CBC High School
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Course Offerings Language Arts Department Departments
English 1
Pre-A.P. English 1
Reading
English 2
Pre-A.P. English 2
English 3
English 3: Visions of America
English 3: American Experience
A.P. English 3: Language and Comp
English 4
Honors English 4
A.P. English 4: Literature and Comp
Creative Writing
Journalism
Yearbook
The mission of the Language Arts Department is to instill in students the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to be successful students and self-assured men of faith. Students learn to express themselves through their written words by practicing composition of different forms: persuasive, expository, personal, and research. Students develop the ability to speak confidently on a variety of topics in both formal and informal settings. Through the analysis of literature, students will gain an understanding of the moral and social values relevant to the developing faith life of the adolescent. Seeking creative approaches to the classics as well as non-traditional literature, the Language Arts Department makes every effort to include in its studies works from various traditions and genres. Students are taught to learn cooperatively using a multitude of available resources and technologies. Our students explore their own self-worth through language to develop their full potential as human beings in order to become active partners in the learning process, taking both initiative and responsibility for their own education.

Course Sequence Diagram
BUSINESS
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
FINE & PERFORMING ARTS
GENERAL STUDIES
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
LANGUAGE ARTS
MATHEMATICS
RELIGION
SCIENCE
SOCIAL STUDIES
WORLD LANGUAGES
 
ENGLISH 1
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen
Course Description: Students are introduced to COMPOSITION by learning to create sentences that vary in length and complexity, and and to construct focused, well-organized paragraphs. Elements of the persuasive essay are emphasized, including formulating a strong thesis, supporting it with sound arguments, and addressing possible counterclaims. The formal writing process is introduced at this level: planning, revising, editing, and rewriting. This process is reinforced at each successive grade level. The study of grammar is used as a corollary to writing.  In addition, students will respond to timed, in-class writing prompts, thus preparing them for the writing portion of the ACT Test.

In the LITERATURE portion of this course, students’ reading skills will be enhanced by introducing them to four basic literary genres: fiction, drama, poetry, and informational texts.  Students will practice basic critical reading skills: previewing, visualizing, predicting, questioning, summarizing, connecting, and reflecting. Students learn to think and write analytically about literature by utilizing textual evidence from the literary work to support inferences that they make. 
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PRE-A.P. ENGLISH 1
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen; Department approval
Course Description: This course develops students' close reading skills, literary analysis skills, and analytical writing skills. It is designed to prepare students for the A.P. English Language test in their junior year and the A.P. English Literature test in their senior year. The class differs from other freshman English classes in its intensity and depth of analysis. The COMPOSITION component of this course will focus on thorough instruction and practice of expository, analytical, and argumentative writing. The compositional process is introduced at this level, with significant attention given to the generating, shaping, and editing of the written word in its preliminary stages. 

The LITERATURE portion of this course focuses on exposing the students to a variety of works of literary merit in depth. The students analyze challenging readings in the genres of short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Each student also reads and is evaluated on one book per semester outside of class as part of the CBC Great Books Initiative. Finally, students will also learn to do research using multiple print resources and online databases.
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READING
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Freshmen; Department approval

Course Description: This course is designed for those freshman students who need additional practice and support in order to enhance their reading comprehension and analytical skills. This course supplements the literature portion of the standard freshman Language Arts curriculum. Through reading high interest material aimed at their individual comprehension level, students learn strategies that will hone the reading skills necessary to be successful learners. The students’ ability to identify explicit information in a passage and use those explicit details to create and support higher level inferences is the cornerstone of this course. Students will also learn to identify main ideas and supporting details of non-fiction selections. Self-monitoring skills, such as asking appropriate questions during the reading process, are also modeled and practiced. Students will also utilize the Reading Plus Online Silent Reading Intervention Program to improve their reading comprehension and reading rate.

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ENGLISH 2
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores
Course Description: In this course, COMPOSITION continues to focus on the writing process while moving towards more structured writing forms, expanding on expository and argumentative writing. An emphasis is now placed on using more advanced literary analysis of themes and using reliable outside sources to defend a position in a research paper. Grammar instruction addresses common usage problems found in writing and focuses on standardized tests for college admission. Students will be able to define new vocabulary based on context clues, figurative language, word relationships and word meanings.

