oral and visual presentations, both individually and as part of a team. Students will develop skills needed to analyze and evaluate information and to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

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

AP Research (Advanced Placement) (Honors)
C163XF/C163XS 2 Semesters 2 Credits
Prerequisite:
Offered 2020-21. Open to juniors and seniors.

Course Description:
AP Research allows students to deeply explore an academic topic, problem or issue of individual interest. Students design, plan and conduct a year-long, ethical research-based investigation to address a research question. Students understand research methodology, document their processes and curate artifacts for their portfolio. The course culminates in an academic paper of 4,000 to 5,000 words accompanied by a performance or exhibition of the final product and a presentation with an oral defense.

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

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