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English Courses Descriptions

FOUR credits required . One from each level I-IV must be taken.
The only exceptions are college level courses taken through a college or university. 
ALL English MUST include literature and writing as a major concentration. K-8 level English or Grammar courses are often broken into several parts for grading, like grammar, spelling, writing, vocabulary and literature. At the high school level all of those parts are included in the course description for just one course and are averaged together for the credit. An example is Bob Jones Press. To earn the Florida credit of English I Honors, the student must complete the Writing and Grammar 9 Worktext, Fundamentals of Literature, and Vocabulary Workbook C.

There are additional English courses, like Writing I and World Literature, but those require one-hundred and fifty hours of instruction in addition to the forty-five to ninety hours of instruction that are already in the standard English course. If you take one of these courses, they will will count in the 24 needed for graduation, but will not be counted as one of the four required English courses.

Click on the name of a course in its table below to download the detailed course description in PDF form. Below each course code number and name is a brief description of the course.

 

1st High School Level I (Must have one from this level.)

 


1001310 English I

This course continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:
• Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students how to understand and appreciate poetry, drama, informative nonfiction, and fiction; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative prose; guides students through readings of drama, a novel, and selections from well-known poetry, and short stories.
• Writing–furthers students’ understanding of sentence structures; reviews parts of speech and their types, including in-depth studies on verbs (transitive, intransitive, conjugation, tense, voice, mood); develops students’ understanding of the types and functions of phrases and clauses; teaches language history and etymology to help students build on knowledge of word structures, including prefixes, roots, and suffixes; expands on students’ vocabulary skills; reviews spelling skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing speeches, short essays, poetry, friendly/business letters, and short stories.
• Speaking–offers students experience in delivering a speech; teaches skills that enable students to become effective speakers and communicators, weaving these skills together throughout the course.
• Listening–teaches effective listening comprehension skills, weaving these together throughout the lessons.

1001320 English I Honors

Integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature. Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing competencies are integrated throughout students' learning experiences. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. Increases occur in the complexity of materials and tasks and in the students' independence in the application of skills and strategies. Learning tasks and materials accommodate the individual needs of students, “with rigorous expectations appropriate for Honors level students. Students will use reading strategies to construct meaning from informative, technical, and literacy texts; acquire an extensive vocabulary; use process writing strategies in many genres of writing; use speaking, listening, and view strategies in formal presentations; and understand and respond to a variety of literary forms.



2nd High School Level II (Must have one from this level.)

1001340 English II

This course continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. It focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:
• Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students how to comprehend and appreciate poetry, drama, nonfiction, and fiction; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative prose; guides students through readings of the allegory Everyman and Sheldon’s In His Steps, as well as selections of and excerpts from well-known poetry and short stories.
• Writing–develops students’ understanding of complex sentence and paragraph structures, providing hands-on experience with connectives, transitions, phrases, and clauses; teaches language history and etymology to help students build on knowledge of grammar and word structures; expands on students’ vocabulary skills; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing a set of instructions, a literary critique, a poem, a short story, and a speech.
• Speaking–offers students experience in delivering a speech; teaches skills that enable students to become effective speakers and communicators, weaving the skills throughout the course.
• Listening–teaches effective listening comprehension skills, integrating these throughout the lessons.
• Special Topics–incorporates research skills, including internet, library, and reference material use, throughout the curriculum.



1001350 English II Honors

This course is provides integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature.
Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing competencies are integrated throughout students' learning experiences. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. As students progress from one course to the next, increases should occur in the complexity of materials and tasks and in the students' independence in the application of skills and strategies. Learning tasks and materials accommodate the individual needs of students, "with rigorous expectations appropriate for Honors level students" in all Honors 1-4 courses.
Students who successfully complete this course will use independent reading strategies in all forms of reading material; acquire an extensive vocabulary; use process writing strategies for all forms of writing; use speaking, listening, and viewing strategies in formal discussions; understand and respond independently to a variety of literary forms; and understand and use language successfully to impact readers, writers, listeners, speakers, and viewers.

3rd High School Level III (Must have one from this level.)

1001370 English III

This course continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:
• Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students comprehension techniques for literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama; discusses common literary devices; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative and expository prose; guides students through readings of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town (play) and Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird as well as selections of and excerpts from well-known poetry and nonfiction pieces.
• Writing–develops students’ writing skills by teaching about clauses and phrases in sentence structures; reviews common sentence construction errors and methods for avoiding them; provides practice in standard and nonstandard English, as well as specialized language use; teaches Greek and Latin roots and prefixes to enhance vocabulary and spelling skills; expands students’ abilities to write cohesive and coherent expository prose; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing literary critiques, personal essays, poetry, and research papers.
• Special Topics–incorporates research skills, including internet, library, and reference material use, throughout the curriculum.

