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Freshman Courses

Academic Literacy

Grade 9/ Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students are recommended for Academic Literacy through the ninth grade English placement process

Course Information: Academic Literacy is a course designed to accelerate a student’s growth as a reader with specific attention to his or her comprehension, fluency, multi-syllabic word reading, and vocabulary.  Students receive direct instruction in key reading strategies including previewing, predicting, and identifying an author’s purpose, inferencing, questioning, connecting and summarizing.  In addition to these strategies, students also learn both content vocabulary and vocabulary strategies, as well as receive fluency instruction.  Students enroll in this course as the foundation of the Freshman Cohort in addition to English 9.

Teachers
Mr. Drumm, Ms. Foran, Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Hermes, Ms. Kennedy-Brooks, Ms. Lepore, Ms. Stoia, and Ms. Wood
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English 9

Grade 9 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits

Course Description: In this college prep course, English 9 students refine their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills while examining inquiry questions regarding tolerance, friendship, and social responsibility. Students also work to construct a more sophisticated understanding of characterization and character development, the levels and dimensions of setting, and authorial and narrative point of view. Students experience and analyze a variety of texts, ranging from novels and plays to poetry and non-fiction in an effort to develop a greater understanding of the text and the world.

Teachers
Benjamin Carrillo - bcarillo@elmhurst205.org
Brian Drumm - bdrumm@elmhurst205.org
Taylor Frank - tfrank@elmhurst205.org
Gabriel Johnson - gjohnson@elmhurst205.org
Gabriela Vasquez - gvasquez@elmhurst205.org
Elizabeth Wall 
ewall@elmhurst205.org


English 9 Honors

Grade9/ Full Year High Weighted Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Enrollment by the English department in conjunction with the 9th grade placement process

English 9 Honors is a pre-Advanced Placement course that is designed to begin preparing students for the Advanced Placement Language and Composition exam as juniors and the advanced Placement Literature and Composition Exam as seniors.

Course Description; This course requires students to demonstrate a sophisticated ability to read and analyze texts and examine not only how they inform a response to inquiry questions, but also how the author has utilized characterization, setting, and point of view, as well as specific literary choices to craft his or her bias or meaning.  Expectations of E9H students include analysis of more than one text concurrently; students will be responsible for reading both an in-class and out-of-class text simultaneously. E9H also distinguishes itself from English 9 in that English 9 Honors requires daily participation in whole and small group class discussions and quicker acquisition of skill targets or objectives—especially in the area of writing.

Teachers
Cecilia Bylina - cbylina@elmhurst205.org
Kathryn Dowling - kdowling@elmhurst205.org
Taylor Frank - tfrank@elmhurst205.org
Kim Lampa - klampa@elmhurst205.org
Isadora Parrini - iparrini@elmhurst205.org
Benjamin Sharko - bsharko@elmhurst205.org

Sophomore Courses

English 10

Grade 10 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students must have earned credit for English 9 or 9 Honors

Course Description: English 10 invites sophomores to respond to engaging, student-centered questions: “To what extent does one’s environment affect one’s behavior?” “What does it mean to be responsible?” “What are the qualities of a good leader?” and  “What does it mean to be just?” Discussion, reading, and writing are based upon the students’ analysis of questions such as these through a variety of texts like Night, Fahrenheit 451, Lord of the Flies, Taming of the Shrew, To Kill a Mockingbird and a variety of supplemental texts.

Teachers
Brendan Chambers - bchambers@elmhurst205.org
Matthew Collins - mcollins@elmhurst205.org
Beth Fleming - bfleming@elmhurst205.org
Nanette Loerop - nloerop@elmhurst205.org
Rebecca McKinney - rmckinney@elmhurst205.org


English 10 Honors

Grade 10 /  Full Year High Weighted Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students must have earned credit for English 9 or 9 Honors.  Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in English 10 Honors upon teacher recommendation.

