English Language Arts

All English classes include required Summer reading.

1001310 English I -  1 Credit, 9
1002300 English I Through ESOL -  1 Credit, 9
Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to provide integrated educational experiences in the language arts strands of reading, writing, listening, viewing, speaking, language and literature. The course requirements are consistent with English 1 (1001310). The district shall provide appropriate instructional strategies to meet the needs of ESOL students enrolled in this course.


1001320 English I Honors - 1 Credit, 9
Prerequisite: None

1001320L English I Gifted - 1 Credit,  9
Prerequisite: ESE staffing required

This course provides continued instruction in the fundamentals of grammar, writing, vocabulary, and literature including nonfiction, short story, poetry, drama, and the novel. Applied technical strategies are used to enhance oral and written communication and higher level thinking skills.


1001340 English II - 1 Credit, 10
1002310 English II Through ESOL - 1 Credit, 10
Prerequisite: English I              

Note: Students earning ESOL English credit may not also earn English credit for English 2 Standard or Honors.


1001350 English II Honors - 1 Credit, 10
Prerequisite: English I

1001350L English II Gifted - 1 Credit, 10
Prerequisite: English I, ESE staffing required

This course continues the development and application of higher level thinking skills and relevant language skills, both written and verbal, for college and the workplace. Students integrate expository and persuasive writing, literary analysis, and world literature with applied/technical communication strategies.


1001370 English III - 1 Credit, 11 
1002320 English III Through ESOL - 1 Credit, 11 
Prerequisite: English II

Note: Students earning ESOL English credit may not also earn English credit for English 3 Standard or Honors.


1001380 English III Honors - 1 Credit, 11
Prerequisite: English II

This course extends grammar, composition, and vocabulary skills and continues instruction in writing with emphasis on multi-paragraph essays and a documented paper. The focus is on American Literature with representative works reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the American experience. Applied technical strategies are used to enhance oral and written communication and higher level thinking skills.


1001420 AP English Language - 1 Credit, 11-12

Prerequisite: English 2, Instructor Recommendation, and at least one year of Honors English recommended   

This course is designed for the highly motivated college-bound student who wishes to pursue college level work while still in high school. The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the semantic, structural, and rhetorical resources of the English language. Based on the results of the Advanced Placement exam, college credit may be awarded by participating colleges and universities. This course will meet graduation requirements for English.


1001400 English IV College Prep 1 Credit, 12
1002520 English IV Through ESOL - 1 Credit, 12
Prerequisite: English III                       

Note: Students earning ESOL English credit may not also earn English credit for English 4 Standard or Honors.


1001410 English IV Honors 1 Credit, 12

Prerequisite: English III

In this course students use the writing process to compose multi-paragraph expository, narrative, descriptive and persuasive essays, while applying the principles of Standard English. Students read selections of world literature from a variety of periods with an emphasis on British authors. Students retrieve and interpret information from various sources to create written and oral products.


1001430 AP English Literature & Composition1 Credit, 12
Prerequisite: Instructor Recommendation and successful completion of AP English Language is recommended.

This course is designed for the highly motivated college-bound student who wishes to pursue college level work while still in high school. Students study and discuss great works of literature from various genres and periods. Frequent reading and writing assignments focus on the critical analysis of literature. Based on the results of the Advanced Placement exam, college credit may be awarded by participating colleges and universities.


1009320 Creative Writing (Elective)0.5 Credit, 9-12        

The purpose of this semester course is to enable students to develop and use writing and language skills for creative expression in a variety of literary forms. Studying and modeling a variety of genres will be emphasized at this level of creative writing.


1009300 Writing For College (Elective) 0.5 Credit, 9-12

This purpose of this semester course is for students to learn the various modes of discourse that comprise college-level expository writing, including compare/contrast and cause-and-effect. They will also learn the components of argumentation and persuasion. Sentence composing skills will target clarity and precision.


1700370 SAT Prep0.5 Credit, 10-12
Prerequisite: Algebra 2 concurrently or higher

The student will learn skills in order to be successful on SAT & ACT exams while also becoming informed of the college admission process. Students will also write their college essays and learn how to increase their odds to get into the college of their choice.


1006300 Journalism I (Elective) 1 Credit, 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Explore the possibility of becoming a journalist, photo journalist or layout designer through Journalism I. Students will be introduced to journalistic media, desktop publishing, advertising sales and design, layout and writing for publications. This course is designed for students who are interested in trying new opportunities to express themselves through writing, publishing and designing our school newspaper that is focused on Lyman’s media presence through both digital and print newspaper.


Newspaper & Yearbook, Honors (Elective) - 1 Credit (up to 2 levels/year), 10-12
Prerequisite: Journalism I with a passing grade of a B or higher is required as well as an application and interview. Instructor Recommendation.

1006331NP1 - Newspaper 1
1006332NP2 - Newspaper 2
1006333NP3 - Newspaper 3
1006331YB1 - Yearbook 1
1006332YB2 - Yearbook 2
1006333YB3 - Yearbook 3

Design and create Lyman’s stellar publications as an apprentice for either the school newspaper (print and digital) or the yearbook. Students will work on all aspects of the publication including news, sports, features, photos and advertising sales. Students will apply and refine journalistic skills using word processing (Microsoft Office) and Desktop Publishing programs (Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator). Students will have the opportunity to acquire industry certification. There are mandatory summer ad sales requirements, for this course as well as after school obligations for both publications. Summer camp opportunities are also highly encouraged to enhance skills and discover advanced journalistic techniques.