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Course Length

Full Year

Course Credit


Grade Level

Freshmen; H


Successful completion of Grade 9 General Placement Test + 850 Lexile Score on reading portion of the Grade 9 General Placement test + Teacher Recommendation

Course Syllabus(For Reference Only)

Students focus on the theme of “Challenges,” as they read works by Ray Bradbury and Walt Whitman, an essay about Civil War heroes, narratives about the Holocaust, and Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech. They learn about the hero archetype and hero’s journey narratives, write narratives, explanatory essays, argumentative essays, research an issue in current events and create a multimedia presentation, and read scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, then watch the scenes on film to analyze how the adaptation differs from the source. Grammar instruction includes sentence formation, usage, and mechanics; and students develop vocabulary skills through a variety of methods. Honors course instruction emphasizes critical thinking about the literature read as students learn to make connections to the world around them. As a result of the increased rigor of the Honors course, students read more texts than the regular course and instruction is delivered at a faster pace.