Course Description: Students in 10H refine their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills while examining the role of culture in the life of both the individual and society. Moreover, as a pre-AP course, 10H introduces students to close analysis of authorial choices by examining the purpose behind particular literary techniques including, but not limited to, the use of satire.  Students will consistently engage in discussion as a means of generating ideas and work to understand and validate opposing interpretations of the text and guiding inquiry.  Generally speaking, 10H is set apart from E10 in the increased pacing, amount of independent practice and the level of sophistication expected not only in the student’s writing but also in his or her ability to navigate the texts and derive complex interpretations.  10H encourages students to grow as self-directed learners in working to achieve high levels of success in demonstrating the skills necessary to be successful in AP Language and Composition. There is a general expectation that students who enroll in 10H are preparing to enroll in  Advanced Placement Language and Composition as juniors.

Teachers
Cecilia Bylina - cyblina@elmhurst205.org
Beth Fleming - bfleming@elmhurst205.org
Kim Lampa - klampa@elmhurst205.org
Melissa Lancaster - mlancaster@elmhurst205.org
Sally Noonan - snoonan@elmhurst205.org
Rachel Riley - rriley@elmhurst205.org

Junior Courses

English 11

Grade 11 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 10 or English 10 Honors

Course Description: In English 11 students utilize literature of various genres and periods to explore "The American Dream," and other goal-oriented human behavior. In addition to core curricular texts such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Great Gatsby, Macbeth, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, students choose among a selection of book-length texts that center on a character's "coming of age" and pursuing his/her dreams. English 11 provides students the opportunity to follow their higher education and vocational interests, and to utilize and hone their knowledge of argumentation through a variety of writing tasks: research, personal narrative, comparative analyses of fiction and non-fiction, etc.  Students are assessed through a number of means including both formal and informal essays, authentic student-led discussions and individual and group oral presentations.

Teachers
Andrew Bendelow - abendelow@elmhurst205.org
Sheila Fleming - sfleming@elmhurst205.org
Gabriel Johnson - gjohnson@elmhurst205.org
Jessica Noble - jnoble@elmhurst205.org
Rachel Riley - rriley@elmhurst205.org
Elizabeth Wall - ewall@elmhurst205.org


AP Language & Composition

Grade 11 /  Full Year High Weighted Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students must have earned credit for English 10 or 10 Honors

Course Description: Advanced Placement Language and Composition exposes students to the type of scholarly environment and rigor that is comparable to an introductory college course, while combining the study and analysis of both fiction and nonfiction with an emphasis on composition, argumentation, and critical thinking.  Additionally, this course explores the use of rhetorical techniques and how they inform the purpose of the writer to create meaning for his or her intended audience.  Collaborative inquiry guides not only exploration into the inquiry questions but the study of the AP exam itself, which students are strongly encouraged to sit for in the spring.

Teachers
Beth Fleming - bfleming@elmhurst205.org
Jessica Noble - jnoble@elmhurst205.org
Jennifer Shackleton - jshackleton@elmhurst205.org
Benjamin Sharko - bsharko@elmhurst205.org


Assessment Seminar

Grade 11 / 1 Semester – 1.0 credit

Course Description: This one semester course assists students in their preparation for the ACT and Work Keys tests.  It is designed for juniors who are interested in obtaining a systematic review for the ACT. Students receive content specific instruction that is taught using ACT styled prompts.  Students will learn test taking strategies, as well as, about the test format, structure and timing.  Students also receive instruction in the college application process.

Senior Courses

AP Literature & Composition

Grade 12 / Full Year High Weighted Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 or Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Emphasis in the senior year of the honors program focuses on such world writers as Ionesco, Camus, Dickens, Faulkner, Shakespeare, Melville, Kafka, Hurston and O’Brien.  Designed to be commensurate with a college course, this class will require students to write multiple compositions in which they hone their craft as writers.  In fact, student evaluation will be based primarily on 12 significant writing assessments each semester.  Nightly reading assignments will average 25-40 pages.  In addition, students will be graded on verbal skills as demonstrated in class discussions and major presentations.  In that this a college level course, students will be expected to read, to write, to analyze, and to discuss various forms of  literature at a level of sophistication that corresponds to a literature-devoted class at a college or university.  Through critical reading of mature world literature, students are prepared to achieve potential college credit through the Advanced Placement Examination in English Literature and Composition. 