1001380 English III Honors

This course is to provide integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and American literature.
Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing competencies are integrated throughout students' learning experiences. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. As students progress from one course to the next, increases should occur in the complexity of materials and tasks and in the students' independence in the application of skills and strategies. Learning tasks and materials accommodate the individual needs of students.

ENC1101 Freshman English I (or) College Composition I

This college Dual Enrollment Course, may be used as a level three course, and is counted as two one half credit grades equaling one credit, per Florida Department of Education guidelines.

FLDOE Dual Enrollment Course List

3 hours Lecture, 3 college credits, 1 high school Credit (can be taken in place of English III or English IV)
Lower-Division College Credit
Prerequisites: ENC 0010 or appropriate placement examination score
This course enables students to demonstrate critical reading skills with selected expository and argumentative literature; apply principles of development, unity, and coherence in college-level writing; select and use appropriately a variety of rhetorical modes in analytical thinking and writing; demonstrate a command of college-level sentence skills in writing that evidences sentence variety and complexity, precise vocabulary, and appropriate diction, as well as standard English grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics; and apply basic research and documentation skills.

This course enables students to demonstrate critical reading skills with selected expository and argumentative literature; apply principles of development, unity, and coherence in college-level writing; select and use appropriately a variety of rhetorical modes in analytical thinking and writing; demonstrate a command of college-level sentence skills in writing that evidences sentence variety and complexity, precise vocabulary, and appropriate diction, as well as standard English grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics; and apply basic research and documentation skills.

4th High School Level IV (Must have one from this level.)

1001400 English IV

This course continues to build on the sequential development and integration of communication skills in four major areas—reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. It most specifically focuses on deepening and furthering students' understanding in the following ways:
• Reading–reinforces reading comprehension skills by teaching students comprehension techniques for literary fiction, poetry, and drama, including discussion of common literary devices; shows students how to analyze, evaluate, and interpret a text; reinforces awareness of the elements and structure of narrative and expository prose; guides students through English literary history, including readings of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Beowulf, Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, and other selections of and excerpts from major English literary figures.
• Writing–develops students’ writing skills by teaching about clauses and phrases in sentence structures; reviews common sentence and paragraph construction errors and methods for avoiding them; teaches Greek and Latin roots and prefixes to enhance vocabulary and spelling skills; expands students’ abilities to write cohesive and coherent expository prose; gives students the opportunity to develop their abilities in writing literary critiques, poetry, short stories, and expository prose.
• Listening–teaches effective listening comprehension skills, weaving these throughout the lessons; builds upon students' study skills as well as helps them to become reliable and efficient note takers.
• Special Topics- incorporates research skills, including internet, library, and reference material use, throughout the curriculum.

1001405 English IV College Prep

This course is to provide integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature.
It is intended to meet the literacy needs of students whose Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) scores are below the established cut scores indicating that they are not “college-ready” in reading and/or writing. Successful completion of this course while in high school, and a college/career ready PERT score will exempt students from further placement testing and postsecondary remediation in reading and/or writing if they enroll in a Florida college within two years of high school graduation. The course focuses on critical analysis of a variety of texts and the synthesis of complex ideas to produce coherent writing.

1001410 English IV Honors

This course is to provide integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language, and literature.
Reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing competencies are integrated throughout students’ learning experiences. Benchmarks for the Florida Sunshine State Standards are repeated as needed in course sequences. As students progress from one course to the next, increases should occur in the complexity of materials and tasks and in the students’ independence in the application of skills and strategies. Learning tasks and materials accommodate the individual needs of students “with rigorous expectations appropriate for Honors level students” in all Honors 1-4 courses.
Students who successfully complete this course will use the reading process to construct meaning using technical, informative, and imaginative texts; use writing processes for various purposes with attention to style and format; use the research process and individual inquiry to locate, analyze, and evaluate information; use effective listening, speaking, and viewing strategies in informal and formal situations; understand the power of language as it impacts readers, writers, listeners, viewers, and speakers; understand and analyze literary texts; and respond critically and aesthetically to literature.

1001420 Advanced Placement English Language and Compostition

This course is available through the Florida Virtual School. (FLVS)
This course provides high school students with college-level instruction in studying and writing various kinds of analytic or persuasive essays on literary and nonliterary topics in language, rhetoric, and expository writing.
Students become skilled readers of prose written in various periods, disciplines, and rhetorical contexts. Both reading and writing should make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations, and subjects as well as how writing conventions and language contribute to effectiveness in writing.
This course will effectively prepare students for the AP Exam by enabling them to read, comprehend, and write about complex texts while developing further communication skills on a college level.