The LITERATURE portion of this course focuses on reading and carefully analyzing a broad and challenging spectrum of fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Students are introduced to British authors from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century. These readings are considered in a literary and historical context so that students will understand the inspiration that influences and shapes the texts. This further allows students to learn the skills necessary to critically respond to various prompts resulting in writings supported by a clear interpretive thesis following the compositional process guidelines.   
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PRE-A.P. ENGLISH 2
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores; Department approval
Course Description: This course continues to develop the close reading skills, literary analysis skills, and analytical writing skills necessary to be successful when taking the AP English Language test junior year and the AP English Literature test senior year. The class differs from other sophomore English classes in its intensity and depth of analysis.

The COMPOSITION component of this course introduces students to the CBC Research Writing Program with a focus on primary and secondary source evaluation. Students will develop the skills necessary to synthesize materials from texts into focused, organized compositions utilizing MLA format. The compositional process is reinforced, with significant attention given to utilizing information from outside sources to support an argument. Additionally, students will develop and expand their narrative, descriptive, and poetic writing skills. Grammar instruction addresses common usage problems found in writing and focuses on standardized tests for college admission. Vocabulary is based on context clues, figurative language, word relationships and meaning.

The LITERATURE portion of this course continues to focus on reading and analyzing a broad and challenging spectrum of fiction, drama, poetry, and non-fiction. Students are introduced to British authors from the Anglo-Saxon Ages through the Twentieth Century. These readings are considered in a literary and historical context so that students will gain an understanding of the inspiration that influence and shape the texts.  This further allows students to learn the skills necessary to critically respond to various prompts resulting in writings supported by a clear interpretive thesis following the compositional process guidelines.  Students continue their exploration of literature of merit through the CBC Great Books Initiative. 
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ENGLISH 3
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors
Course Description: In this course, COMPOSITION continues to focus on the more structured writing forms with an increased emphasis on revising and editing. Students are taught to think of their works as being publishable. Persuasive essays as well as literary analyses continue to be stressed.  The research paper is expanded upon at this level, as multiple perspectives and possibilities are investigated. 

The LITERATURE portion of this course is a survey of American authors, beginning with the Puritan era and concluding with modern twentieth century writers. Additional novels are studied in class, and the students will continue to improve their analytical skills through the practice of close reading strategies.  This course emphasizes the reading of informational texts, and students will learn to recognize the point-of-view and bias of an author while also determining the main idea that the author is attempting to convey. 
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ENGLISH 3: VISIONS OF AMERICA
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors; Department approval

Course Description: This course is designed to examine various components of American culture through different viewpoints. It explores the American experience from the Puritans to modern Americans, focusing on specific ideas, concerns, and problems that have evolved in various historical periods.

The COMPOSITION component of this course continues to focus on the more structured writing forms with an increased emphasis on revising and editing. Students are taught to think of their works as being publishable.  Argumentative essays as well as literary analyses continue to be stressed. The research paper is expanded upon at this level, as multiple perspectives and possibilities are investigated. 

The COMMUNICATION component of the course is developed through seminar-based and whole-class discussions. Students are assessed on their ability to successfully present and argue their individual perspective, as well as effectively listening and responding to other students’ perspectives.

The LITERATURE component of this course is a survey of American authors.  Additional novels are studied, and students will continue to improve their critical thinking skills. This course emphasizes the reading of informational texts, and students learn to recognize the point-of-view and bias of an author while also determining the main idea the author is attempting to convey.

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ENGLISH 3: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors; Department approval; Pre-A.P. English 2 grade above 85% or English 2 grade above 90%; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: This course is designed to examine various components of the American Experience through an interdisciplinary study of literature and history. It covers American History from the period of exploration to current American society. The course focuses on specific formational ideas, concerns, and problem areas that have evolved in successive historical periods, taking note also of the discipline’s own history. As in all courses within the Humanities program, this class focuses on argumentative essays, literary analyses, and the development of critical thinking skills. Students receive instruction on how to research academic texts and how to approach writing on the college level.

Students are eligible for college credit through Saint Louis University.
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A.P. ENGLISH 3: LANGUAGE & COMP
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Juniors; Department approval; Pre-A.P. English 2 grade above 90%; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: The LITERATURE component of this course requires students to read and carefully analyze a broad and challenging range of fiction and non-fiction prose throughout the American spectrum. Each student will also read and analyze one book as part of the CBC Great Books Initiative.

