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E407 Gender Theory
Do we have gender equality? How is gender performed and understood? How do race, social class, and gender intersect to create inequities in the United States and internationally? Students will critique the work of gender theorists from the Enlightenment to present-day and become informed readers of literature, nonfiction, film, social media, and current events. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grades 11, 12; Prerequisites: English 11

E408 Narrative Nonfiction Writing: Junior/Senior
This course is designed to help students explore the range of possibilities of nonfiction writing. Through a writing workshop structure that encourages revision, peer editing and conferencing, students may write any of the following: college essay, resumes and cover letters, responses to literature as they prepare for real-world writing demands that they will face in college and in their careers. Additionally, students will work within these genres: investigative and analytical writing, memoir, research and others. Through extensive writing and revision, students will learn to address audience, purpose and genre. Mentor texts will be used to provide examples of effective writing and as a basis for discussions and critical analyses. Students will produce a culminating portfolio that documents their growth as a writer throughout the semester. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grades 11, 12; Prerequisites: English 11

E409 African Literature
This course will introduce students to African Literature. Selected texts will focus on the African oral tradition and folklore, memoir/autobiography, the coming-of-age novel, the political novel, poetry, and modern short stories. These genres will introduce seniors to the power and complexity of modern African writing from across the continent, and to the connections between politics, social conditions, and the inner life of African writers in colonial and post-colonial societies. Students will improve their reading and writing skills through a variety of writing activities designed to focus on the style and content of selected texts. Required readings will also include short stories, and selected poetry from the Oral Tradition, the Negritude Poets, Colonial Period poets, and modern poetry. As part of this class, you will learn the skills to create and present a unique project that shows your understanding of the course content and highlights your interests and ideas. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: English 9, 10, 11

E431 CP African American Literature (Honors Option)
Through reading challenging and thought-provoking texts from the canon of African-American literature, students will develop their ability to discern the attributes of quality writing. They will read texts by authors such as Frederick Douglas, Harriet Jacobs, Ralph Ellison, Assata Shakur, Toni Morrison, and Barack Obama. By analyzing thought-provoking texts on the African-American experience/s students will express and develop their views about key past and present sociological issues. They will develop their ability to communicate insightful responses to key themes in African- American literature. Students will continue to develop skills in expository, analytical, creative, and persuasive writing. They will reinforce research skills and incorporate the MLA guidelines used in college-level English classes. Students will collect their writings from a range of genres in an English Language Arts Portfolio which will document their growth as writers, readers, and thinkers. Grade: 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: English 9, 10, 11

E405 CP Journalism (Honors Option)
student_studying.jpgStudents will learn the basic elements of a news story, study landmark court cases in the history of the free press, examine bias in the media, assess writing for fact and opinion, and understand the roles and responsibilities of a journalist in a democratic society. Students will also discuss current events and issues making the “headlines” on a local, national, and international level. Lastly, students will collaborate on investigative journalistic projects, improve their research writing skills, and contribute articles to the school newspaper, The Register Forum. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: English 9, 10, 11

E406 HN Journalism 2
Are you interested being an editor for the school newspaper? Building on skills acquired from Journalism I, students will learn how to successfully collaborate and run every aspect of The Register Forum, one of the oldest student-run publications in the country. Students will generate news stories, edit articles, democratically decide what is printed, write editorials, create special segments, and interview CRLS students, faculty, and members of the community. A significant portion of this class is also about graphic design, digital layout, and photography. Lastly, students will be fully involved in the printing, advertising, and distribution process. Length One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Journalism 1

E410 Selections in Literature

This course complements grade level English classes. Students will closely examine a breadth of nonfiction and fictional readings to identify their specific characteristics for deep comprehension. As they develop the ability to categorize various literary genres and text structures, students will learn and apply strategies for text analysis. Students will communicate their understanding through writing, visual presentations, group discussions, peer collaboration, and teacher conferences. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Grades 10, 11, 12; Prerequisites: English 9

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E425 CP Creative Writing, Literature, and The Arts (Honors Option)
This course is designed for students who are interested in expressing themselves through creative writing and other artistic means. The students will be asked to think deeply about themselves and their place in the world, and will work to articulate their thoughts and ideas through the creative arts. The students will also realize that such expression does not exist in isolation; creative writing is a communal activity in which all participants support, encourage, edit, and share with their fellow artists. This course will also be an exploration of a multitude of art forms: literature, painting, oratory, photography, music, film, and more. The students will be immersed this intertwining, fascinating world of artistic expression. The study of these art forms will be the inspiration for their own work, with the ultimate goal of developing thoughtful writers, thinkers, and art appreciators. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Grade of C+ or better in 9th and 10th grade English

E427 HN World Religion
How are different religions understood? How important is it that they be understood? Students will explore the idea of religion and spirituality. They will develop some basic understandings of five world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Students will examine articles, textbook selections, religious texts, short stories, poems, and novels in order to formulate ideas about what it means to be part of these religions, or to live in societies shaped by the beliefs and institutions of particular religions. Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: English 9, 10, 11

E432 Classical Literature: Shakespeare
This course will explore Shakespeare’s poetry and plays, examining both texts from the canon as well as some lesser-known works. Through their study of his language and artistry, approaching the texts as both works of drama and of literature, students will develop both versatility and comfort with Shakespeare’s work. They will learn to critically examine challenging texts and analyze complex and difficult language. Engaging with some of the most popular and enduring work in classical literature, students will continue to develop and reinforce critical thinking, reading, research, and writing skills. Length: One Semester; Grades: 10, 11, 12; Credits: 10

E412 Collegiate Skills
This semester long, alternating day (S/B) course will focus on developing strategies in task analysis, time management, and organization. Student enrollment is limited and must be approved by the ELA Dean. Length: One Semester; Grades 9 and 10: Credits 10