The English Department
The English Department is dedicated to empowering students with the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to achieve success not only in their post-secondary educations, but also in their roles as productive members of the global community. Within the language arts classroom, students learn to express themselves in articulate, concise, and convincing language, garnering the skills for all forms of oral and written expression. In addition, students develop analytical abilities that will endow them with the means to comprehend nuances not only in text, but also in daily real-world experiences. They reflect on assumptions and biases as they are exposed to various cultures and opinions through literature and discussion. Our commitment is to develop literacy and promote a love of learning, equipping our students with the resources to become thoughtful, constructive members of society.
The Coatesville Area Intermediate High School English Department is pleased to announce that 2014 graduate Courtney Wuertz is a published author. The America Library of Poetry recently published one of the poems she wrote last year in Mrs. Ford's English class. Images of the book are above in the slideshow. It is titled "Accolades 2014 Poetry Collection." Congratulations Courtney, we are very proud of your accomplishment.
English Education Course Selections
NOTE: Student placement in English courses will be based upon the high school leveling rubric!
8142 Honors English 9 1 Credit Grade 9
This course focuses on the reading of multiple genres, language study, and vocabulary in order to help students meet proficiency or mastery of the PA Academic Standards. Reading and writing occurs both in school and at home.
8144 English 9 1 Credit Grade 9
This course focuses on teaching students to apply reading strategies using multiple genres in order to help them meet proficiency of the PA Academic Standards. Emphasis on language study and vocabulary are also incorporated.
8152 Honors English 10 1 Credit Grade 10
This course focuses on the reading of multiple genres and the writing process in order to help them meet proficiency or mastery of the PA Academic Standards. Reading and writing occurs both in school and at home.
This course will prepare students for the academic rigor of AP English Language and Composition (11).
8154 English 10 1 Credit Grade 10
This course focuses on teaching students to apply reading strategies using multiple genres and provides writing frameworks in order to help them meet proficiency of the PA Academic Standards. Emphasis on language study and vocabulary are also incorporated.
The following English elective courses are not to be used in place of an English credit:
8105 Film as Literature I 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
Earn a 0.5 credit in Humanities by studying films as works of literature and art. Learn the aspects of filmmaking and the evaluation of film as literature through creative writing and various communication skills. This course concentrates on writing, listening, and speaking skills. Good attendance is a requirement for academic success.
8107 Sports Literature 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
Anchored by the notion that sports are a metaphor for life, this course will explore the influential role that sports play in American culture and the effects they have on our beliefs, morality, identity, and politics. Instruction and assessment will be Keystone Exam-driven, as books such as Friday Night Lights, Heaven is a Playground, The Boys of Summer, Shoeless Joe, and Everybody’s All-American will be used to promote higher-level thinking. With sports being a fundamental aspect of our society, literature selections will function as tools for analysis, responsive writing, and open-ended discussions.
8111 Creative Writing 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
Designed to increase writing skills, this course will focus on a variety of genres, including: fiction, personal essays, and poetry. Students will be asked to submit a variety of literary pieces for workshop classes where classmates will constructively criticize and respond to their peers’ works. Students will be expected to revise and edit their own writing based upon techniques learned from the workshops. Students will also read, explore, and discuss the motivations behind various authors’ writings.
8131 Gifted Seminar 0.5 Credit Grades 9-10
Gifted Seminar is open to students who have been identified as gifted under Chapter 16 of the Pennsylvania code. Activities will focus on the social and emotional development of the participants through career exploration, personalized projects, special presentations, collaborative tasks, and technology integration. The class encompasses grades 9 - 12, and the curriculum is individualized according to the student's grade level and strengths.
8167 Journalism/Yearbook 1 Credit Grade 10 (Prerequisite: at least 85% in English 9)
The first marking period will be devoted to learning the skills needed to create and design a yearbook. The goal of this portion of the course will be to prepare and train students who desire to actively participate in the creation of a yearbook with the Coatesville Area School District.
As the year progresses, select news events and how they were covered by the news media will be looked at in class. In addition, students will also be writing film and television reviews based upon videos watched, discussed, and viewed in class. Students will be required to read books and articles about the films and shows watched in class, as well as learn about the creation of film production. They will also create advertisements, film posters, brochures and other visual products that relate to the topics at hand.