Teachers
Sheila Fleming - sfleming@elmhurst205.org
Laura Pfau - lpfau@elmhurst205.org


Chicago Literature

Grade 12 / 1 Semester  – 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Through this semester-long course, students will analyze a variety of historical, literary, and cultural artifacts native to Chicago.  Each text will enable students to construct an understanding of what is significant about our great city and what its denizens truly value. Students will be asked to analyze important events, engaging readings, and a variety of artifacts ranging from architecture, which is arguably Chicago's greatest contribution to the global community, as well as art, literature, and other textual sources.  Students will demonstrate their learning at the end of the semester through a culminating project.

Teachers
Andrew Bendelow - abendelow@elmhurst205.org
Brianne Kennedy-Brooks - bkennedy-brooks@elmhurst205.org


College Literacy

Grade 12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students must have earned credit for English 11 or Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: College Literacy focuses on the improvement ofreading and writing strategies necessary to be successful at the college level.  Students will be encouraged to develop their own reading and writing processes based on these strategies,which are emphasized throughout the course. Contemporary fiction and nonfiction will be explored, evaluated and assessed.  Seniors will both react to literature and compose their own pieces; they will be asked to evaluate their writing through the use of models and self-reflection, as well as peer and teacher feedback.

Teachers
Kelly DeLoriea - kdeloriea@elmhurst205.org
Rebecca McKinney - rmckinney@elmhurst205.org


Composition, Literature, & Film

Grade 12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Composition, Literature, and Film is designed to prepare students for college level study of thematic issues as reflected in literature and film.  In this course, students have the opportunity to extend their skills in reading and writing while developing knowledge of cinematic studies and other media.  Moreover, they also explore the relationships between literature, composition, and film and the ways in which they communicate, reflect, influence, or challenge cultural values in a society.

Film does NOT replace literature in CLF, but to supplement course readings, students examine  thematically-related clips from early films like Metropolis, classic cinema such as Sunset Boulevard and Citizen Kane, and a contemporary  film/novel pairing, such as Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are (in conjunction with Eggers’ The Wild Things).  To aid in interpretation of fiction and film, the course will also include analysis of  techniques writers and filmmakers use to convey their ideas, as well as written, nonfiction excerpts of major film theory and criticism.

Teacher
Jennifer Shackleton - jshackleton@elmhurst205.org


Creative Writing

Grade 12 / 1 Semester  - 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Creative Writing is a one-semester course designed to provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of writing styles including creative non-fiction, poetry, short fiction and script writing.  Students write often, constructing a writer’s portfolio and developing the craft of writing by applying the techniques and devices of effective  imaginative writing for an audience beyond the writer herself or himself.  To develop their craft, students engage in a number of pre-writing activities designed to spur and engage in revision processes.  Following the workshop model writers in the class frequently share their writing with their peers for feedback and to  learn skills of objectively critiquing the writing of others; additionally, each genre exploration culminates in a celebration of the students’ writing where each student shares a piece, or portion of a piece of their writing through print, media,or performance.  Creative Writing provides experience and audience for those who love to write, those who are interested in learning the craft of writing, those who wish to share the enjoyment of writing with others, or those who wish to learn more about writing in order to better appreciate what writers do.

Teacher
Erica Drumm - edrumm@elmhurst205.org


Humanities

Grade 12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Humanities introduces students to the cultures of various civilizations throughout history including those of the ancient world, the Medieval period, the Renaissance, the Baroque age, Romanticism, Industrialism, and the 20th century.  Examination of these periods will take students into the study of history, philosophy, literature, drama, art, music, architecture, and related fields. Areas of development include critical and analytical writing skills, multi-media organizational and research skills, and development of an effective writing style.  This course uses a college-level text.  A study of humanities is a study of the values, dreams, attitudes, and creativity of humankind, a study which is important to one's understanding of what has occurred and of what is currently occurring in the world that seniors will soon face.

