• English Academic Electives
    These courses are offered for elective credit.  Academic in nature, these classes enhance skills and content in a variety of the language arts. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, these classes are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  They may not be used to make up credit for a required grade level course.
     
    ADVANCED speech and communication (CP)
    Grade Level:  11-12
    CGHS Course #: EN 341
    DOE Course #:  1078
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
    Dual Credit Opportunities:   Franklin College GE201 Public Speaking
     
    Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Status
     
    Advanced Speech places major emphasis on producing formal speeches.  The course focuses on research methods, persuasion, group discussion, and oral debate.  Advanced speech focuses on developing skills for students to become: (1) in-depth researchers, (2) persuasive writers and communicators, and (3) better group communicators.  Students will gain an understanding of persuasion and argumentation theories and develop skills in logic and analysis.  Students will also study and practice speaking, listening and leadership as part of group dynamics.  Students will research topics using a variety of literary and technical genre, organize research, write persuasive cases, and practice public speeches. 
    Creative Writing (CP)
    Grade Level:  11-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 351
    DOE Course #:  1092
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma: Core 40, Academic Honors
    Dual Credit Opportunity:  Franklin College ENG190 Topics in Writing
     
    Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior Status
     
    This course takes a writing workshop approach focusing on revision through in-class discussion of written work. Students will study a variety of writing forms using successful models by other students and professional writers. Students will learn writing terminology and write in a variety of forms including poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction. Students will keep a daily journal. Students will revise work extensively for meaning, structure, language, audience, and mechanics. Students will be expected to share work with the class by oral presentation, peer evaluation, and publication in the classroom. Students may be required to submit work to a literary magazine.
     
     
    Dramatic Literature (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 231
    DOE Course #: 1028
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
     
    Prerequisite:  None
     
    This course is an introduction to theatre and drama. It focuses on the basic skills of acting and theater management, including pantomime, stage presence, character development, and performing as an ensemble. Students will perform several memorized scenes in front of the class, direct a one-act play, create a promptbook, and study several well-known playwrights. The students will spend several hours beyond class time to plan shows and do research. Students interested in performing in Center Grove stage productions are encouraged to enroll in this class.
     
    Etymology (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 241
    DOE Course #: 1060
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
     
    Prerequisite:  None
     
    This course is designed to enhance a student's vocabulary through an intensive study of Latin and Greek prefixes, roots and suffixes and their English derivatives. The course requires daily dictionary work and extensive memorization in addition to sentence writing and other vocabulary activities. To develop an understanding of the complexities of our language, the student will also compose a variety of writing assignments including an etymology research paper. Former students often report that this course is helpful for the SAT.
    Journalism (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 251
    DOE Course #:  1080
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Traditional
     
    Prerequisite:  None
     
    The course will provide students with intensive training in journalistic writing and style as well as a working knowledge of a journalist's responsibility. This course is primarily a writing class, so students should already have a good grasp of basic writing skills such as spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure. Students interested in working on yearbook or newspaper and/or pursuing a career in communications beyond high school are strongly encouraged to take this course.
    THEMES IN LITERATURE:  Mythology (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 261
    DOE Course #:  1048
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
     
    Prerequisite:  Junior or Senior status is recommended.
     
    This course focuses on the mythology of ancient Greece. It will assist the student in understanding the relevance of these myths to modern literature and our culture. Students should expect intensive daily reading assignments and an emphasis on memorization and note taking. Individual and group projects may be a requirement. Attention to the mythologies of other cultures will be given as time allows.
    THEMES IN LITERATURE:  Shakespeare (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 271
    DOE Course #:  1048
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
     
    Prerequisite:  None
     
    This course is designed to familiarize the student with the language and ideas of Shakespearean drama through reading, analysis, and performance. Among the plays to be studied will be Hamlet, Othello, Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Richard III, and Henry V. The students will organize and present scenes from selected plays in addition to analyzing various texts and performances. 
    Twentieth-Century Literature (CP)
    Grade Level:  10-12
    CGHS Course #:  EN 281
    DOE Course #:  1050
    Length:  1-Semester Course
    Credit(s):  One
    Diploma:  Core 40, Academic Honors
    Prerequisite:  None
     
    This survey course is designed to acquaint the college-bound student with various poetry, fiction, and nonfiction selections recognized as noteworthy in the 20th Century. Students will study a variety of themes, literary periods, and authors' styles and will have some choice in selecting material. In addition to reading, students will write analyses of literature, research author and time period information, and give oral and written presentations.