1001430 Advanced Placement English Literature and Compostition

This course is offered through the Florida Virtual School. (FLVS)
The purpose of this course is to study and practice writing and to study literature. Students will learn to use the modes of discourse and recognize the assumptions underlying various rhetorical strategies. Students will also acquire an understanding of the resources of the language and of the writer’s craft. They will develop critical standards for the appreciation of any literary work and increase their sensitivity to literature as shared experience.
After successfully completing this course, the student will:
1 Demonstrate knowledge of connotation, metaphor, irony, syntax, and tone as resources of language.
2 Apply critical standards independently, orally and in writing, to specific literary works.
3 Use effective rhetorical strategies in writing tasks.
4 Write for a variety of purposes, and in a variety of modes and styles.
5 Explain the relationships among styles, subjects, and audiences in writing and in literature.
6 Recognize relationships between literary works and the contemporary experience and/or historical contexts.

ENC1101 Freshman English I (or) College Composition I

A college Dual Enrollment Course, may be used as a level three course, and is counted as two one half credit grades equaling one credit, per Florida Department of Education guidelines.

FLDOE Dual Enrollment Course List

3 hours Lecture, 3 college credits, 1 high school Credit (can be taken in place of English III or English IV)
Prerequisites: ENC 0010 or appropriate placement examination score
This course enables students to demonstrate critical reading skills with selected expository and argumentative literature; apply principles of development, unity, and coherence in college-level writing; select and use appropriately a variety of rhetorical modes in analytical thinking and writing; demonstrate a command of college-level sentence skills in writing that evidences sentence variety and complexity, precise vocabulary, and appropriate diction, as well as standard English grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics; and apply basic research and documentation skills.

This course enables students to demonstrate critical reading skills with selected expository and argumentative literature; apply principles of development, unity, and coherence in college-level writing; select and use appropriately a variety of rhetorical modes in analytical thinking and writing; demonstrate a command of college-level sentence skills in writing that evidences sentence variety and complexity, precise vocabulary, and appropriate diction, as well as standard English grammar, spelling, usage, and mechanics; and apply basic research and documentation skills.

ENC1102 Freshman English II (or) College Composition II

A college Dual Enrollment Course, may be used as a level Four course, and is counted as two one half credit grades equaling one credit, per Florida Department of Education guidelines.

FLDOE Dual Enrollment Course List

This course enables students to communicate through writing that demonstrates adequate content development, effective organization, sound logic, audience awareness in choice of vocabulary and appropriate tone, as well as a unified and coherent style with fluent use of Standard English. In this course, students demonstrate critical thinking skills to derive clear understanding of the basic ideas and attitudes expressed in selected readings, as well as thinking and writing skills in four important college-level processes: summarizing, synthesizing, critiquing, and writing impromptu essays. Students write a correctly documented research paper and demonstrate a mastery of CLAST grammar and writing competencies in the revising and editing processes.

Additional English Courses that can be taken as EN/EL courses.

1005310 American Literature

The purpose of this course is to provide students, using texts of high complexity, integrated language arts American literature study in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language, in preparation for college and career readiness. Discover America all over again with literature written throughout its short history. During this five-unit study, students will explore writings from authors who chronicled the growth and recorded the emotions that reflect the spirit of America. American Literature is infused with technology-based lessons, tools, and exercises to enrich learning for students.

1020820 British Literature Honors

The purpose of this course is to enable students, using texts of high complexity, to develop knowledge of British and Commonwealth literature through advanced integrated educational experiences of reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language.
Emphasis will be on representative British and Commonwealth literature, with its varied cultural influences, highlighting the major genres, themes, issues, and influences associated throughout the literary period. The rich history of the English language is explored through this study of British literature that spans from Old English and the Middle Ages to modern writers of the twentieth century. Discussion will also include a comparison of this British literature and the Bible. British Literature is a course infused with technology-based lessons, tools, and exercises to enrich learning for students.

1009300 Writing I

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and use grade level 9-10 writing and language skills in a variety of writing formats for argumentative, informative, and narrative purposes to ensure preparation for college and career readiness.



There are additional Dual Enrollment courses that earn high school credit, however only the ENC1101 and ENC1102 can be used as a part of the four core English credits required for high school graduation.

There are additional Dual Enrollment courses that earn high school credits.
For a detailed list, refer to the Dual Enrollment Course List