The study of English encompasses all areas of communication - reading, writing, speaking, listening - as well as the various literary genre - the short story, the novel, poetry, and drama. The Fenton High School English program balances essential skill practice with interpretive analysis in order to provide the individual student with the understanding of language, literature, and media necessary to think critically, communicate effectively, and solve problems creatively. While it is the teacher’s role to motivate the student and to stimulate learning, it is the student’s responsibility to participate actively and to work willingly in order to develop his or her potential. Thus, the refinement of essential communication skills depends upon commitment on the part of both the student and the teacher. In every class, the student is involved in self-awareness and critical thinking as they read, write, listen, and synthesizes concepts.
Requirements and Recommendation
Eight (8) semesters, eight credits, are required of all students. All students must satisfactorily complete English I A & B, English II A & B, and English III or American Heritage. Freshmen and sophomores identified as having a need for reading improvement are required to take Academic Literacy 1 or Academic Literacy 2, as directed by the division leader and curriculum director. The remainder of the English requirement may be fulfilled by selecting from a variety of elective courses, depending upon individual needs and abilities. The following advanced courses provide advantageous background for college level literary analysis and critical writing: British Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, Advanced Placement American Writers and Advanced Placement Seminar in English.
Students meet with counselors and select courses every December and/or January for study the following year. To see the complete list of courses being offered in the English Department, please click here to visit our Curriculum webpage and browse the course catalog. The Table of Contents is on page 3.