The COMPOSITION component of this course focuses on a rhetorical analysis of American fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose. Students will experience American literature from a historical perspective and will write in various formats with emphasis on persuasion. Students will produce expository, analytical, and argumentative compositions that introduce a complex central idea and develop it with appropriate evidence drawn from primary and/or secondary sources, cogent explanations, and clear transitions. Lastly, students will complete timed writing assessments in order to prepare for A.P. and college placement exams.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Exam. Students are eligible for college credit through Saint Louis University.
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ENGLISH 4
Course Information
College Prep 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors
Course Description: The COMPOSITION component of this course continues the writing process with an increased emphasis on revising and editing. Students familiarize themselves with the standards for academic writing they will encounter in college and throughout their professional careers. Students are expected to demonstrate intellectual engagement with all forms of texts, experiment with ideas, think divergently, and take risks. The writing of the college application essay is addressed in the first semester. Students will also compose a focused interpretation of a text, and they will formulate and support personal opinions of that text utilizing textual evidence.  Lastly, all levels are required to submit a research paper and accompanying presentation as a graduation requirement.  Students will synthesize information from various sources, compose an argumentative research thesis, and present their findings.

The LITERATURE portion of this course exposes students to fiction and informational texts they will encounter in college. The course explores how common themes exist between a diverse range of writers and cultures. There is an emphasis on reading informational texts that focus on our world today.
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HONORS ENGLISH 4
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; A.P. English 3 grade above 85% or American Experience grade above 90%; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: This course emphasizes the analysis of different LITERARY MODES during which students interpret authors' compositional and rhetorical strategies through close readings of texts. The major modes of world literature—drama, poetry, short stories, and novels—are studied, and students compose close reading analyses of works in each of these modes. 

The COMPOSITION components of this course include expressive, expository, analytical, and persuasive modes. Students compose five five-page essays and an eight-page research paper. Students read sample essays in each mode and analyze them through in-class writings, discussion, and formal presentations. Research strategies, source reliability, persuasion strategies, and MLA documentation are heavily emphasized during the research paper process.

In the RHETORIC portion of this course, students apply the rhetorical strategies they learn to their own writing. Students are expected to demonstrate intellectual engagement with the text: experiment with ideas; think divergently; take risks; and be able to compose a careful, sustained interpretation of a text with sensitivity to the nuances and connotations of the language.

Students are eligible for college credit through Saint Louis University.
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A.P. ENGLISH 4: LITERATURE & COMP
Course Information
Honors / A.P. 2 Semesters 1.0 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Seniors; Department approval; Passage of the A.P. Language and Composition exam; A.P. English 3 grade above 90%; 3.00 cumulative GPA
Course Description: This course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for their readers. As they read, students consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as such smaller-scale elements as the use of figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone.  Rhetoric is also heavily emphasized; students learn important rhetorical terms and apply them in various contexts, from documentary films to visual media to multiple-choice practice sections of the AP Literature and Composition test.

The focus of this course will be on preparing students for the A.P. Exam. Students are eligible for college credit through Saint Louis University.
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CREATIVE WRITING
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval
Course Description: This course offers students the opportunity to further develop their talent in the areas of personal essay, fiction, poetry, and drama. Students explore numerous types of genres as they work through the writing process. Students are expected to identify their strengths and weaknesses as writers and will submit at least one original piece for publication. Students will analyze texts of published authors and use their speaking and listening skills to share their writing.
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JOURNALISM
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval
Course Description: Students participate in the production of the school newspaper including interviewing, journalistic writing, photography, and editing. The course requires students to select possible news topics and write news, sports, opinions, and feature stories, as well as headlines and captions. Attention is also given to writing style and layout. The course is an elective that may be taken for up to three years.
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YEARBOOK
Course Information
College Prep 1 Semester .5 Credit
Prerequisites: Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors; Teacher approval; Current English course grade above 80%
Course Description: Students will learn the skills necessary for the production of the school’s annual yearbook. They will be taught reporting, photography, development of theme, organization of materials, layout, and proofreading.  Students in this course will be expected to be a part of the yearbook staff and contribute to its final production.
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