Teacher
Sheila Fleming - sfleming@elmhurst205.org


Multicultural Literature

Grade 12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 or Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: This elective class focuses on relatively recent works of literature by writers from a variety of cultural backgrounds.  The works represent a variety of genres:  short fiction, novels, plays, poems and non-fiction prose.  The literature selections include works from African-American, Asian-American, Latin American and Native-American writers.  The selections include the works of authors who are often neglected in the traditionalcanon.  Students will engage in discussion about the literature and write in response to what they have read.  This course offers a unique opportunity to delve into non-traditional literature and explore suggested themes.  Students will connect the body of literature selections through the study of such unifying themes as displacement, the importance of family and tradition, the shaping of identity, comingof age, justice and fairness, personal freedom and social responsibility, and making sense of the modern world.


Popular Literature

Grade 12 / 1 Semester  – 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 orAdvanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: Popular Literature is a one semester course that explores both the concept of popularity as well as literature that is typically deemed "popular."  Students are prompted to develop their literacy skills through reading, writing, speaking, and listening to texts that define popularity and explore the reasons behind its rise and fall.  Specifically, students develop their ability to write with clarity, purpose, and according to accepted standards; read with comprehension while demonstrating the ability to critically analyze what they read; engage others in public discussion about issues generated by the reading; and closely attend to the thoughts and ideas generated by others. In addition to reading, writing, listening and speaking about several core texts, students in this class also engage in independent readings of popular texts they find personally appealing.  Readings will include contemporary authors and span several genres such as science fiction, mystery, horror and nonfiction.  As well as reading traditional literature for this course, students have the opportunity to analyze texts not commonly perceived as "literature" including popular phenomena such as music, newspapers, visual art, magazines, movies and other non-traditional "texts."

Teachers
Benjamin Carrillo - bcarrillo@elmhurst205.org
Kimberly Gwizdala - kgwizdala@elmhurst205.org


Shakespeare

Grade 12 / 1 Semester – 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  Students must have earned credit for English 11 or Advanced Placement Language and Composition

Course Description: York seniors typically will have read three works by Shakespeare, currently English 9’s Romeo and Juliet, English 10’s Taming of the Shrew, and English 11's Macbeth. Students have had little if any exposure to one of the bard’s great many comedies, histories, or romances. Likewise, seniors probably have not yet encountered any of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets or one of the “mature” tragedies like Hamlet or Othello. This course provides students the opportunity to inquire—through script, film, and performance—into the literature of the reputed greatest writer in the English language.  This class builds on the literacy skills established in required core English classes as well as encouraging students to extend their cultural analysis’ skills to the Elizabethan worldview of Shakespeare, and to contrast it with their own developing understanding of human experience.

Teacher
Andrew Bendelow - abendelow@elmhurst205.org

Broadcast Electives

Broadcast Communications

Grades10-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  Students must purchase a tripod and are strongly encouraged to have access to a handheld flash- drive camera.
Course Fee: $20

Course Description: Broadcast Communications is a one-semester course that introduces students to television, radio and video production theory and practice. Students learn the principles of creating effective visual and audio content, storyboarding, editing and planning productions. This course also offers students the opportunity to work with a variety of equipment and technologies and explore special effects using Adobe’s editing suite. Students enrolled in the course learn effective communication techniques through  on-camera performance, as well as directing and presentation of ideas to the class.

Teacher
Brendan Chambers - bchambers@elmhurst205.org


YTV Feature Productions

Grades 10-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit or Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Broadcast Communications
Students must purchase a tripod and are strongly encouraged to have access to a handheld flashdrive camera.
Course Fee:  $20

Course Description: YTV Feature Productions enables students to plan and produce feature-length audio and video documentaries, video demonstrations and motivational pieces.  This class builds a student’s resume and client skills via specialization and expertise in specialized areas of broadcast and technical production.

Teacher
Brendan Chambers - bchambers@elmhurst205.org


YTV Morning Announcements

Grades 10-12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Broadcast Communications
Students must purchase a tripod and are strongly encouraged to have access to a handheld flashdrive camera.
Course Fee:  $20

Course Description: Students enrolled in this year-long elective produce a six-minute newscast, which is broadcast to York students and staff on a daily basis. YTV broadcasts feature school announcements, as well as special features and programming. Work produced for the class is highly visible and deadline-driven.  Students gain experience in all aspects of production, both behind-the-camera and in front of it.  With a growing demand for media production in the professional and academic world, this  class enables students to begin to build a resume for those interested in exploring opportunities in broadcast media.

