Communication and creativity in writing are emphasized in the entire K-12 environment. Students learn to write and publish books in early elementary. Many go on to enter their work in various language arts competitions throughout their years at Greenwood, winning awards on the local and state level.
The mission of the English program at Greenwood Laboratory School is to provide the students with the necessary English skills (i.e. grammar, punctuation sentence structure, etc.), as well as providing them with the writing skills necessary to voice their ideas in a creative manner.
The Curriculum consists of 9 different classes, one at each grade level (7-12) and 4 electives.
English 7 (1 unit)
English 7 is a reading/writing course focused on developing students’ knowledge and skills in the language arts: composition; grammar, usage and mechanics; reading comprehension; literature study based on genre; information literacy; and listening/speaking. This course includes a study of Greek mythology. The course is designed to build on work begun in the elementary grade levels, advancing students’ critical thinking skills through reading and writing tasks of increased complexity and depth
English 8 (1 unit)
This workshop course continues the development of individual reading and writing skills. Literature is presented by genre with readings from novels, stories, poems, and essays. As an optional study, students may begin an introduction to Shakespeare with Romeo and Juliet. Vocabulary, spelling and mechanics will be integrated into student reading and writing.
Communications (1 Unit)
Communications students will develop skill, poise, and confidence in oral communication situations. They will learn the process of assembling information, organizing ideas, developing a variety of speeches and presenting them in a formal speech situation. Listening skills, outlining, and knowledge about propaganda techniques will also be emphasized. In addition, during the last quarter of the year, students will be introduced to oral interpretation techniques and dramatics for presentation in class.
English I (1 unit, grade 9)
Ninth grade literature includes the study of all genres with an in-depth analysis of the novels and plays, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Raisin in the Sun, and Twelve Angry Men. Students study organization in writing and speaking, emphasizing the thesis statement and subsequent development of a composition. The course, Vocabulary for the College Bound will be introduced. Grammar and mechanics will be re-emphasized as needed.
English II (1 unit, grade 10)
English II emphasizes the development of communication skills needed by college-bound students. Students will learn to avoid communication breakdowns, learn language processes, and further develop skills in structuring and organizing a paper, culminating in a research paper. Exercises in oral communication emphasize preparation, structure, and presentation of speeches. At this level, students review mechanics and grammar, and continue the vocabulary program. A survey of types of literature includes drama and the novels, Lord of the Flies and Of Mice and Men.
English III (1 unit, grade 11)
Students in English III study the chronological development of American literature and complete in-depth studies of the works of Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway. Further work in writing includes paragraph development and compositions related to literature studies. Students present informative speeches, continue their vocabulary studies, and prepare a Junior Exhibition. Grammar and mechanics will also be reviewed as needed.
English IV (1 unit, grade 12)
English IV addresses the development of British and European literature from the Classical period through the 20th century. Students will study a variety of literary genres including poetry, drama, satire, novels and non-fiction. Composition emphasizes argument and analysis, informative/explanatory texts, and research writing, culminating in the written component of the Greenwood Graduation Exhibition
Service-Learning Capstone (1/2 Unit, Grade 12)
This one-semester, required course will provide seniors with the opportunity to complete community-based research and service. Students will explore the skills of a civically engaged person, conduct research and write a formal research paper, complete a 25-hour service-learning project in the local community related to their research, and interpret the results of their research and service-learning experiences as part of the Graduation Exhibition. This class includes the service-learning component which is part of the Public Affairs Diploma.
Speech (1 unit, grades 7-12)
Speech students will develop skill, poise, and confidence in oral communication situations. Students learn the process of assembling information, organizing ideas, developing a speech, and presentation in a formal situation. Students will also become acquainted with oral interpretation techniques and apply them to a variety of materials for presentations in class and to selected audiences.
Debate (1 unit, grades 9-12)
Debate is a competitive course that is beneficial to any student interested in a career in business, law, or politics. It will also benefit any student desiring to improve speaking skills and gain poise and confidence in front of a group. The class will work on developing skills in cross-examination debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, and interpretation. Participation in tournaments is a requirement of the course. It is research intensive and will involve writing cases and speeches, competing performances and receiving critiques by peers, judges and the instructor. This course may be taken for credit more than once.