Teacher
Brendan Chambers - bchambers@elmhurst205.org

Publishing Electives

Creative Writing

Grades 10-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit
Prerequisite:  English 9
If taken as an underclassman, Creative Writing does NOT fulfill a senior English requirement.

Course Description: Creative Writing is a one-semester course designed to provide students the opportunity to explore a variety of writing styles including creative non-fiction, poetry, short fiction and script writing.  Students write often, constructing a writer's portfolio and developing the craft of writing by applying the techniques and devices of effective imaginative writing for an audience beyond the writer herself or himself.  To develop their craft, students engage in a number of pre-writing activities designed to spur composition, analyze published writers’ work, workshop their pieces in small and large group settings, and engage in revision processes.   Following the workshop model, writers in the class frequently share their writing with their peers for feedback and to learn skills of objectively critiquing the writing of others; additionally, each genre exploration culminates in a celebration of the students’ writing through print,  media, or performance. Creative Writing provides experience and audience for those who  love to write, those who are interested in learning the craft of writing, those who wish to share the enjoyment of writing with others, or those who wish to learn more about writing in order to better appreciate what writers do. 

Teachers
Erica Drumm - edrumm@elmhurst205.org
Aakash Shah - ashah@elmhurst205.org


Y's Tales

Grades 10-12  / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite: Students participate in anapplication process
This course does not fulfill elective English credit.

Course Description: Students enrolled in the course are responsible for planning, writing, photographing, and distributing the annual yearbookand must make a one-year commitment to serve on the Y’s Tales Staff.  This is a course for students interested in learning, in a hands-on situation, about lay-out, planning and writing, and photography associated with a major publication.  Experiences in leadership and organization are also an inherent part of this responsibility.

Teacher
Kirstin Walsh - kwalsh@elmhurst205.org


York-hi Staff

Grades 10-12 / Full Year Course - 2.0 credits
Prerequisite:  Students participate in an application process. This course does not fulfill elective English credit.

Course Description: Students enrolled in the York-hi class gain practical, hands-on experience in all aspects of newspaper journalism including news and sports reporting, feature and editorial writing, desktop publishing and advertising.  The York-hi is a true-to-life, working newspaper that simulates the critical thinking,  problem-solving, time management and organization skills that professional newspaper staffs require.  Staff membership on the York-hi requires teamwork, responsibility, accountability and a rigorous devotion to deadlines.  Applications for the York-hi Staff are available in room A315 during the second semester for the upcoming school year.

Teacher 
Kim Lampa - klampa@elmhurst205.org

Speech Electives

Speech

Grades 9-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit

Course Description: This course stresses the concepts and skillsnecessaryfor effective oralcommunication:  listening critically, researching, and organizing, as well as developing proper speaking techniques. Both students who are college-bound and those going directly into the working world will gain knowledge and practice in speaking and listening skills. Students will be prepared to work effectively in groupsand participate in job interviews.


Oral Interpretation/Forensics

Grades 9 -12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit

Course Description:This class focuses on the performance of literature and advanced speeches.  Much of the semester is built around forensics events which attempt to capture the meaning of literature through performance.  Students are exposed to prose and verse reading, humorous and dramatic interpretation of drama, extemporaneous speaking, oratory, oratorical declamation, radio speaking, special occasion speaking and impromptu speaking.  Students learn the IHSA requirements for each forensics event.

Theater Electives

Intro to Theater

Grades 9-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit

Course Description: Students are introduced to theatre history, dramatic literature, and the theatrical process by participating in it.  Through the study of works of several different time periods and genres, ranging from oral traditions and Greek drama to contemporary theatre, students interpret themes while developing an understanding of various theatrical styles.  Students engage in various theatrical productions and manage all aspects of theatre.


Theater Performance

Grades 10-12 / 1 Semester - 1.0 credit
This course fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.

Course Description: This class focuses on the importance of focus, imagination, character analysis, objectives, tactics and obstacles in portraying a character in a scene. Students are also introduced to three technical approaches to acting on stage and read, cut, analyze, and perform various theatrical pieces.